The 2017 Ryan Aumiller Memorial Awards are made possible through the generous contributions from family and friends of founding technician Ryan Aumiller.
This year we were able to recognize special achievements from several students in different categories. Honoring two students that displayed outstanding progress by embracing technology with grace and good humor, Bridget Swayne and Audrey Vandermeulen are this year’s main recipients.
Born in Denver and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, B.F.A. candidate Bridget Swayne is studying Communications Design. She was recently recognized by GDUSA as student to watch and will be continuing her studies on the Brooklyn campus.
Audrey Vandermeulen also recognized by GDUSA, Audrey is a freelance illustrator and designer from Massachusetts, where she has sold paintings at the Newburyport Art Association and the Salisbury Beach Betterment Association. She has recently designed an innovative new font, and had her first textile design printed on fabric. She has been commissioned to design t-shirts, phone cases, greeting cards, business logos, and customized convention ID badges. Audrey’s work has a simplistic style but contains a high level of detail and a very colorful palette, with a focus on the subject of real and imaginary creatures, nature, and celestial symbols.
Claire Hallett was recognized for her illustrative contribution which will be featured in the printed edition of GDUSA magazine in June of 2017.
TEAM UP was also recognized for earning first place in the 2017 AIGA Student Challenge. The team consisted of Joe Owens, Becky DeCusatis, Logan Patenaude, and Bridget Swayne. The remaining funding will be used to supplement the continuation of the team’s Utica Proud Campaign. The project can also viewed on the (Behance Link) Ryan would be PROUD!