ACU Art & Design: Issue No. 9
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Goodman illustration picked up by MOMA

What started as an illustration class assignment for senior Katelyn Goodman has turned into a money-making opportunity. Dan McGregor (’97), professor of art and design, submitted to the Museum of Modern Art in New York his students’ 3-D Christmas card mock-up entries created during his Fall 2015 Introduction to Illustration course. Several advanced through rounds of approval, including Goodman’s. “After the first round I thought my card had been dropped, only to find out a few months later that it was moving on to the final round. I was thrilled when I found out I was chosen,” she said. Her Christmas card will be sold at the museum’s Design Store beginning in September for the Christmas season. Goodman will receive royalties from one of the most prestigious markets in the art world, and her card can be purchased through MoMA’s catalog as well as its brick-and-mortar design store.

Leaving a mark in Houston, beyond

After graduating in 2014, Levi Huddleston headed to the Houston area where he is a graphic designer at Tangelo Studio. He focuses on editorial and branding design, and his projects include everything from ad campaigns for an international tractor company to refreshing the brand identity of an 80-year old Episcopal school. Huddleston has a passion for the world of eSports and had the opportunity to build a new logo and branding system for the organization Selfless Gaming, which he says was a unique challenge that took him out of his comfort zone. He’s working on a new branding system for a Houston-based photographer and finishing up a web design project for a local architect.

Gorbenko finds success in design world

Vlad Gorbenko (’08) came to ACU from Ukraine in 2004 with $150 in his pocket and a track and field scholarship. After trying a few other majors, he finally settled on interior design and upon graduation he joined the well-established architectural firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC) as an intern. His internship quickly turned into a full-time position as a draftsman, and eventually Gorbenko joined the team, leading the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM), a cutting edge way of producing construction drawings. In just a few years, he advanced to the position of professional interior designer and has participated in many projects ranging from visualization graphics production to interior renovation construction management.

Mattis lands at prestigious Chelsea gallery

Caroline Mattis (’12) is doing what many of our fine art students might only dream of: She is an assistant sales representative for the Lisson Gallery in Chelsea in New York City. The Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan is home to some of the most noted and influential contemporary galleries in the world; the Lisson Gallery has been in the area since last spring in additional to its London and Milan locations. We are so proud that one of our alumni is now contributing to this market. Next time you are in New York, visit the new gallery under the High Line and you just might run into her.

ACU dominates intercollegiate competition

The results are in, and ACU Art and Design performed extremely well in this year’s Intercollegiate Student Art Competition hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts in downtown Abilene. ACU had an 85 percent success rate for artists getting work accepted into the competition and a 63 percent acceptance rate for individual works, both well above the averages achieved by the other colleges and universities. Even more impressive is that ACU students won first and second place awards in the 2-D and 3-D categories. Senior Shannon Major’s oil painting won first place for 2-D, and senior Hayley Middlebrook’s bronze sculpture won first place for 3-D. Junior Anthia Nibizi took second place in the 2-D and 3-D categories with a mixed-media drawing and sculpture, respectively. Joining ACU in the competition were Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, Texas State Technical College and Cisco Junior College.

Short film series On Design launches

The Department of Art and Design has launched a series of short films featuring designers, their thought process and philosophies on design theory and practice. Entitled “On Design,” the production is a collaboration between the department and ACU’s AT&T Learning Studio. The first two films feature Randy Hunt, creative executive director at Etsy, and graphic designer Jeff Rogers (’02).

Designer-turned-photographer finds her niche

Even though Korie Lynn (’09) majored in graphic design, it was always clear her heart was in photography. Lynn moved to Virginia and started her photography business after graduation, and she currently lives and works in Houston as wedding and portrait photographer. She says her main goal is to not only provide her subjects with memorable images but to tell their stories with a simple and beautiful approach. Lynn has photographed weddings in locations as varied as Hawaii, Mexico and New York. Not only are her images enchanting, customers speak highly of her ability to interact with others and emphatically compliment her kind and loving nature.

Get involved, 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

Check out ACU A&D on Instagram

We’ve had a great semester so far with our back-to-back Instagram competitions. We owe a big thank you to our fantastic judges Paige Baumgartner (’14)Hannah Bruce (’15), and Allen Smith (’09). 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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