Richard Schuessler
professor of art, 308.865.8350


Students in the visual communications and design program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently won AIGA and ADDY awards for creativity and design.
“These AIGA and ADDY awards represent a great accomplishment for our UNK design students,” said Richard Schuessler, UNK associate professor of art.
“The success of receiving these awards from professional peers in the areas of design or advertising, not only recognizes the achievements of our students, but also the quality of the visual communications and design program at UNK.”
The America Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is a professional association for communication design. The Nebraska chapter of AIGA sponsors an annual design competition for practicing artists, designers and students. Each year, the Nebraska AIGA chapter selects three design judges from across the United States to juror the competition.
Winning silver awards for illustration projects include UNK seniors Justin Leatherman of Pawnee City , Tim Karges of Lexington  and Gabe Re of Albuquerque, N.M.  Steven Valish, a senior from Schuyler , received a bronze award for his clothing tag project.
The department also received a number of 2006 Nebraska ADDY awards. The ADDY awards are sponsored by the Nebraska Federation of Advertising. The annual advertising and design competition is held for practicing advertisers, copywriters, marketing personnel, photographers, illustrators, designers and students. Entries receiving gold awards at the state competition are automatically forwarded to the district competition. Gold awards at the district level are then entered in the national competition in Washington, D.C.
Tim Karges of Lexington and Gabe Re of Albuquerque, N.M.  each received four awards; Steven Valish of Schuyler  and Justin Leatherman of Pawnee City received three ADDYs each; and Janelle Reed of Holdrege , John Deitering of Union , Andrea Maly of Omaha  and Casey Stokes of Petersburg  each received one ADDY. The specific award identification will not be released until Feb. 18.
In the 2005 competition, Valish and Re each received gold and silver awards at the state and district levels. Valish, a graduating senior, received two gold awards in the Nebraska and district competitions. He also received a silver award in the national competition. Re, who will also graduate in May, earned a gold award at the state level and a silver award in district competition.