2002 award

Award from the 2002 Design Show on the Kenosha Campus...

The very first Student Design Show to exhibit the work of students from all three campus locations was held in Kenosha in the Madigano Theater Commons in 1999. Prior to that, smaller shows had been held locally at each campus, and later each region.

Its hard to believe that we are on our 16th year of the district-wide combined show, and our 18th year overall!  The show originally rotated among each of the three main campuses (Kenosha, Racine, and Elkhorn) annually. We now rotate at locations between the two campus regions offering the Graphic Communications Program, and are excited to be holding the show at a brand new venue this year (the S.C. Johnson iMET center in Sturtevant). We also have a touring show component that visits additional venues.

Since 2007 we have maintained a show presence on the web (we have documentation of some of the more recent shows–2010 onward–in the main menu).

Category Winners

As any kid who grew up with Chicago TV can tell you, Bozo and Cookie were popular amongst kids from the 50′s through the 70′s. A vivid childhood memory was when Bozo and Cookie looked into the camera and declared, “Here’s the Wee-ners!”
We are in the process of posting all of the category winners in the Student Work Navigation Link of this site. Please select the individual category you wish to see from the appropriate submenu navigation. Without further adieu…”Here are the Wee-ners!”

Currently, the BEST OF and HONORABLE MENTION for each category have accompanying photos. There is also the ordinal ranking of the participants in that category whose work received more than one vote.

Special Thanks

The Graphics Instructors wish to extend a special thanks to the Racine Campus Library staff for sharing their work home with us. The staff has been super amidst the shuffle of setup, show run, and takedown.

A special THANKS to  April Gandy, who served as the frontline unofficial greeter for our judges, collector of judges forms, informal show docent/ guide, and salvager of work lost to poor spray-mount. Thanks April!


The official reception for the 2012 SDS was held Tuesday Evening (Apr. 24). The event was well attended with a nice size spillover crowd into the Commons area! The delicious food (prepared by the Culinary Arts program) and Beautiful Floral arrangements (Floral Design Program) added to a wonderful and memorable evening.

Please remember that the show will continue to be exhibited until May 3rd (May 4th begins the takedown phase). This website will continue to provide information after the show is officially taken down, and will serve as a virtual gallery for  the pieces until the next show (SDS XV in 2013). We welcome all of our buisness and community partners to check in until then.

HAVE PHOTOS OF THE OPENING NITE FESTIVITIES? Wish to share them on the website? Send them to Peter Pham. Pending review for content, we may post it on this sight.

Student Volunteers Wanted

We will be setting up the show first thing Friday morning (April 20th, 2012) in the Racine Library (approximately 8:30 to 9:00 am). We will need student volunteers to help categorize, assemble, hang, log and photograph work, as well as create a Photographic catalog for the “online virtual” show.

If you can help out, please reply (using comments) to this post, or contact your classroom instructor. Here’s to a great 2012 show!


The basic guidelines for Student Work Submission are available both as a downloadable PDF file (click) –> submissions and as a (click) –>webpage.
Additionally, instructors may have printouts for their classes. Please let others know about submission policies, and any dates when instructors and/or students (from Elkhorn) can make intercampus runs with student work. Thanks for everyone’s help on this!

Design Show Awards

This year’s Student Design Show awards were PROUDLY MANUFACTURED IN THE USA! …AT GATEWAY TECHNICAL COLLEGE!  Students  in Rich Buhnerkemper ‘s CAD/CAM classes, and Mark Uttech’s welding/plasma cutting classes have been busily at work creating these unique, one-of-a-kind awards.

Thanks to Dean Beverly Frazier, Rich, Mark, and all of their students!

Take a look at the videos below.