Pellissippi State wins national Paragon Award

SheKillsMonstersPellissippi State Community College’s Marketing and Communications Office recently earned national recognition for poster design in the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Paragon Awards.

Pellissippi State earned a Silver Award for the design of a poster for “She Kills Monsters,” a play by Qui Nguyen that premiered last fall at the college. The poster depicted the dragon Tiamat, a classic villain in the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, which was a central tenet of the play.

Pellissippi State was the only college in Tennessee to earn a Paragon Award from NCMPR this year. NCMPR presented gold, silver and bronze awards in 53 categories at the Paragon Awards dinner and ceremony in March. Some 236 colleges submitted a total of 1,773 entries to the contest.

“I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons since I was a kid, so when this project came my way I couldn’t wait to get started,” said designer Mark Friebus, creative project coordinator at Pellissippi State. “I initially wanted to mimic the iconic art from the game, but ultimately was inspired to make something completely original that could stand on its own as art.”

Friebus drew all of the poster elements by hand, including the female figure, the dragon, the clouds and the flames.

The poster’s fantastical quality is continued through the use of bizarre colors in the purple clouds and orange ground, pulling the viewer into a strange and colorful fantasy land. Extending the female figure’s shadows — as well as the shadows of the iconic Dungeons & Dragons dice — not only creates depth within the poster, but reinforces the sense of struggle between the female figure and the dragon.

NCMPR annually presents Paragon Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in communication at community and technical colleges. It’s the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year community and technical colleges.

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