ACU Art & Design: Issue No. 17
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Santana invited as visiting scholar at EMU, Cyprus

Last October, Dr. Nil Santana (M.S. ’00) spent two weeks in Cyprus co-teaching a brand design workshop as a visiting scholar at Eastern Mediterranean University in The Republic of Northern Cyprus. Santana was invited by Firat Tuzunkan (M.S. ’02), vice-chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design and Santana’s classmate. They met while attending the digital media graduate program at ACU in 1999. The invitation was part of a “Learning From Masters” two-week intensive course series offered by the department. “It was an incredible academic – as well as cultural – experience for me,” said Santana. “I not only had the opportunity to co-teach a class of talented students with an old friend, but also got to learn more about their customs, culture and heritage. Cyprus is a beautiful country, and the people were amazingly hospitable.”

He also delivered a presentation open to all students, and he expects ACU and EMU will develop future collaborations after this experience.

Maggie Jo’s hoop art

While in a typography class at ACU, Maggie (Amerine ’17) Schnucker was challenged by a client to create an “interesting version” of its logo. She decided to embroider it. Schnucker fell in love with the craft and was inspired by themes in nature, and she started an Instagram page (maggiejosstudio) for her embroidery. She initially was supported by family and friends but she soon realized she was selling to strangers, and 51,000 followers on Instagram later, Schnucker has a thriving business. Besides purchasing an array of beautiful hoops or custom ordering, her clients wanted to embroider along with her, so she launched a subscription service for fellow embroiderers to purchase her designs. After being diagnosed with a few chronic illnesses, Schnucker quit her job and turned Maggie Jo’s Studio into a full-time creative business. In her unassuming way, she said, “I’m feeling really positive about its future.” We wholeheartedly agree!

Holland enters Columbia M.F.A. Program 

Erin Holland (’07), former art producer at the Museum of Modern Art, received great news this past summer – she was one of only two students admitted to Columbia University’s M.F.A. Program in Moving Image, and she began classes this fall.

“I am convinced now more than ever that I am being led towards full-time art practice,” she said. “I have always been afraid of this because it feels impractical and unstable, but I cannot fight it anymore. I have to trust God and pursue it, which means I need a lot of strength.”

Bell participates in Netflix design documentary

Jordan Bell (’12) worked on the Hoefler&Co design team that took the Decimal typeface initial brief through to final design, and the process was featured in episode six of the second season of the Netflix original documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design. Bell said:

“I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to play a (very) small part of something that will hopefully be seen and enjoyed by many. Sharing my experiences and educating others about type design is definitely something I am passionate about, and I thought they did an excellent job at explaining some pretty complex ideas through simple means. We spent some late nights and weekends finishing up the fonts, which is something we hardly ever do, and so I think we’re all relieved that the episode had a nice reception and now we can relax and start new projects!”

Cooksey launches a new stationery company

After struggling to find a tasteful card that did not break the bank, Chandler (Taylor ’16) Cooksey decided to create her own. Joy Paper Co. was born as a way to bring quality, beautiful products to the stationery and paper goods market and also give back to the community. Her passion to raise awareness, support research and spread the message about mental health motivated her to donate 10 percent of proceeds to mental health research at Johns Hopkins University. Cards, prints, stickers, journals, personalized stationery and all other Joy Paper Co. products are made from recycled goods in the U.S. In 2020, Cooksey hopes to launch the company into more retail outlets and the wholesale market. Find her designs at

Jimenez receives international recognition

We are thrilled to announce that senior Chris Jimenez earned a spot in Adobe’s first-ever global class of Top Talent in the 2019 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Jimenez’s work was recognized in the photography category in the early round of a record-breaking year for the international student competition. In his works entitled Architecture is Powerful, he submitted a series of black and white images taken from various locations in the U.S., England and Italy, including several from his summer Study Abroad trip. We are very proud of Jimenez for this is a tremendous accomplishment!

Scherr presents at Regional IDEC Conference

Ronnie Rama (M.S. ’96), associate professor of art and design, and Hannah Scherr, senior interior design major, presented at the Regional Interior Design Educators Conference, in Waco, Texas, on Oct. 4, 2019. They shared original research on the use of narrative in design, and how narrative can be used as a tool to help students in the design process. Scherr was the only student presenter at the conference, and the team was proud to represent ACU.

Students paint their way through Germany

Sixteen students were selected to participate in the first-ever Leipzig Studio Residency in May 2019. This on-site, high-intensity painting trip was conducted at various sites in eastern Germany, including the Malerweg (Painter’s Way), a picturesque mountain trail made famous by 19th-century outdoor painters. Students had three weeks to produce 20 paintings, a portion of which were framed and placed on long-term display at ACU’s Leipzig villa. The residency concluded with an exhibition of further work in the Shore Gallery.

Design professionals guide our students

The Fall 2019 Master Workshop Series brought a remarkable lineup of talent and experience to campus. The series, which began in 2018, brings professionals from the industry to lead a series of full-day workshops for our graphic design students. Our students have gained valuable insight into the professional workplace by learning from significant leaders in the design industry, including Jordan Bell (’12) of Hoefler&Co, and Matt Varner (’15) of Pentagram.

Previous workshops featured Lyndon Willoughby (’12), Jeff Rogers (’02), Sarah (Boyd ’10) Reid and Anne-Marie (Coffee ’15) Levinson of Dialexa, Scott Allen Hill, Jose Canales (’04) of Canales & Co. and Simon Walker.

Check out ACU A+D on Instagram

We’ve had a great semester so far with back-to-back Instagram competitions. We owe a big thank you to our fantastic judges Taylor McDaniel (’16), Rachel Sansing (’17), Brynner Aldrich (’17), Alicia Gregory (’17), Carlos Mejia (’16) and Savannah Joy (’17). Follow our Instagram for all things A&D and to view images featuring recent winners and judges. You can find entries by searching #acuartanddesign.


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