AIGA Awards Celebration
Join us at the AIGA Awards Reception in Seattle. Together, we will celebrate Andrew Satake Blauvelt, Emily Oberman, and Louise Sandhaus as the recipients of the 2022 AIGA Medal; Audrey Grace Bennett as the recipient of the 2022 Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary; and Heath Ceramics as the recipient of the 2022 AIGA Corporate Leadership Award!
We are thrilled to present the 2022 AIGA Awards during the afternoon General Sessions at the AIGA Design Conference in October. Join us in Seattle to recognize Andrew Satake Blauvelt, Emily Oberman, Louise Sandhaus, Audrey Grace Bennett, and Heath Ceramics for their unique and outstanding contributions.
Full-Conference Passes (virtual and in-Person) and Day Passes (in-person only) are available!
The theme is "Re-Connect.” Rick Griffith of MATTER is the conference chair and our hosts are Brian Collins, Lee-Sean Huang, and Debbie Millman. They will be joined on the conference mainstage for the presentation of awards by Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel and Sheharazad Fleming, co-chairs of this year's awards committee. We're looking forward to re-connecting with each other, with the design profession, and with the ever-changing world around us.
Celebrate with us!
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Time: 6:45–8:15 p.m. PT
Location: The Sheraton Grand Seattle Ballroom
(Ticket information, what's included, and support levels below)
Mingle with this year's honorees at an intimate gathering by purchasing a ticket* to the AIGA Awards Reception!
*Funds raised will support AIGA Scholarships.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this event. By registering for this event, you indicate your acceptance of this condition and willingness to provide proof of vaccination at event check-in. Download the CLEAR app to upload your vaccination card in advance of your arrival.
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Meet the 2022 AIGA Medal Recipients
Established in 1920, the medal of AIGA—the most distinguished honor in the field—is awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication. The contribution may be in the practice of design, teaching, writing, or leadership of the profession.
We’re thrilled to recognize Andrew Satake Blauvelt, Emily Oberman, and Louise Sandhaus as the recipients of the 2022 AIGA Medal.
Andrew Satake Blauvelt
Recognized for his vast work in the field of art and design in service of the public—a steward of design history, he has redefined the traditional role of the museum in the community and made innovative cultural and educational programming accessible to all
Andrew will be presented with the AIGA Medal on Thursday, October 20, 2022 during the afternoon General Session. Intro by Lee-Sean Huang.
Recognized for imprinting our visual culture with her wit and great fluency of style—highly influential, she is a north star for designers in business and ubiquitous as a graphic artist in entertainment
Emily will be presented with the AIGA Medal on Friday, October 21, 2022 during the afternoon General Session. Intro by Debbie Millman.
Recognized for her presence and voice in the community as an educator and author—brilliant yet accessible, her work elevates under-recognized designers through stunning publications, insightful storytelling, and an eye toward design in everyday life
Louise will be presented with the AIGA Medal on Friday, October 21, 2022 during the afternoon General Session. Intro by Brian Collins.
Meet the 2022 Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary Recipient
Established in 2017, the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary spotlights individuals who best exemplify the tradition of prolific writing and boundless curiosity. This award celebrates critical thinking about design and the profession, and it encourages development in the next generation of design voices through a variety of media.
We’re thrilled to recognize Audrey Grace Bennett as the recipient of the 2022 Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary.
Audrey Grace Bennett
Recognized for her extensive career as an educator and international speaker, she is prolific in her writing and in her thinking, using her position and the power of her ideas—embedded in social justice and the future of education—to advance design theories and practices
Audrey will be presented with the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary on Saturday, October 22, 2022 during the afternoon General Session. Intro by Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel.
Meet the 2022 AIGA Corporate Leadership Award Recipient
Established in 1980, the AIGA Corporate Leadership Award recognizes the role of perceptive and forward-thinking organizations that have been instrumental in the advancement of design by applying the highest standards as a matter of practice and policy.
We’re thrilled to recognize Heath Ceramics as the recipient of the 2022 AIGA Corporate Leadership Award.
Recognized for their progressive policies, corporate philosophies, and provocative notion of what beautiful and functional design is, as a women-founded, partially employee-owned, and community-focused business with a true vision for sustainable goods that last
Heath Ceramics will be presented with the AIGA Corporate Leadership Award on Saturday, October 22, 2022 during the afternoon General Session. Intro by Sheharazad Fleming.
2022 AIGA Awards Reception Ticket Levels
Select your ticket level to reserve your spot. Funds raised through the 2022 AIGA Awards Reception will support AIGA Student Scholarships. Already registered for the conference? Purchase your ticket from our Store at my.aiga.org.
*The tax-deductible portion of your contribution is equivalent to anything over $110 per person.
Ticket Only - Conference Attendee
AIGA Awards Reception Ticket ($100); tickets increase to $150 beginning October 20.
Drink, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment during the reception.
Ticket Only - Friend Level
AIGA Awards Reception Ticket ($200)
Drink, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment during the reception.
Ticket + Donation - Donor Level
AIGA Awards Reception Ticket ($200) + AIGA Scholarships Donation ($300).
Drink, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment during the reception; name recognition in the digital program (if received prior to September 20, 2022).
Ticket + Donation - Benefactor Level
AIGA Awards Reception Ticket ($200) + AIGA Scholarships Donation ($2,500).
Drink, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment during the reception; named 2023 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship + name recognition in the digital program (if received prior to September 20, 2022).
Join us for an intimate reception to celebrate this year’s recipients and support AIGA Scholarships!
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2022 AIGA Awards Selection Committee
Special thanks to this year's AIGA Awards Nomination Committee:
- Chris Dingwall, Design Historian and Curator, Oakland University
- Sheharazad Fleming (Co-Chair), Director of Digital Design and Marketing, Office of L.A. City Mayor
- Karin Fong, Director + Designer, Imaginary Forces
- Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel (Co-Chair), Assistant Provost, Associate Professor and Program Director of MS Health Communication Design, Thomas Jefferson University
Advisors to the Committee (non-voting):
- Ashleigh Axios, Chief Experience Officer and Partner, Coforma
Returning committee members have been invited to participate in the committee deliberations as non-voting members to provide guidance on the criteria. Additional guidance provided by Steven Heller.
Attend the AIGA Design Conference
Join us for the full-conference experience to witness this year’s awards presentation during the afternoon General Sessions. Enjoy the AIGA Design Conference with opportunities for hands-on learning and deep dive conversations (day passes are also available).
AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships
AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships benefit underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who are studying photography, illustration, and design at colleges and universities in the U.S.Learn More
This scholarship will allow me to continue focusing on my studies, involvement with student organization on campus, and give me the time to apply to master programs or graphic design positions.
2021–2022 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship Recipient
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