Family. Life. Project Wins Multiple Awards


The Family. Life. project initiated by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has been honored with a 2016 American Web Design Award from Graphic Design USA. Family. Life. was one of only two student projects recognized. As well, it has received a Best of Web: 2nd Place prize from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The Alexia Foundation was a partner in the project.

Family. Life. explores the feelings, relationships, obstacles and identities of families around the globe, however that family may have been created. Some families close the gaps of geographical distance, transcend blood lines and prove support and comfort. Others represent struggle, difficulty and challenge. Some individuals believe they are born into a family; others feel they are constantly searching for one. Family. Life. is a world wide chronicle of the family dynamic that both unifies and distinguishes us.

A world wide chronicle of the family dynamic that both unifies and distinguishes us

The project was conceived of by Syracuse Alexia Chair Mike Davis and directed by Andrea Wise. Abby Legge art directed and nearly 100 design and photography students from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications helped make the project a reality. Echoing the seminal The Family of Man on its 60th anniversary, 32 schools participating schools in 16 countries contributed 146 projects.

Work from a number of Alexia Grant winners is featured in the project, most of it predating their award work. 2016 Award of Excellence Winner José Márquez contributed Bits and Pieces, detailing the experience of a young man coming out as gay, how that impacts his life in his family, and how he find a new family that gives him the understanding he needs. 2016 Award of Excellence winner Gabriela Arp’s A Bond Between Brothers shows us the struggles and the relationship between two autistic brothers.

2015 Student Winner Michael Santiago’s A Promise documents his father’s battle against cancer. It is a long term personal project that Santiago is currently focusing on. 2015 Award of Excellence Winner Kelly Creedon has two projects: Hiding Places, a portrait series showing how two siblings adapt to a new house through finding secret spaces, and Love is in the Fair about teenage romance at a North Carolina country fair. Love is in the Fair was featured by National Geographic in their short film showcase under the title Corn Dogs and Crushes: Teen Love at a Fair in the American South.

Finally, Family. Life. included 2014 Alexia of Excellence Winner Sarah Ann Jump’s Alexia project, New Roots which captures the first year of resettlement for a refugee family of eight from the Democratic Republic of Congo as they transition into their new life in the United States.

Family. Life. was also supported by Photoshelter, ASMP, PDN and Photowings.

Take time to explore the riches this incredible project has to offer. You can find Family. Life. at

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