ACU Art & Design: Issue No. 1
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Jeff Rogers & Jack Maxwell bookend TEDx ACU

Twelve speakers from across the country participated in ACU's first TEDx Talk April 17. At the morning’s first session, Jeff Rogers (‘02) spoke of two passions in his life – music and art – and how neither need be sacrificed. He shared aspects of his career as a New York City graphic designer and concluded his talk on a drum set, beating out a tune that accompanied his abstract animation of color, shape and mark. Jack ('78) and Jill (Thompson '78) Maxwell ended the day with a talk on collaboration in general terms and more specifically as a husband and wife who often make art together. Comparing their process to dancing, they completed a 4’x12’ painting on stage in a matter of minutes. More photos here.

Paige Baumgartner’s (‘14) illustration featured
in The Guardian

An illustration that Paige Baumgartner (‘14) produced in Introduction to Illustration was recently published in the U.S. edition of The Guardian. The image, a conceptual portrait of Bill Cosby, was discovered by an art director on Paige’s online portfolio, and less than 24 hours later she became a nationally published illustrator. Since graduation, Paige has been working as a designer for Favorite Medium.

Real-world experience inside the classroom

Andy Pratt, executive creative director at Favorite Medium in San Francisco, came to campus and delivered an amazing two-day workshop for Mike Wiggins’ Interactive Design class. He was assisted by Paige Baumgartner (‘14), who recently joined Favorite Medium. Andy has produced award-winning work for clients such as Cartoon Network, Lego, Noggin and Smithsonian Institute. He also has taught courses at New York’s School of Visual Arts MFA Design program. Oh, and check out his fantastic book! It was a powerful experience for our students, and we are grateful to our AIGA student group, which helped sponsor the event. More photos here.


A&D students headed to top graduate schools

We are celebrating along with our Art & Design students as graduate school acceptances come rolling in. Congratulations to Morgan Keefer (M.A. in Art Education at The University of Texas at Austin), Whitney Pittard (M.A. in Advertising at UT-Austin), Emily Teel (M.A. in Art Therapy at New York Steinhardt), Isabel Lee (M.A. in Art History at University of North Texas) and Michael Ferguson (M.Arch. at University of Washington-Seattle) on being accepted into top-notch programs across the nation. We cannot wait to see how you grow and develop and what your next steps will be! It is inspiring and exciting to see our students recognized in such a broad spectrum of disciplines, and we anticipate hearing about a few more in the next few weeks.
Pictured: Morgan Keefer and Isabel Lee

Jay Hendrick (’12) is hitting it big

Jay Hendrick (’12) just completed his MFA thesis exhibit at George Mason University. His professional art exhibits range from Dallas to New York City's Chelsea Galleries. Jay also has exhibited internationally, in London and Japan, and has been published in several magazines, including the prestigious New American Paintings. Jay says: “The art faculty at ACU were the catalyst for my critical investigation into art, ... and I’m still examining ideas first encountered at ACU.”

The new studios of Jose Canales, Brent Couchman and Jeff Rogers

In the past few years, several alumni have stepped out on their own. Among them are Jose Canales (Canales & Co.), Brent Couchman (Moniker) and Jeff Rogers. This may sound risky, but judging from their client lists, all will be well! These guys have produced work for some of the biggest brands on the planet, including Coca-Cola, Google, Wired, Costa, McDonalds, Esquire, Ford, Shiner, Dreamworks and Nike. Over the years all three have gone out of their way to support our students, and for that we are very grateful. Keep up the great work! 

Alyssa Stanley joins Flick-Mars as Design Associate

Within days of graduation in May 2014, Alyssa Stanley (‘14) joined the interior design staff at Flick-Mars as a design associate. This Dallas team of registered designers and architects creates domestic and international hospitality projects. The philosophy of the firm is to create individualized designs based on the unique client and the indigenous surroundings. Current projects include a new construction in Telluride, Colo., and renovation for an existing facility in Marble Falls, Texas.  "ACU's Interior Design program was very helpful for my career," Alyssa said. "They prepared me for the next step, helping me establish a strong foundation for all things design, as well as building portfolios, resumes and professional communication. I am beyond grateful for the education and dedication that I received from each of my professors."

Ryan Feerer featured in Steven Heller’s new book

Steven Heller, author of more than 100 books on design and co-chair of SVA’s MFA Design program, recently added another to his roster. Graphic Style Lab is a compilation guidebook of 50 “exercises and case studies of how styles are used.” Remarkably, ACU alumni were involved in six of the 50 projects featured. Three projects by our own Ryan Feerer were praised in the book. It’s exciting to see our faculty celebrated alongside world-renowned designers like Louise Fili, Gail Anderson and many others!

ACU A&D on Instagram!

In the fall we began running back-to-back Instagram competitions to keep our students on their toes. Thanks to distinguished alumni Jeff Rogers, Kelli MannNathan Spoor and Brent Couchman for judging our first four competitions. Follow our Instagram feed to check out recent winners and judges. You can check out entries by searching #acuartanddesign.




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