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Prof. Bright Wins Hermes Creative Award

Karen Bright, MFA, professor of Art and Design, recently received a 2022 Hermes Creative Award for the cover design of her husband, Tony Taddei’s collection of linked stories, “The Sons of the Santorelli,” in the 16th annual competition.

Bright submitted the artwork under her studio, Studio Bright, and was awarded a gold statuette for best publication cover in the category of Print Media—Design.

“I am thrilled to have received recognition for ‘The Sons of the Santorelli’ book cover design. Given that the author, Tony Taddei, is also my husband, it was a labor of love, many years in the making,” Bright said.

The Hermes Creative Awards honors the messengers and creators of the information revolution, including the industry’s best publications, branding collateral, websites, videos, and advertising, marketing, and communication programs, for bringing their ideas to life through traditional and digital platforms.

Submissions are not directly compared to other entries, but are judged based on creativity due to the wide variety of submissions, different styles of art within the same category, and the diversity of artists that range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.

To ensure fairness and consistency, entries are evaluated over a two-month period by experienced professionals who have had projects similar to the entries submitted.

“The Sons of the Santorelli,” was published on April 12 and follows the journey of the Santorelli sons departing from their conventional immigrant family. Bright and Taddei will be hosting a book signing, that is free and open to the public, at River Road Books in Fair Haven on May 18, at 7 p.m.

Karen Bright Cover Art