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Two ISU Students Honored with National Awards

Two ISU Students Honored with National Awards
Mayer's Work (left), Boriboun's Work (right)


Two students from the Department of Art have received national recognition for their innovative work in fiber and surface design. Rachael Mayer, a Master of Fine Arts student, and Ali Boriboun, a Bachelor of Fine Arts student, were awarded the Surface Design Association’s Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence.

The award is given once a year by the Surface Design Association to recognize excellence in a body of work by an undergraduate and graduate student. Each winner is awarded $750, and their work will be featured in a future issue of the Surface Design Journal.

“It’s an honor to receive the award and has helped validate all of the long hours I’ve spent in the studio these past two years,” Mayer said. “The award money will go a long way in helping me complete my thesis and the recognition will broaden professional opportunities.”

Department of Art chair Naomi Velasquez received the award as a student in 2010.

“We are so proud that Idaho State University Department of Art students were recipients this year for both the undergraduate and graduate award,” said Velasquez. “Rachael and Ali will each receive a cash award and have their artwork featured in the Surface Design Journal, which is wonderful exposure to their colleagues and fellow artists across the globe. Rachael and Ali are exceptional students, both of whom I often find encouraging and mentoring their fellow students and sharing techniques and ideas in and out of the classroom.”


Written by Katie Damron, College of Arts & Letters Intern


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