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Department of Art and Design Senior Show Showcase Exhibit Opening Nov. 29

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The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design will display the works of graduating seniors in the department’s final exhibit of the semester with an opening reception Nov. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the Southern Miss Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through Dec. 16 and features the artistry of 12 of the department’s students.

Seniors showing their work in the exhibit include:

*Sarah Gonzalez of Baton Rouge, La., has a passion for anything involving art and design. That passion led her to pursue a career in graphic design. Sarah has created a project that started as an idea, but could one day become reality. It is based on the concept of a reclaimed clothing store that carries up-cycled and reclaimed items that appeal to customers' sense of style, while preserving the environment. To bring the whole idea to life, Sarah focused on some of the unique qualities of RELUXE and its merchandise. The store carries one-of-a-kind products, and the branding system is intended to communicate its unique flair and set it apart from the average clothing store.

*William Corey Hillman of Leakesville, Miss. began his higher education at Jones County Junior College where he decided to pursue art studies. It wasn’t until he transferred to Southern Miss that he discovered graphic design and realized that’s what he wanted to pursue. His senior project is centered on the creation of a “natural magic market.” The idea of the market is to show how magic was perceived hundreds of years ago and not in today context. The approach takes the idea of magic and incorporates it into a fresh market dedicated to offering organic herbs, natural remedies, and other products that aided in magical workings.

* Calvin Hall of Natchez, Miss. discovered his passion for art and design while attending Southern Miss. Hall’s senior project explores the idea of a classic muscle car rental agency.  He incorporates images of classic muscle cars juxtaposed with large typography.

* Mikey Maruszak, from Brandon, Miss. found his interest in art and design by mistake. Growing up he enjoyed art, but never imagined being a full-time designer. He signed up for graphic design on a whim. While studying at Southern Miss, he has found a passion for digital as well as traditional design, and incorporates many qualities of traditional hand made art into his digital work. His senior project revolves around decaying historic sites in south Mississippi. The project is a visual and emotional experience of the buildings and their situations, bound in book form that focuses on showing the historic places in a modern context with a heavy emphasis on photography and illustration.

* Andrew Crane of Covington, La. is an aspiring graphic designer who began college as an architecture major before realizing his true passion was in design. His senior project is an effort to use technology to enhance the outdoors. It combines a mobile app with web and print applications to give the user a more rewarding experience.

* Rachel Ross of Vicksburg, Miss., had an interest in art from a young age, but her passion for creating flourished in honors art classes at Warren Central High School. After graduating from Southern Miss, she looks forward to moving to Orlando, Fla. in January where she will continue her entertainment work for Disney and explore the creative career opportunities that her graphic design studies have opened. Her senior project conceptualizes a traveling museum exhibition of 19th-century period costumes. In an attempt to create an appealing and thought-provoking exhibition, Ross uses a mix of typography and fabric texture throughout her exhibition design and collateral material to portray the idea of the show without losing the elegance of the time period she highlights.  

* Zac Freundt was raised in Jackson, Miss. and has been drawing since he can remember. His senior project is a website named Elsie that allows illustrators/artists to upload children’s book that they’ve created, and share them with a community of parents, children, and fellow artists, via web, mobile, and print.

* Michael Quinn of Greenville, Miss. served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. He wanted to explore his love of art and enrolled at Southern Miss, where he is receiving his degree in graphic communication with a minor in criminal justice.

* Paul Tynes of Petal, Miss. got his start in graphic design while working at a screen-printing shop, A1 Graphics in his hometown. Since joining the graphics program at Southern Miss, he obtained a position as an intern at Rare Design, a local branding company. Tynes is now a member of the Rare Design staff. 

* Jason Cospelich of Kiln, Miss., originally dreamed of becoming a traditional animator. He discovered a love for graphic design after spending two years searching for an enjoyable career path, and unintentionally taught himself the basics of the craft through an online webcomic, prompting him to pursue the field full time. After several years of success and failure with graphic design, Jason's senior project is the cover and box set design of a five-volume series of novels, based on characters he created during his childhood.

To learn more about the Southern Miss The Department of Art and Design, visit http://www.usm.edu/visualarts