AIGA Colorado 2013 Gala Salutes Deborah Williams
and John Kjos as AIGA Fellows
June 26, 2013 6pm
McNichols Civic Center Building
AIGA Colorado, the professional association for design, has named Deborah Williams and John Kjos as its Fellow Award recipients for 2013. Ms. Williams and Mr. Kjos have been creative leaders in Colorado’s design community for decades and dynamic contributors to the AIGA Colorado Chapter’s work in raising standards of excellence in practice. Of note:
For 34 years, Deborah Williams sparked creativity at Design and Image (D&I), a Denver branding legend since 1971. President of D&I from 1985 to her retirement in 2011, she has generously served the creative community as President of AIGA, the Art Directors Club of Denver (ADCD) and more. In 2008, she was honored with the ADCD Legacy Award.
From printer’s devil to Playboy artist to passionate guide for future designers, John Kjos’ graphic success spans more than four decades. This founder of Ampersand Studios helped establish AIGA Colorado, is a past director of both ADCD and AIGA, and serves on the board of the Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics for the Denver Art Museum.
AIGA Colorado presents the AIGA Fellow Award to two recipients bi-annually at the AIGA Colorado Gala. It gathers Colorado designers and industry contributors to celebrate design in Colorado and serves as a fundraiser to benefit the Robert Taylor AIGA Colorado Scholarship and Professional Grant. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as the practice of design are given equal consideration in measuring significant contribution.
The Robert Taylor AIGA Colorado Scholarship, valued over $5,000, was created to help young designers, enrolled in an accredited college design program. Recipients of the scholarship demonstrate leadership within the design community as well as outstanding work in the field of design. To date, AIGA Colorado has awarded six scholarships. The Robert Taylor AIGA Colorado Professional Grant, being awarded for the first time in 2013, provides $1,500 to a professional designer in need of funds for further professional development, or a project that will bring awareness to a special cause.
For event information, ticket prices and detailed bios of Deborah and John, please visit gala.aigacolorado.org. This event is open to the public. Seating is limited.