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Goods awarded University Medals
By Sherry Fisher
May 9, 1997
Peter Good and Janet Cummings Good, long-time supporters of the University, have been awarded University Medals, one of the highest honors the Board of Trustees can bestow.
The Goods, of Chester, are the owners of the graphic design firm Cummings & Good. Both are UConn graduates - Good earned a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design in 1965 and Cummings received a bachelor of fine arts in painting in 1966.
The couple received their awards during a ceremony April 30. The Board of Trustees confers University Medals in recognition of extraordinary distinction in a chosen field or in public service, and for outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national or international level.
Their firm, which handles assignments for major corporations, small businesses, and arts organizations, has received awards from all major graphic design institutions in the United States. A cross-section of their work is on display at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center through Aug. 15.
Over the years, Good and Cummings have made many contributions to the University. In 1995, Good designed the symbol for the University's year-long symposium Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law. He donated the logo and stationary design as well as his professional advice. The Goods are donating their extensive archival collection to the Dodd Center.
In accepting the award at the Dodd Center, Cummings said UConn has had a profound impact on her development as an artist and as a person. She arrived at Storrs when the art department was just being formed.
"Classes were small and informal, I got to know the professors as people, and saw how they integrated art into their lives," Cummings said. "I was stimulated and challenged and intrigued by their words and soothed by their humanness. They were the first artists I had ever known and I wanted to be like them."
Cummings & Good continue to support the University and the state by hiring UConn graduates.
He has received the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award for his lifetime achievement and generosity in the arts community. In 1995, he was honored as a charter member of the Connecticut Art Director's Club Hall of Fame.
He also designed graphics for the 1995 Special Olympics Summer Games. Four 1993 holiday stamps, the 1994 Cardinal in the Snow holiday stamp and the 1994 LOVE stamp were all designed by Good for the U.S. Postal Service.
Cummings is a painter, printmaker, designer and illustrator. Her books, brochures and posters have won many awards. Her work has been displayed in solo and group invitational shows in museums and galleries throughout Connecticut. She is published in Design, Problems and Principles and The Art of Seeing, both by Prentice-Hall. Her paintings are on display at the Chester Gallery through June 14.