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October 2002

Release Date: October 8, 2002

2 ASU Art Students Win Silver Awards in National Competition

Two of five Angelo State University students who were named semi-finalists in a national competition have earned silver awards in the graphic design category of the Artists' Call for Justice Competition, sponsored by the Justice Project.

Junior communications major Robert Garcia of Mereta and senior graphic design major JoElla Mendez of San Angelo have been named winners of Illumina Silver Awards in the competition's graphic design category. Garcia's artwork "Punishment" and Mendez's piece "Parent Awareness"y were selected by graphic design jurors Woody Pirtle and Seymour Chwast for the honors.

The competition is a student-centered and Internet-based arts awards program that challenges advanced students to creatively explore themes related to the ideal of justice.

The winning artworks along with those by 22 other ASU students participating in the competition will be on display on the second floor spine of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building through Nov. 1. Garcia and Mendez were among five ASU students to earn semi-finalist status in the competition.

As winners of silver awards, Garcia and Mendez will each receive a $250 prize, a year's membership in the American Institute of Graphic Artists, an Artists' Call for Justice jean jacket and a certificate of participation. Their work also will be featured in special online exhibits of the Art of Justice Gallery. Students also will receive a special URL that they can add to their resume or website leading Internet visitors to their work. Their teacher, Dr. Wen-Shu Lai, an assistant professor of art, will receive an Illumina Teacher Recognition Award and links will be provided to her website.

All the students who entered the contest were enrolled last spring in art courses taught by Lai on layout concepts and advanced computer application in the graphic arts.

The Justice Project is a non-profit organization founded in the year 2000 by American veterans who have joined with others in the pursuit of peace and security. Entries from 38 states were submitted for the competition. Additional information on the program is available at www.artistscall.org.

Garcia is the son of Erminia Garcia, Box 114, Mereta, and Mendez is the daughter of Joel and Gloria Quintella, 2624 Abilene, San Angelo.