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Design Student Exhibitions On Campus, In the Community

Design Student Exhibitions On Campus, In the Community

Posted: April 13, 2017

A successful designer must balance the roles of event planner, promoter, and curator. Moreover, they have to prepare and maintain a portfolio; market their work for representation, sale, or freelance commissions; seek and apply for exhibitions; and hone their resume-writing and interview skills.

In Brent Patterson's DES 414 Senior Seminar, design students gain first-hand experience in all facets of being a working designer.

“After four years of hard work and growth, students in DES 414 Senior Seminar must utilize everything they have learned,” said Patterson. “First, they undertake research and assess their individual talents and interests to create a new and definitive body of work. Then, they must secure an exhibition space. This often requires dozens of phone calls as well as visits to galleries. In addition, they must prepare multiple forms of promotional materials, and carefully manage the minutia of planning a memorable creative event.”

As a requirement of Patterson's course, each student must present a solo exhibition. Whether the exhibition is on or off campus, students are responsible for securing the location; creating and distributing invitations and posters; promoting their show; hanging and installing their artwork; and connecting with an audience.

This is all in addition to spending countless hours in a studio, creating and refining their work.

Independently orchestrating a presentation of their work gives students valuable practical experience in a number of activities that they will be able to apply to their future careers as graphic designers.

“All of this requires self-advocacy, critical thinking, and a good deal of innovation,” said Patterson. “When the work is done, students have learned as much about themselves as they have their discipline. For students in the visual arts, their bachelor of fine arts exhibition is the launching point of their career.”

DES 414 Seniors Seminar Student Exhibitions



Blood of Revolution: Inking by Kai Wang

April 16–22
Reception: Tuesday, April 18, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Bacon Gallery, Upton Hall            
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.




Helical Path: Experimental Distortions by Evan Wachowski                      

April 17–26        
Reception: Saturday, April 22, 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Sugar City, 1239 Niagara St.
Call for gallery hours.



Be Woke: A Cry to Emanate Black Consciousness, Composite Photography, and Animation by Shelanise Daniels

April 19–21        
Reception: Friday, April 21, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Artspace Buffalo, 1219 Main St.                
Gallery hours by appointment.





Triggered Snowflakes: Digital Assemblage and Protest Embroidery A Photography and Multimedia Series by Gabrielle Goldstein 

April 19–21         
Reception: Friday, April 21, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Artspace Buffalo, 1219 Main St.                
Gallery hours by appointment.



Animated ID: Digital Animations and Prints by Melissa Rothman

April 19–25
Reception: Friday, April 21, 6:00–9:00 p.m.     

1045 Gallery, 1045 Elmwood Ave.
Gallery hours: Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.



Now Loading...Bar Branding by Chris Vickers

April 19-25
Reception: Friday, April 21, 6:00–9:00 p.m.         

1045 Gallery, 1045 Elmwood Ave.
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.



Building Buffalo: Architectural Poster Design by Ashley Cavalier

April 24–28         
Reception: Friday, April 28, 7:00–10:00 p.m.       

125 Collective Art Gallery, 125 Elmwood Ave.     
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, noon–8:00 p.m.



Mind the Gap: NFTA Metro Redesign and Transit Art by Holly Norris        

April 29–May 6 

Reception: Friday, May 5, 6:00–9:00 p.m.            

Sugar City, 1239 Niagara St.         
Call for gallery hours.




CHANDRA: rooftop yoga x urban garden, Fictional Branding by Joe Babcock 

April 29–May 6
Reception: Saturday, April 29, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Main St. Gallery, 515 Main St. (downtown)
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.




Stratus: Illustrations by Renee Helda      

April 29–May 6 
Reception: Saturday, April 29; 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Main St. Gallery, 515 Main St. (downtown)
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.



NPC: Non-playable Video Game Concepts by Daniel Petrino

May 1–6
Reception: Friday, May 5, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

E. H. Butler Library, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.




Stylized Stares: A Special Installation Exhibition by Dominic Stebbins

May 2   
Reception: Tuesday, May 2, 5:00 p.m.

Upton Hall (West Staircase), 1300 Elmwood Ave.              
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.



Geometric Chromesthesia: Geometric Album Cover Redesigns by Justin Zimmerman

May 3–9              
Reception: Friday, May 5, 6:30–9:00 p.m.            

Bacon Gallery, 1300 Elmwood    
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.



Mandatory Fun: Interactive Jewelry and Metalwork by Billy Prendergast

May 9-16
Reception: May 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda
Gallery hours by appointment.

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