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Design students honored

Michele SanFilippo -- Home Textiles Today, May 10, 2004

Design students from Rhode Island School of Design and Philadelphia University won scholarships last week from the Joseph Beyda Creative Foundation, named in honor of the former Town & Country Linen president.

A total of 23 entries were received from four schools including Alberta College of Art and Design, and Savannah College.

This year's contest asked students to design a "hotel lobby" in the location of their choice. Students were instructed to create three full-color designs — a hard surface item and two soft items — for furnishings to be submitted on two storyboards.

They also had to include a room rendering, a short essay explaining how the designs reflect the hotel's location, and a textural treatment for one of the two soft-surface items.

Scholarship winners were: Abby Lichtman of Rhode Island School of Design, who won the $3,000 first-place prize; Jessica Soper of Philadelphia University, who won the $1,000 second-place prize; and Cheryl Betzina and Grace Durnford of Rhode Island School of Design, who each won $500 third-place prizes.

Receiving Certificates of Merit were Kelly Chaido of Philadelphia University and Rebecca Davison of Savannah College of Art and Design.

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