SUU Graphic Design Students Win Prestigious UCDA Awards

Published: September 30, 2021 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 4 minutes

Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass PagesSUU’s Art & Design Department is proud to announce that students in SUU’s Graphic Design program from the Spring 2021 Publications Design and Kolob Canyon Review courses won awards in the University & College Designers Association (UCDA) art competitions they entered this summer.

The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) inspires designers working in academia in North America and around the world by delivering relevant programming and benefits in a personal and thoughtful way. The organization provides for the professional and personal growth of its members, and advocates for designers’ and educators’ roles within their institution. UCDA works to elevate the importance of design overall.

Jessica Scott, an alumna of SUU’s Graphic Design program, says, “The opportunity to collaborate and work with a team of designers on both the Kolob Canyon Review and the redesign of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass was amazing. It was a valuable ‘real-world’ experience that helped jump-start my career in the Graphic Design industry. Entering these pieces in the UCDA Design Competition and receiving the Award of Excellence was an incredible experience. Receiving these awards for the design work I contributed for these publications not only makes me feel more confident as a designer, but also adds to my credibility in the field as a professional. I am so grateful for the amazing team of designers, and mentor Brock Landrum, for making this possible and helping to push these pieces past the bounds of what is expected by the ‘rules’ of design to achieve such stunning publications.”

2021 Kolob Canyon Review CoverThe Kolob Canyon Review students won a UCDA Award of Excellence and were shortlisted on the Communication Arts Award as well for their work on creating this year’s literary journal. Kolob Canyon Review, named after the breath-taking Kolob Canyon at Zion’s National Park, is a literary journal for the students, faculty, and alumni of Southern Utah University. Originally created under the names of “Tailwind'' in the 1980’s and “The Paunsagunt Review” until 1996. Kolob Canyon Review has evolved in recognition and prestige throughout its history, with past staff members including Christopher Nelson, founder of the online literary journal “Under a Warm Green Linden” and Tristen Fagg, proprietor of Thicker Ink Press. Created through collaboration with the SUU English Department and the SUU Art & Design Department, Kolob Canyon Review is a labor of love formed by the hands of its undergraduate student editors, student staff members, and faculty advisors.

Brock Landrum, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, shares, “It’s wonderful to see students willing to enter their work into competitions. These competitions are important. They help students develop a sense of confidence in their abilities and show there are opportunities for hard work to be recognized. It also helps students see where their work fits in the current landscape of design practice. To watch SUU students win awards for their design projects is special and gives many others outside of our campus the chance to see the level of skill and talent these students have cultivated.”

Both the re-design of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass and the Kolob Canyon Review will be featured in the UCDA Design Award Show in Denver, Colorado on October 2, 2021 and be placed in the UCDA permanent collections.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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