Friday, April 18, 2008


Alurra Hughes' winning poster

[SAN BERNARDINO Calif.] – Alurra Hughes, a senior at Redlands High School, won the “Life is Better with Art in it” Poster Design Competition held at the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire.

Hughes won a $3,000 scholarship in the competition, which was sponsored by The Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts. She also will be entered into the national stage of the competition, in which she will compete against other local winners from across North America for scholarships.

The grand prize winner of the national competition will be awarded a $25,000 scholarship to any of the more than 40 Art Institutes across North America.

The competition was open to graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing an education in graphic design. Students submitted an original poster design, a current high school transcript and a statement describing their design process and why they want to attend one of The Art Institutes schools.

“I hope to have a job doing what I love, so when I awaken each morning my job is something more of an adventure, rather than something to just pay the bills,” Hughes said in her essay. “I love everything about art. The Art Institute can help me improve my artistic abilities, and help me succeed in getting a job that is all about creating memorable works of art for the benefit of the world.“

From now through May 2, an industry panel of judges selected by The Art Institutes will assess each student's poster design, based on the specified criteria, by visiting the posters and the designers’ statements at

The Art Institutes will use the poster designs of the top 12 winners in the national competition in a promotional calendar, and distribute these to high schools across North America.

The Art Institute of California–Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Culinary Management, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion and Retail Management and Media Arts & Animation. There are also Associate of Science degrees in Graphic Design and Culinary Arts. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start classes. Courses begin May 8, with offerings in the days, evenings and on weekends for new and reentry students. For details or a tour of the campus call (909) 915-2100, or go on line to

The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it has a record of more than 45 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at