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Inside Out is an internationally acclaimed project known for its themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change, Black Lives Matter and more. Photos representing these ideas are plastered on the sides of buildings to bring awareness to the community. Its impact around the world has led to over 260,000 people participating in the project and the number continues to grow.

Inside Out has left its mark in Stevenson University thanks to a collaborative effort between students and faculty. The exhibition can be seen outside of the Greenspring Campus Art Gallery and Inscape Theatre. AVCD Professor Chris Metzger and his students spent countless hours to make the project a reality.

Chris Metzger first learned about Inside Out while teaching at Morgan University. The project’s creator, JR, is a renowned photographer. JR won the 2011 TED prize for his work and encouraged others to participate; currently, 129 countries have taken part in the project.

In fall 2016, Chris Metzger introduced the idea of Inside Out to his students to gauge interest for the project. In spring 2017, his photography class took a more active role with Inside Out. He believes that “art can facilitate important conversations,” and wanted to create a project that represented Stevenson University’s theme of diversity and inclusion.

Visit the link for more information on the Inside Out project: http://www.insideoutproject.net/en

What do graduating designers need? Something to help them designing, having fun, and remember their teachers. 

Inna Alesina proposed the idea to design a deck of method cards as a gift for the 2017 graduating seniors. She enlisted the help of student assistant Jessica Hernandez, who suggested that they make them into tarot cards.

The end result was a deck of 22 cards inspired by the Major Arcana. Each card contains a different design methods and exercises. Each deck also includes a handmade pouch sewn by Inna Alesina.

Faculty and students collaborated to create the cards.

The back of the cards includes patterns by juniors: Nadejda Augen, Krystal Carpintieri, Caroline Gillman, Samantha Smith, and Michaela Sonntag. The fronts feature icons designed by Jessica and sophomores: Bin Le, Destiny Hadel, and Kaelyn Cox.  

VCD Faculty contributed with the selection of design methods and feedback. 

Stevenson Univerity’s Krystal Carpintieri won silver for the 2017 ADDY Awards.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. Its goal is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising across all mediums. Krystal was the first student since 2011 to win an ADDY award.

Krystal’s design focused on an important topic, bees. They are one of the foundations of nature and life. How are we going to survive without nature? Increasing interest and awareness of the bee population will be great for humanity but when will we start caring? Will we wait until there are only a few bees left to live? It Is time that we stop ignoring and started caring. This is the moment Krystal realized that to make a difference she need to create an infographic on saving the Bees.

Visit Krystal’s Behance to learn more about her process including research, ideation, sketches and design.

Photo Credit: The Wairehouse

Tré Seals, a Stevenson graduate and freelancer. He is the owner of his company Trés Bien and has been featured in two of the most preeminent design magazines: Print and Comm Arts.

He interns at Wink and illustrated their business card. The design won an award in the 2016 Regional Design Awards.

His designs are still featured in the School of Design, including his FMI logo and his poster for the senior showcase in 2015.

Visit the links below to view his work:

Wink Business Card

Senior Showcase Poster

16 Poster

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.

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