NCC Art students sweep 2016 Student ADDY Awards

Six Northampton Community College Communication Design students received a total of 10 Gold and Silver ADDY Awards at this years American Advertising Federation/Greater Lehigh Valley Ad Club awards ceremony. The ceremony was held in Lipkin Theater on the campus of Northampton Community College.


Gold ADDY Awards

Corey Sebring – Illustration award

Andrew Bisson – web site design award

Susan Sewell – Book design award

Susan Sewell – Package design award

Rudy Ortiz – Animated logo design


Silver ADDY Awards

Alec Hank – Movie campaign award

Andrew Bisson – Infographic poster award

Rudy Ortiz – Promotional video award

Corey Sebring – Illustration award

Corey Sebring – 3D Animation award

Flaming Lips Concert Photo Takes First Place

Glenn Koehler, Jr., a Northampton Community College communication design student in Professor Tom Shillea’s digital photography class, has won first place in the 2015 ArtsQuest/Olympus Invision College Photography Competition. The competition highlights the work of students from colleges and university throughout the Northeast. Koehler’s image from a Flaming Lips show at Musikfest on August 7 of this year, titled “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” was the top prize-winning entry. The title is also the name of the band’s first album. Yoshi and the Pink Robots

“The study of how light can affect the world around us and what details can lie in the shadows have enamored me more and more as I’ve gotten older,” Koehler says of his love of photography. “The entire Flaming Lips concert was full of surreal imagery and magical music, and I hope I captured the essence of that with my photograph.”

Koehler’s photograph and those of second and third place winners from Lehigh University and Kutztown University, respectively, are on exhibit in the Hallway Gallery in the Banana Factory in Bethlehem through December 13. You can see more of Koehler’s work on his website.

This year’s college photography contest was judged by Rick Smolan, a former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer who is best known as the co-creator of the “Day in the Life” book series.

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African American Women

By Professor Tom Shillea, Director of the Art Department at NCC

A new book titled African American Women published by the Smithsonian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The book reproduces one of my iconic portraits of Coretta Scott King along with the photos of other notable photographers.

This book is the third in a series of 4 (see attachment with info on all 4 books) based upon the remarkable photographic collection supporting the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and culture. From daguerreotype portraits taken from the Civil War to twenty-first century digital prints, this series is a striking record of key historical events, cultural touchstones, and private and communal moments that helps to illuminate African American life.


Gold at the 2015 ADDY Awards

NCC students take home the Gold and Silver at the 2015 ADDY Awards.

NCC Communication Design students, and their faculty enjoyed a great evening of socializing and networking as well as winning recognition for their creative design work at the 2015 American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards event on March 6th. The ADDYs are to advertising what the OSCAR’s are to the movies and are sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Ad Club.


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