JCTC CAT program breaks more records at Louie Awards

Bared Wire Whiskey Package Design

Nine Communication Arts Technology students took home a record number of awards at the 40th annual Louie Awards competition. Jefferson Community and Technical College students earned a total of 21 awards this year, including a prestigious Judge’s Choice Award. 

This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Seelbach Hotel in downtown Louisville. The CAT program won three times as many awards than any other college or university and earned a record number of 10 Gold awards. 

“The Louie Awards are a great way for students to showcase their talents and get professional feedback on their work” said Terry Lutz, program coordinator for the Communication Arts Technology Program. “Judges do not have to give an award in any category unless it meets a high standard.” 

Advertising Design major Logan Selby earned the program’s third Judge’s Choice Award for his “Barbed Wire Whiskey” package design. The Judge’s Choice Award is one of the top two awards for the student category. Selby‘s package design and “Helping Hand Massage” stationery and logo design earned Gold Awards as well. 

Rebecca Rose  won the most Louies of the night with three Gold and three Silver awards for her black and white photography entries. Rose graduated in December with an Associate in Applied Science in Commercial Photography. 

Other student highlights at this year’s ceremony included:

• Commercial Photography student Kim Oldham earning two Gold and a Silver Louie for her photographs 
• Jason Hoefflin winning a Gold Louie for his series of four “Louisville Zoo” post cards.
• Josh Walker earning Gold for his entry “Wings” in the “Black and White Photography” category.
• Commercial Photography student Lisa Mercer winning two Silver Louie Awards in the “Color Photography” category for her entries of “American Music” and “Newport Aquarium.” 
• Studio Arts major Amanda Danielson earning a Silver award for her poster, “House of Rock” and a Silver for her magazine ad “Bettie Noir.” 
• Miguel Perez and Tyler Ewing both receiving Silver Louie’s for their personal lettermark designs.

“If it wasn’t for the knowledge and enthusiasm of our instructors, we would not have made it to this point as designers and photographers” said Logan Selby “I give all the credit to the faculty of the program that helped push us to this level.” 

Last year, CAT program students won a total of 15 awards including three Gold and 12 Silver awards.  

“It is really gratifying to see that our students are able to sustain the high standards set for them by previous students year in and year out” said Lutz.