Students from 78 high schools and universities across the country
competed in the 24th Brass
Ring Awards Art and Design Student Competition at Oklahoma Christian
University. At the April 3 ceremony 126 Oklahoma students received
awards in 40 categories. Twelve of the awards went to Oklahoma
The Brass Ring Awards competition was created to motivate and reward
students for excellence in art and design. Award-winning professional
designers and artists judged all work. Cash prizes were awarded to
winners selected from among 518 entries. This year 60 universities and
18 high schools across 24 states participated. The competition began in
1985 with 85 entries from seven universities.
"This competition continues to grow each year,” said Oklahoma
Christian art and design faculty member Jeff Price. "With participation
by schools such as UCLA and Virginia Commonwealth University, students
compete against truly the best student designers in the nation.”
The awards presentation was held April 3 with more than 250 in
attendance. Nine Oklahoma colleges and 13 Oklahoma high schools competed
in the event.
New categories added this year were game design, animation and video.
Other categories included advertising, photography, graphic design,
illustration and interior design. More than 10 professionals served as
The advertising graphic design photo judges were the staff of Visual Image Advertising in
Oklahoma City. The interior design judge was Amanda Pack, from Brass Brick Design/Build in
Oklahoma City. The interactive media judges were Jason Yang, art
director/motion designer at Steelehouse
Productions in Tulsa; Paul Corrigan, the interactive creative
director at Barkley in Kansas
City; and Jeremy Fuksa, presentation director at Barkley. The high school art and
design judges were Scott Hale, the creative director at MJOK Design in Oklahoma City; and
Christian Pitt, the director of MAINSITE
contemporary art gallery in Norman.
According to Price, the competition gives high school students a
confidence boost before heading to college.
"A number of students that place in the high school category have a
greater sense of their future careers as they start their freshman year
of college,” Price said. "That also gives students confidence when they
are applying to colleges, and the awards give them a more powerful
Alex Harris is an art major at Oklahoma Christian from Edmond. She
placed in the 2008 Brass Ring competition.
"Participating in Brass Ring helped me get to know the Oklahoma
Christian faculty a little better,” Harris said. "That helped me get
acclimated to the program faster as well.”