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UT art project wins national award for local billboard displays

Several University of Toledo art students recently were recognized on a national scale for bringing their art to the city.

Artwork by April VanSlambrouck and other UT students was featured on digital billboards in Toledo last fall.

Artwork by April VanSlambrouck and other UT students was featured on digital billboards in Toledo last fall.

The project, “Stories From Toledo,” developed by art students from the Time, Motion, Space class and others representing the Department of Art, was selected as the winner of the 2012 Achievement in Digital Art & Design Award by the International Digital Media and Arts Association.

UT art students had their work displayed on 20 digital billboards throughout Toledo from October through December last year thanks to a collaborative effort with Lamar Outdoor Advertising.

“It’s very exciting to have student work seen locally and recognized nationally,” said Barry Whittaker, assistant professor of art and coordinator of new media design practices, who directed the students on the project. “It was a unique opportunity to get the art out of the classroom and into the city.”

For the project, students were told to create fictional film stills that represented a larger story that was connected to the Toledo community.

“This posed an interesting challenge for a time-based media class. They had to create a still image that would suggest something before and after,” Whittaker said.

The student artists who participated in the project were Clinton Bales, Alyssa Brown, Kasia Gacek, Yang Gao, Morgan Hayward, Philip Herman, Thomas Johnson, Marko Milliken, Halah Mohamed, Jessica Ostrander, Jeremy Pellington, Noah Roszczipka, Austin Tuttle, April VanSlambrouck, Jon Wittes and Mark Yappueying.

Click here to view the pieces used in the project.