JSU art department holds national graphic design show

Tyler Crowe poses with his bobblehead and package design at the Graphic Design Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Abigail Harrison.

Abigail Harrison, News Editor

The Department of Art and Design kicked off the semester with a talented showing of graphic design projects from all across the country.

The WORK: National Juried Graphic Exhibition had its opening reception on Jan. 20 in Hammond Hall and will be on display until Feb. 17. The exhibition was the second graphic design show of its kind hosted at JSU.

The show was facilitated by Jamie Runnells, Professor of Graphic Design. She was also responsible for determining who the juror would be.

According to Morgan Worsham, Gallery Coordinator, a call for entry was sent all over the country to undergraduate and graduate graphic design students. 

“We had 225 total entries this year from 60 artists in 16 different states, so we had a pretty good selection and range this year,” said Worsham.

The juror was Tommy Perez, a graphic designer from California. Worsham said after the submissions were collected, Perez voted on which pieces he liked and chose 49 entries to be in the show.

Tyler Crowe is a JSU student whose resin-casted bobbleheads and package design were selected to be in the exhibition.

Crowe said he created his bobbleheads because he wanted to have a tangible representation of his logo. He spent about eight months designing his bobbleheads and wanted his characters to look goofy and funny.

“It was really exciting to get in with this stuff because it’s a graphic design exhibition, so you see a lot of packaging and a lot of deliverables, which is really cool,” Crowe said. “I wasn’t really expecting this to belong in this group. Especially since designer toys aren’t seen too frequently.”

Crowe said he is going to continue to make resin figures and believes designer toys are going to become a bigger group in the future.

Perez will be giving a virtual talk on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. for those who want to hear from the juror. 

As for more graphic design shows, Worsham hopes the department can host another exhibition in the future to continue to showcase the talent of the designers and their graphic art pieces.

“I think it’s awesome to see these products and this branding that you would see everyday, but to see it in the context of an art gallery, you realize this is some kind of art form. There are design principles and elements that go into this, and it truly is an art,” said Worsham.

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