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Best By: 05 29 10

Graphic Design seniors showcase individual thesis projects at May 18 gallery opening

Get up close and personal with the senior graphic design class during the opening of the 2010 Graphic Design BFA Exhibition beginning on Tuesday, May 18.

The Graphic Design BFA Exhibition features final thesis projects from each of the 16 graduating seniors. Senior Jenna Verhoff, whose project is titled, “Push and Pull, Bound by Change,” said that the seniors’ thesis projects are a mix of personal and professional interests.

“The senior thesis projects relate to each designer personally,” she said. “They also reflect where we each want to work in the field, and our individual strengths.”

Verhoff’s thesis project focuses on the emotion involved in the decision of where to take her career after college, through a visual representation of three-dimensional type, showcased in various environments. Other seniors chose to work on projects including books, sculpture pieces, installations and more. Within the senior class there is an enormous variety of subject matter.

Senior Michael Kochersperger’s thesis project will showcase an integration of physical art and music into an interactive online experience that brings album artwork into the digital context.

“I designed a website that resembles a vinyl record and focuses on The Doors,” Kochersperger said. “The Doors are a band that comes from a time when the album experience was just as important as the music. This interactive site allows users to experience music along with images and videos, and it gives the music proper context.”

The opening ceremony is on Tuesday, May 18, from 7-9 p.m. in the Ohio University Art Gallery, located in Seigfred Hall 536. The exhibition runs through May 29, and will remain open to the public during regular hours, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

John Paolini, partner and executive creative director at Sullivan, a marketing strategy and design firm in New York City, will attend the ceremony as the visiting critic.

The seniors have decided to use more than just the gallery space for this year’s opening. Associate Professor Sherry Blankenship, who has been working with the seniors throughout the quarter to organize the show, said that the seniors are a very energetic group, and they wanted to do something different this year.

“The show has been inside the gallery in years past, but they are now going to use the entire lobby to create an atmosphere for the show,” Blankenship said. “It’s never been done before.”

She credits Professor Don Adleta with helping to prepare the seniors for this show, and for their future careers. 

“Don works with the students in the studio,” Blankenship said. “He set up the traditions, he gave each of the students jobs within the class, all of that.”

The seniors have named their exhibit Best By: 05 29 10 because May 29 is the last day the Graphic Design BFA Exhibition will be open. The seniors consider it to be the expiration date of the show, their time at Ohio University and their time together.

Senior Wade Ryan, whose thesis is an exercise in branding and logo design for a new NFL team, said that the senior class has enjoyed their time together and have become much more than just classmates.

“The class is so small and so tight-knit,” Ryan said. “It’s not like some of the other majors.”

The gallery opening is a culmination of the years of hard work these seniors have put in at Ohio University, and both the students and their professors are looking forward to it.
“All the courses lead to this, to these students finding their strength and direction,” Blankenship said. “It allows them to focus all of their experiences into their own unique project.”

John Paolini, a 1990 graduate and executive creative director of Sullivan, a creative strategy and design firm in New York City, will serve as the annual visiting critic in graphic design.

As part of his visit, Paolini will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Walter Hall, room 135. The lecture will focus on his journey to Sullivan after graduating from Ohio University and include the hardships he encountered and advice for students on how to overcome similar situations. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sullivan has been named as a BtoB Magazine Top Agency of the Year for the past three years.

In addition to the lecture, he will review portfolios of current graphic design students and select the recipient of the Charles Logan Smith Award for excellence in graphic design.

His visit is a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts, College of Business and College of Communication.