Vote for the People’s Choice Award

Now – April 16 at noon:

Join us for our FREE and VIRTUAL

SPOT Showcase Awards Ceremony 2021


This year’s SPOT Showcase will take place Saturday, April 17 featuring guest speaker, Gail Anderson. All of the mentees and mentors have worked very hard and we’re excited to showcase their work during the final Mentorship Program exhibition.

Check back soon for this year’s submissions on our Behance page and for your chance to vote for the “People’s Choice Award”! Get your free tickets today!

About Gail:

Gail Anderson is an NYC-based designer, educator, and writer. She is Chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts  and the creative director at Visual Arts Press. 

Anderson has served as senior art director at Rolling Stone, creative director of design at  SpotCo, and as a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books. She has taught at SVA for thirty years and has co authored  15 books on design, typography, and illustration with the  fabulous Steven Heller.

The AIGA Orlando Mentorship Program pairs the most passionate design students with leading industry professionals to help refine their skills and prepare them for a career in a creative field. As a mentee in the program, you will be exposed to informative workshops and collaborative work sessions to enhance your personal brand and networking skills. Throughout the program, you will develop connections and relationships which are invaluable and can extend well beyond the program. As a mentor, you’ll impart your skills and years of experience to make a lasting impact on the next generation of creative professionals.

The AIGA Orlando Mentorship Program has been known to garner many talented and successful design mentors from some of the top studios, agencies, and companies in the area. Competition to become a mentee is fierce due to the limited number of slots available.

Our mentorship program is a unique opportunity that has been established to enrich a culture of professionalism and endless creativity in the city of Orlando. Mentors and mentees will be thoughtfully paired by our chapter board members following the application submission period.

The program kicks off annually in November with orientation. Starting from day one, successful entrants will begin working diligently with their mentors and continue to do so for the next 5 months. Each mentee is challenged with creating a self-promotional piece to be displayed in the annual SPOT Award Showcase in April.

The SPOT Award Showcase is a widely attended and competitive exhibition highlighting the collective effort of the mentorship program. Many of Orlando’s creative directors utilize the events to scope out the area’s up-and-coming design talent. Plus, a panel of distinguished local creatives will determine a winner of a “Judges’ Award” representing Best in Show, while a “People’s Choice Award” will be determined by the popular vote of event attendees.

The 2021 Mentorship Program will be virtual this year due to COVID-19. All meetings, check-ins and events will be held online. The Spot Showcase will be virtual with submissions showcased on Behance.

To see last year’s submissions to the virtual Spot Showcase 2020,

Entrant information:

Student applicants must currently be enrolled in a design program and have a portfolio of at least 5 pieces of work to submit. Applicants are also eligible if they have recently graduated no earlier than May 2020. Applicants accepted into the program will be paired with professionals based on interest and qualifications. Participants do NOT have to be AIGA members to apply.

If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee, please click the Eventbrite registration link. You will be redirected to Eventbrite where you can select the appropriate application form.

There is a $15 non-refundable mentee application fee, and students must follow the application instructions for submitting a current portfolio.