In 2018 we unveiled a new Designlife Award, designed by alumnus Matt McConnell in conjunction with staff at the College of Design’s Materials Lab and an advisory team from the Leader’s Council (Craig McDuffie, Van Nolintha, and Kimberly Wicker).
The Designlife Award recognizes the significant contribution that an individual or group has made in design in the Southeast. The award brings awareness to the importance of design in the community – and the practice of good design as a sign of good citizenship.
Congratulations to Stephen Hill, who has been selected as the 2019 Designlife Award recipient for an art and design legacy that has transformed a community!
As an entrepreneur, Hill incorporates his advocacy for the arts, historic preservation, and downtown revitalization in his businesses. By investing his time, talents, and finances into his hometown of Kinston, NC, Hill is helping to spark a community renewal. The board chair of the North Carolina Arts Council is the visionary behind Mother Earth Brewing and Spirits, Mother Earth Motor Lodge, The O’Neil boutique hotel, The Red Room, and Kinston’s Arts & Cultural District. As the founder and board chair for the smART Kinston Foundation, Hill is laying the groundwork for lasting change.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the significant achievements of a talented and committed group of individuals. Recipients of this award are design professionals representing the disciplines of the College. They are individuals who have made significant contributions to new insights, fostering original ideas and searching for added knowledge.
In the spring of 2000, a medallion was developed to represent the Distinguished Alumni recipient. This medallion is inspired by the early influence of the Bauhaus on design education at NC State University. It is reflective by the continuing emphasis within the College on the capability to craft by hand as parts of the necklace were fabricated in the College of Design Materials Lab. The medallion represents the application of principles and ideas into products, similarly to what the College of Design has held as an important virtue.