MFA in Graphic Design announces April 2018 residency events

Our MFA in Graphic Design spring residency features two dynamic guest designers who will be giving public lectures. And as always, we'll have our exhibitions open to the public! Our spring residency takes place April 8-14, 2018. 

Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Una Lee: "We have always been innovating: Memory, future-making and community-led design"

  • Tuesday, April 10
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free and open to the public

Una LeeSummary: Design innovation by marginalized communities is nothing new—it has been a necessary practice in the face of violence, limited resources, and other threats to our existence. We have always been—and always will be — imagining and creating better futures. Yet recent interest in the practice of “design for good” threatens to subsume grassroots future-making in favor of external solutions posed by well-intentioned and well-resourced design professionals. Through the lens of her personal history, designer, facilitator and community organizer Una Lee will present an alternative vision of what design can look like when it lifts up the ideas and voices of marginalized people.

Read more about Lee here

Public Lecture by Visiting Guest Designer Sadie Red Wing: "Fuck the Stereotype: Revitalizing Indigenous Perspective in Design"

  • Thursday, April 12
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Noble Lounge
  • Free and open to the public

Sadie Red WingSummary: Describing the perspective of Indigenous ideology in visual communication is very challenging—especially to an audience who does not understand the harm of cultural appropriation. Indigenous sensitivity to appropriation is not taken into consideration when designing for representational material or identifying a traditional presence in the common world. Native Americans rely on stereotypes to distinguish themselves from other cultures. The struggle to display an accurate tribal identity derives from oppression and historical trauma through western education. American Indian boarding schools erased the traditional image of a Native American that left tribal students uncertain of who they were as people.

As Indigenous peoples progress from the American Indian Boarding School era, the urge to distinct tribes from Pan-Indianism forces a greater responsibility from indigenous designers to visually communicate sovereignty. The role of an indigenous visual communicator requires the practice of visual sovereignty or decolonizing the stereotypical representation into a traditional image for cultural education. Indigenous visual communicators have the power to give Native Americans a respected-face in the world by revealing tribal visual languages in visual communication. The rising movement of visual sovereignty in indigenous visual communication has revolutionized a new fight against stereotypes and continues to revitalize an honorable image away from the subordinate portrayal of indigenous peoples.

Read more about Red Wing here


Pin-up: Returning Student Graphic Design Work on Display

Alumni Hall Gallery, April 11-13, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Thesis Exhibition: Ei9hteen - Graduating Student Design Work on Display

College Hall Gallery

  • April 10, 1-8:30 p.m.
  • April 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 5-9 p.m. 
  • April 12, 12-9 p.m. 
  • April 13, 12-9 p.m. (Public reception: 7-8 p.m.)*
  • April 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

*Please join us for light refreshments  to celebrate the graduating work of our Spring 2018 MFA in Graphic Design class!