ACU Art & Design: Issue No. 3
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Leah Rama Chosen by Adobe & Colossal

This summer, Adobe and Colossal Media began advertising “The World’s Biggest Student Art Show,” a competition in which the artwork of 10 female students would be turned into 10 giant painted murals throughout a neighborhood in Brooklyn. In early September they announced the winners, and alumna Leah Rama ('12) was among the chosen winners! Leah recently graduated with an MFA in Fashion Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.

ACU Alums Shape DFW’s Cultural Scene

For those of you living in the Metroplex, you will be proud to know your alma mater is having a strong impact on the cultural landscape. Rosemary Gutierrez ('07) is a graphic designer for the Dallas Museum of Art and Megan Teel ('14) designs for the Dallas Symphony. Both organizations provide incredible cultural opportunities for those in and around Dallas. We are so proud of their contributions to these important cultural landmarks.

Mike Wiggins Appears In
Blog Post Featuring Design Educators

InVision is an app used by professionals and students alike for interactive design prototyping. The app has recently been integrated into the Interactive Design curriculum by art and design department chair Mike Wiggins. InVision's popular blog recently posted a feature of quotes from design educators around the world. We were excited to see Mike featured alongside educators from top schools such as Pratt and MICA. We were also honored that the only student work featured was by our own Hannah Bruce. InVision is behind the new documentary Design Disruptors, a film about how design has become the new language of business. It is scheduled to release later this year.

After Competing Against Thousands, 
Hilary Commer Wins a National ADDY

Each fall, graphic design and advertising students are encouraged to enter the American Advertising awards, a competition for students and professionals across the country hosted by the American Advertising Federation. Last fall at the local level, Hilary Commer ('15) won an astounding six awards and later went on to win another two at district. Toward the end of the May semester, she was notified that her work had been recognized at the national level. Hilary attended the ceremony in Las Vegas, where she was one of 18 students from across the nation to be awarded a Student Gold ADDY. Hilary was competing against students from most universities across the nation. It is a remarkable achievement.

Nancy Boren's Paintings
 Featured in Leading Art Publication

Nancy Boren is one of two artists featured in Southwest Art, the premier magazine that has for more than 40 years focused on art of the American West. Like the Wyeths, Nancy was born into a family of artists that made their livelihood from making art. Her father, James Boren, was one of the most respected watercolorists of the Western genre. You can read about Nancy’s work and career here. Nancy and Jill Maxwell, former roommates, are showing together at the ACU Downtown Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St., from Oct. 3 through Nov. 5.

Hannah Bruce Studies With
Internationally Known Design Critic

Every summer the School of Visual Arts in New York City hosts an Intensive Typography Workshop in Rome as part of its Design Entrepreneurship Masters Program. Current student Hannah Bruce was chosen along with 14 other applicants from around the world to participate this past May. The program is led by SVA MFAD co-chairs Steven Heller and Lita Talarico and decorated graphic designer Louise Fili. Prominent members of the Italian design community led individual sessions. Participants spent two weeks studying in the birthplace of western typographic tradition and ended the workshop by presenting a final project to their advisors and peers, which can be viewed here. Faculty member and alumnus Ryan Feerer graduated from the SVA MFA Designer as Author and Entrepreneur program in 2007.

A&D Faculty Exhibit Recent Work on Campus

The Faculty Exhibition had its opening reception in Shore Gallery in September. This biennial show features work created by Art & Design faculty spanning a wide range of disciplines. From the beautifully dizzying paintings of Kenny Jones to the carpentry skills of Ronnie Rama, all members of the faculty displayed proven mastery of the the things they teach in the classroom. Other faculty members with work on display include Robert Green, Dan McGregor, Ginna Sadler, Nil Santana, Mike Wiggins, Jack Maxwell, Brandon Young and Ryan Feerer.
The show will be up in Shore through Oct. 22.

Josh Fralick Accepts Position at
Air Force Academy Football

Josh Fralick ('15) recently landed a job as the graphic designer and sideline photographer for
Air Force Academy Football. Josh’s main duty is recruiting new players out of high school to commit to the academy by creating custom graphics that will be sent to them. While at ACU, Josh was a member of the Wildcat football team and has always dreamed of a job that integrates his love for both design and football. We’re celebrating with Josh for getting his dream job just months after graduating!

McDaniel and Keefer Intern with Bonny Leibowitz

This past summer, senior fine arts major Taylor McDaniel and Morgan Keefer (BFA ’15) were selected to intern with Dallas-area artist Bonny Leibowitz. Taylor and Morgan assisted Leibowitz in her two teaching studios, The Bonny Studio and The Encaustic Center, which culminated in an invitation to help in her private painting and sculpture studio. Both these young women made such a positive impression on Leibowitz that she has agreed to mentor more ACU interns in summer 2016. Questions, comments or offers to support this new internship initiative designed to serve fine arts majors should be directed to Professor Robert Green at



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