UNT named ‘best school’ in national creative competition

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 09:47

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas received “Best of School” and 17 other awards in the 16th annual National Student Show and Conference.

Students from the College of Visual Arts and Design and Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism earned a total of $12,400, representing 62 percent of the total prize money awarded by the competition this year. 

The National Student Show and Conference gives collegiate designers, illustrators, photographers, writers, motion designers and art directors an opportunity to submit their work in a juried competition. Each year, the creative competition awards $20,000 in scholarships and prizes across nine categories including advertising, general design, illustration, interactive design, motion design, photography, portfolio, publication and retail. 

UNT students were recognized for their exceptional work in everything from advertising print and video to design for branding campaigns, retail packaging and mobile apps. 


University of North Texas 



Adeline Fortenberry (CVAD)

Submission Type: Advertising Print

Client: Q’s Cafe Ad Series


Frank Julion Polk IV, Chloe Gordon, Brealyn Burns, Stephanie Meyer, Mujtaba Raza Zaheer, Christopher Willis, Joshua Kilbane and Malachi Ball (Mayborn)

Submission Type: Advertising Video

Client: Lawry’s 


Hana Snell (CVAD)

Submission Type: Annual Report

Client: Eataly 


Kristina Armitage (CVAD)

Submission Type: Poster

Client: Cosi Fan Tutte


Brandon Gunderson (CVAD)

Submission Type: Mobile App

Client: Penguin Digital Library


Ashley Roy (CVAD)

Submission Type: Branding Campaign

Client: Keela Cup


Ashley Roy (CVAD)

Submission Type: Retail Packaging 

Client: Gillette Hapi



Jeff Barfoot Best Concept Award

Chen Lin (CVAD)

Client: Dallas Symphony Orchestra


Best of Show Award

Hana Snell (CVAD)

Client: Eataly



Judge Krista McCrimmon’s award

Hana Snell (CVAD)

Client: Eataly


Judge Devin O’Bryan’s award

Ashley Roy (CVAD)

Client: Keela Cup


Judge Trevor Bassett’s award

Annie Nguyen (CVAD)

Client: Senior Portfolio


Judge Christina Childress’s award

Annie Nguyen (CVAD)

Client: Simply Asia


PORTFOLIO AWARDS | $1,000-$2,500

Bart Forbes Best Illustration Portfolio: $2,500

Chelsea Tolin (CVAD)


Dick Sloan Best Junior Portfolio: $1,500

Hana Snell (CVAD)


Senior Portfolio–Gold: $2,000

Ashley Roy (CVAD)


Senior Portfolio–Silver: $1,000

Annie Nguyen (CVAD)

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