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Excited that Samantha Tableriou was just announced as one of Graphic Design USA' s 2023 People to Watch

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Brad Olson 2022

Higher Education Art Educator of the Yearbrad olson, art educator 2022

Brad Olson is an artist/educator and Assistant Professor of Art Education at Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Olson has worked with learners of all ages (from pre-school to adulthood) in a diverse range of settings, and is particularly interested in researching the topics of visual culture, new and social media, community-based art learning, and emerging technologies for teaching and art-making. Dr. Olson’s interest in “third space” learning led to his doctoral thesis, "DigArts: A Case Study of Digital Visual Culture, Teenagers, and Tensions in the Third Space". In this case study, he examined how teenagers coalesced into affinity groups both offline and in-person when given a de-structured physical learning environment. Today, he enjoys sharing research with teachers on ways to easily bring technologies of virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence into the art classroom. As artist, he is inspired by many things – remote places and people, natural histories, folklore, and music, to name a few. Brad is drawn to intersections: between popular culture and fine art, digital and traditional media, and the natural and technical worlds. A major part of his work is focused on creating gig posters, album art, music videos, and other media for friends and local musicians in his community. He enjoys working with processes of illustration, photography, digital manipulation, collage, and animation.


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Congratulations to Professor Ann Coddington on her current show at the Peoria Contemporary Arts Center. 


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Professor Coddington also had works displayed at the Boneyard Arts Festival in Champaign where she sold birds as a fundraiser that raised $2,500 for humanitarian relief for people in Ukraine.




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Samantha Osborne completed the comprehensive exhibition graphic design and branding for Crayola IDEAworks™: the Creativity Exhibition, which opened February 13th at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.  

The 17,000 square-foot exhibition teaches kids about creative problem solving and reveals their unique strengths through a variety of interactive challenges. Crayola IDEAWorks™ derives from the acronym: I – Identify, D – Define, E – Explore, and A – Assess, outlining the design thinking process. 

 The exhibition will remain in Philadelphia for 2021, and travel for several years after that.







Proximity: Chris KahlerChris Kahler's solo show at Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis, January 3-March 13, 2021













SinkholeDave Richardson's film-poem, "Sinkhole," has been selected among 38 other shortlisted poetry-films (from 14 countries) for the Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film competition 2020. The shortlist was chosen from 288 entries received from 49 countries. The shortlisted films will be streamed online on Sunday the 29th of November 2020, over two screenings at Ó Bhéal's 8th Winter Warmer Poetry festival, via Vimeo Livestream. 

The 2020 Film and Video Poetry Symposium has selected Dave Richardson's film-poem "Sinkhole" for final presentation, to be screened in the months of November and December 2020 through online and in-person venues in Los Angeles. FVPS is a leading curator of film-poems on the international stage.




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Art + Design is pleased to announce Chris Kahler's solo show at Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis.  The show is up September 12 - October 24. 














Congratulations to Matt Boonstra on being awarded the IllinoisArts Council Fellowship Award in Sculpture:

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Art + Design is pleased to announce:

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David Richardson's recent film-poem, "Sinkhole," (about his Dad's descent into Alzheimer's) was awarded Co-Best Poetry Film at the Newlyn International Film Festival 2020, in the U.K., which will now be held in 2021 due to Covid-19.


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David Richardson's film-poem "Cathedral" was selected for final screening at REELpoetry/Houston TX, an international poetry film festival on January 24-26, 2020.

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November, 2019:

 Samantha Osborne recently wrapped up graphic design efforts for the new travelling exhibition Victoria the T. Rex. Massive backlit graphics and text panels set the mood and tone for visitors to learn all about the 66 million year-old specimen. Victoria the T. Rex is a 10,000 square-foot immersive exhibition that features the second largest in-tact T. rex skeleton in the world. The world premier opened on November 18th at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, AZ and will travel to various locations for several years.

Osborne T Rex Display


Congratulations to Ann Coddington: her work was been selected by juror, Beth McLaughlin of the Fuller Craft Museum, to be included in the 33rd annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. There were 1,032 entries received from over 400 artists. Only 72 pieces were selected for exhibition in this year’s show. The show will be held from February 7 - May 9, 2020 at the Greater Denton Arts Council, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

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Congratulations to Stephen Eskilson for the recent publication of the 3rd Edtion of his book, Graphic Design: A New History published with Yale University Press.
“A classic and indispensable account of graphic design history from the Industrial Revolution to the present”
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Matthew Boonstra sculpture was awarded the Julie & Jim Stuart Award of Recognition during he 75th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum by juror David Bulter, Executive Director of the Knoxville Museum of Art. Boonstra's sculpture was one of 57 works exhibited from 470 entries submitted.
Matthew Boonstra
Nowhere VI, 2018, bronze & steel
Boonstra Sculpture


IAEA Press release:  The Illinois Art Education Association recognizes Patricia Belleville as a 2019 Distinguished Member.  The Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) is the premier professional development provider for art, design, and media educators in Illinois. The organization serves thousands of teachers statewide through a wide range of programs and services. Annually, the IAEA recognizes members for their ongoing service to the IAEA and art education in Illinois. Past IAEA Distinguished Members found Patricia Belleville’s professional performance, service, and leadership to the field to be exemplary in every regard and selected her for this recognition.

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October 2019 News:  Dave Richardson's film-poem "Cathedral" was selected for final screening, among 31 shortlisted poetry-films from 10 countries, at the 7th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Bompetition in Cork, Ireland, on October 13, 2019.

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