Walker-Buchanan Scholarship Awarded At BFA Senior Show Reception

The School of Visual Communication Design founders awarded the first Walker-Buchanan Scholarship to Best of Show award recipient Joshua Bird at the 2015 VCD BFA Senior Show reception.

Family and friends were invited to attend the awards reception where j.Charles Walker, founder of the School of Visual Communication Design, and John Brett Buchanan, first creative director of the student-run design studio Glyphix, presented Bird with their prestigious scholarship created for students who exhibit academic excellence and outstanding portfolios in graphic design, illustration or photography.

“It was so nice to meet [Walker and Buchanan] and for them to give me an award is even more amazing,” Bird said. “That’s what every BFA student is working for—not just being rewarded, but being recognized for their work.”

Bird, who took top honors, was among 33 seniors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program who displayed their work in the Main Gallery of the Art Building April 7-10. Seniors reflected on their commitment and dedication to becoming creative professionals through this year’s theme, ‘Finding Alignment,’ which depicts how the principle of alignment guided their educational journey.

Bird described winning both the award and scholarship as a blessing.

“I was not expecting it, I’m still in shock,” he said. “It’s a big honor.”

Seniors Ryan Wilson and Tim Eakin received Top Portfolio for Design and Top Portfolio for Illustration respectively.

Ariel VanNatter, Ruby Kelly, Gabriel Schut, and Logan Emser each received Portfolio of Distinction awards.