ACU Art & Design: Issue No. 8
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Remembering Dr. Brent Green

Former art and design professor and department chair Dr. Brent Green passed away Oct. 22 at the age of 86 after a lengthy battle with illness. He will be remembered as an impressive painter and a respected professor and colleague to several of the professors in our program. Green began his teaching career at ACU in 1958 and taught until his retirement in the late ’90s. His granddaughter and two of his students, Talmage Minter (’61) and Jack Maxwell (’78), gave tributes to his life at his memorial service, highlighting his contribution to the arts and his influence on them and many others as artists.

He will be missed, but his legacy lives on. You can read more about Green’s remarkable life on the ACU Today magazine blog.

The legacy of Ginna Sadler

After 36 years of teaching and serving our department, Ginna (Gustafson ’70) Sadler has officially retired. In Fall 2015, Sadler put on a retrospective exhibition of her metal work, drawings and paintings stretching back throughout decades of her artistic career. In a sense, this was her legacy. Although, as every good teacher would hope, her true legacy is in the countless lives she changed through her teaching. We wish her well as she now can devote her full love and attention to her creative efforts. We can’t wait to see what she creates next!

Matt Varner joins Pentagram team

Congratulations are in order for Matt Varner (’15). After graduation, he went to work for Jose Canales (’04) at Canales & Co in Austin. In June, Varner moved to New York City to take a position at Pentagram, one of the top design firms in the world. He works alongside seven designers under the renowned designer and partner Emily Oberman. This is a stunning achievement for such a young graduate. We are very proud of you, Matt!

Etsy's VP of design visits ACU

We were fortunate to have Randy J. Hunt, vice president of design for Etsy, visit ACU in October to speak on the value of good design. While on campus, Hunt led a group of 30 students in creating handmade typographic posters, which will be printed and used to promote the department. At Etsy, Hunt leads teams of designers, researchers, writers and strategists to build web products and create brand experiences on and offline. In 2014, he was honored with the National Design Award.

Ceramics alumni shine bright in Texas

The Department of Art and Design was well represented this year at the Texas Clay Festival in Gruene. Four ceramics alumni – Don Brimberry (’77), Ryan McKerley (’95), Brandon Phillips (’05) and Eric Grasham (’11) – along with Morgan (Hallmark ’12) Grasham represented the Chicken Farm Art Center. Our alumni were among a featured group of 60 clay artists. Brimberry and McKerley were chosen to give live demonstrations of their craft. If you would like a beautiful addition to your collection, visit these artists’ websites to learn how.

This group represents more than 35 years of ceramics instruction at ACU as well as the legacy of their instructors Dr. Brent Green, David Brigman (’81), Robert Green (’79) and Kenny Jones (’82).

Broderick participates in U.S.-Japan exhibit

Geoffrey Broderick (’82), associate professor of art and design, has been invited to participate in the Crosscurrent International Exchange Show between the U.S. and Japan. The first showing of artwork by Japanese and American artists, including Broderick’s sculpture work, was at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in March 2015. The event brought in more than 3,000 visitors, a record for the museum. The group now has installed artwork at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art on the campus of Midwestern State University. The 11 Japanese artists plan to travel Wichita Falls to reunite with American artists before touring other Texas cities. The exhibit closes Jan. 17.

Three ways to support A&D students

Exciting things are happening in the department, and we are 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 help:

1) Furniture for the new student lounge
2) Housing for fine arts internship in Dallas
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 Randy HuntShalis Stevens (’08), Danny Flanagan (’91) and Leah Rama (’12). Follow our Instagram for all things A&D and to view recent winners and judges. You can find entries by searching #acuartanddesign.




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