February 10, 2014

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Entrants Challenged to Demonstrate Creativity with Ability to Design a Unique and Striking Package

       Reston, VA — The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2014 Student Design Competition, themed
PACK-tastic!” This sixth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity with cutting edge technology to design a unique and striking package. Entries will be judged on design, functionality, appropriate labeling, and marketability. One secondary school winner and one post-secondary school winner will be identified for each of the first, second, and third place awards.

       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. Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

       First place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day trip, all expenses paid, to attend GRAPH EXPO 14 in Chicago, IL. The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during GRAPH EXPO 14’s Career Awareness Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Second place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third place winners will receive $1,000.

       “GAERF is proud to continue its commitment to supporting education initiatives by encouraging creativity and self-expression in students through the art of design and production,” said GAERF President Ralph Nappi. “This year’s competition centers around packaging, currently our industry’s largest growth sector, and will serve to recognize our best and brightest students, as well as the significant commitment of their instructors.”

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About GAERF®
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation was created by the National Association for Printing Leadership, NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies, and the Printing Industries of America in 1983. These three national associations jointly own the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). GAERF was created to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-managed shows into projects supporting a strong future for the industry. For additional information about the Foundation and its programs, visit the GAERF website at: or phone toll-free: (866) 381-9839.