Art and Design Senior Wins MG Exhibit Design Excellence Scholarship

L to R: Rob Majerowski, vice president of creative, MG Design; Elizabeth Gressel, graduate scholarship winner, New York Fashion Institute of Technology; Ashley Kiecker; Michael Grivas, CEO, MG Design.

Ashley Kiecker, a senior in Bemidji State University’s art and design program, has won the 2016 MG Exhibit Design Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship. Kiecker was selected based on projects included in a design portfolio as well as a brief written essay on the skills she believes are most important for being a successful designer.

“From my experience in the exhibit industry, I think that the most important skills for the design process are passion, dedication and teamwork,” Kiecker said in her application. “The success of a design cannot be present without bottomless passion, countless hours of dedication and the endless willpower of a team behind the idea.”

As the recipient of the scholarship, Kiecker was recognized at EXHIBITORLIVE 2016: The 28th Annual Training Conference for Trade Show Exhibit and Event Managers and Marketers, Feb. 28-March 3 in Las Vegas. She also received travel expenses paid for attending the conference

The Hector, Minn., native will graduate in May 2016 with a bachelor of science degree in art and design with emphases in exhibit design and digital design. She is actively involved at BSU as president of the university’s Design Guild and a member of the BSU volleyball team, where she was an Academic All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selection in 2013. She also volunteers on the BSU Art Committee and at in various industry functions.

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  • Dr. Bonnie Higgins, professor and department chair, Department of Technology, Art & Design; (218) 755-2790,