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Graphic Design Senior Project Exhibit May 6-15 at Southern Miss Museum of Art PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Contact Tearranny Street, 601.266.6823   

of Southern Mississippi graphic design majors will exhibit their senior projects at the Museum of Art Thursday, May 6 through May 15, with an opening reception at the museum from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 6. The reception and continuing exhibition is free and open to the public.

The show will feature works created by 11 graduating seniors charged with the creation and defense of a substantial body of work as a graduation requirement. 

Brenna Aplin found her childhood love for the fine arts and digital media suited her well for a graphic design major. “I always attempt to apply something hand-made or some sort of artsy flair to everything I design,” she said. “This is my perspective, which I intend to carry through the rest of my design career.”

Artistic expression and creative voice are two things that are nurtured in the Southern Miss graphic design program, said Dr. John House, art and design department chair. “We teach students to find their third eye. You can easily tell the difference between a true artist and just someone who knows the technical side.”

Several designers chose to produce marketing material for fictitious companies they invented specifically for this project. The trick was finding something complex and interesting that could span an entire year.

Erin Hamrick of Lafayette, In. found the solution was choosing something she truly had a passion for – sports. In her rollerblading advertisements, she used “simple yet strong type with actions, and some textures. I believe that I was able to achieve this professional and creative look.” As a current player on the Southern Miss women’s soccer team, Hamrick hopes to continue with her love of sports and design in her future endeavors. After graduation, she will play for a semi-professional soccer team in Iowa called The Iowa Rush.

Josh Parker of Petal, Miss. merged his love and knowledge of computer technology to brand a bi-weekly, user-submitted independent film television segment. Parker started at Southern Miss as a computer networking major before crossing over to graphic design.

“One day I found myself sitting in front of a black and white terminal programming secure interfaces on a Cisco router and thought ‘I’m gonna go draw pretty pictures,’” Parker said. He created a logo, website, motion graphic IDs and a DVD box set for his project.

While some of the designers’ projects can be applied to real life companies, Bradley Jackson of Mobile, Ala. chose the prehistoric route with his project. Jackson invented a dinosaur meat farm and distribution company called Saurus Farm that he designed, packaged and marketed as an education piece on the public health benefits and cost efficient alternative to non-dinosaur meats.

Choosing a more practical, nevertheless ambitious tactic, Amian Mitra of Dhaka, Bangladesh created a new form of public transportation called Calcutta Metro. “With this new form of above ground transportation, the idea is to relieve some of the pressure on everyday traffic and ease the tension between the congested roadways.” Mitra’s painting and drawing roots are evident through the strong strokes and vibrant colors used to trace the metro route.

Amanda Oakes of Monticello, Miss. was driven by her passion for animals to focus her project on animal rescue and adoption. She created an animal matching company from rough sketches for a four-piece finished product including a website, printed pieces, billboard advertisements and commercial.

Photographs were used in Kim Cutrer’s work that traces her 12-day journey around the perimeter of the United States. The project goal was to increase awareness of America’s tourist locations. “The inspiration behind my project was my love for travel and adventure and my desire to merge that interest with my passion for design and photography,” said Cutrer, a McComb, Miss. native.

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.  Special hours for this show are Tues.-Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thurs., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601.266.5200 for more information.

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