Students Are Two of Nine Finalists in “Donut Art” Competition to Celebrate Dunkin’ Donuts’ 60th Anniversary

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Throughout the month of September as Dunkin’ Donuts celebrates its 60th anniversary, the artwork of SUNY Orange students Meghan Maney and Jacqueline Wilson will be featured on posters in more than 1,500 regional Dunkin’ Donut restaurants throughout the tri-state area.

PHOTO: Meghan Maney, Joe Litow and Jacqueline WilsonManey (left in photo) and Wilson (at right) were among nine finalists in Dunkin’ Donuts’ “Donut Art” competition, which sought creative designs from art students in the region. Students were given creative license to produce original designs with the sole instruction to use the iconic Dunkin’ donut as inspiration. The winning entry, submitted by Poughkeepsie’s Brianne Seipp, and the creations of the other eight finalists are depicted on the large window posters that are displayed prominently in each participating Dunkin’ Donuts location. Seipp’s entry will also be featured as a limited edition box top of six-count donut boxes.

Maney, a visual communications student from Monroe, created a wallpaper of donuts behind a large “60” with the words Happy Birthday swirled inside the numerals. Between the 6 and 0 she placed a sprinkle-covered frosted donut hovering over a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, with a white starburst emanating from the donut.

Wilson, a liberal arts student from West Point, crafted a retro design showing a frosted donut, three Munchkin donut holes and cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee each celebrating under the heading of “Happy 60th BirthDDay.” The image background was filled with Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature orange color.

Both Maney and Wilson were mentored during the process by professor Joe Litow from the College’s Arts and Communication Department. Litow (center in photo) coordinated the acquisition of entries by SUNY Orange students and assured that all submissions from the College adhered to Dunkin’ Donuts’ contest criteria.

The other finalists included: Nicholas Black, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; Clori Caminiti-Osso, Bergen Community College, Paramus, N.J.; Jessica Chao, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.; Jillanne Chiment, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J.; Alice Slopnick, All About Art, Monroe, Conn.; and Theodore Williams, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, N.Y. SUNY Orange was the only school with two finalists.

Designs were judged by a panel of regional Dunkin’ Donuts corporate executives and franchisees based on the following criteria: creativity in design, use of Dunkin’ Donuts signature pink and orange colors and inspiration of the iconic donut. The contest was open to students in Fairfield County in Connecticut, 14 counties in New York and 13 counties in New Jersey.

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Mike Albright
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