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Show Time!

Written by
AIGA Nebraska
November 6, 2016


Show is Nebraska’s most prestigious juried design competition, honoring and showcasing the year’s most outstanding creative work.

For the past 25 years, AIGA Nebraska has invited three nationally esteemed professionals, from varying creative backgrounds, to review and judge the work submitted by the talented people across our state. Past judges include Lauren Hom (Hom Sweet Hom), Dan Cederholm (Dribble), David Sizemore (Mailchimp), Tobias Van Schneider (Spotify), Helen Rice (Fuzzco), Chris Glass (Wire & Twin), Brian Singer (Facebook), Douglas Powell (IMB), Steve Frykholm (Herman Miller), Christine Taylor (Hallmark), Tricia Bateman (HOW Magazine), and Brian Edlefson (Target).

This year we’ve lined up another amazing stack of judges:

Jennet Liaw
Jennet Liaw is a designer and illustrator, currently working full-time at Nike World HQ designing sportswear. West coast born, raised, and schooled, she made her mark in Paris and Los Angeles where her clients included Fox, Sony Pictures, Apple and Pure Fix.

Jennet’s intrigue with making unexpected visual connections, paired with her personal pursuits in the specific arena of typography have also landed her in a variety of opportunities – these include creating murals and editorial commissions well as speaking engagements and representation in several print publications.

Ken Deegan
Ken is an Irish designer based in New York, he is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses design, strategy, and technology, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. He has worked for various design studios in Dublin, London and NY. He has worked with notable clients such as the American Museum of Natural History, NYC Department of Design and Construction, Codecademy, Cooper Hewitt, AIG, Savannah College of Art and Design, Google, FdMarch, Studio Museum in Harlem, Grace Farms, JWT, New York University, and Abrams.

Ken has received a range of design awards for his print and interactive design in Europe and the United States, such as The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, The Art Director’s Club, Design and Art Direction Awards and The 100 Archive.

Joel Beukelman
Over the past 5 years, Joel has had the opportunity to contribute to variety of products/apps from early-stage startups to global mobile applications. Joel’s success at AppStack and Netflix fed his current role as Senior Interaction Designer. Balancing an enjoyment of family, craft beer, metal/punk and tattoos, he’s committed to Google’s Android Auto team where they are defining new safe ways to experience technology in the car.

So what is this Show and how does it work?

Call for Entries is open each year between August and October. Anyone can enter; you don’t have to be an AIGA member. You just have to live, work and/or breathe in Nebraska. Once the submission period has come to a close in October, all three judges review the digital submissions from the comfort of their own home. They select the best of the digital submissions: work they want to see in person and believe to be potentially award-worthy. Before October is through, AIGA Nebraska’s Director of Show reaches out via email to individuals whose work has advanced to the second round. Entrants have two weeks to submit their physical entries.

Here’s where the magic happens!

On Friday before the event, all three judges fly in from around the country to the great prairie land. Our judges spend Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and afternoon reviewing all physical submissions and awarding each one Bronze, Silver, Gold, or—if the entrant is lucky—maybe even the elusive Judge’s Choice. How is this done in just two days?! With beans (don’t ask; it’s really confusing and involves math or something) and a lot coffee. Judges go through, category by category, determining awards independently for both professionals and students.

Show Judge Lauren Hom

2015 Show Judge Lauren Hom presenting her hand-lettered Beyoncé lyrics.

Meanwhile, as the judges do their thing, the AIGA Nebraska Board of Directors works hard to transform KANEKO into the exhibit that you see on Saturday night. Work is hung from the walls, awards are printed, chairs are placed, and tables arranged. (We’re making it sound easier than it is; it takes a dedicated group of hard-working volunteers to make it all happen).

On Saturday night, the evening is yours! We open the doors at 5:30pm for a social hour. This is your chance to grab free food provided by Kitchen Table or Maria Bonita. Oh, and don’t forget your drinks! There will be wine from Magnolia Hotel and beer from Brickway Brewery. (That ticket price is looking better all the time, huh? Did we mention this is all free for AIGA members?). Can’t make it right at 5:30? That’s ok! Doors stay open all night; show up whenever you can! If you didn’t receive one of the limited tickets, Maria Bonita will be serving their full menu for the evening of the event.

Opening remarks and short presentations from our judges begin at 6:15pm, and are set to wrap up by 7pm. After that, it’s time to check out the exhibit, eat, drink, mingle, celebrate the year’s most outstanding work, and generally be merry. Our judges stick around all evening; be sure to say thanks for their hard work and judicious insight!

We’ll hang out until 10pm. If you can’ stay that long, don’t worry: you are free to come and go as you choose. Show is set up more like an art exhibit than a formal presentation. If you’re still around at 10pm (go, you!), we’ll have to politely kick you out—unless of course you’d like to help us clean up!

For those who can’t attend the opening reception, AIGA Nebraska’s Show exhibit will be on display at KANEKO from November 12 until November 19th. Can’t get to Omaha between those dates? We’ll be sending out emails the week after the opening reception for those who placed and showcase all of the winning work online at

It is solely the entrant’s responsibility to pick up any physical entries or samples. Artwork will be available for pick up at 10:00 p.m. the night of the event until Saturday, November 19th at KANEKO.  Any unclaimed entries will be recycled on November 21st.

Register for the event!
Saturday, November 12th
5:30 – 10pm
1111 Jones St, Omaha

Still have questions about Show? Contact the Director of Show:


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