Kelemen Graphic Design is the 2024 Creative Partner

November 10, 2023

Bob Kelemen, Kelemen Graphic Design

Great advertising is a conversation.
Talking with, not talking at.


Bob Kelemen is a Cleveland-based graphic designer and design educator. 

His professional graphic design practice, Kelemen Graphic Design—which recently celebrated 25 years in business—includes a wide range of clients, from healthcare institutions, not-for-profits, start-up enterprises and arts organizations to large publicly-held companies. Kelemen’s work has been recognized in national competitions and has been exhibited in gallery shows across the country. 

He has a special interest in letterpress printing, teaching workshops and classes as well as running his own letterpress studio, Black Walnut Letterpress, in his backyard barn. His personal letterpress work ranges from traditional to experimental. His prints frequently combine vintage wood and metal typography with found objects, such as game pieces, dice, dominoes, Lego building blocks, vinyl record albums, saw blades and wood scraps. Music and a sense of humor play key roles in his work. 

Kelemen has served for more than 30 years as faculty at universities and colleges, both public and private. He has taught a broad range of courses, including technical, formal and conceptual curriculum to both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Kelemen earned his BFA from Kent State University in graphic design and his MFA from Kent State in visual communication design, with a focus on environmental design. His MFA thesis focused on using letterpress equipment to teach basic design principles to undergraduate graphic design students. 

AAF-Akron is pleased to work with Kelemen Graphic Design and proud to share his creative for the 2024 American Advertising Awards!

The competition is now open through Jan. 18, 2024.

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2024 American Advertising Awards Sponsorships Now Available
Awards Show: Friday, March 1, 2024 at The Akron Civic Theatre

Title Partner | $5,000
• “Presented By: Your Company Name/logo” in promotional materials
• Onstage sponsor recognition
• 3-minute onstage presentation/speaking opportunity/promo video
• 16 event tickets with premiere seating
• Logo on: website, header of e-blasts through March 1, winners book, postcards 
• Social media sponsor spotlights
• Full page ad on back cover of winners book
• Press release to media outlets
• Feature in AAF-Akron blog and newsletter
• Opportunity to provide self-promo item or perk for attendees
• Opportunity to be an ADvantage Card partner

ADvertaster Reception Partner | $3,500
• Onstage sponsor recognition
• 8 event tickets
• Signage placement at 2 bars and in reception area
• Custom cocktail
• Full page ad in winners book
• Logo placement on website

Student Best of Show Partner | $2,500
• Onstage sponsor recognition
• Naming rights for the 2024 Student Best of Show Award
• Sponsor presents award onstage
• 4 event tickets
• Half page ad in winners book
• Logo placement on website
• Funds go to the Susan B. Kosich Charitable Fund

Mosaic ADDY Partner | $2,500
• Onstage sponsor recognition
• Naming rights for the 2024 Mosaic ADDY*
• Sponsor presents award onstage
• 4 event tickets
• Half page ad in winners book
• Logo placement on website
*awarded to an entry, from any category, that best exemplifies a spirit of diversity and inclusion. 

Penny Partner | $1,000
• Limited to six with category exclusivity
• Onstage sponsor recognition
• 2 event tickets
• Quarter page ad in winners book
• Logo placement on website

Swag Bag Partner | $1,000
• Limited to two
• Logo on bag
• Onstage sponsor recognition
• 2 tickets to the American Advertising Awards
• Logo placement on website

Award Category Partner | $250
• Sponsor a category during the awards presentation
• Full size screen of your logo, a one-sentence “commercial” about your company
• Your logo as a signature on every slide in that category
• 1 event ticket

In-Kind Partners
Here’s a list of items you can help us with:
• Printing
• Signage
• Event volunteers
• Media promotions
• Gallery reel
• Photography

For more information or to reserve your sponsorship, contact director@aafakron.com. Don’t see a sponsorship that suits you? Let us know and we can create a custom package. 

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