July 2, 2013
SMU advertising major Paul Curry will join 23 other designated All-Stars from around the world in August to compete in a special Art Directors Club challenge to create the best advertising campaign for Ford Motor Company.
Curry, a senior at the Temerlin Advertising Institute in SMU Meadow's School of the Arts, won a slot in the competition and was named an All-Star on May 23 at the regional “Portfolio Night/Dallas.”
“This is the next generation of young creatives,” says Curry. “I look forward to working with them and I’m going to work hard when I’m there.”
Portfolio Night was founded in 2002 by ihaveanidea and is presented by the New York-based Art Directors Club. The event is held annually in multiple cities around the world on the same night. The Dallas Portfolio Night has been hosted by SMU Meadows’ Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI) for the past two years; this year’s Dallas event partner was TM Advertising.
“Any time you get an opportunity like this you have to treat it like it’s your big break,” Curry says. “I’m going into it with full expectations that I - and my team - can win.”
A camera crew will shoot the entire week of the competition and post webisodes on the Portfolio Night website.
“We will be watching back in Dallas to see the exploits of a hometown hero,” says Steven Edwards, director of the Temerlin Advertising Institute. “Paul represents the best TAI has to offer and we are glad his work will be showcased in the global competition.”
Curry built his portfolio with knowledge gained at SMU in classes such as Concepting and Art Direction Studio. His student projects include campaigns for Texas Instruments and Sherwin-Williams Paint.
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