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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Three Graphic Design students from Assistant Professor Chris Metzger’s class have been selected to have their work published by independent publishing house, Homie House Press (HHP). Based in Maryland and Italy, HHP is a skeleton bones crew of femmes creating and publishing in the photo book medium. Book projects by Jessica Haines (’19), Anthony Canzius (’20), and Cassie Myers (’21) were chosen out of over a dozen submissions by HHP Founders/Artists Adriana Monsalve and Caterina Ragg.
(Left to right) Grace Greason, Sammy Smith, Krystal Carpintieri, Hailey Guit, Jessica Hernandez
New and old officers from Stevenson’s AIGA club attended this year’s Ink and Pixels to show off their portfolios and practice their interview skills with professional designers. The students had a chance to receive in-depth critiques on their portfolios, resumes, and cover letters.
Ink and Pixels is an annual event that helps designers gain a new perspective for their portfolios or to ask questions and get advice from experienced designers. It is a great opportunity for juniors or seniors who are looking for some feedback or to network with professionals. Ink and Pixels has even helped students land internships. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event!
Corrin Johnson photographed by André Chung during his internship with Mr. Chung.
VCD student Corrin Johnson recently completed an internship with photographer, André Chung. Corrin was introduced to Mr. Chung through Professor Elena Volkova. Corrin seized the opportunity and benefited from the mentorship provided through the internship.
The photo above is a test shot taken by Chung while they were on assignment at the Capitol Building in DC. The two got to the location early to set up the scene and Chung took test shots of Corrin to make sure the lighting was right.
On other shoots, Chung asked Corrin to periodically take photos of him while he worked. Corrin’s photos would be used for a workshop about lighting and Chung also needed material that illustrated how he works. Corrin was given complete freedom on the photos he took in order to test his abilities.
The internship taught Corrin an extensive amount about the photography industry from lighting and photo editing to the business side. André Chung taught him about how to price yourself as a photographer, share photos with clients, and how to work efficiently.
“Overall, he was an excellent photographer to learn from and an amazing and effective mentor. Even though the internship is over he hires me from time to time to help him assist on some of his bigger shoots. He also welcomes me to his studio to edit projects if I ask.” – Corrin Johnson
Stevenson University students visited MICA for the Grassroots Design Fest in earlier this year. They spent the day working with non-profit organizations such as Arts Every Day, Baltimore Warehouse Collaborative, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Women’s Housing Coalition and many more.
The day was filled with hours of collaborative work with students from MICA, professionals, professors, moderators, coffee, and anyone passionate about working to help non-profit organizations. Grassroot events are a great opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment, meet new people, and network.