Nevada Arts Academy Logo

The logo was created by holding a contest when the Academy opened its new location in 2011.  The contest was open only to individual graphic artists, not to groups or companies.  The artist was asked to follow NAA’s mission statement of: ”with independently operated schools of music, art and dance, the Nevada Arts Academy brings the full spectrum of fine arts under one roof. While we believe art should be fun, we are also fully equipped to help students reach the full height of their artistic potential.”

The winner of the competition was Carlos J. Claudio.  He explains his idea behind the creation.

“It is one design with three variations in colors. All colors have been chosen to maximize
contrast for visibility purposes. The intention is so that it could be viewed from afar and still be understood. The color scheme that I think would work best is the beige (or tan) and it is the first one shown in this file.
The logo is 100% original artwork made from pencil sketches and finalized in a computer
graphics program. Adobe Illustrator CS was the program used to create the artwork, and it
commonly used among printers, sign makers, web designers and graphic artits. The design can be scaled up or down to fit almost any aplication (ie. business cards, posters, billboards, etc.) without loosing its sharpness. When used for small aplications such as business cards, or pens the slogan “Building a dynamic future together” will become illegible and would have to be placed elsewhere on the particular application if so desired.
Adobe Illustrator files can be exported to many web applications with the click of a button.
Also, all the colors can be made web safe with the click of a button. This would cause colors to change slightly but will not affect overall look of the design.
The font used for the slogan is called Kid Print. The font used for the logo is called Optima. All fonts have been converted to outline to elimanated the need for the font in the file, but the names of them have been included in case a matching font is desired in the designing of colateral in the future.
The design is an abstract rendition. The dance portion of the school is represented by the ballerina of course. The music is represented by the cello/violin. In order to tie in the art aspect of the school the design is done in a “picasso style” with bold linework and slightly distorted figures. The ballerina is in repose like the many art works of Edgar Degas which adds to the art aspect of the design. The body of the violin completes the body of the balerina and together they are as if one; just like music and dance.”