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Becker, Chrimes design winning greeting cards for local chamber

April 24, 2013
By cnp
Posted in Art

The Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce has two new eye-popping visual images in which to promote the area, thanks to the ingenuity and creativity of the University of the Ozarks' graphic design class.

One of the projects of the Spring Semester class, taught by Associate Professor of Art Tammy Harrington, was to create and design peach-themed greeting cards for the local chamber. Harrington worked with chamber CEO Travis Stephens in coordinating the project.

The winning designs were announced by Stephens and Harrington during Harrington’s class on Wednesday afternoon.

Out of an initial submission of 10 entries, Harrington and Stephens narrowed the field to four. Stephens then decided to go with two designs, those created by Clayton Becker, a senior theatre major from Arlington, Texas, and Chloe Chrimes, a senior marketing major from Highland Village, Texas. Becker and Chrimes each won $150 cash for the top prize.

"I was extremely impressed with all the entries, and especially the four semi-finalists we had," Stephens said. "We approached Professor Harrington because we wanted an original, unique design, and that’s exactly what we got. I knew there was no way we could just pick one, so we ended up going with two of them. They both are outstanding designs that represent the county perfectly."
Harrington said she was excited about the project when it was first mentioned by Stephens, who wanted to use a peach-themed design to tie in with the county’s rich history in peach production.

"I thought it would be a perfect project for our students to take on," Harrington said. "It allowed the students to use their creativity for a real-world project."

Stephens offered his thanks to the entire class by offering all of the entrants a gift card to a local coffee shop.

"It’s these types of collaborations that are great for both the chamber and the university," he said. "I hope we can do many more of these types of things in the future."

Stephens said the designs will be used on greeting and thank you cards that are sent out by the chamber.

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Art Professor Tammy Harrington’s class recently completed a project to create and design greeting cards for the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Cards created by students Clayton Becker and Chloe Chrimes were chosen as the winning designs. Among those who were at the class ceremony were (from left) chamber CEO Travis Stephens, Chrimes, Becker, Harrington and University president Dr. Rick Niece.