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.

Thursday evenings | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm | 110 Budig Hall
All lectures are free and open to the public. 

Spring 2019

January 24, Lisk Feng
Originally from China, Lisk Feng is an award-winning, New-York based illustrator. She graduated with an MFA in Illustration Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. Lisk's work has been seen all over the world with publications and advertising projects including The New Yorker, Apple, Penguin, Airbnb, The New York Times, and Chanel. Lisk has received the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Excellence Award, 3X3 Silver Medal, American Illustration winner, and others. Lisk has published several children's books with Flying Eye Books, Abrams and Kids Can Press. She was awarded one of the Art Directors Club 15 Young Gun Artists among artists from all fields worldwide in 2017. Check out her work of Nonlinear at
February 7, Michael Braley
Creative Director of Braley Design, Michael Braley has over 20 years of experience in identity, brand, print, visual systems, book and packaging design. His work has been recognized internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, The Denver Art Museum and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany. Clients have included Aéropostale, Alliance for American Manufacturing, AIGA, Civic Engagement Fund, Cornell University, Effen Vodka, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Future Partners, Genentech, Pando Populus, The People's Music School, and Skadden. Prior to moving to Lexington, Braley worked in San Francisco and New York. Braley lectures and leads design workshops at universities and professional organizations around the nation. Michael will be hosting a Poster Workshop on Friday Feb 8. See postings for more info.
February 21, Steven B. Smith
Steven B. Smith is a photographer whose work chronicles the transition of the Western landscape into suburbia. For this work, he was awarded the First Book Prize for Photography by the Honickman Foundation and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. His book, The Weather and a Place to Live: Photographs of the Suburban West, was published by Duke University Press in 2005. He has received numerous grants and awards, including the Guggenheim, Kittredge and RISCA fellowships. Steven's work has been widely exhibited and can be found in many public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Smith received a BFA from Utah State University and an MFA from Yale. He is a professor of photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2015, his second monograph, Waiting out the Latter Days, was published by TIS Press. Check out his work at
March 21, Rob Forbes
Rob Forbes' career includes work in both the Arts and Business Fields. Forbes is best known as the Founder of Design Within Reach and for the vision of a business that has grown into the leading retail destination for modern design in the US. In 2007, Rob formally left DWR to launch Studio Forbes, based in San Francisco, to further his interests in design, culture, and commerce. These interests and his personal passion for bicycles led him to his new venture, PUBLIC. PUBLIC is a design based business with a mission to help us reduce our dependency on cars and think more intelligently and artfully about the way we get around and connect with our cities and communities.

Forbes' academic training includes a BA in Aesthetics from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1974), an MFA from Alfred University (1979) and an MBA from Stanford University (1985). His art career includes ceramics studio work and exhibitions in the US and teaching positions at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Philadelphia College of Art. His business experience includes work here and abroad in retail management for Williams-Sonoma, London-based Selfridges, The Nature Company, and Smith & Hawken prior to Founding Design Within Reach in 1998 and PUBLIC in 2009. You can check out DWR and PUBLIC Bikes. 
April 4, Hoss Haley and Andrew Hayes
Hoss Haley creates two and three-dimensional works in steel, concrete, and bronze. He favors industrial materials and fabrication methods, often building or adapting the machines and tools he uses to produce his work. Hoss has completed public art projects for the Pack Square Conservancy (Asheville, NC), Charlotte Area Transit System and Mecklenburg County (NC) as well as several privately commissioned large-scale steel sculpture. Hoss's work has been shown at several museums and galleries nationwide, and he has been a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts (NC) and at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI). Hoss learned machining and steel fabrication at an early age and then apprenticed as a blacksmith for several years in Texas and New Mexico. Decades later his work is heavily influenced both conceptually and aesthe4tically by the western landscape of his youth. See his work here:

Andrew Hayes grew up in Tuscon, Arizona and studied sculpture at Northern Arizona University. The desert landscape inspired much of his early sculptural work and allowed him to cultivate his style in fabricated steel. After leaving school, Andrew worked in the industrial welding trade. While living in Portland, Oregon, bouncing between welding jobs and creating his own work he was invited to the EMMA collaboration. This one-week experience was liberating for Andrew and he was encouraged by his fellow collaborators to apply to the Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts. During his time as a Core Fellow, Andrew was able to explore a variety of materials and technique. Surprisingly, the book became a big part of this exploration. In his work, he faces the challenge of marrying the rigid qualities of metal with the delicacy of the book page. Andrew's work can be seen here:
April 11, Felipe Rocha
Felipe Rocha is a Brazilian graphic designer and art director based in New York City. His work crosses different disciplines, from design systems at a global scale to website design and magazine covers. He believes good design can be done in every field, whether its culture, arts, technology, commerce or politics. Felipe is particularly interested in opportunities that use design to address issues of diversity, immigration, gender and lgbtq+ rights. Felipe is currently a senior art director at Spotify NYC. You can see Felipe's work here:
May 2, Donny Rausch