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April 29, 2008

Graffiti Research Lab

Digital Studio students were discussing the use of laser technology for performance based graffiti onto architecture...



April 25, 2008

Home Grown Music Festival

10th Duluth Home Grown Music Festival :: 2008
Don't miss this potluck of great music at venues all over town April 27 - May 4.
Including UMD students

Jerree Small and COYOTE
10pm Sun 4/27 | Pizza Lucé


Trevor Klueg in United Men Divide
10:15pm Fri 5/2 | The Encounter

V J art + music environments

Exploding, Plastic & Inevitable

Video improvisational mixing to electronic music on multiple screens...

by Steve Gibson and Stefan Müller Arisona

inspired by The Velvet Underground / 1960s scene

April 23, 2008

AGI Student Conference in Chicago

Design students can plan ahead to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...


from the conference website:
On September 23-28, 2008, over 1000 of the world’s top designers, students, educators and graphic arts professionals will converge in Chicago for the 2008 AGI Congress and AGI Student Conference. Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) will bring their annual Congress to America for only the third time in fifty years. Billed as the global design event of 2008, the event will present lectures, exhibitions, and a host of unique interactions with the world’s most notable leaders from the design profession.

Speakers include
paul sahre
john bielenberg
niklaus troxler
carin goldberg
michael bierut
paula scher
rick valicenti
seymour chwast
dana arnett
and others

Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of the world’s most respected graphic designers, illustrators and commercial artists. With representation from over 15 countries, the collective work of AGI members represents the finest packaging, identity, publication, illustration and poster works in the world.

April 21, 2008

Tactile Media Mix

Please post here:

Ideas, tips and resources for digital studio students
who want to transfer digital imagery to tactile media
like fabric, wood, ceramics, glass...

fall 2007 students made art products for sale in the D'ART Shop

April 15, 2008

Student Show Time >> NEW!!

2 - 4 pm Saturday April 19th
UMD Student Exhibit Opening at the Tweed Museum

Dean Bowman was a good sport about trying on the artwork
like this sculpture by Cathy Hesch

and here are some more pics from the event...

Port 1 : on : 1 >> Brave-O !

Four intrepid Graphic Design 1 students from UMD braved the blizzard conditions
to attend AIGA MN Portfolio one on one event last weekend.


More comments by these go-getters...


April 10, 2008

SEE YOU at the SHOW!

Art + Design Annual Student Exhibition
University of Minnesota Duluth
Tweed Museum of Art

The Student Show opening is canceled for tomorrow night and
REscheduled for NEXT SATURDAY A F T E R N O O N>>

2 to 4 PM


Record Cover series by Tiffany Szerpicki

Come see the show, enjoy the free food and receive awards!

Digital Image series by Amber Szerpicki

Whether or not you have work in the show, it's important to support your friends!

Special thanks to our exhibition jurors:

Robin Murphy, MFA, Cranbook Academy of Art, creates functionally and sculptural ceramics in her Bayfield, WI studio. Robin was the juror for studio art work in the annual student exhibition.

Jeff Johnson is the founder and owner of the Innovative Spunk Design Machine in Minneapolis. Jeff selected the graphic design works for the annual student exhibition.

April 5, 2008

Faith Ringgold + Alison Aune

Alison Aune and several art education majors from UMD recently attended a National Art Education Association conference in New Orleans to present their project.... The Turkish Tulip and Arabesque: A University and Community Collaboration presented by Alison Aune-Hinkel with Natalie L. Patrick, Debra Lindholm. Inspired by Turkish decorative arts, university students and art teachers developed and disseminated lesson plans for children that integrated botanical, symbolic, and geometric patterns.

They had a great trip down there. One highlight for Alison was attending a doll making workshop with the legendary Faith Ringgold. Alison was simply glowing from the positive experience!

More about the conference + special workshop:

Here's a pic of Faith and Alison with her doll:


Read more about Faith Ringgold here:

April 4, 2008

Jeff Johnson > SPUNK

Yesterday Jeff Johnson from Spunk Design Machine in Minneapolis spoke to our students about his work.
See SPUNK's work >>

Jeff is a terrific speaker and students were really inspired. Many were impressed by his positive energy and playful irreverence for a wide range of subjects. He spoke with passion about his creative process, career journey and love for working with clients. All this while dressed in full Viking costume!

Picture this guy, with long blond braids, fur trimmed vest and horned headgear.

I was heartened by his take on the career potential of the young creatives in the room... He pointed out the downturn in the traditional advertising model of interruption and the upturn in creative formats that welcome or invite the audience in to a conversation. It's an appealing, friendly model of communication. Again I was reminded that skill sets that include storytelling (from storyboarding to motion graphics) are key for students entering the market today.

Jeff will be spending today judging the UMD student exhibit which opens next Sat in the Tweed Museum.