Houk Award

The 2020 Houk Award was presented to Matt Flick at the DAI’s Annual Meeting on February 27, 2020.

Matt Flick has served as an instructor and administrator at The Modern College of Design for nearly 20 years. Matt currently serves as Vice President of Program Development and Industry Relations and teaches graphic design and portfolio development at The Modern. He is committed to ensuring The Modern’s curriculum is aligned with employers’ needs and prepares students for successful careers in the design industry.

Matt has made a significant impact by inspiring a generation of designers and mentoring countless art instructors. Matt’s students are working for some of the world’s leading brands such as Apple, Nike, Pandora, and Reddit. GDUSA magazine named Matt an Educator to Watch in 2017, and he was featured as one of 29 People to Watch by GDUSA in 2013. Matt was named Educator of the Year by the American Advertising Federation(AAF)-Dayton in 2009 and 2012.

He has nearly 30 years of experience as an award-winning art director, and holds an associate degree in Visual Communications from Sinclair Community College. His clients have included Titleist, FootJoy Worldwide, IMG Canada, PGA Tour professional Mike Weir, Duncan Seawall, and others. Matt’s work has received numerous awards, including awards from the American Advertising Federation-Dayton, AAF District Five, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts, and the Admissions Marketing Report. Matt’s dedication to creativity and helping students succeed is second to none and he has helped The Modern grow into one of the top design colleges in the nation.

Houk Award presentation

In honor of his work, we are pleased to present Matt Flick (pictured above) with the 2020 Pamela P. Houk Award for Excellence in Education.

Each year, The DAI selects an outstanding and inspirational educator to receive the distinguished Houk Award, with selections made through a nomination and panel process. We encourage you to nominate an educator who excels in the field. The recipient is presented with the award at the DAI’s annual meeting and receives permanent recognition in The Lange Family Experiencenter.

For more information about the Houk Award, contact Museum Lead Educator Casey Goldman, at cgoldman@daytonart.org.

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