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Design department student work feature in four exhibitions

Friday, May 03, 2013

LAWRENCE — In the coming weeks the public will have the opportunity to view the University of Kansas Department of Design’s best student work in four different venues. A variety of projects be on display, including illustrations and animations, photography and industrial designs.

"It is a very busy time of year for all our graduating seniors, and we are excited that they have the opportunity to share their work with the public. We hope people come out and see the work," said Andrea Herstowski, interim chair and associate professor of design.

On Thursday, May 9, the work of seniors in visual communication and illustration & animation can be viewed at Manifesto ’13, the KU Senior Show at The Guild, an event space in the Crossroads District in Kansas City, Mo.

It is the 20th year that the work of design department seniors has been featured. Typically 200 design professionals attend the event. Previews of the student work as well as information and directions to The Guild can be found online.

The first-ever Senior Photo Media show will feature work of 12 students who will graduate with bachelor's degrees in fine arts in a few weeks. This exhibition will take place Sunday, May 5 through Friday, May 10, in the Gallery of the Art and Design Building. A reception is planned 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Spring Salon Show at the SUA Union Gallery will feature more photo media student work. The Photo Media Advisory Board, a group of professionals who work with photo media students, organized the exhibit. The juried show, which opened April 26 and runs through May 25, provides a glimpse at the strongest work from the 17 current sophomore, junior, and senior photo media majors.

Industrial design thesis projects will be on display May 16-17 at Spooner Hall, with an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the second day. These are the final projects that 19 seniors have worked on since last fall under the direction of adjunct professor David Allen.

Among the projects on display will be a manipulative learning tool for teaching trigonometry, a redesigned wheelchair and an electric motorcycle tailored to the ergonometric needs of women. Allen is the principal of Linchpin Product Development, a Lawrence-based firm.


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