Instagram Competition Judges

36th Judge
Hayden Walker

Hayden Walker is a graphic designer & illustrator who graduated from ACU in 2016. After graduation Hayden relocated with his wife Hannah to Portland, OR to pursue a career in design. Hayden is currently working with Blend Design Co. a multidisciplinary design studio who primarily works with Whole Foods creating environments and designing signage.

35th Judge
Rosemary Gutierrez

Rosemary Gutierrez graduated from ACU in 2007. She had the opportunity to intern and eventually work full-time for lifestyle brand Fossil Inc. after graduation. At Fossil, she worked on seasonal graphics displayed in all Fossil retail stores. She currently spends her days as a designer for the Dallas Museum of Art where she develops exhibition identities and print collateral.

34th Judge
Andrew Munoz

Andrew Munoz is a User Interface and Experience designer who graduated from ACU in 2012. Since his graduation, he as had the opportunity to develop web and mobile experiences for brands such as PetSmart, Chipotle, Sony, LinkedIn, Southwest Airlines and Whole Foods. Currently, Andrew is working as a Senior Visual designer at VMware, where he supports the design for multiple applications on the iOS and Android platforms.

33rd Judge
Bryan Couchman

Bryan Couchman is a Senior Designer at Upperquad. He’s had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients ranging from big companies like Google and Facebook to little boutique shops out of North Carolina. One project that he really enjoyed was for Google’s Santa Tracker. For the past 6 years or so, Upperquad has had a very close relationship with the Santa Tracker team designing and developing new games and experiences for users to enjoy. Another notable project was when Upperquad worked with Facebook on a renewable energy initiative helping corporations become green and reliant on clean energy.

32nd Judge
Hance Taplin

Hance Taplin is a designer & photographer who graduated from ACU in 2005. After graduation, Hance pursued a career in the fashion industry working with Nike, Lululemon, 10 Deep NYC, The Dallas Cowboys and others related in the industry. Aside from work, Hance loves spending time with family and mentoring young designer/photographers.

31st Judge
Allen Smith

Allen Smith is the Fine Arts Lead Instructor at Logos Charter School in his hometown, Medford, Oregon. After graduating in 2009, Allen pursued an MAT from Southern Oregon University and won the 2014 Rookie Oregon Art Educator of the Year award. He is highly involved in mentoring young artists and maintains a rigorous personal studio practice. He was recently awarded a competitive artist residency at the Morris Graves Foundation and was previously an artist in residence at the Contemporary Artists Center in Woodside, NY. His latest series of paintings, Noumenon, has been featured in two solo shows in the last six months. His work can be viewed at allensmithart.com.

30th Judge
Hannah Bruce

Hannah Bruce graduated in 2015 with a degree in graphic design and moved to Austin to work for Ptarmak Inc., where she serves as a designer and illustrator. Ptarmak specializes in brand strategy, identity, and packaging systems for natural foods companies. Since being there, Hannah has had the opportunity to develop brands for companies like Kellogg, Ripe Craft Juice, and Cookie Chips.

29th Judge
Paige Baumgartner

Paige Baumgartner graduated in 2014 with a degree in Graphic Design, though fine arts was her first love. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco to pursue a job as an Interaction Designer at Favorite Medium. She has since moved to Dallas but continues to work remotely out of Common Desk. Paige enjoys the challenge of designing and building digital products for notable clients including the Smithsonian Institute, War Ink, UCSF, LA Clean Incubator, Steelcase and Facebook.

28th Judge
Leah Rama

Leah Rama graduated from ACU in 2012, and majored in Two-Dimensional Design. Following graduation, she taught art classes though the NCCIL before moving to Atlanta, GA to complete an MFA in Fashion Design at SCAD. She has freelanced in several design capacities, worked on some extracurricular projects with Adobe, and is now a fashion designer for Michael Kors Women’s Collection in New York City where she loves bumping into other ACU alumni!

27th Judge
Danny Flanagan

Danny graduated from ACU in 1991 with a degree in art. He has been with Zachary Associates, an advertising and marketing firm, for the past 24 years. Danny has been the Creative Director for the last 6 years. He also had a brief stint as a lavender farmer.

26th Judge
Shalis Stevens

Shalis Stevens graduated from ACU in 2008 with a BFA in Graphic Design, and earned her MFA in painting from SCAD in 2013. She now works as an illustrator and theater charge artist in Dallas, Texas. She is most passionate about storytelling through art and is in the process of publishing her second coloring book for adults.

25th Judge
Randy Hunt

Randy is the VP of Design at Etsy. His team to builds web products and creates brand experiences online and off. In 2014, they won the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. Randy released the book, Product Design for the Web, in 2014, founded Citizen Scholar Inc. and co-founded the design studio, Supermarket. He also serves on the steering committee of NYCxDESIGN.

24th Judge
Ty Pownall

Ty Pownall, ’06 alumni, moved to LA to get his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. He currently teaches art full time at Pepperdine University in Malibu. He is primarily a sculptor that explores the connections between rigidity and fragility. Ty is preparing for upcoming exhibitions in the Netherlands, Mexico and Norway.

23rd Judge
Erin Holland

Erin graduated in 2007 with a degree in Two-Dimensional Studio Art. She moved to NYC in 2010 and now works as an art director for The Museum of Modern Art, where she has continued to glean inspiration for her personal art practice. Upcoming excitements include a MoMA performance with artist #JeromeBel in October, and a new exhibition of works opening in Spring 2017.

22nd Judge
Matt Varner

Matt Varner graduated in 2015 and began working at Canales & Co with fellow ACU alum in Austin doing branding and packaging. Recently, Matt moved to NYC and has landed a job working at Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy.

21st Judge
Alex York

Alex York (’09) is lighting up Vancouver’s vibrant animation scene. After graduating, he completed a two-year commercial animation program at Capilano University, which he has followed up with a string of storyboarding work at Kickstart Entertainment, Bron Studios and EH-OKAY Productions. York’s most recent credits include the soon-to-be-released feature films Ratchet and Clank and Henchmen, as well as PBS’ just-premiered Ready Jet Go!.

20th Judge
Tanner Freeman

Tanner Freeman is the Owner and Designer at Deuxsouth. Deuxsouth is a creative company in Waco that helps other companies discover their project and audience. Tanner has designed for several companies in the Waco area, such as Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits.

19th Judge
Joshua Schoemaker

Joshua Schoemaker (’01) is an artist based in Dallas. His work is inspired from the purity and simplicity of zen painting, which uses brushwork and bold marks to convey spiritual awareness. Josh recently had an exhibition titled Adornment in Pohlenz gallery featuring of 15 pieces of his work!

18th Judge
Sarah English

Sarah English (‘01) earned her MFA in painting from UNT and currently works for JCPenney managing a team of textile designers. Sarah also uses her background in painting to create her own custom patterns. Her designs have been featured by retailers such as DENY Designs, Urban Outfitters, Nordstroms, and Bloomingdales! She was recently published in “Print and Pattern: Geometrics” and is kicking off a new project through Instagram, “50 patterns in 50 weeks.”

17th Judge
Zack Guerra

Zack Guerra is a graphic designer & illustrator who graduated from ACU in 2014. After graduation Zack joined fellow designer and ACU alumnus, Jose Canales, at Canales & Co. Since being there, Zack has been able to combine his love for drawing and design to develop brands such as YETI, Wild Acre Brewing Co., Independence Brewing Co., and CareerPlug.

16th Judge
Ben Hernandez

Ben Hernandez lives in Dallas and is a Senior Product Designer at Dialexa. He has a background in fine art, music, film making and design. During his career, he’s had the privilege of working with several great companies, including: National Geographic, GameStop, Microsoft, Jones Lang LaSalle, and NBC-Universal.

15th Judge
Leriam Gonzalez

Leriam Gonzalez is a New York City fashion photographer and our 15th Instagram competition judge! She is passionate about beauty, fashion, and being able to illustrate a story with her camera. Leriam’s work has been published worldwide in publications like Marie Claire, Nylon, and Tatler just to name a few.

14th Judge
Darren Le Gallo

Darren Le Gallo graduated from ACU in 1996 with a BA in painting and moved to Los Angeles recently after. He has shown in gallery exhibitions in Chelsea, NY, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. In addition, Darren has been heavily involved in the movie industry as an actor, set builder and storyboard artist.

13th Judge
Rolando Diaz

Rolando Diaz is a Cuban-American artist who travels internationally and often uses his skills as a painter for fundraising efforts. A documentary film titled “Recapturing Cuba” about Diaz has won two awards at the Sundance File Festival. The film has been an inspiration to many! His work has even been exhibited in many places, including the Grace Museum here in Abilene!

12th Judge

After graduating from ACU, Leanne Kawahigashi moved to San Francisco for an internship with Turner Duckworth. There she worked on projects such as the Coke Zero Christmas packaging. Still living in San Francisco but with a recent opportunity to work from exotic locations like Thailand and Cambodia she currently designs for Expensify.

11th Judge

Sarah Stanley graduated from ACU with a degree in Graphic Design in 2006 and accepted a graphic design position at Fossil in 2008. Her outstanding work was recently recognized in the 33rd Annual Type Director’s Club.

10th Judge

Amanda Martinez graduated from ACU with a degree in Interior Design. She went on to Texas A&M to become an Architect. Amanda currently is a designer for Page Southerland Page, Inc. in Austin.

9th Judge
Dawn Hearn

ACU alumni, Dawn Hearn is an interior designer residing in the Austin area. Her designs have been recognized locally and nationally in such publications as Texas Home & Living, Southern Rooms by Rockport Publishers and Southern Living Room-by-Room Makeovers.

8th Judge
Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell is a proud ACU alumni currently living in New York City. He has worked for Hoefler & Co as a type designer since 2014. After graduating from ACU, Jordan received a Master of Arts in Typeface Design from Reading University in England. He is the designer of a friendly typeface named, Odelay. Aside from his job in NYC, Jordan enjoys taking on graphic and type design projects for others.

7th Judge
Joshua Hale

Joshua Hale is a contemporary artist based out of Abilene. He graduated from ACU in 2008 and his work has been exhibited in numerous art shows. He does mostly 2D paintings and his most recent works explore themes of nature, society, and depolarization.

6th Judge
Jose Canales

Jose Canales is a graphic designer based out of Austin, TX. In 2014, he left the advertising agency, McGarrah Jesse, and started his own company, Canales & Co. He found his passion in branding, packaging, and crafted design and has done work for Shiner beer, Stripes Candy, and Costa Del Mar.

5th Judge
Bobbie Scanio

Bobbie Scanio is an award winning graduate from ACU with a bachelor of science in Interior Design. She started working at Bella Villa Design Studio in 2005 and her creativity and thoroughness makes her an integral part of Bella Villa. She passed the NCIDQ and became a registered interior designer in 2011.

4th Judge
Brent Couchman

Brent Couchman is a graphic designer who leads his own branding and design studio, Moniker, in San Francisco, CA. Brent has previously done branding and illustration for Coca-Cola, Google, Facebook, Herman Miller and Fossil. His work has been recognized by groups such as AIGA, Art Directors Club and many more.

3rd Judge
Nathan Spoor

Nathan Spoor graduated from ACU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Nathan is from Dallas but currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. His paintings often deal with themes of transition and growth and have been featured in exhibitions across the country.

2nd Judge
Kelly Mann

Kelly Mann is an interior designer from Houston, TX. After graduating from ACU with a degree in Interior Design and minor in Business Administration, Kelly started KMann Designs in November 2009. The company was originally created for graphic design, but is now primarily interior design. Kelly’s design style is a mix of modern and traditional.

1st Judge
Jeff Rogers

Jeff Rogers is our first guest judge for the Instagram competition! Jeff, who graduated from ACU, lives in New York and has his own studio based out of Brooklyn. Jeff specializes in custom lettering and has done work for McDonalds, Abi-Haus, ACU Today, Joe’s Crab Shack, and Ace Hotel to name a few!