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.
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
110 Budig Hall
All lectures are free and open to the public.
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.
January 25: Andrew Blauvelt
Andrew Blauvelt joined Cranbrook Art Museum as director in October of 2015. Previously he served as the Senior Curator, Design, Research, and Publishing at the Walker Art Center, a position he held since 2013. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Walker’s Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement, overseeing the design, marketing, public relations, education, and new media departments and the development of its online publishing initiatives, including its award-winning website and online collections research catalogue. He served as the Walker’s Design Director and Curator from 1998–2010, developing and overseeing the brand identity of the organization and organizing touring exhibitions. A practicing graphic designer for more than 20 years, his work has received over 100 design awards, including several nominations for the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and the National Design Awards in Communications Design
February 8: Troy Scillian
Troy graduated with a degree in Visual Communications from the University of Kansas. Since then he has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands (McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Monster.com) and some super tiny start-ups. He founded his own advertising agency, Coffee/Black which merged it with a big one where he leads a large creative department. Today, he is Executive Creative Director at Universal Orlando Resort.
His friends say Troy has the best job in advertising. At Universal Orlando Resort (home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Jurassic Park, and much more) he leads a talented team of creatives who craft the words and pictures to tell the story of that incredible place. With three theme parks, a growing number of hotels, and the dining and entertainment district of CityWalk, there is always something new to tell the world. And it is always pretty damn cool.
February 22: Emily Pilloton
Emily Pilloton is a designer, builder, educator, author, and founder of the nonprofit design agency Project H Design. Using architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice and public education, she works alongside youth ages 9-18 both in and out of school to bring to life public architecture projects that transform lives and communities. She is particularly invested in using design as a creative voice for young girls and students of color to build change in their own lives and has mentored over 200 young girls ages 9-17 towards college and careers in STEM-related areas. Her work within public education has catalyzed schools, teachers, leaders, and school districts to reinvent their pedagogy around creativity and design, connected to core subject content. She has built a farmers market with high school students, a playhouse with and for the daughters of abused mothers, a school library by the hands of its own middle school students, and microhomes for a transitional housing agency.
March 8: RaMell Ross
Ross received a BA in English and sociology from Georgetown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His photographs have been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, and published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Oxford American, and on CNN, while his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and ESPN. His feature film Idiom; Hale County This Morning, This Evening, has received funding from the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, and a Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. In 2015, he was part of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Also in 2015, he was a Sundance Institute New Frontier Artist in Residence at the MIT Media Lab.
March 29: Lindsey Yankey
I grew up in rural Kansas playing outside, painting, drawing, and playing sports. I studied Illustration at the University of Kansas and am currently living in Lawrence, KS with my husband, cat, dog, and our jungle of plants. I find inspiration in nature, animals, books, people, and traveling. My illustrations are made with a variety of materials. I love the mouthwatering juiciness of oil paint, the independence watercolor, the history of found paper, the simplicity of pencil and pen, and all the rabbit holes that are revealed by carving linoleum block to create pattern and repetition.
April 12: Matt Wegerer
Whiskey Design is a place that was founded under one simple motto,“Create work that RAISE A RUCKUS.” At Whiskey, we’re fueled by great work. We live it. We breathe it. We drink it down. Our rowdiness is a good thing. It results in bold, brash and unconventional designs that get brands noticed. Ready to take a shot at something great? Well, we’re ready when you are.
April 26: Louisa Bertman
Louisa Bertman is an award-winning new media storyteller with a deep interest in creative non-fiction animated shorts. Embracing the intersection of art, technology and social media she is the ultimate creative hybrid. Her work includes researching, writing, illustrating, animating, directing, editing, and producing visual narrative shorts regarding social and political relevance.