Spark & Success: AIGA Colorado Gala 2013

Written by
AIGA Colorado
May 29, 2013
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​.aiga​col​orado​.org. This event is open to the pub­lic. Seating is limited.







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