Graphic designers garner awards year after year

MSUM graphic design students did it again. Three cover designs for books published by New Rivers Press were selected as winners in the 2014 American Inhouse Design Awards by Graphic Design USA. From more than 4,000 entries, just 15 percent were recognized with Award Certificates of Excellence.

Students whose designs won are Rachel Brixius for Star in the Sky, Renae Hansen for Borrowed Horses, and Haley Frost for Rare Earth.

The American Inhouse Design Awards is the original and premiere showcase for outstanding work by in-house designers for more than five decades. New Rivers Press is a publisher of literary work, with an emphasis on new and emerging writers. The press began in New York, moved to Minneapolis, and finally to its current home on the MSUM campus in 2001. The press provides learning opportunities to MSUM students and a Certificate in Publishing for students in partnership with MSUM.

In 2012 and 2013, MSUM students and one faculty member also won the awards, according to Suzzanne Kelley, managing editor of the press.

For more information about the students or the press, contact Kelley at (218-477-5870 or or NRP Art Director Al Sheets at (218) 477-2369 or email him at