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ACU Art & Design: Issue No. 6
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Magner awarded prestigious Fulbright grant


We’re excited to announce senior art and design major Jennie Magner, of York, Neb., has been named a Fulbright Scholar, only the third undergraduate student at ACU to receive such an honor. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious, highly competitive international exchange program in which students and scholars teach and conduct research in various countries. Jennie was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to teach high school English in the beautiful town of Kromeriz, Czech Republic. She says she hopes to get involved in the school’s visual arts curriculum. Congratulations, Jennie!

Dialexa’s Hernandez, Reid bring experience, opportunity with campus visit

Dallas-based Dialexa is known for world-class technology product development and high-profile clients such as Amazon, Lockheed Martin and Evernote. It also boasts several art and design alumni, two of whom returned to campus recently to speak with students. Ben Hernandez (’06) and Sarah (Boyd ’10) Reid spent an afternoon reviewing student portfolios and providing valuable feedback and insight. Jordan Frank, a graduating senior, even scored a summer internship with Dialexa’s competitive internship program. Anne-Marie Coffee (’15) also joined the Dialexa team in early 2016. PHOTO: Ben Hernandez hosts an AIGA student group on a visit to Dialexa’s Dallas office.

Professors join exhibit highlighting
intersections of art, making

We are proud of the ways our Department of Art and Design faculty come together to shape the arts culture in Abilene. We want to model to our students the importance of investing and contributing to whatever community one calls home. From April 14 to May 6, the ACU Downtown Gallery exhibited the work of five artists, four from ACU: assistant professor Dr. Nil Santana (’00 M.S.), professor Dan McGregor (’97), professor Kenny Jones (’82), professor Jack Maxwell (’78) and Abilene artist Larry Millar. Each artist/maker showed recent pieces in which technology is incorporated as both tool and content in their work. Santana, director of ACU’s Maker Lab, curated the show. 

Five enter grad school for fine arts

While the Department of Art and Design has a long history of placing its students in graduate programs, no class can compare with the accomplishments of the fine arts graduates of 2015. Five of last spring’s seven graduates – that’s 70 percent – earned admission to graduate programs. Last year, we announced that Isabel Lee, Morgan Keefer and Emily Teel were proceeding to graduate schools to study art history, art education and art therapy, respectively. Now we can add to that list Jesse Ray Kelley, who will enter Michigan State University to study scenic design, and Stephanie Fink, who gained entrance to Savannah College of Art and Design in both photography and illustration. Another 2015 graduate, Kyle Plunk, went on to study animation at the Digital Animation & Visual Effects School at Florida Technical College. Perhaps no other class better demonstrates the strength and broad applicability of a fine arts education at ACU.

Alumni inform, mentor graduating seniors

For more than a decade now, art and design alumni have been quietly sharing their expertise and professional experiences in face-to-face meetings with seniors. Each year, students in Life and Career in Art, a capstone course for fine art majors taught by professor Robert Green (’79), travel to meet with alumni whose successful careers align with the students’ own plans. This year, seniors met with Sarah (Maxwell ‘01) English, pictured above, and Anne Briggs (’13 M.S.), a licensed art therapist who earned a master’s degree at ACU. Morgan (Hallmark ’12) Grasham also made a classroom visit.

Three great ways to support A&D students

Exciting things are happening here, and we have been extremely grateful to those who have partnered with us. It is humbling and motivating for our faculty and staff. We want to make sure we continue to provide meaningful ways for you to support our students, so here are three ways you can continue to partner with us. Please click the links for more details on these opportunities: 1) Furniture for the new student lounge; 2) Housing for fine arts internship in Dallas; and 3) New York City’s School of Visual Art M.F.A. Design Summer Masters Workshop in Italy.

ACU A&D on Instagram!

We had a great semester with our back-to-back Instagram competitions. A big thank you to our fantastic judges Joshua Schoemaker (’00), Tanner Freeman (’11) and Alex York (’09). Follow our Instagram feed for all things A&D and to view recent winners and judges. You can check out entries by searching #acuartanddesign.


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