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Art and Design

Student Excellence


Excellence in Art Education

Bridget McCafferty, senior in Art Education, has been awarded the Department of Teacher Education’s 2018 Reverend George J. Renneker, S.M., Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Teacher Education. This award is presented by the University of Dayton's School of Education and Health Sciences.

Scholarship awarded to Graphic Design Senior

The Visual Arts Committee of the Three Arts Scholarship Fund has awarded Lucy Bratton, Graphic Design senior, a 1st place scholarship in the amount of $9,400.00. She will be recognized for her achievement an awards luncheon in April 2018.

The Three Arts Scholarship Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships to undergraduate junior and senior and Masters degree candidate females majoring in the disciplines of music, drama, or art at accredited colleges and universities within a 75-mile radius of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Logo design chosen by local artists' society

Students in Professor Jayne Matlack Whitaker's Graphic Design III course created logo design proposals for the Dayton Society of Artists in honor of their recent change of name and 80-year history of serving the community. Students were presented with the project and then visited the High Street Gallery in downtown Dayton where the DSA is located. Each student gave a professional presentation of their concept to Colleen Kelsey, DSA Gallery Director, who along with the board of DSA selected one design for implementation. The proposal selected is the design of Josie Libecap, senior graphic design major in the Department of Art and Design.



GOLD Award:  

  • Hadley Rodebeck and Jess Burnham: Orpheus Fall 2017 design

SILVER Award: 

  • Caitlin Schneider: Facing Dayton book design
  • Megan Bollheimer and Hadley Rodebeck: Orpheus Spring 2017 design
  • Hadley Rodebeck: Trail Town beer can design


  • Lucy Bratton: Facing Dayton book design
  • Josie Libecap: Facing Dayton book design
  • Nyla Sauter: Facing Dayton book design
  • Emma Kaufman: Facing Dayton poster design


  • BRONZE award to Kargl Graphic Design, 2017 UD Student Development Annual Report

The Gold Addy winning Orpheus will automatically move on to the District level competition, which includes all Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky chapters. Winning gold there would advance on to the National level. The Silver winners are eligible to move on as well, at their own expense.


Student research presented at Miami University conference

Three Art Education undergraduate students presented research on “Becoming Art Educators” at the Pre-Service Art Educator Conference at Miami University on October 8, 2017.  The Art Education majors Rose Defluri, Morgan Bukovec and Bridget McCafferty attended the conference with Art Education Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor Darden Bradshaw.


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GOLD Award:  

  • Daniel M. Martin (w/Megan Bollheimer, Hadley Rodebeck) of University of Dayton - Orpheus Fall 2016

SILVER Award: 

  • Megan Bollheimer of University of Dayton - Raw
  • Taylor Leigh Duffin of University of Dayton - It's A Disorder. Not A Decision.
  • Maura Manor of University of Dayton - National Park Service Re-Design
  • Daniel Martin of University of Dayton - Syrian Refugee Analysis


  • Carolyn Capka of University of Dayton - Climate Change in National Parks
  • Maura Manor of University of Dayton - Spoops on Screen
  • Daniel Martin and Kaylee Schneider of University of Dayton - Radial Gallery


Elements of Advertising:

  • SILVER award to Kargl Graphic Design, Entriq Logo
  • BRONZE award to Kargl Graphic Design, The Geek Equestrian Logo

Sales & Marketing:

  • BRONZE Award to Misty Thomas-Trout, University of Dayton Arts Brochure

AICUO Award of Excellence

Fine arts major Alexandra Morrissette '17 has been selected as a winner of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVAs). She is also one of the six finalists for the Grand Award. Alexandra will receive her award on Wednesday, March 29 at Capital University in the Schumacher Gallery. The event will include a student panel discussion followed by a reception and awards ceremony. Alexandra maintains an active schedule that includes gallery work at Index Gallery, Radial Gallery and Wood Street Gallery, as well as having served in three curatorial projects that inform various communities about contemporary art. She is currently applying to graduate schools for Master of Fine Arts in painting programs.


STark County Artists Exhibition

Sophomore fine arts major Emily Bartolone's work "Space & Motion" was awarded entry into the 2016 Stark County Artists Exhibition and is showing at the Massillon Museum near Canton, Ohio from Oct. 15 through Dec 31, 2016. This competitive exhibition is juried by Mark Masuoka, executive director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum; Frank Oriti, visual artist, Cleveland; and Shari Wilkins, founder and director of the Cleveland Print Room. Forty-nine works by 31 artists were selected for the show, out of  206 art works submitted by 80 artists.


Four students from the Department of Art and Design are participating in a student show at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. The work of Courtney Hoelscher, Alexandra Morrisette, Allison Parrish and Emma Pierpoint is on display at the UC Blue Ash Art Gallery from January 11 through 29, 2016.

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Yeck College Artist Fellowship

Congratulations to our fourth-year Fine Arts major Allison Parrish for the award of a Dayton Art Institute Yeck Fellowship for 2016. Her work will be on exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute this summer, dates to be announced.

About the Yeck College Artist Fellowship: Four college art students are selected each year to teach and mentor twelve select high school students. The fellowship recipients provide intensive instructional studio classes for high school scholarship students. An ability to share their artistic knowledge in an informative and motivational manner is essential. Fellowship recipients receive a stipend to create a new body of artwork for a group Yeck College Artist Fellow Exhibition at The Dayton Art Institute.



Krista Bondi,  art history major, was selected to present her research titled "The Interfaith Campus: The Question of Diverse Sacred Spaces in Catholic Higher Education" at the Annual Riess Undergraduate Art History Colloquium held at the Art Academy of Cincinnati on April 18, 2015. (Krista is on the left in the image at right.)


Krista Bondi and Grace Poppe have been awarded University of Dayton 2015-2016 Honors Thesis Research Fellowship Awards. 


Lori Claricoates earned the regional award Best Portfolio at the 2015 AIGA Cincinnati Student Portfolio Review. This is a highly competitive event and your top placement indicates excellence in new design. 


John V. Clarke, with interns Clarissa Bock and Emily Downey, took top awards at this year's American Advertising Federation's annual event in Dayton.


University of Dayton: "Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress." Congratulations to Professor John V. Clarke with interns Clarissa Bock and Emily Downey.



University of Dayton: "Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress." Congratulations to Professor John V. Clarke with interns Clarissa Bock and Emily Downey.


University of Dayton Department of Art and Design: "Department of Art and Design Brochure." Congratulations to Lecturer Kathy Kargl with intern Savannah Heekin.


  • Lori E. Claricoates and Megan Gannon: Orpheus Art & Literary Magazine Fall 2014.
  • Brigid Campbell, Anne Sventy, Jessica Kleja and Maggie Ringenbach: "Human Trafficking Ohio" Installation.
  • Emily Downey: Self-Promotion, Emily Downey.
  • Kaitlin Meme and Lori E. Claricoates: Orpheus Art and Literary Magazine Spring 2014.


ADDY Awards

Graphic Design students earned Silver and Bronze ADDY Awards at the 5th District American Advertising Federation Competition for 2014. The 5th District represents professional advertising associations and colleges across Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

  • Maddie Herbert: "It’s No Yolk, Breakfast is Free."
  • Kaitlin Meme: "Just the Same" Chapbook.
Bronze Award Winners – Graphic Design
  • Megan Althaus: "Geologic Timescale."
  • Lauren Banfield: "Creating Identities: Semiotic Theory as Applied to Visual Messages."
  • Sam Bidwell: "Stages of Grief."
  • William Blum: "Valor."
  • Nicholas Cooper: "A Stitched Story."
  • Kaitlin Meme: Orpheus Art & Literary Magazine.
AICUO Awards

University of Dayton art seniors were honored with AICUO Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts. Congratulations to these students for the state-wide recognition:

  • Chloe McEldowney
  • Jed Helmers
UCDA Awards

Lauren Banfield’s honors thesis document design has won a Silver in the annual UCDA (University and College Designers Association). This is a national competition and only eight of more than 1,000 entries received the Silver status. This competition includes professional and student entries.


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