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OHIO VisCom Julie Elman's 'Fear Project' featured on NPR

Aug 15, 2013

ABOVE: A portion of an original sketch by OHIO VisCom Associate Professor Julie Elman. / Courtesy of the artist

OHIO VisCom Julie Elman's 'Fear Project' featured on NPR

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 15, 2013)—“The Fear Project,” a creative endeavor of Associate Professor and alumnus Julie M. Elman in Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication (VisCom), is featured front and center as “the picture show” on today, Aug. 15.

Thirteen of Elman’s illustrations are featured along with a story written by VisCom alumnu Kainaz Amaria at The project, born of Elman’s burnout as an artist creating primarily in the digital medium, comprises more than 125 sketches vividly and colorfully visualizing other people’s worst fears. Elman, driven by her own preoccupation with fear, interviewed others and brought their fears to the page.

In the article, Elman says fear can shape the way individuals live their lives. “I’m just bringing it to the forefront visually.”

Elman, on the VisCom faculty since 2007, has more than 15 years of experience in the newspaper industry. She designed “The Rise of Barack Obama” by Pete Souza and “Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music,” and is co-author of “The Newspaper Designer’s Handbook, 7th edition.”

Elman teaches courses in Design. She was selected for the Teaching Excellence Award in 2012.

To view more of the project or even to submit your own fear for consideration, visit