USM College students Named in Prestigious Graphic Design Journal’s College students to Watch Listing

03/02/2023 – 07:18am | By: Ivonne Kawas

The College of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s Artwork and Design program, housed within the
Faculty of Performing and Visible Arts (SPVA), is proud to announce that two college students
had been named to the 2023 Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) “College students to Watch” Listing.

GDUSA, a prestigious journal, acknowledged 98 excellent artwork and design college students from
all around the nation together with undergrads, graduate college students, and up to date graduates.

Seniors Calin Beal, a BFA in graphic design main with a minor in sociology from New
Orleans, La., and Deborah Elam, a BFA in graphic design main from Hattiesburg, Miss.,
had been each chosen to be members of this prestigious group attributable to their expertise and
progress inside their applications.

“Their work ethic and expertise are distinctive, and it is just becoming that they each
be acknowledged as among the greatest within the nation for it,” mentioned Jacob Cotton, affiliate
professor within the Artwork and Design program. “Our graphic design program has all the time had
distinctive alumni reminiscent of AIGA Medalist Ann Willoughby, Rodney Richardson, and Michael
Borosky. For these seniors to be acknowledged for his or her potential earlier than commencement
highlights that legacy and helps us to acknowledge that our program is heading within the
proper path.” 

Cotton continued by saying that “GDUSA has been a acknowledged authority within the design
trade for over 60 years. For them to acknowledge our college students for the second yr
in row and for less than the second time in program historical past is monumental for our program
and for retaining our high design program standing.”

“These seniors exemplify the creativity, innovation, and ability that college students develop
below the mentorship of the unbelievable school in our USM Artwork and Design applications,”
acknowledged Meg Brooker, director of the SPVA. “We’re so pleased with their achievement and
of how they symbolize the College.”

USM College students Named in Prestigious Graphic Design Journal’s College students to Watch ListingOne of many acknowledged college students, Beal, famous that she was “extraordinarily grateful to be
acknowledged by GDUSA, particularly surrounded by such a gifted group of designers.”
She continued by sharing that she has discovered a lot from her friends, so to her this
award speaks to their skills as nicely. “All of us put a lot effort and keenness into
what we do, and it’s fulfilling to see it acknowledged,” Beal shared.  

Beal revealed that her time at USM has taught her the best way to be impressed, as well as
to educating her the best way to “actively seek for inspiration” in issues round her.

As seen in GDUSA journal, Beal is the president of USM’s student-led graphic design
group, Artistic Collective, and is a member of the Design and Advertising Workforce
for SPVA. Beal can be a student-athlete and is a member of USM’s Cross Nation and
Observe group. Upon her commencement in Might, Beal plans to start a profession in promoting
and advertising and marketing design.

Deborah Elam“It’s such an honor to be named amongst a lot expertise,” Elam shared, echoing the sentiment
of her fellow classmate Beal. “I owe lots to the inventive neighborhood at USM that is
been fostered and grown by our wonderful professors and fellow college students.”

As seen in GDUSA journal, Elam “strives to push her personal limits with every design”
and enjoys utilizing her ardour for touring, artwork, and literature to affect her designs.
Elam additionally shared that she finds quite a lot of inspiration from slowing down and
taking the time to note the world round her. Upon commencement, Elam is
in a profession that permits her to work with branding, artwork installations, and mixing
completely different medias like pictures and poetry to create one thing lovely.

Graphic Design USA has served as an info supply for graphic design professionals
since 1963. Along with the “College students to Watch” listing, GDUSA additionally acknowledges “Designers
to Watch” and offers different info relating to design schooling.

See the 2023 GDUSA College students to Watch listing. Study extra about USM’s Artwork and Design program.