Watkins College of Art at Belmont Secures Record Number of ADDY Awards

Most Dangerous Game AM

Students in the Watkins College of Art at Belmont University were recognized with a record number of Student ADDY Awards through one of the top local competitions for student advertising design in the nation. Hosted by the American Advertising Federation Nashville (AAFN), the Nashville Student Advertising Awards showcased the winning work and presented awards via Facebook Live on February 23.

With a 16 percent increase in entries this year from five local schools, the results of the competition are even more impressive. Belmont students received 18 Silver awards, 8 Gold awards, 2 Judges Awards and the Best in Show.

“Our numerous wins this year is welcome news. In a year where students have adapted to new ways of learning, and with the addition of the talent at Watkins joining our creative community here at Belmont, it’s rewarding to see that the creative work has not suffered but gotten stronger,” explained Art Professor Doug Regen. “The ADDY awards are an extremely competitive nationally recognized competition in the design industry, so kudos to our students that have worked so hard.”

Senior Abraham Mast won Best in Show with a trophy and cash prize of $500 for “The Most Dangerous Game,” made possible by Foxfuel Communications. Mast joined the livestream to discuss his winning piece, as well as his current and future plans in design. “Right now I’m doing freelance and after I graduate this semester, I plan to really ramp up my freelance company. I do notice there is a spike of client work around the ADDYs, so thank you and it means a lot to me.”

The other awards are as follows:

Two Judges Awards were given to Katherine Vanhüssen for Poster Design and to Destiny Carter for Advocacy Campaign.

Isabella Stern–Illustration, Gold ADDY winner

18 Silver Awards were given to:

  • Natalie Briscoe–Gevalia Package Design
  • Destiny Carter– Feminism Booklet
  • Destiny Carter –Advocacy Poster Campaign
  • Bryce DuBray–BookLocal App Design
  • Danielle Long–Lunae Poster Design
  • Abraham Mast–Character Development
  • Abraham Mast–Character Development
  • Abraham Mast–Distractions Campaign
  • Abraham Mast–Mandola Project
  • Abraham Mast–Manifested Words
  • Huy Nguyen–Illustration
  • Hannah Sizemore–Illustration
  • Sheridan Spiess–Packaging
  • Sheridan Spiess–UNIFY App Design
  • Katherine Vanhüssen–Book Design
  • Amy Varboncoeur–Cosmic Nature Booklet
  • Amy Varboncoeur–Trader Joes Packaging
  • Sydney Whitten–Color Photography Campaign

8 Gold Awards were given to:

  • Sarah Collins–Frist Gala Materials
  • Kennila Gruen–Advocacy Poster
  • Abraham Mast–Animated Loops Animatiom
  • Abraham Mast–The Most Dangerous Game Illustration
  • Isabella Stern–Illustration
  • Caitlyn Swartwood–Poster Design
  • Katherine Vanhüssen–Poster Design
  • Natalie Briscoe–St George and the Dragon Illustration

Other winners were from MTSU, Nashville State Community College and Nossi College of Art.