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Graphic Design Students, Alumni Win 14 Awards at ADDYs MMXIX – Saints + Sinners

By March 12, 2019March 18th, 2019Graphic Design

In another impressive showing, Villa students and alumni won seven awards at AAF Buffalo‘s annual ADDYs — more than a third of the awards handed out in the student category. Students were recognized for their exceptional efforts on individual and group projects that were created during the 2018-2019 academic year. Their work was scored by three judges from the local advertising scene: Matt Low, vice president and creative director at Crowley Webb, Greg Meadows, creative director at Telesco Creative Group, and Kim Pentheros, a freelance art director and graphic designer.

Villa’s 2019 ADDY Award winners are as follows:

Silver ADDY Award Winners

Travis Springer, ’18, Prelude – Senior Design Exhibit, Ambient Media Campaign






Ana Echeverria, ’19, – Alzheimer’s Association Campaign, Integrated Consumer Advertising Campaign









Emily Kaczynski, ’20, Michael Morganti, ’20, Chelsea Herriven, ’20, and Tim Winterhalter, ’20, – Reach Out, Integrated Consumer Advertising Campaign










Maria Schiltz, ’21, – Revive Outerwear, Integrated Brand Identity Campaign











Michael Morganti, ’20, – Jupiter Fashion, Integrated Brand Identity Campaign










Gold ADDY Award Winners


Shelby Braidich, ’19, Travis Springer, ’18 and Emily Kaczynski, ’20, – SKALD 2019, Magazine Design










Travis Springer – Senior Thesis: Charley,  Integrated Brand Identity Campaign








In addition, 7 graduates of Villa Maria’s graphic design program won professional awards:

Brittney Sikora, ’14, designer at White Bicycle:

  • Gold, Darlingside – Darlingside Extralife Vinyl – Packaging
  • Gold, Burchfield Penney Art Center, ‘At This Time’ – Brochure / Poster Set
  • Silver, Burchfield Penney Art Center, ‘Burchfield’s Dreams’ – Book Design

Emily Zajac, ’15, Designer at In-Room Plus: 1 Silver

  • Silver, JW Turnberry Miami Marriott Resort & Spa, JW Turnberry Marriott Minibar Set – Packaging Campaign

Sam Lonczak, ’17, Designer at Fifteen:

  • Silver, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Bison Dip New Flavors – Social Media Campaign

Sam Lonczak, Independently:

  • Silver, SAM logo design – Self Promotion

Dylan Nowak, Independently:

  • Silver, Electronic Arts NHL ’19 Video Game, EA NHL ’19 Create-a-Team Logos – Integrated Brand Identity Campaign

Each year the ADDY Award Show puts the best of the best from the local advertising industry into one room. This year’s event, which took place on March 1 at Asbury Hall, was no different. According to AAF Buffalo, the ADDY Awards are the advertising industry’s largest competition. Awards are earned in recognition of the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. 

“Villa Maria provides a unique environment that encourages creativity, professionalism and originality, said Julie Zack assistant professor of graphic design at Villa. “Our students thrive on the ability to express themselves and earn success. The awards are merely a reflection of their passion and skills. We’re continually inspired and impressed by them, even after they graduate.”

Since 2014, Villa Maria College students and alumni have amassed 14 gold ADDYs, 29 silver ADDYs and 3 best in shows. In addition to ADDYs, Villa Maria College students have won 1 people’s choice award and 2 district awards.