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2 art seniors named ADDY Award finalists

Graphic design artwork by two seniors at Austin Peay State University will advance to a prestigious national competition.

Lyssa Farestad and Danesha Stallings, both scheduled to graduate May 4 with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, were notified recently that their design work will compete at the national ADDY Awards, May 4-5 in Washington, D.C. The two students are among 1,500 national finalists.

Both seniors recently won gold awards at the district ADDY level, having previously won silver awards at the local level in Nashville.
Graphic design artwork by two seniors at Austin Peay State University will advance to a prestigious national competition.

Lyssa Farestad and Danesha Stallings, both scheduled to graduate May 4 with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, were notified recently that their design work will compete at the national ADDY Awards, May 4-5 in Washington, D.C. The two students are among 1,500 national finalists.

Both seniors recently won gold awards at the district ADDY level, having previously won silver awards at the local level in Nashville.

The ADDY Awards is the largest creative competition in the country with about 55,000 local entries competing in more than 200 cities coast to coast.

Winning at the district level is the second step in competing for a national ADDY trophy. Any entry that wins a gold or silver ADDY is eligible to compete in the national competition.

Farestad, of Mount Juliet, and Stallings, of Hendersonville, are students of David Bieloh, assistant professor of graphic design at APSU. Their winning work was designed in Bieloh's class.

In addition, their portfolios consisting of several graphic design pieces will be available for viewing in a combined exhibit beginning today and ending April 26 in the Trahern Gallery.

Opening night will be from 7-9 tonight. The exhibit can be viewed from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, April 24; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, April 26.

For more information, contact Bieloh by telephone at (931) 221-7159 or by e-mail at bielohd@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer