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GAERF LAUNCHES 2018 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA— The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2018 Student Design Competition, themed Dominate the Display!”  This tenth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity to design and print an appealing and informational label for a fictitious product (of their choice) that showcases its unique brand and influences the decision to purchase.  Entries will be judged on their compelling and influential design, (fictitious) product and brand identification, fit to the product container, creativity and originality, and use of printing enhancements.  One secondary and one post-secondary school winner will be identified for each of the first, second and third place awards. Read more


GAERF RINGS IN NEW YEAR WITH UPDATED STRUCTURE AND 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Reston, VA— The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has begun the New Year on an exciting new path starting with a structural change, newly-ratified Board Directors and Officers, plus an ambitious work plan for 2018. With the original incorporation of the Foundation related to the creation of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), which changed with the dissolution of GASC in 2017, the NPES Board’s December 2017 meeting addressed a necessary update to the Foundation’s governing documents.  “The Foundation is now fully supported by the Association for Print Technologies,” stated Thayer Long, president, Association for Print Technologies (formerly NPES) and GAERF.  “And it is important to note that this change does not alter GAERF’s mission or purpose, it merely recognizes its structural change,” Long continued.

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GAERF LAUNCHES 2017 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA— The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2017 Student Design Competition, themed “MAGnify!” This ninth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity with cutting-edge technology to design and produce a printed magazine ad, featuring a product of their choice and linked to digital media, to demonstrate the essential role that print plays in today’s multichannel media mix. The ad design must incorporate a reference (URL or other) to the online promotion of their product. Entries will be judged on designs that include both the print and digital media components. One secondary and one post-secondary school winner will be identified for each of the first, second and third place awards. Read more


GRAPHIC ARTS EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2016 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION, RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES


Reston, VA— The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the winners of the GAERF 2016 Student Design Competition from among this year’s record 400-plus entries. The annual contest, now in its eighth year, and themed for 2016 “Infograph It!”, challenged students from secondary and post-secondary institutions to design and create an engaging printed item that incorporates an infographic—a graphic design that presents complex information quickly and clearly—on a topic of their choice. Read more


GAERF SUPPORTS GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST; BEST AND BRIGHTEST WINNERS

Students from Graphic Communications Programs in High School and Post-Secondary Schools Compete and Win Top Honors in 2016 SkillsUSA Championships


Reston, VA – Graphic Communications students from across the country participated in the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a competition that showcases the best career and technical education students in the nation.  The SkillsUSA partnership of students, teachers, and industry work together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce.  In addition to the prizes that this year’s 2016 National winners received, the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) provided $250 scholarships for the state gold medal winners in: Screen Printing, Advertising Design, and Graphic Communications. Read more


GAERF LAUNCHES 2016 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA — The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2016 Student Design Competition, themed Infograph It! This eighth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity with cutting-edge technology to design and create an engaging printed item with an infographic—defined as a visual graphic that presents complex information or data quickly and clearly—on the topic of their choice. Read more


GAERF ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2015 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA — The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the winners of the GAERF 2015 Student Design Competition. The annual contest, now in its seventh year themed for 2015 The PIZZAZZ of PRINT!, challenged students from secondary and post-secondary institutions to create a unique and striking printed marketing piece to promote strong attendance at a major event. Read more


GAERF LAUNCHES 2015 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the seventh annual GAERF Student Design Competition themed “The PIZZAZZ of Print!” The 2015 contest challenges participants to exhibit their originality and ingenuity by creating a unique and striking marketing piece to promote strong attendance at a major event. The competition is open to all students attending secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/ printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Read more


GAERF TO LAUNCH GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS COMPETENCIES AT GRAPH EXPO 14


Reston, VA —The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announced it will unveil Graphic Communications Skills Competencies (GCSC) at GRAPH EXPO 14, coming September 28 - October 1, 2014 to Chicago’s McCormick Place. The competencies were written by industry professionals and graphic communications educators to provide measurable or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors critical to successful job performance in six key content areas.  Read more