Working closely with college students is one of the many benefits of being part of the U of MN College of Design. Twice a year for the past two years, we have worked closely with Graphic Design classes as they create marketing materials for GMD exhibitions as a class project. Last fall GMD had the opportunity to work with Professor Daniel Jasper and his Graphic Design class on the marketing designs for the exhibition Character in Costume: A Jack Edwards Retrospective. Guest curators Tim Carroll and Liseli Polivka spoke with the class about the assignment and shared stories about Edwards and his life.
When asked about the experience, Carroll remarked; "Both Liseli and I found the process working with students to be exhilarating. We wanted that involvement." Both curators were anxious to see the finished designs, and Carroll found that; "The presentations all had merit. Everybody came up to the plate and brought something interesting." It was a difficult decision, not only because there were so many great designs, but because each student created two poster designs, leaving the curators to choose one from a pool of forty-four. After much debating, one of Amber Lee's posters was chosen as the winner from a pool of six semi-finalists (Cooney, Ebert, Fladmark, Geris, and Stahel).
Lee's poster is simple yet bold and beautifully highlights Edward's sense of drama. We are excited to continue working with Jasper's class, and hope to see more additions to our "Wall of Fame" soon!
By Jenny Parker
Goldstein Museum of Design Graduate Assistant, MFA candidate in Graphic Design and Museum Studies