Tag: Design Arts

Alumna’s project spurs discussion on perceptions, portrayal of female beauty

A December 2011 UW-Green Bay grad’s efforts to shatter the notion of the “ideal” female appearance and shed light on how women are portrayed in the media were featured in a weekend story in the Press-Gazette. Kayla Schroeder, who earned her degrees in Biology and Design Arts, gave her first talk on the perception and portrayal issues at the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, prompting six girls to volunteer as photo subjects. Photos of the girls were displayed during a May 5 event and the girls posted comments — initially more critical of their own pics, versus those of peers — using sticky notes. More girls volunteered for a second shooting to further the discussion, and photos from both shoots will be on display and open for comments beginning at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Harmony Café, 1660 W. Mason St. “My hope is that the girls will gain a new outlook on their beauty and that this project will have a persistent effect on their self-confidence,” Schroeder said. Full story.

Monument to an Insignificant Activity

top-story-cardboardThat’s the title of a class project in Art Prof. Alison Stehlik’s Design Methods 106 class.  Students were directed to observe the activities of UW-Green Bay students in certain locations across campus.  They were asked to consider the very subtle ways in which the space affected human behavior.  In groups, the art students created “large-scale representational monuments to the seemingly insignificant activities that they observed.” The results, as you might expect, were creative… including oversize slot machines, muffins and Bobo the elevator elephant who exhibits the human nature to want to make one’s self smaller as the car fills up. Reads the artists’ statement: “Bobo is trying to give enough room for everyone, but unfortunately he is an elephant.”

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Photos by Veronica Wierer, photo intern, Marketing and University Communication

Awesome designers: Students awarded scholarships for 2013-14

Last week we announced scholarship recipients among the art students in UW-Green Bay’s Art and Design program. This time, we congratulate the Design Arts students awarded the following scholarships for the 2013-14 year: Craig A. Mueller Scholarship — Holly Anderson, Neil Ropson, Sarah Wells and Brandon Langer; Sidney and Ruth Morris Scholarship — YanJun Liu and Anita Blatnik; and Edna Walter Damkoehler Scholarship — Laura Wire.

More on Design Arts students, especially Tyler Gerhartz
Faculty member Toni Damkoehler shares news of four UW-Green Bay Graphic Design Studio II students who bravely showed portfolio work to professionals at the AAF-Fox River Ad Club’s annual “Academy” student portfolio and resume review event in late April. She says “bravely” because the four students — all juniors at an intermediate level in their design education – were bold enough to seek feedback from professionals midway through their Graphic Design Studio work. Students from area colleges, universities and technical colleges including St. Norbert College, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Oshkosh participated, including many seniors. UW-Green Bay student Tyler Gerhartz, one of the juniors, had his portfolio selected as the best portfolio at the event.

Recent grad is designer of ‘Original Eco U’ t-shirt

As part of an interdisciplinary project, Design Arts alumna Christine Engler ’10, designed an “Original Eco U’ t-shirt for the Environmental Management Business Institute (EMBI) in conjunction with Earth Week. Faculty member Toni Damkoehler (Arts and Visual Design) helped with oversight of the project. See a photo of Engler and her design.

Alumni Rising: Engler '10 designs Eco-cool shirt

Christine Engler designs Eco U t-shirtAs part of an interdisciplinary project, Design Arts alumna Christine Engler ’10, designed an ECO U t-shirt for the Environmental Management Business Institute (EMBI) in conjunction with Earth Week. The University trademarked the phrase “Eco U” this past year.

Engler’s design was selected from a number of student-submitted designs and then refined for the shirts that are on sale now in the Phoenix Bookstore or online at www.thephoenixbookstore.com for $14.99.

A portion of the profit will go to an academic program. Faculty member Toni Damkoehler (Arts and Visual Design) helped with oversight of the project. Engler is now serving in an internship capacity for Arketype Inc., a design firm with a national reputation and portfolio, with a home office in Green Bay.

Art Program open house for community, prospective students is Wednesday

The UW-Green Bay Art Program invites the campus community to join them on Wednesday (April 13) for the Art Program Open House. The open house is expressly designed to allow prospective students, their parents and teachers and our UW System colleagues an opportunity to visit our campus and get a first-hand look at what UW-Green Bay has to offer undergraduates interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, Arts Management, Design Arts and Art Education. “With assistance from the Admissions office we have invited 250 individuals, 100 high school teachers and their students and our colleagues at the 2-year campuses and their students to attend the open house.” The open house will run from 2 to 6 p.m. During that time, faculty will be leading tours of their studios every half hour. The tours are optional; you may also come and go throughout the Studio Arts Building as you please. There will be technical demonstrations in all of the nine studio areas: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, sculpture, textiles, jewelry/metals and ceramics. Know of someone who might be interested? Pass the word.