Our Judges volunteer their time for SHOW and travel to Nebraska from far-and-wide just to review and recognize the excellent work you create!

Judging takes place in two stages: online and in-person. First, digital entries are reviewed remotely by our judges, who carefully select the best from the pool to move onto the second round. Entrants who proceed onto the second round, provide physical entries—mounted on mat board—for our judges to asses in person.

Judging is deeper than aesthetic, your attention to all the other details (ya’ know, fulfilling the creative brief, reaching the target audience, analytics; those types of things) culminates in award-winning entries. Who wins? Join us for the SHOW Exhibition on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Multicultural Design

Sadie Red Wing

Sadie Red Wing (sadieredwing.com) is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as, encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum.

Currently, Red Wing works as the Assistant Director of the Native Student Programs at the University of Redlands where she supports and provides resources to indigenous students during their journey through higher education. Her work has been featured on AIGA’s Eye on Design: “Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education?” (2017), Communication Arts: “Decolonizing Native American Design” (2017), and The World Policy Journal: “United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” (2018).

Multimedia Design

Marq Mervin

Marq Mervin is a Multimedia Designer and lover of cartoons and video games. The Florida native trained in animation at Jacksonville University. Marq’s ‘single-player campaign,’ or career, led him to design and animate for news broadcast and local startups. Marq’s tenure in broadcast led to an Emmy Award-winning documentary. Currently, Marq teaches digital media at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He’s also an advocate of art and design education for marginalized and underrepresented youth. Some of his work includes: serving as a Public Education Ambassador for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, speaking about equitable representation in art education at TEDxFSCJ, and leading the Education & Community Committee for AIGA’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.

Marq’s passion for art and design led to recognition from Revision Path’s 28 Days of the Web. Additionally, his advocacy in Jacksonville led him to moderate VyStar’s International Artist Lecture Series Q&A with Disney legend Floyd Norman. Marq views engagements, including The Show, as new and exciting story-mode adventures. When he’s not traveling for game tournaments, he’s catching up on his favorite anime or performing poetry at open mic nights.

Strategy + Design

RIch Hollant

Principal, strategic director, design director of CO:LAB, a firm working to connect communities to their embedded power with a focus on equity. / Found in international and regional design competitions, along with books, articles and such on the topics of  branding for socially-conscious organizations, ethics, business models, design for good, ethics, community practices, and research processes for impact design. / Featured in Business Weekly, Communication Arts, Graphic Design, USA’s “People to Watch”, and acknowledged by Fast Company as one of the top 11 designers working on social value. / His work on diversity and inclusion is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. / Former AIGA Connecticut President, Current AIGA National Board, Co-Chair of Design for Democracy, Advisor to AIGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. / Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of Hartford. / Cares about people and how they express their power. / All the music out of and about Nebraska is lit. Where there’s decent music there’s solid design… so I’m looking forward to checking out this place with you all.