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March 2012

Advertising professionals heap honors on student art work

St. Norbert College art majors took three golds and “Best of Show” at last week’s ADDY Awards, with a record number of their submitted works recognized by local advertising and communications professionals.

Seven of the nine entries that the group submitted to the annual award program were recognized as among the very best in creative advertising and design in northeast Wisconsin, earning gold and silver ADDYs.

Digital illustration “Spoonful of Life,” by Sara Coursin ’12, took home the coveted Best of Show award, as well as a gold ADDY. Coursin who is studying both art and biology, says she was extremely honored by the recognition. “I am currently at a place in my life where I need to make one of three decisions: graduate school, biology career or a hybrid career that mixes art and biology together. The ADDY awards gave me a response on how my art is viewed and accepted by people. It allowed me to step back from my biology major and consider including art into my master plan,” says Coursin.

Brian Pirman (Art) is thrilled to see his students gain recognition for doing quality work: “It is a great résumé-builder,” he says. “It is also a tremendous reward for the student’s hard work, dedication, creativity and passion.”

In fact, it is through the generosity of the art discipline, and Pirman himself, that the students are able to submit to the ADDYs. The last two years, Pirman has helped to defray their entry fees through the sale of his original work and photography.

Pirman notes that the recognition is especially exciting because it means that it is not only a student's peers or professors who recognize their work; it is also local and regional professionals in the advertising industry.

Pirman himself took a Gold for his faculty portraits. Enjoy the art faculty as you have never seen them before on their Profiles page on the college website.

Winning entries from St. Norbert this year were:

Sara Coursin ’12
Spoonful of Life, digital illustration
Hollow Owl, digital illustration


Spoonful of Life

Hollow Owl


Leivur Djurhuus ’12
Young Sick Bacchus, photography
Krossfesting, photography


Young Sick Bacchus



Kevin McGillivray ’12
Alphabugs, digital illustration
Artclub Posters, graphic design



Artclub posters


Kelly Dunaway ’12
Unfashionable, digital illustration



March 6, 2012

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