Southeastern wins graphic design awards

Thursday, May 14, 2015 Michael Trahan
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Office of University Marketing and Communications was recognized for graphic design by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with three Communicator Awards, including two first place Gold Awards of Excellence.
     Graphic designer Michael Trahan of Livingston was recognized with Gold Awards of Excellence for posters promoting the university’s opera performances of “La Perichole” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The full color posters included original illustrations by Trahan for each production.
     Trahan was also awarded a second place Silver Award of Distinction for the 2014-15 promotional brochure for Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in the overall design category.
     “Michael’s work is always top notch, and his work on ‘La Perichole’ even more so because he only had about a week to come up with and execute the design -- and then he goes and wins a first place award for it,” said Charles Effler, director of Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop. “His design for ‘Sweeney Todd’ is nothing short of a masterpiece. All of the conductors for performing ensembles in the music division of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts feel privileged to have such a talented artist designing our posters and program art.”
     “In addition to utilizing the Columbia season brochure to advertise and sell season tickets in the region, I use it in talking with agents while at the American Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York in January,” said C. Roy Blackwood, Executive Director for the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. “Every person who saw this brochure remarked on how beautiful and well-designed it is, and I concur whole-heartedly.”
     Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, the Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. With over 6,000 entries received from across the United States and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.


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