ACU Art & Design: Issue No. 1
View this email in your browser

Kitty Wasemiller Announces Her Retirement

It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce the retirement of Kitty Wasemiller. Spring 2015 will be her last semester as a full-time faculty member. Kitty has directed the Interior Design program since 1984 and will have completed 31 years of service to ACU before her retirement. Thanks to her tireless dedication and high standards, the program is one of only 15 accredited Interior Design programs in Texas. Her students have won countless regional and national awards, and her alumni are working in many prestigious companies. But most telling is the love and respect her students and colleagues have for her. She will be greatly missed.

Jordan Bell ('12) Joins Hoefler & Co.!

After graduating from University of Reading’s M.A. program in Typeface Design, Jordan Bell (‘12) has joined the team at Hoefler & Co. in New York City. Hoefler and Co. is one of the top type-design agencies in the world! Before doing his graduate work in England, Jordan worked for Cisneros Design in Santa Fe, N.M. He’s been a busy guy over the past three years.

Erin Holland ('07) Designs, Art-Directs for MoMA Retail Store

Following a series of internships at high profile institutions such as the National Gallery and the National Air and Space Museum, Erin Holland began working behind the scenes at the Museum of Modern Art Design Store in New York City. As image production manager, Erin has art-directed photo shoots, styled sets and designed catalogs for the cutting-edge merchandise featured at the MoMA Design Store. Erin also has an upcoming exhibition at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York.

Nil Santana Appointed Director of ACU Maker Lab

In Fall 2014, Nil Santana was appointed director of the ACU Maker Lab. ACU’s newly implemented makerspace provides students with the latest technology in digital fabrication and the opportunity to develop skills in ideation and prototyping. “ACU continues to innovate with its initiatives by providing a venue for our students that is meaningful and transformative,” says Nil. Located at the center of campus, the Maker Lab is also a way to promote design across disciplines. With background in industrial design, Nil can provide training in brainstorming, creativity and design thinking. He continues to teach courses in photography and graphic design.

Allen Smith ('09) Named Rookie of the Year

The Oregon Art Education Association named Allen Smith ('09) the 2014 Oregon Rookie Art Educator of the Year. The award came following his second year teaching art at the Logos Public Charter School in Medford, Ore. “Hardworking, passionate, considerate” and “brilliantly talented” were a few of the glowing descriptions of Allen posited by a colleague in her letter of nomination.

Geoff Broderick Exhibits in 3rd International Exchange Show

Geoffrey Broderick, associate professor of art and design, has been invited to exhibit in a US/Japan collaborative sculpture exhibition March 20-28. Fifteen sculptors from the United States will join eight sculptors from Japan to show an exhibit at the beautiful Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in the Ueno Art District. All artists will be present for the show opening and participate in lectures and artist studio tours.

3rd Biannual NYC Design Trip

This spring break, we will take a small group of design students on the third biannual New York City trip. Our trip focuses on studio/agency visits to some of the best creative companies in the world, in hopes that it will inspire and give them direction. Past visits include Milton Glaser, Pentagram (Michael Bierut), SVA (Steven Heller), Louise Fili, Eight and a Half, Dress Code, Etsy, Funny Garbage, Open, Kelli Anderson, Dana Tanamachi, and Spot Co.. This year we will visit several of those studios, as well as Hoefler & Co. This trip has been extremely valuable to our students. It not only exposes them to different types of creative agencies and studios, but also gives them the opportunity to interact with the greatest creatives of our time.

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.




Connect with us to find out what's happening. We won't fill up your feed,
but we will keep you in the loop on all things A&D.

If you have story ideas, important news or just want to say hello:

Copyright © 2015 Abilene Christian University, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences