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Freelance photographer and collage artist Leneé Freeman, a 2011 Visual Communication Design graduate, is mid-way through her Urban Arts Leadership Program fellowship. The UALP is a Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance program that facilitates persons of color training in arts management, social justice, and professional development. This ten-month fellowship includes four months of intensive weekend training and six months working with Baltimore arts organizations.

Leneé’s arts administration placements are with Baltimore Clayworks and Single Carrot Theatre. Leneé’s Clayworks projects included photographing ceramics for a catalog and helping the organization promote its classes and events. Her role at Single Carrot Theatre includes event promotions and administrative support.

When asked how she has grown personally, professionally and creatively as a result of this fellowship, Leneé explains that her time management and still life photography skills have improved greatly. She has also gained insight into how organizations use social media platforms.

An activity that is included in the fellowship training is for all fellows to raise $500. for a personal art project. Leneé's Indegogo fundraising campaign is titled “Shades of Brown: diversity and inclusion.” This collage series was started by Leneé after she noticed that “other paper portrait artist didn't make paper people that I could relate to I began making my own. My mission was to create paper illustrations with diverse shades of brown and body images. They represent inclusion and to showcase dynamic fashions, lifestyles, and beauty among various shades of brown complexions in the African American community.” 

The Stevenson University community is encouraged to support this project. To learn more about this project click on this link. The first fellow to reach the campaign goal receives an additional $500.

Stevenson University seniors or recent grads are encouraged to apply for this fellowship. The application deadline is early May and the fellowship begins in September. Feel free to contact Lori Rubeling, lrubeling@stevenson.edu or go to GBCA’s web site, for more information on the UALP application.

On September 29, 2016, the VCD 440 Designing For A Target studio traveled with the Irvine Nature Center to the Baltimore American Indian Center to discuss clan encampment scenario proposals. This Irvine project is slated to open in the fall of 2017 in Center’s newly acquired Bauer property.

Over the course of two-hours, an in-depth discussion unfolded. Topics discussed included traditional encampment building structure materials and systems, encampment lifestyles, and spiritual practices. Next steps for this project will include envisioning the encampment site layout, the walking experience to the encampment site and designing wayfinding graphics.

This encampment design project is just one example out of many service -earning projects that Stevenson University maintains with the Irvine Nature Center. 

Amelia Berninger (left) and Samantha Smith (right) are the winners for the PNC bank scholarship and will work with clients from Mercy Hospital under the guidance of Meggen Marx (center). For this project, Amelia and Samantha will design onesies that “promote the importance of preparing children, particularly undeserved children, for success in school during the first five years of their life.” The onesies will then be distributed to new mothers at Mercy Hospital.

Experiential Expo Award
Krystal and Sammy's award at the Experiential Expo

The Art and Visual Communication Design Department along with the School of Design would like to congratulate AVCD Sophomores Krystal Carpintieri and Samantha Smith for winning Fan Favorite Oral Presentation at Stevenson University's first Experiential Expo held on Friday, April 29, 2016. ...Click here to read more.

Carroll Mansion
Stevenson VCD students were awarded two commendations for their design work in Carroll Mansion
 
Nine students in VCD 480: Creative Strategies Studio participated in the United States Department of Commerce sponsored interior design competition. This bi-annual design event invites selected university design students to envision American-made furniture and furnishings in historic spaces. Baltimore’s Carroll Mansion was selected for the 2016 “Made In America” site. ...Click here to read more.

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