Senior graphic designers make "fresh prints" in Bruce Gallery

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 11:17 PM

Now this is a story all about how Bruce Gallery got turned upside down.

Edinboro’s senior graphic design students wowed a recent gallery crowd with their show: “Fresh Prints of Doucette.” The reception took place on April 11 and awarded 12 members of the senior class with 16 awards. The show was directed by graphic design professor Francis Demaske.

“This was one of the biggest classes that we’ve had, and I think the work is fantastic. It’s really diverse and all of the students are designers, but they’ve also integrated other types of art like ceramics, printmaking, wood furniture — so I think that’s interesting,” said Demaske about the show contributors.

The exhibit also featured graphic designer and artist Jordan Wong as the juror. He’s handled branding and design work for the Cleveland Tango School, the Strange Martini radio show and for events such as the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Loudonville, Ohio. His work can be found on Wongface.com.

Wong kicked off the ceremony by remarking, “Holy crap, are you guys talented,” before announcing the winners.
The awards announced were for the following: Best Typography: Jedidiah Micek; Best Craft: Abigail Dewyer; Best Motion Graphic: Julian Swinton; Best Use of Alternative Processes: Rachel Tiriani; Best Corporate Identity: David Marvin; Best Concept: Ashley Steis; Best Packaging: Abigail Dewyer; and Best Publication: Kathleen Shay.

Abigail Dewyer also received an honorable mention, along with Aubrie Smith and Cody Hanley.

Madison Morrow, meanwhile, took home the prestigious Best in Show, as well as Best Illustration and Best Self-Branding. “I can’t say that I expected it, but I’m just really happy that’s how it turned out. I worked really hard for this,” said Morrow.

Both Dewyer and Morrow also worked on the 16th edition of Chimera, Edinboro’s student-run art and literary journal.

When asked why it’s important to get involved with extracurriculars like Chimera, Morrow responded, “When you get out there and help with the design club (AIGA) or Chimera, you’re gonna learn more than just making a project, making a book. You’re gonna learn how to work with printers and actual clients out in the world, and I think that what the design department does and the extracurriculars, it’s a really great experience to be involved with.”

Design professors Shelle Baron, Dianne Crandall, Brigette Davitt, Cassandra Reese and Scott Gladd were also recognized at the ceremony for their close work with the young designers.

“Fresh Prints of Doucette” will be shown in Bruce Gallery from April 9-22. The gallery’s hours are from Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.

Livia Homerski | edinboro.spectato@gmail.com

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