Students prepare for graphic design exhibition

By Brianna Morrell
April 22, 2015

Students cut and prep their pieces (Photo Credit: Bri Morrell)
Students cut and prep their pieces (Photo Credit: Bri Morrell)
Students cut and prep their pieces (Photo Credit: Bri Morrell)
Students cut and prep their pieces (Bri Morrell / Asst. Social Media Editor)

Graphic design seniors have been working hard to prepare for the exhibition later this month. With the preparation it takes to have pieces framed, cut and prepared for the show, the spotlight is shining on seniors who have worked towards this day.

The exhibition will be taking place April 14 to August 28 in the Gorevin Gallery in the Holy Spirit Library, with a reception on April 24 at 4 p.m. This event features work from students who are senior graphic majors who have gone all four years trying to make portfolio pieces to show to future employers.

“The work exhibited highlights the best pieces to come out of each graduating GD major’s senior portfolios,” Nicholas Jacques, associate professor of studio art, said.

The reception for the exhibition is to “kick off” the event and have families of seniors and faculty stop by and see the work of those who are heading off into the real world, getting ready to find jobs.

“Aside from the excellent work produced by the seniors, the reception always offers great food and drink at the beginning. The campus community is invited to join the celebration of these graduating seniors creative endeavors,” Jacques said.

Students have four years in the department to build strong portfolios to prepare themselves for jobs after graduation. Each student’s portfolio includes pieces done throughout their courses, ending in a show that gives them the chance to flaunt what they have done all four years.

Not all of the pieces they have created will be in the show. Seniors had the chance to pick and create a set of pieces from their portfolios to put in the show. The exhibition will be a chance for them to show their friends and family what they have been working towards, and now that the moment is close to graduation, seniors are excited to show off what they have done.

Students work on photos for exhibition (Photo: Bri Morrell)
Students work on photos for exhibition (Bri Morrell / Asst. Social Media Editor)

Don Dempsey, chair of the graphic design department, is excited to see the hard work and dedication pay off for the senior’s final days and the exhibition. “The seniors do it every year and it’s their time to show the whole campus what they [have] done for the whole four years,” Dempsey said. With the chance to exhibit their work, this is also a time to celebrate the hard work with the portions taken from their portfolios in the exhibition.

As the seniors prepare for the huge debut of their work being shown, the hard work continues as they pick pieces to be in the show. Throughout all the course work and long nights designing, it is hard to pick their favorite pieces and put them in the show.

Anna Giangiulio, senior graphic design major,  is excited for her senior year and is ready to put her pieces up in the show and finish up her portfolio review.

“We have to have at least 10 to 15 pieces in our portfolio. I’m really looking forward to putting it together and presenting it to the board. They have to all be on the boards and come out of the big cases we all bought to put them into. Most of my pieces come from my capstone, which made it easier to focus on other work,” Giangiulio said.

As time winds down, seniors are hard at work finalizing everything they need to complete for their major by prepping and designing their best pieces of art.

“I’m always excited to see the hard work they’ve done and I think it’s an opportunity to step back and see what they’ve done over the past four years,” Dempsey said.

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Brianna Morrell

Hey I'm Bri! I'm a junior digital com major with a minor in graphic design. I am the social media and marketing editor on The Loquitur. Besides Loquitur, I am also apart of WYBF as the engagement director for the station. When I'm not running around the com wing, I enjoy sleeping and spending time with my friends!

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