Event Honoring Art Direction Rewards Shops: Ted Bertz Earns Top Prize at Annual Awards Fete in Connecticut


By Sarah Jones

BOSTON--Williams & House won the most overall prizes and Ted Bertz Graphic Design netted the coveted best of show at the Connecticut Art Directors Club awards last week.

Ted Bertz in Middletown, Conn., scored the top prize for an annual report it created last year for Executive Risk. That piece also garnered a gold prize in the annual report/ corporate category.

In addition to Williams & House in Avon, Conn., other big winners included Mintz & Hoke, also in Avon, which took home 12 awards, and Wondriska Russo Associates in Farmington, Conn., which won 11 prizes. Keiler & Co., also in Farmington, and Cummings & Good in Chester, Conn., each won 10 awards.

An estimated 350 advertising and marketing executives turned out for the 22nd annual awards show, held last Wednesday at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.

Out of 828 total entries, 174 winners were selected. Ten gold, 30 silver and 134 excellence prizes were handed out. Categories included consumer magazine advertising, individual ads, newspaper ads, newspaper series, consumer direct mail, outdoor/transit advertising and books.

Tom Monahan, founder of Leonard/Monahan in Providence, R.I., and currently a creativity training consultant, kicked off the show.

Judges for this year's awards ceremony included Vashti Brotherhood of Mullen in Wenham, Mass.; Diosdado Lagos of DDB Needham in New York; Robin Perkins and

Clifford Selbert of Selbert Perkins Design in Cambridge, Mass.; and Stephen Zhang of Fossil Watch in Richardson, Texas.

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