News Release

Published on Saturday, October 03, 2009

Western Technical College graphic design student, Susan Walz of La Crosse, was recently chosen as the winner of the International Graphic Arts Education Association poster design competition. Her winning design will be used to promote 2010 Graphic Communications Week, which occurs Jan. 17-23.
The 14 in. x 20 in. poster features the word “Print” and quotes from Benjamin Franklin in rays streaming from a bright lightbulb, completing the theme “Print Enlightens the World.” An image of the earth appears at the bottom of the poster while a transparent image of Franklin is visible in the background. Ben Franklin is celebrated as the pioneer of electricity, but he’s also regarded as one of the founding fathers of print.

“This is an annual contest for students of IGAEA members, and each year the board of directors chooses the top three posters. Each winner receives a monetary award, and the first place design becomes the poster for Graphic Communications Week, as well as the cover for our Visual Communications Journal publication,” said Dennis Dougherty, IGAEA Second Vice President.

The International Graphic Arts Education Association is an association of educators in partnership with industry, dedicated to sharing theories, principles, techniques and processes relating to graphic communications and imaging technology. For the past three years, Kodak has worked with the IGAEA to print and distribute posters that promote the advantages of the industry as a career choice. For more information about IGAEA, go to

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