The Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series
The Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series was established in 1984 through the generosity of the Hallmark Corporate Foundation with the goal and intention of enriching the education of students at the University of Kansas and in support of those in particular in the Department of Design through exposure to designers, artists and educators from the United States and abroad. During these nearly 30+ years of collaboration, approximately 10,000 students have been exposed to these rich and various array of practitioners.
August 24: Richard & Vicky Hansen
After earning undergraduate degrees from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia), Richard & Vicky Hansen moved to southern Colorado, hand-built an adobe home and studio, and set out to live as ‘artists’. Forty years later while still living on that same 40 acres of land, the Hansens teach at Colorado State University-Pueblo and have made a life centered around art and design. Vicky works primarily as a studio potter making functional ware for everyday use. Her wood-fired clay vessels take their form inspiration from modern dance and the landscape. With a background in landscape architecture, Richard creates sculptural elements and shapes spaces that center around the poetics of water. Through exhibitions, publications, lecturing, and teaching their work continues to inspire professionals and students alike.
September 7: Dana Fritz
Through photography, Dana Fritz investigates the ways we shape and represent the natural world in cultivated and constructed landscapes. Her multi-faceted and exploratory approach invites contemplation of the idea of "landscape" and our place in the natural world. Dana Fritz is a Professor in the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches photography. She holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Arizona State University.
September 21: Bob Ebendorf (ID)
October 5: Eric Heiman
Starting in the hunter-filled woods of rural Pennsylvania, Eric made his way through architecture school and late night DJ sessions at Carnegie Mellon University, a three month cross-country trek, record store employment, and yoga classes in the Maui upcountry before finally studying graphic design at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and founding Volume with Adam in 2001. Eric has taught at CCA since 1999 and was awarded the college-wide Excellence in Teaching award in 2003. His writing on design has been published in Design Observer, Eye, and Emigré, and was one of the founding writers for SFMOMA’s Open Space online publication. He spends way too much money on vinyl records, but do know that he does actually listen to them, too.
October 26: Andy Beall
Andy Beall has worked in animation since 1995, starting out as a hand-drawn animator before transitioning to the computer. He has worked on 19 feature films, including The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Up and Finding Dory to name a few. He also directed the latest Peanuts animated special, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown. Andy is currently the Senior Animation Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios.
November 9: Rafael Marin
Rafael Marin is an Associate Design Director at Work & Co in Brooklyn, NY. For the past 10 years, he has created and iterated on large-scale digital platforms that people use every day—for clients including Twitter, NBA, Virgin America, ALDO, Panera Bread, and Globo (Brazil's largest media company).
At Work & Co, he leads concepting and execution for design teams, collaborating side-by-side with developers and strategists to quickly conceptualize, prototype, and iterate on the core digital products for some of the world’s most respected brands. His contributions have been recognized by the industry through awards like Clio, Cannes Design Lions, Webby’s and The London International Awards.
November 30: Justin Kimball
Justin Kimball was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1961. He completed his M.F.A. in photography at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture and earned his B.F.A. in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography, the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographers Fellowship, and a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund at Harvard University. His photographs have appeared in DoubleTake, Harpers, pdn (Photo District News), Photo Metro, and Picture magazines, and he is the author of Where We Find Ourselves (Center for American Places, 2006). His work can be found in numerous photographic collections, including the Corcoran Museum of Art, George Eastman House, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Portland (Oregon) Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.