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May 01, 2017

La Roche Design Students Featured in AIGA Pittsburgh’s Annual Juried Art Show

La Roche design students showing off artwork in the Cantellops Art GalleryPITTSBURGH, May 1, 2017 – This spring La Roche graphic designers excelled in PGH365, an annual design show hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

“The sophistication of our students’ approach – not just to design, but copywriting, user understanding, research and concept development – is what draws such recognition of their work from others,” Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Andy Schwanbeck said.

Each year students and professionals from Western Pennsylvania submit design work to PGH365. Their work is critically reviewed before being selected for the show. Along with work being showcased, a small number of accolades are awarded to both the professional and student entries.
Jurors selected the works of eight La Roche students to feature at the opening of the exhibit this spring. The following students and their work appeared in this year’s show:

Heather Clay of Pittsburgh

Design Excellence Student Award – Travino Restaurant Identity System
Selected Work – Eames Book Publication

Jihye Kim of Gibsonia
Judges Choice Award – RootBear Beverage Packaging

Olivia Healy of Pittsburgh
Selected Work – People of the World – Photography

Becky Hinzman of Cranberry Township
Selected Work – Lark and Pine Restaurant Identity System

Beau Limsakulpakdi of Baden
Selected Work – Wonderfruit Festival Identity System

Jennifer Navari of Harrison City
Selected Work – Patch Branding System
Selected Work – Alternate Sustainable Battery and Light Bulb Packaging
Selected Work – Papa Legbas Beverage Packaging

Brandi Reynolds of Jefferson Hills
Selected Work – Trail Rescue Beverage Packaging

Julia Shelton of Pittsburgh
Selected Work – Paddy Wagon Restaurant Identity System

“I’m really honored that my typographic restaurant identity project won the Design Excellence Award. I spent days researching vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountain region, a place I’ve visited and would love to return,” Ms. Clay, a junior, said. “I was inspired by its beautiful coastal terrain and the attitude of people who embrace a wholesome lifestyle of healthy organic eating, outdoor adventure and community involvement.”

Since 1992 La Roche has held accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is one of only two schools in the Pittsburgh area, and one of only 322 nationally, that is accredited by NASAD. Learn more at

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.