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Quark and The Art Institutes Recognize Students' Portfolio Work in Annual Graphic Design Contest

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Quark and The Art Institutes Recognize Students' Portfolio Work in Annual Graphic Design Contest


First Place Winner Awarded Trip to the National Student Design Show in Dallas, TX, and a Two-Month Internship with Quark

[DENVER, April 1, 2009] — Quark and The Art Institutes today announced the winners of their annual graphic design competition. “Portfolio Work” was the theme of this year’s contest and student entries were required to exhibit excellent design, contain proper formatting for production, and include relevant features from QuarkXPress. The grand prize includes an all expenses paid trip to the National Student Design Show in Dallas, TX, and a two-month paid internship with Quark.

“Quark and The Art Institutes have hosted our graphic design contest for four years, and each year we field more entries than the year before,” said Terry Welty, senior vice president of corporate marketing for Quark. “The success of the contest, our strong relationship with The Art Institutes, and the skill of the winners encouraged us include an internship with Quark as a part of the grand prize.”

The grand prize was awarded to Victor Trevino of The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago. Trevino entered the only multi-page layout that made the competition finals. Judges were impressed by his effective use of type throughout the layout and his solid overall use of QuarkXPress.

“The example of portfolio work that Victor submitted caught the eye of our judges because his use of type within the layout was so well done,” said Chris Edwards, senior account manager for education at Quark. “We congratulate him on his innovative design, and look forward to his internship with us.”

“It’s an honor to have won this year’s design contest,” said Trevino. “My design focused on time, and my aim was to use type in a minimalist fashion to create all the graphics within the layout. I’m happy it resonated with the judges and I can’t wait to work with Quark and attend the National Student Design Show.” 

In addition to the grand prize, Quark awarded second and third place prizes. Second and third place prize winners were awarded a copy of QuarkXPress 8 for Education and a $500 credit to the AiStudentStore. The winners are as follows:

Luis Valderrama
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
"Florida Youth Orchestra"

Mario Torres
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

“Our annual design contest with The Art Institutes is one of the most enjoyable initiatives we do all year and it’s encouraging to see so many young and growing designers,” said Edwards.

To view and learn more about the students’ artwork, please visit  

About The Art Institutes
The Art Institutes ( is a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, provides an important source of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts professionals.

About Quark
Quark Inc. ( provides desktop publishing and dynamic publishing software that help customers design and publish richly designed communications across a broad spectrum of media. Two decades ago, our flagship product — QuarkXPress — changed the course of traditional publishing. Today, not only does QuarkXPress continue to innovate in the desktop publishing market — now Quark is revolutionizing publishing again with Quark® Dynamic Publishing Solution, helping customers cost-effectively meet enterprise-scale publishing challenges by extending the benefits of advanced technologies across the publishing process. Denver-based Quark Inc. is privately held.

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