Pictured at right (standing center) is Paul Meinke (A+D Graphic Design,1984) who is Principal and President of Arketype, a national, award-winning design and advertising firm located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mr. Meinke and his staff graciously hosted a visit by two Social Structures classes traveling to Chicago in March. Students were provided with a tour of the firm’s new headquarters and a presentation that featured examples of Arketype’s services that include print, packaging, new media, and television. Arketype’s client base is a broad mix of consumer product and business-to-business companies, from Fortune 500’s to small businesses.
Photoshop Wars was hosted by the School of Art and Design on April 4, 2008. Students were given one hour to complete an image utilizing Adobe Photoshop. The image was based on a theme announced at the beginning of the event, which required fast idea development and even faster execution from the participants. The first battle of the day was a solo battle in which each participant completed an image and the battle was won by Chris Paluch. The solo event was followed by a team battle in which teams of two to four participants completed a single image. Coordinated by Stephan Larson, the event was created to have an entertaining, competitive arena for students to show-off their technical, design and conceptual skills. The time limit not only adds to the intensity of the battle, but also mimics a real-world situation where solutions often need to be completed in a very short timeframe. As added motivation, prizes were awarded by a panel of Art and Design faculty and a separate Audience Choice award was determined by the voting of participants and audience.
The DeVos Art Museum welcomed ten visiting artists and scholars over the past year in conjunction with exhibitions at the museum. As part of the visits, students had the opportunity to meet with the artists first hand in the classroom, participate in workshops, hear the artists talk about their work in the exhibitions and see the artists present slide lectures on their artistic practice. Last fall, Jeremy Tinder and Amy E. Mayfield met with students and gave tours of their work in the exhibition “Told and Retold: Stories From Chicago”. In October, Yin Mei held a special workshop with dance students as part of her solo exhibition “Three Thousand Yin Mei”. In January as part of the “reGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow” exhibition, Rod Slemmons, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) presented the lecture “Photography Without Boundaries”. Angela Strassheim, whose work is featured in the reGeneration exhibition, visited from Minneapolis in February and gave a slide lecture about her work in the art history lecture hall. In March, Perin Mahler, Jim Nawara and Lucille Nawara, all part of the “7 Painters” exhibition, came for the reception and Perin Mahler also presented a slide lecture on his work.
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Jeremy Tinder (top left) giving a tour to an Illustration class and Amy E. Mayfield (bottom second from right) discusses her work with a Social Structures class.
The DeVos Art Museum