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GAERF LAUNCHES 2017 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA— The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2017 Student Design Competition, themed “MAGnify!” This ninth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity with cutting-edge technology to design and produce a printed magazine ad, featuring a product of their choice and linked to digital media, to demonstrate the essential role that print plays in today’s multichannel media mix. The ad design must incorporate a reference (URL or other) to the online promotion of their product. Entries will be judged on designs that include both the print and digital media components. One secondary and one post-secondary school winner will be identified for each of the first, second and third place awards. Read more


GRAPHIC ARTS EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2016 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION, RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES


Reston, VA— The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the winners of the GAERF 2016 Student Design Competition from among this year’s record 400-plus entries. The annual contest, now in its eighth year, and themed for 2016 “Infograph It!”, challenged students from secondary and post-secondary institutions to design and create an engaging printed item that incorporates an infographic—a graphic design that presents complex information quickly and clearly—on a topic of their choice. Read more


GAERF SUPPORTS GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST; BEST AND BRIGHTEST WINNERS

Students from Graphic Communications Programs in High School and Post-Secondary Schools Compete and Win Top Honors in 2016 SkillsUSA Championships


Reston, VA – Graphic Communications students from across the country participated in the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a competition that showcases the best career and technical education students in the nation.  The SkillsUSA partnership of students, teachers, and industry work together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce.  In addition to the prizes that this year’s 2016 National winners received, the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) provided $250 scholarships for the state gold medal winners in: Screen Printing, Advertising Design, and Graphic Communications. Read more


GAERF LAUNCHES 2016 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA — The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2016 Student Design Competition, themed Infograph It! This eighth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity with cutting-edge technology to design and create an engaging printed item with an infographic—defined as a visual graphic that presents complex information or data quickly and clearly—on the topic of their choice. Read more


GAERF ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2015 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA — The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the winners of the GAERF 2015 Student Design Competition. The annual contest, now in its seventh year themed for 2015 The PIZZAZZ of PRINT!, challenged students from secondary and post-secondary institutions to create a unique and striking printed marketing piece to promote strong attendance at a major event. Read more


GAERF LAUNCHES 2015 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the seventh annual GAERF Student Design Competition themed “The PIZZAZZ of Print!” The 2015 contest challenges participants to exhibit their originality and ingenuity by creating a unique and striking marketing piece to promote strong attendance at a major event. The competition is open to all students attending secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/ printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Read more


GAERF TO LAUNCH GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS COMPETENCIES AT GRAPH EXPO 14


Reston, VA —The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announced it will unveil Graphic Communications Skills Competencies (GCSC) at GRAPH EXPO 14, coming September 28 - October 1, 2014 to Chicago’s McCormick Place. The competencies were written by industry professionals and graphic communications educators to provide measurable or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors critical to successful job performance in six key content areas.  Read more


EDUCATORS/ASSOCIATIONS DAY AT GRAPH EXPO 14


Reston, VA —GRAPH EXPO 14 coming together with co-show CPP EXPO to Chicago’s McCormick Place, September 28 – October 1, 2014, will welcome the first ever co-located Educators/Associations Day on Wednesday, October 1, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm in room S104b of McCormick Place South. Free and open to all show visitors, this novel event will share current and vital information about the future of graphic communication education and prospects for the industry’s future workforce.  Read more


GRAPHIC ARTS EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2014 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA —The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has announced the winners of the GAERF 2014 Student Design Competition, sponsored this year by EFI on the occasion of the company's 25th anniversary. The fifth annual contest, themed PACK-tastic!, challenged students from secondary and post-secondary institutions to design a unique and striking package to contain, transport, and market a product of their choosing. Entrants were required to submit both a digital image of the package and its dieline.  Read more


GAERF AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO COMPETITORS IN SkillsUSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS


Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to the nation's top advertising design, graphic communications and screen printing technology students who participated in the SkillsUSA Championships held June 22-27, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.  Read more


GAERF LAUNCHES 2014 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION


Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2014 Student Design Competition, themed “PACK-tastic!” This sixth annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity with cutting edge technology to design a unique and striking package. Entries will be judged on design, functionality, appropriate labeling, and marketability. One secondary school winner and one post-secondary school winner will be identified for each of the first, second, and third place awards.   Read more


GAERF LAUNCHES ONLINE INDUSTRY CAREER CENTER WITH THE OUTPUTLINKS COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
Free One-Stop Online Resource for Job Seekers and Employers Connects Industry Professionals and Skilled Workforce Candidates


Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), has announced the launch of a FREE Industry Career Center (graphicCOMMcentral.org/Career) located at graphicCOMMcentral, the gateway to the graphic communications industry for students and educators. This new online career resource allows companies and educational institutions to register open positions, including internships, and for students and educators to post their resumes and search for industry-related employment opportunities, all at no charge.   Read more


GRAPHIC ARTS EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2013 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION
Entrants Challenged to Design and Create a Printed Product to Demonstrate 'Print Is Here to Stay'


Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has announced the winners of the GAERF 2013 Student Design Competition. This fifth annual contest, themed Forever Print, challenged students from secondary and post-secondary institutions to design and create a printed product that demonstrates, although we live in a 'digital age,' much information is best conveyed—and proven to be the most effective —in print.   Read more


GAERF AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO COMPETITORS IN SkillsUSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Medalists in Advertising Design, Graphic Communications, and Screen Printing Technology Announced


Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to the nation’s top advertising design, graphic communications and screen printing technology students who participated in the SkillsUSA Championships held June 24 - 28, 2013, in Kansas City, MO.

“GAERF is committed to supporting programs that prepare our workforce of the future,” said Ralph J. Nappi, GAERF President.  “In this spirit, we are delighted to recognize our industry’s most talented students and encourage them to consider the many exciting career opportunities the graphic communications industry has to offer.”   Read more


GAERF LAUNCHES 2013 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION
Entrants Challenged to Produce a Product Irreplaceable by Electronic Media


Reston, VA—The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2013 Student Design Competition themed: "Forever Print." Although we live in a 'digital age', we continue to be surrounded by printed material because certain kinds of information are best conveyed in print, and proven to be the most effective way to market and sell products. This fifth annual contest challenges students to demonstrate their creativity and skill by producing a printed product that in today's world cannot be replaced by electronic media.   Read more


GAERF ANNOUNCES 2012 WORKFORCE Survey Results
Skilled Worker Shortage: Myth or Reality?


Reston, VA—Article after article continues to lament the skilled worker shortage that cuts across all manufacturing industries. Finding a qualified worker who has the special skill set, knowledge, and ability to accomplish the assigned job is an ongoing challenge. This 'skills gap,' is growing more severe, forcing many manufacturers to scale back their growth plans.

To get a clearer picture of what this 'skills gap' means specifically to the graphic communications industry, the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) developed a survey titled, "Skilled Worker Shortage: Myth or Reality?" Distributed to the memberships of the Printing Industries of America and the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), the survey received 362 responses to the five questions posed, yielding illuminating results.   Read more


GRAPHIC ARTS EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION SPONSORS PrintED NATIONAL TEACHERS CONFERENCE
Collaboration, Co-location and Clemson University Contribute to Success


Reston, VA—The idea of a PrintED National Teachers Conference (PNTC) was first discussed in 2011. Thanks to $20,000 funding from the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF), and a plan to co-locate the meeting with the 87th annual International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) Conference, the concept became a reality when the PNTC took place July 22-24, 2012, on the campus of Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.   Read more


GRAPHIC ARTS EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2012 STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION
Entrants Challenged to Promote Themselves as the Ideal Candidate for the Career of their Choice in the Graphic Communications Industry


Reston, VA— The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has announced the winners of the GAERF 2012 Student Design Competition. This fourth annual contest challenged secondary and post-secondary students to produce marketing materials that position themselves as the ideal candidate for the career of their choice in the graphic communications industry.   Read more


GAERF AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO COMPETITORS IN SkillsUSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Medalists in Advertising Design, Graphic Communications, and Screen Printing Technology Announced


Reston, VA— The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to the nation’s top advertising design, graphic communications and screen printing technology students who participated in the SkillsUSA Championships held June 19-24, 2012, in Kansas City, MO.Read more