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SOWELA Graphic Art Students’ Designs Win Chennault International Airshow Art Contest

Student Artwork to be Showcased in Airshow Posters and T-shirts


Two SOWELA Graphic Art students’ designs were selected as part of the Chennault International Airshow’s poster and T-shirt contest. SOWELA student Jade Higginbotham created the winning poster and Vivian Barrilleaux, also a SOWELA student, designed the Airshow’s commemorative T-shirt. Their work is helping promote a popular Southwest Louisiana event that attracts thousands of fans.

Higginbotham and Barrilleaux’s winning artwork was done as part of the Design II course taught by Erik Jessen, an instructor in SOWELA’s Graphic Art program. The project was part of a class assignment and judged competitively for selection as Airshow promotional material.

The winning designers were assisted by Peter O’Carroll, founder of the O’Carroll Group, in adapting their designs for the Airshow.

About Kia of Lake Charles Chennault International Airshow

The Kia of Lake Charles Chennault International Airshow presented by Phillips 66 takes place May 10-12 at Chennault International Airport. This year’s Airshow coincides with Mother’s Day weekend and will feature a salute to women in aviation. The Airshow is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization which uses proceeds from the biennial event for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education outreach.


SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles and Oakdale, LA.