INA - Mt. Vernon resident Amanda Morgan is the winner of the first Rend Lake College Holiday Card Design Contest.
Morgan's design for the college's annual card was chosen by a committee from among a handful of finalists. Students entered paintings, drawings and crafts for the contest. Ultimately, the judging committee went with Morgan's after lengthy consideration and discussion.
"I didn't think it was going to be so difficult to choose just one," said RLC Interim President Charley Holstein, one of five committee members charged with choosing the winning entry. "There were so many creative and clever entries. The committee felt that this card was the best representation of the college for the annual holiday card. However, they were all great entries. I, for one, commend the contestants for their hard work and talent."
Nearly a thousand holiday cards featuring Morgan's artwork will be mailed out to RLC staff, faculty, administrators, Board members, and Foundation Board members and supporters.
There was little limitation to what the designers could do. The only two requirements were that it have a holiday theme and incorporate Rend Lake College. Morgan approached the project with a "less is more" outlook.
"I like less is more because … I don't really like it to be too busy. I like a simple, clean, modern look."
The 19-year-old sophomore graphic design major is the daughter of Jim and Tressa Morgan of Mt. Vernon. She works in the human resources department at Continental Tire North America in Mt. Vernon and plans to transfer to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale after graduating from RLC in May. She will major in communications design at SIUC.
In addition to having her design viewed by thousands and displayed on refrigerators and mantles across the college district, Morgan will receive a $100 gift certificate to the RLC Bookstore. The card will also include a short biography about Morgan and her description of the design. Melena Howard, a 31-year-old art major from Ina, was chosen to receive the runner-up prize of a $50 gift certificate to the RLC Bookstore for her entry.
When asked what she is going to do with her prize, Morgan said, "Probably buy graphic design supplies."
She said RLC's graphic design courses with Associate Professor Jennifer Tarantino-Linsin are "very informative.
"I have learned a lot since I started the program. Jennifer is great," Morgan said. "I like that I can help get someone's message across and hopefully make a difference for them."