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Ebony Walton poses in Tullahoma bottling works office

Ebony Walton

“I came to Austin Peay with barely any design knowledge and left as a graphic designer ready to take on the world.”
Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Clarksville, Tennessee

Ebony Walton won gold at the Southern Student Graphic Design Show in publication design for her portfolio book and in visual identity and collateral for her “Sweet Ride” company, a class assignment tasking her with creating logos, stationery, mobile platforms and apparel for a fictitious company. She also won “Best of Category” for publication design for her portfolio book.

But the award ceremony and her graduation were on the same day.

“I knew it was going to be the same day as graduation, but I didn’t want to skip out on the opportunity of possibly winning,” Walton said. “So I submitted anyways.”

Ebony Walton in Tullahoma Bottling works
Ebony also worked with Coca-Cola Bottling Works in Tullahoma, designing a new logo for the company as part of a graphic design course.

Walton won a student silver at the American Advertising Awards, or ADDY, for book design. And she – along with classmates Al Best, Nina Lizura, Keith Jackson, Sean Reding and Kyle Marshall – won gold in the 2019 Environmental Graphics Design for her “Stairwell Motivation Project.”

She was an intern at Thrive Creative Group, a local marketing firm for small startup businesses.

“I worked on a magazine and loved just playing around and placing things in different spots,” she said about her internship.


She has learned to chase her dreams surmounting any obstacles standing in her way.

“Hard work, determination and a great support team got me where I am today.”

The Austin Peay Art and Design building houses state of the art facilities for one of the largest art departments in the state.