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March 26, 2010
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Seniors debut graphics

The work of the graphic designers of the class of 2010 is currently on display in the Lore A. Degenstein Gallery.

The student-coordinated exhibit is the culmination of the seniors' past four years of design work and months of planning.

"Our senior design show has been on our mind since the beginning of the year," said Julie Springer of Landale. "We would meet as a class pretty often to think of ideas for a theme and the overall scheme on how to present our work."

"We started planning for the show the week we got back from winter break and worked every day for a few hours to get everything done," said Kristen Rozema of Ramsey, N.J.

She said the group began with weekly or bi-weekly meetings to establish a theme. Once the theme of "Most Wanted" was decided upon, the students met more frequently to organize the details.

Springer said that the students had a great deal of help from workers at the gallery and the print shop to keep the process running smoothly.

However, she said that unlike in previous years, the students weren't allowed to paint on the walls.

"We had to work with the added problem of how to utilize the space of the gallery in a way that would be visually appealing while not overpowering our individual projects," Springer said.

"The rest of the year is now left for smaller projects, while focusing on our self-promotion and resumes to prepare for the job interview process," Springer said.

Rozema said: "The photos are examples of different aspects of graphic design and art, so we are supposed to portray a gang of the 'most wanted' graphic designers. The decal on the main wall in the gallery and the logo on the invitations have the 'X' in the 'O' for a few reasons. It stands for 10 because there are 10 of us, we are graduating in 2010 and we each put 10 pieces in the show. It also looks like a target, as if we are targeted as the most wanted."

She continued: "There was a lot of planning that went into the show including meetings with professors, gallery workers, the print shop and we held multiple photo shoots for the large photos in the entrance-way, as well as the smaller name plate photos. No one realizes how much goes into this show, but we spent usually a minimum of four hours a night working on it from January until the opening."

Rozema said the week before the show was hectic.

"We spent every day as a group in the gallery hanging up our work, the photos, and fixing the problems, reprinting work and whatever else needed to be done," she said. "The show was planned with no faculty involvement."

She added that the seniors also created a menu for the caterers, bought gifts for the faculty and staff that assisted the students with their pieces and created, printed and distributed invitations and posters.

"The Thursday night before the show, we went out as a group with a stencil and chalk to put our logo all over campus as a promotional tactic, so that was a whole extra day devoted to that specific idea. We wanted to draw as much attention to the show as possible so we could have a large group come out it," Rozema said.

The opening reception for the show was held March 20. The crowded event lasted from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"Our senior show was a group effort in every aspect. From planning to assembling the pieces in the gallery, we all worked together," said James MacWhirter of Katonah, N.Y. "We had a great deal of work to do, getting our projects ready to be presented, and then having them into the campus print shop on time so they could be mounted on Styrofoam boards."

"Our graphic design class has gotten really close as we've gone through the program," MacWhirter continued. "We have gone from a large class that started out at 18 students in our sophomore year, to the remaining 10 that we have now."

"Everything turned out as we had planned," Springer said. "There were more people that showed up than expected, and all of our friends and family were able to visit throughout the two hour opening....[W]e were very excited at the outcome."

The exhibit will be on display until Sunday, March 28.

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