ACU Art & Design: Issue No. 7
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Josh Fralick bringing passions together

Josh Fralick graduated in 2015 with a passion for graphic design and sports. He played football for ACU, and as graduation approached he wondered if there was a way to combine his two passions. The answer was yes. He landed a job as a designer for the United States Air Force Academy football program and recently designed the Air Power Legacy Series Sharktooth helmet that has received a lot of press. The helmets debuted at the Georgia State University game Sept. 10.

Exhibition and iron at USAO

Geoffrey Broderick, associate professor of art and design, will join fellow Texas Atomic Iron Commission members to show his sculpture at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha. The exhibition will open at the university Nov. 5 along with a cast iron demonstration. Broderick will participate in melting and pouring iron to make art pieces. The students of the university will be guided in the process of mold making and their work will be cast at the event. 

From 3D to scenic design

Jesse Ray Kelley graduated in Spring 2015 with a B.F.A. in 3D, but her education wasn’t over: She immediately began working with ACU Theatre in scenic design and set building. This experience has led to her recent acceptance in an M.F.A. program in scenic design at Michigan State University. Before she headed to Michigan, this summer she also painted the set for Mary Poppins at the Atlanta Legacy Theatre. We're very excited about what she has achieved and look forward to seeing her future contributions to the industry.


Out of the gate, a tenure-track post

Joshua Hale (B.F.A. in graphic design, 2008) was recently hired as an assistant professor of art and design in the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada (near Vancouver). Just in case this doesn’t sound impressive, Josh had just finished his M.F.A. in painting at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale this past May. Earning a tenure-track job straight out of graduate school is almost unheard of in the fields of art and design!

“We're so excited!," he says. “It's primarily a design position, with the possibility of teaching studio and interdisciplinary courses as needed.”

Interactive design to the rescue

As creative director of the Addison consulting firm Credera, Jason Booker ('00) leads a team of designers and front-end developers in solving business problems for their clients using interactive design. Jason is involved in a project developing a portion of internal business software for Mercedes Benz to do business with all its car dealerships around the U.S. He recently traveled across the country interviewing dealers about what they need and is designing screens using the Sketch app. Ultimately, he'll put them into InVision to do some user testing with those same dealers. Once he iterates through the screen designs, he says, the new software will be developed.

Investigating the creative process

Jacob Ristau ('00), assistant professor of visual communication at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been teaching at the university level since 2005. He received his M.F.A. in visual communication from the art institute and considers himself a "tinkerer and a maker," creating works that are both approachable and provocative. An example is his solo exhibition "26 Temptations," in which he created 26 hands-on projects for people to investigate aspects of language and how it can exist physically. Formerly a designer at RBMM in Dallas, Jacob's work has been displayed in the pages of Graphis, Print, Communication Arts and Logo Lounge Vol. 2, and he has work in the permanent collection of the world-renowned Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection.

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've had a great semester so far with our back-to-back Instagram competitions. A big thank you to our fantastic judges Matt Varner (’15), Erin Holland (’07) and Ty Pownall (’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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