Hughes Has A Big Showing, Again

Freelancers Also Score at the Conn. Art Directors Club Awards
BOSTON–After winning best of show at the Advertising Club of Connecticut awards show just last month, The Hughes Agency last week won the most prizes at the 23rd annual Connecticut Art Directors Club Awards.
Of the 949 entries, 98 were honored at a ceremony last Thursday at the Hastings Hotel in Hartford. The competition honors Connecticut’s advertising and design professionals in 50 categories.
The Hughes Agency in Norwalk won eight of its 12 prizes for its “Bubbles” campaign for Beepwear, a line of Timex watches that incorporate a digital paging system from Motorola.
Freelance graphic artist Roseanne Azarian of Bloomfield took home the best of show and a gold award for her work titled “Diner Cards.”
Sean Kernan, a freelance photographer from Stony Creek, won two gold awards for a consumer brochure titled “On Page.”
Cronin & Co. in Glastonbury walked away with 10 awards, including four for SIS Bank. Farmington-based Keiler & Co. won six honors for an array of clients, including Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Deloitte & Touche and Torrington. Design shop Williams and House of Avon was close behind with five awards.
The Richard Hess Spirit of Creativity Award was given to The BCB Group in Meriden. The honor is given each year in memory of the Connecticut illustrator for work that best shows innovation and excellence in concept. BCB also was awarded two gold awards, both for a sales promotion video for Rolling Rock.
Susan Vial, a professor at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, was inducted into CADC’s hall of fame for her contributions to the industry. Vial started a master’s program for designers at the university, which over the years has graduated many CADC board members.
A $1,000 scholarship was presented to Pat Hepplewhite, a graphic design major at Manchester Community College, for a design portfolio.
Judges were well-known professionals outside of Connecticut. The group included Rob Rizzo, a senior copywriter at Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos in Boston; designer Rick Tharp of Tharp Did It in Los Gatos, Calif.; Paul Howalt of Howalt Design Studio in Tempe, Ariz.; Carol Phelan, marketing director for Polaroid Corp. in Cambridge, Mass.; and Wade Devers, a senior art director at Ingalls Advertising in Boston.