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Local Artist Honored as Silver Medal Award Recipient

Apr 05, 2016 09:55AM ● By Press Release

It was an enchanted evening for Acadiana’s advertising industry at the 2016 American Advertising Awards. The American Advertising Federation of Acadiana (AAF Acadiana) recently hosted the ceremony where esteemed creatives took home coveted awards such as ADDY Awards, Best of Show and Special Judges Awards. But the highest honor bestowed upon Denise Gallagher when she was named this year’s Silver Medal Award recipient for not only her creativity and countless accolades, but for her contribution to Acadiana non-profits and mentorship to students of all ages. 

Gallagher’s signature work is a blend of whimsy and sophistication. She portrays this through her personal art and through designs created for her clients, such as logos, posters, illustrations and more. Her full portfolio can be seen at If you’re not already familiar with her work, she created the official artwork for the 30th Anniversary of Festival International de Louisiane or check out Marc Broussard’s latest album to get a better appreciation.  

Established in 1959, the Silver Medal Award recognizes the men and women of Acadiana who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Past recipients include Kevin Prejean of Prejean Creative, Chris Allain of Vidox Motion Imagery, Bob Holbrook of Holbrook Multimedia and Cherie Hebert of BBR Creative.

This year’s AAAwards ceremony was organized by Right Angle Advertising and themed Enchanted ADventures: Fabled Tales of Creativity. Guests reveled in the fairy tale atmosphere as local creatives took home honors voted on by this year’s judges—Steve Grimes of The Richards Group, Dallas, TX; Cindy Friedman of sparklecreative, Austin, TX; and Bronson Ma of Bronson Ma Creative, Dallas, TX.

Amongst the competition was a wide variety of creative professionals and agencies in fields such as advertising, graphic design, photography, print, newspaper, radio, television, web, marketing and communications, as well as students studying in these areas. From those who received the highest merits, their work will go on to compete at the district level of the competition for an opportunity at winning national awards.

For a full list of winners, visit