Frostburg State University Class of '99 graduate Tina Tozzi of Arnold, Md. was among a select group of students winning awards in PRINT Magazine's 37th Annual International Student Cover Design Competition.
The only winner from Maryland, Tozzi was one of nine students awarded an Honorable Mention. Their cover designs are featured in PRINT's January/February 2001 issue. Entrants came from around the globe, with the top three winners from Australia and Canada.
As part of a requirement that art students preparing their senior portfolios submit an entry to an art competition, Tozzi entered a design she describes as an "abstract of a clock," based on a black and white pencil drawing done when she was 18. To create the abstract effect, she scanned the drawing into a computer and used Photoshop to manipulate the image.
"I was shocked, to be quite honest," said Tozzi upon learning last May that she had won an award. "It was a good feeling and a good experience to win anything in an international contest."
Now the only graphic designer at Lockheed Martin in Seabrook, Md., Tozzi provides all graphic design support for the division of Information Support Services. Clients include the federal Departments of Defense, Justice, Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Tozzi believes that entering the contest helped her obtain her current position, saying, "Anything that puts you in the public eye helps, and gives you an edge."
She also credits her double majors in marketing and graphic design with helping her understand her co-workers in other departments and better grasp what each client wants. That knowledge, she says, "will never go away." To further develop her skills, Tozzi is currently exploring the techniques and tools of Web design.
For information about graphic design, contact the Department of Visual Arts at (301) 687-4797 or visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu/dept/art/arthome.htm.
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