Visual arts

USM Art and Design’s Graphic Design Fair is scheduled for April 21

Wed, 04/20/2022 – 09:47 | By: Ivonne Kawas

Artwork by seniors from the Art and Design program, housed at the School of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will be displayed for its annual exhibition of Seniors 2022, April 21-29 at the Hattiesburg campus. An awards ceremony will take place on April 21 at 6 p.m.

John Mark Lawler, associate professor and coordinator of the graphic design field, says the flagship exhibition has always showcased the exceptional work produced by graphic design students, and this year was no exception.

“The seniors have been working hard all semester,” Lawler said. “I am amazed year after year at the level of talent and dedication to the craft of design shown by our students.”

Linh Nguyen, assistant professor of art and design, reflects on the growth displayed by this cohort.

“They were the first group of students I taught when I came to USM three years ago,” Nguyen said. “From the first day they walked into my design class until now, I’ve seen how much they’ve grown.”

The show features the latest capstone projects from seniors in graphic design. The list of seniors featured in the show are as follows: Sydney Beech, Hannah Cantrell, Gabe Carter, Reilly Cole, Ali Coleman, Anna Denette, Caitlin Finch, Christian Gammill, Tricia Hughes, Brant Jambon, Breanna LaBorde, James Riggs, Noah Rogers, Maddie Seale, Georgia Shows, Ujwal Sunuwar, Keely Trail, Zachary Walker and Gabrielle Whitecotton.

Sydney Beech, a graphic design student and native of Ellisville, Mississippi, reflects on both the challenges and rewards that came with her capstone experience, and how special it was to watch the students in her cohort bring their designs to life. projects in recent years. month.

“At USM, one of the most important skills I learned was perseverance. Keep working hard even when the going gets tough, and you can look back on that time or that project and be proud of yourself,” Beech said. “Moving into the job market is scary enough, but I believe USM and the Graphic Design program eloquently prepared me for this next step!”

“Our main exhibit is one of those exhibits that really brings the wow factor and showcases all the capabilities of what our students can do,” said Jacob Cotton, associate professor of design. “It really means a lot that we can put this exhibit back in the gallery and open it up to the public so people can see this exhibit.”

The exhibit can be viewed at the Gallery of Art and Design in the George Hurst Building Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions regarding the Senior Graphic Design Show, contact Mark Rigsby at 601.266.5200.

Learn more about the Art and Design program.