Belmont Student Recognized in International Creative Competition for Animation

Belmont junior design communications major Abraham Mast
Belmont junior design communications major Abraham Mast

Belmont student Abraham Mast was recently featured for his work in animation in this year’s International Davey Awards, a creative competition put on by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. Through his internship with Centric Entertainment, Mast worked on animation for the Steven Lee Olsen “Hello Country” Lyric Video, which received a 2019 Gold Davey Award.

With nearly 3,000 entries from across the U.S. and from around the world, the Davey Awards honor the finest creative work from the best small shops, firms and companies worldwide. The competition is judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 700+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts.

Earlier in 2019, Mast was recognized by The American Advertising Federation for creative excellence in the art of advertising with three silver Addy Awards and a Judges Choice Award. He was awarded the Judges Choice Award and a Silver Addy Award for his book design, “7 Principles of Design,” and won two additional Silver Addy Awards for his “Happy Frogs” and “Exploring Bird” animations. Mast also had his work featured by Fonts In Use, an online typography journal.

Mast is a junior studying design communications from Gainesville, Florida. He shared that he is thankful to have had the opportunity to intern with Centric Entertainment and described being recognized in the Davey Winners Gallery as “unreal.”

A piece of animation from the "Hello Country" Lyric Video by Abraham Mast
A piece of animation from the “Hello Country” Lyric Video by Abraham Mast

During his time with Centric Entertainment this past summer, Mast worked to create music videos, lyric videos, album covers, social media content and more. He shared, “I also had the opportunity to flex my animation skills and put them to the test. Without the helpful faculty and student at Belmont, I wouldn’t have had the internship opportunity.”