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Carver's award-winning poster for Stay True Tattoo Company. (Tusculum College photo)

Carver's award-winning poster for Stay True Tattoo Company. (Tusculum College photo)

Tusculum Student wins silver at Knoxville ADDY Awards

March 14, 2011

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Tusculum College student Nathan Carver was recently awarded a silver ADDY, one of the most prestigious awards in advertising and design.

Carver, a junior graphic design major from Clarksville, Tenn., was honored at a banquet on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, where he received his award and certificate.

This was the 46th annual event for the organization that honors print, broadcast and interactive media with 287 awards given to 32 companies for creativity, originality and strategy.

The Knoxville ADDY Awards is the first tier of a three-tiered national ADDY competition, which is the advertising industry's largest recognition of creative excellence. The Student ADDY section includes 18 design categories that incorporate graphic design, digital video, photography and advertisement.

Carver's victory came in the Collateral Material/Poster category for a poster he designed for Stay True Tattoo Company in Johnson City.

The poster started out as a competitive project in one of Carver's graphic design classes at Tusculum College, taught by Keith Herrin, assistant professor of art. Carver submitted several poster designs and had his design selected not only to be used by the company, but also to be displayed as part of a gallery show held in conjunction with First Fridays activities in Downtown Johnson City.

The poster, which eventually went on to win the Silver ADDY, was one of two contest submissions of Carvers that was selected for the display.

At Tusculum, Carver has not only excelled in the his academic performance and in a number of class projects through Tusculum graphic and fine arts programs, but has also worked with many of the departments on campus, gaining real world design experience.

Carver has worked with athletics, Enrollment Management and others where he has designed programs, advertisements, marketing pieces and other work used by the college. In addition, he has served as an athletics photographer for the past two years.