Senior Show in Graphic Design



Congratulations to our Graphic Design Seniors! You’ve made it! For the past year, seniors have been developing and defending a fully-fledged design project that aims to incorporate their professional aspirations with their personal style and vision for the design. This past week has wrapped all that up and is now on display for all to see how hard our seniors have been at work to really show off how much they have learned during their time here. In total, fifteen seniors are in the Senior Showin Graphic Design:

Melanie Appel
Jessica Bourn
Stefani Cayten
Rebecca Corey
Gracie Fletcher
Christopher A. Franklin
Hannah Heneghan
Case Johnson
Cody Montefusco
Philip Mosely
Harley Perdue
Alyshia Rodgers
Amanda Seymour
Michael Tucker
Kari Zendejas


Earlier this week, the Opening Reception was hosted in the Gallery of Art + Design and students were awarded for their perseverance in the program with personalized dog tags. Harley Perdue was also presented with the annual Outstanding Student in Graphic Design Award because of her exceptional work that she has produced throughout her time here in the graphic design program. The event was well attended by friends and family in support of our graduating seniors.

      

The show will close next week on Tuesday, April 24th, so make sure to come by to see the awesome work our seniors have put together! Also keep an eye out for the announcement of the following senior show for the Sculpture and Painting and Drawing majors, so stay tuned on our social media!

2018 Annual Student Show



   

Congratulations to the 2018 Annual Student Show winners! Over the past couple weeks, the Department of Art + Design held its annual competition for students’ art, showcasing works selected from a larger group of submitted work. Students had the opportunity to submit up to five pieces of artwork that was done for any class offered through our department.



Last night, the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony was hosted in the Gallery of Art + Design and students were awarded for their artistic efforts with monetary prizes. This event was well attended and the student artists were surrounded by supportive family and friends as awards were given for individual categories in Painting and Drawing, 3-D works, and Graphic Design. The exhibition will continue until April 6th. Keep up with the Department events by following us on social media!

    

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New Train Kiln and Wood Firing



Congrats are in order for Professor Allen Chen and our amazing students for a successful wood firing in our new student built train kiln. The train kiln build was a part of an advanced ceramics course taught this summer by Professor Chen. The wood firing of the kiln, which took place during fall break in October, was a great experience for students and faculty alike and resulted in exceptional work. 

New Student Organization of the Year

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On Wednesday April 26th at the Annual SOAR Awards sponsored by the Southern Miss Office of Leadership and Student Involvement, the Creative Collective, our newest organization in SMAD was awarded The New Student Organization of the Year Award. The Creative Collective is a group of designers whose goal is to provide a community for design students outside of the class, to provide opportunities for trips to see art and design, bringing lecturers to campus, arrange workshops, and perform community outreach. The organization is known for its social events such as laser tag and useful workshops on topics such as bookbinding and handlettering.  

This year the group was instrumental in helping bring students to the DSVC National Student Show and Conference in Dallas, as well as aiding students beyond the classroom with weekend workshops. If you’re a design student or prospective student interested in joining the Collective please email Asst. Professor Jacob Cotton for details. 

DSVC National Student Show and Conference


On March 29th, 21 design students and one faculty member from the Southern Miss Art + Design Department traveled to Dallas TX. to take part in the 13th Annual National Student Show and Conference hosted by the Dallas Society of Visual Communicators. The conference, the largest of its type for students, boasts keynote speakers who are design and advertising industry leaders along with studio tours, breakout sessions, portfolio reviews, a job fair, and an educator’s forum.

Students were lead to the conference by Asst. Professor Jacob C. Cotton. Cotton, is no stranger to the conference, he was awarded a gift set in the welcome ceremony for having been the one in attendance to have attended the most conferences to date, and was selected at the 11th Annual National Conference as Educator of the Year. This year Professor Cotton took on a more elevated role by being one of only three speakers in this years Educator’s Forum. His presentation entitled “Motivating Millennials: Sport of Design” was selected after a national call for abstracts and was well received by those in attendance.

Congrats! Dr. Ventura

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A big Congratulations is in order for SMAD’s very own Dr. Cathy Ventura who was recognized as Staff Member of the Year by the University for her outstanding work. We are very proud and feel very privileged to have her in our department!