The School of Design Leadership Team hosted the 8th Annual School of Design End of the Year Party for more than 120 students, faculty, and staff. Forest Bell, Amanda Hostalka, Sonya Lawyer, Mark Lortz, Janine Mills, George Moore, Chris Reed, Judy Snyder, and Nadene Vevea, grilled burgers and hot dogs, served the food, and made certain the buffet was stocked, while SOD student clubs planned games and activities, including a photo booth and silkscreen t-shirt making. Academic awards were presented to graduating seniors in all four departments and Assistant Professor Christopher Metzger received the 2019 School of Design Dean’s Award for Excellence for his dedication to providing creative and enriching experiences for all students. The party was held in the School of Design backyard and a fun time was had by all!
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Participatory Art Display Through a Stevenson University Arts Alive! Arts Integration grant,
Inna Alesina, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Art and Stephanie Verni, M.F.A., Professor, Business Communication, collaborated in the Advertising Campaign class to help students gain a better understanding of the Stevenson community through the use of participatory art. Students created and integrated participatory stations around campus—a moving wall, a large chalkboard wall, and secret boxes—to solicit feedback from the community about various prompts. Afterward, students created typographic art in visiting artist Zvezdana Stojmirovic’s one-day workshop, where they shared and promoted concepts learned in class. The result of the project is exhibited in the display in the Manning Academic Center:
Inna Alesina is now in the running to win a Core77 Community Choice Award – an honor voted upon by the global design community. Core77 recognizes that Inna Alesina received a notable honor in the Design Education Initiative category in the 2019 Core77 Design Awards program for the project, Overlooked. Her work was chosen among thousands of entrants for its outstanding insight, creativity, intent, and execution.
Stevenson University Photo History students (Art 305) and faculty member Walt Calahan built their very own Camera Obscura in room S260 on Friday, February 9, 2018, and then sat for 30-seconds in the dim light of the "Camera" to have a group portrait made. Fun was had by all as the Owings Mills North Campus was projected upside-down inside the conference room.
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