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TWU Department of Visual Arts receives national design award


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Photo Credit: Shannon Drawe
From left: Susan kae Grant, TWU professor of visual arts; Jana Perez, TWU associate professor of visual arts; and Michelle Hays, chair of the TWU Department of Visual Arts.

DENTON — An exhibition catalog designed by three faculty members in the Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts has received a 2015 American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA.

The catalog “Seductive Alchemy/Books by Artists” was recognized for outstanding design in a competition with almost 6,000 entries nationwide, and only a few hundred projects selected as winners.

Michelle Hays, chair of the Department of Visual Arts, and Jana Perez, associate professor of visual arts, provided the art direction and design for the catalog. Susan kae Grant, professor of visual arts and Richard Klein created the photographs, along with a team of 10 TWU photography student assistants.

“Earning this national award validates the talent and creativity of our visual arts faculty,” Hays said. “We consistently push our students to exceed expectations in their work, and also do the same ourselves. We are thrilled by this honor.”

“Seductive Alchemy/Books by Artists” documents the Seductive Alchemy exhibit at TWU in January 2013, which featured 98 works by 80 artists from the United States, Great Britain, Europe and Australia. Ruth R. Rogers, curator of special collections at Wellesley College, served as the guest curator of the exhibit. For more information or to order a copy of the catalog visit

Among the other 2015 American Inhouse Design Award winners are the AARP, the American Heart Association, American University, Bank of America, Boeing, Capital One, Emory University, Gannett, LEGO, Marriott, McDonalds, Nike, PepsiCo, MTV, the United Nations, the University of Michigan, the U.S. Marine Corps and others.

Graphic Design USA, which publishes a monthly magazine for creative design professionals, has organized the Inhouse Design Award competition for nearly five decades. For more information, visit

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