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SKALD 2018 Scores Nationally

By March 12, 2019May 19th, 2022Animation, Graphic Design, Liberal Arts

The Columbia Scholastic Press AssociationAbstract painting of a woman holding a basket of apples and bananas. announced on Friday, March 8 that SKALD 2018, Villa’s art and literary magazine, has earned a Silver Crown Award. The magazine is one out of just 10 college publications to receive the Silver designation, putting it on the same playing field as several notable institutions, including Miami Dade College, Columbia College in Chicago, North Carolina State University and more.

The Crown Awards honor top student publications created by CSPA members. Winners are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publications in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all eligible for awards. Publications are judged on their excellence in design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. This year, a total of 1,172 publications were eligible for judging.

“Congratulations, once again, to the students and faculty who contributed to this year’s SKALD,” said Dr. Matthew Giordano, president of Villa Maria College. “We continue to build upon our legacy of recognitions and awards, and that is a testament to the talent of our students and the dedication of our faculty.  I look forward to continued success.”

The 2018 edition of SKALD was designed by a team of student designers consisting of Travis Springer, ’18, Shelby Braidich, ’19 and Emily Kaczynski, ’20. They were advised by Assistant Professors of Graphic Design Julie Zack and Bob Grizanti and Associate Professor of English Joyce Kessel. SKALD 2018 was designed with the user experience in mind. Repetition of elements from the cover painting, representative of the balance of manual and digital processes, is seen throughout the spreads.

The magazine contains work from nearly 40 students studying animation, fine art, graphic design, interior design and literature. Students from all majors are encouraged to submit literary and/or artwork completed in courses at Villa. Final selections are made by program-specific faculty and advisors to the publication. Design decisions are made by the student staff.

The award-winning SKALD 2018 can be viewed here:, and some of the featured work can be seen below.

Update, April 2019: In addition to receiving the plaque for our Silver Crown Award for SKALD 2018 this week, two of our students received individual Gold Circle Awards:

  • Second Place Award in the look of one page or spread typography to Lindsay Neilson, ’21
  • Third Place award in the look of one page or spread typography to Michael Morganti, ’20
Black and white photograph of a young woman with dark hair. Hands covering face.

See Me, Kimberly Holtyn, ’19,

Four black and white drawings with dots and lines

Lindsay Neilson, Four Point Plane, ’21

Black and white drawing of a Polaroid picture of two young brothers

Drawing by Jamie Pawlak, ’19