Wayland receives award for art gallery piece

August 18, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s Abraham Art Gallery has been named as a winner in the 32nd Annual Mitchell A. Wilder Publication Design Award Competition. Created to recognize achievement in graphic design and media production and to encourage quality in public presentation, the Wilder Design Competition drew 40 entries from museums of all sizes, regions and disciplines throughout the state of Texas.

The award is presented by the Texas Association of Museums of which organizations must be a member in order to enter the competition. Dr. Candace Keller, Wayland Professor of Art, serves as art curator for the Abraham Art Gallery as well as the Llano Estacado Museum. The art gallery competes under the museum membership. Entries are submitted in five categories and are limited to one per category. The five categories include: invitations and development campaign materials; newsletters, brochures and announcements; books and catalogs; marketing materials, supplementary materials and posters; and non-print media. Entries must be produced or commissioned by the museum and must relate directly to the museum’s program.

The winning piece was the art gallery’s 2011-12 season postcard “Strokes of Genius” designed by Teresa Young, Director of Communication for Wayland at the time. This was the first piece entered in competition by Dr. Keller.

“It was such an honor to receive a Wilder Award for our Abraham Gallery promotional season card with our first competition entry,” Keller said. “Our Wayland public relations directors have always worked with us to produce excellent professional publications, and special thanks go to Teresa for this achievement.”

The Art Gallery’s 2011-12 season opens with an American Watercolor Society exhibit that will run Sept. 4-Oct. 16. The gallery, located in the atrium of Wayland’s Learning Resources Center, is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 2-5 p.m.

Other Wilder Award winners were: Bell County Museum in Belton, Dallas Museum of Art, Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, Railroad and Heritage Museum in Temple, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Antonio Museum of Art, Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos, The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, The Wittliff Collections in San Marcos and Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum in Austin.