"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 http://www.worldchampionbuckle.com/. 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.
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