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Felicity Jones wins national poster contest

Cazenovia College student Felicity Jones was awarded the first place position in the "2011 Lend a Hand" national poster contest, with her poster "Being Thrifty is Nifty." Jones, who resides in Cazenovia, is a senior in Cazenovia College's Visual Communications Program.

"I am extremely honored to have won the contest, but," Jones said, "as a firm believer in all things handmade, I was even more excited to have my design printed using the letterpress technique."

The project, sponsored by "Tending a Difficult Hope" invited students to create a poster to inspire their generation to make healthy sustainable choices, and to work together for the common good. The students were to use a specific poster from the World War I or World War II era, or any poster from the online "Beans Are Bullets" (war era food posters) exhibition as inspiration for their designs.

Jones said, "I enjoyed the research portion of the project as much as actually designing it. I was very inspired by the color palettes and typography used in posters from the WWII era."

All the students in the College's Graphic Design and Social Change class, taught by Laurie Selleck, associate professor of visual communications, took part in the contest. Their posters will be part of a traveling group exhibition that will include all the posters submitted to the contest.

Details about the exhibition will be announced at leahgauthier.com/tendingadifficulthope. The winning entries are posted on this site, and letterpress posters may be ordered as well.

"This contest was a great opportunity for students to put the skills and techniques they learned in class into practice for a good cause, a cause focused on empowering their generation," Selleck said, "It is exciting to see that Felicity's work will be part of an effort to effect positive social change through design. Her bold, inspired poster, laden with cultural resonance and developed with careful attention to detail, distinguished her work from a field of strong entries. We in the Visual Communications Program, her professors and classmates, are very proud of her accomplishments and look forward to seeing the whole show."

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