Lewis-Clark State College’s Becca Eller has been named the winner of the 2016 Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation’s (PGSF) national poster design competition, foundation officials recently announced.
Eller, a senior from Riggins, Idaho, is a graphic communications major and is scheduled to earn her degree in December.
The PGSF annually sponsors a poster contest to promote the foundation’s scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students and fellowships for graduate assistants in graphic communications.
Eller’s submission “Your Future is Out There – Create It” was chosen as the winner among all entries from across the United States. Eller’s poster is a graphic of a person looking up into a sky full of stars with her poster title in big print in the sky.
“With the concept of promoting a program that perhaps not as many venture into in terms of the educational aspect, I wanted it to catch anyone's eye,” Eller said. “I love design, and I would love for others to find their passion in it and know that there are great tools such as PGSF out there, in the great unknown. Perhaps a more modern way of saying the trite phrase ‘reach for the stars’ utilizing imagery.”
Eller, 24, said her personal life also inspired her poster concept.
“I was able to push through (college) with three jobs and two kids,” she said. “And this poster win only helps me. I would love for others struggling to get where they want to know there is great help if you give it your all.”
Eller received a check for $500 for the winning poster and the PGSF will have more than 1,500 posters made and distributed to schools with graphic programs throughout the country. The poster will also be used on various websites.
In addition, LCSC will receive five graphic design books from various graphic artists as well as a plaque honoring Eller as the winner, which will be displayed in the graphic communications office at the college.
Eller plans to continue working as a designer for Allegra, a print and marketing firm located in Moscow, following graduation. She said her dream job would be working as a designer for Jessica Hische, a famous designer, illustrator and type designer from New York, or at Tank Studios, a community for artists, in Denver.