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MSU School of Art hosts inaugural World Champion Belt Buckle competition and exhibit

March 27, 2012

"Keep Hope Alive," a buckle made by Nancy Anderson of Boulder, Colo., and owner of Sweetbird Studio, was the first place winner in the MSU World Champion Belt Buckle Competition. Anderson's buckle, as well as the 60 finalists, will be exhibited online through next February. Finalists will also be exhibited at the MSU Renne Library this spring and summer.   High-Res Available

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Three generations of alumni and faculty from the Montana State University School of Art have organized, juried and hosted the inaugural World Championship Belt Buckle Competition.

"The first annual World Championship Belt Buckle Competition is a juried online exhibition inviting all one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, wearable examples in the belt buckle format including western, modern, fashion, narrative and conceptual," said Bryan Petersen, professor in the MSU School of Art and one of the event's organizers.

"Keep Hope Alive," a buckle made by Nancy Anderson of Sweetbird Studio in Boulder, Colo., was the first place winner in the contest. Anderson's winning buckle, as well as 60 finalists will be on display online from april 3 through next February at A selection of finalists will also be on exhibit at MSU's Renne Library this spring and summer.

Petersen said first, second and third place winners received money awards and a World Champion receives a title buckle.

Petersen and Richard Helzer, former director of the School of Art, juried the competition. Jason Johnson, adjunct professor of graphic design Ben Fjare of Prime design, built and designed a website with a Web concept by graphic design alumni Alex Rich. Metalsmithing student Erin Swietnicki handled Facebook promotion.

Bryan Petersen (406) 994-2952,