UNL Graphic design exhibition "Impetus" to have closing reception Sept. 14
calendar icon31 Aug 2016Lincoln, Neb.--A closing reception for the exhibition “Impetus” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor link at Nebraska Innovation Campus. In addition, guided tours of Nebraska Innovation Studio (the Maker Space) will be available at 5 and 6 p.m.
“This is a terrific time to get out to Nebraska Innovation Campus and explore this fabulous new facility and discover tools to create with,” said Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Stacy Asher.
“Impetus” is an exhibition of visual communications about water, food and fuel created by students in the School of Art, Art History & Design’s advanced graphic design and Typography II classes in the graphic design program. The exhibition ran concurrently with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Water for Food Institute's Global Conference in April at Nebraska Innovation Campus and stayed on display throughout the summer.
The projects, exercises, assignments, and activities established conditions to raise questions, thoroughly examine and then visualize intersections of food, fuel or water and their relationship to a changing climate.
“The narratives created are designs that reflect ideas about the relationship people have to water, food and fuel from the past, present and future,” Asher said.
Advanced Graphic design students designed postage stamp systems, promotional posters, campaigns, videos, and interactive installations. Typography II students published a book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, adapted to visualize these familiar narratives in contemporary times. The work primarily speaks about a future with a greater population, fewer natural resources and the impact we have on our environment.
"What a wonderful opportunity to design an exhibition with a very hard working and talented group of students," said Assistant Professor of Art Stacy Asher. "They transformed a walkway into an exciting exhibition of visual communications."
Nebraska Innovation Studio is the creative and collaborative hub of Nebraska Innovation Campus, where makers and builders team up to conceptualize, prototype and iterate projects that solve problems, influence change and comment on our society.
“The maker space at Innovation Campus offers graphic design students the kind of creative tools that allow them to critically play with 3-D forms,” said Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Colleen Syron.
It’s an exciting time for the graphic design program at the University of Nebraska. The Department of Art and Art History was just recently renamed the School of Art, Art History & Design. And the School recently announced new majors in graphic design that will begin in the Fall of 2017. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in graphic design will be offered.
“Visual communications and graphic design are often components of social design,” Asher said. “They make knowledge and information visible, tangible and shareable. The graphic design program at UNL trains students to use art and design in particular, social design, to stimulate conversation and focus attention on the environment, history, and civic engagement—with goals of raising awareness to social concerns, encouraging public participation, establishing connections and building community.”