Spring 2015

Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series

The Hallmark Symposium 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.

Spring 2015
All lectures are free and open to the public
Thursday evenings from 6pm - 8pm in 110 Budig

January 29, 2015: Julie Blackmon
The photographer Julie Blackmon’s precisely choreographed domestic scenes apply an uncanny sense of balance, color composition, and proportion to households in various states of child-provoked disarray. The results hearken back to the work of 17th century Dutch painters like Vermeer and Jan Steen and draw on the artist’s own sprawling family: one of nine children, Blackmon has three of her own, and they often appear in her photographs. Blackmon’s photographs have won numerous awards from such institutions as the Santa Fe Center for Photography and Photospiva, and has appeared in group and solo exhibitions throughout the U.S.. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, among others. Her monograph, Domestic Vacations, was published by Radius Press in 2008.

February 12, 2015: Tom Shields
Tom Shields has been working with wood in one capacity or another for over 17 years. His work is held in many museum collections including: The Gregg Museum of Art and Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield MA, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the Cameron Museum of Art in Willmington NC. He has shown extensively in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and has pieces included in many private collections. His work has been published in Lark Books, 500 cabinets, and was recently included in Schiffer Books, Mind and Hand – Contemporary Studio Furniture. Tom is a former resident artist at The Penland School of Crafts and also a recent recipient of a North Carolina Arts Concil Fellowship grant. He is currently a Windgate Artist in Residence at San Diego State University.

February 26, 2015: Ryan Clifford
Ryan currently teaches in the Social Design (MA) program and undergraduate Graphic Design program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He is also associate direc­tor of the Center for Design Practice and teaches in the institution’s Pre-College summer program. He is an advisor to Project M, an international social design initiative committed to helping young designers use their skills to create positive change in the world.

March 12, 2015: Gregory Manchess
Creating a moment that communicates emotionally with the viewer is the essence of Gregory Manchess’ artwork. A native of Kentucky, he earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 1977, but is largely self-taught in drawing and painting. He spent two years as a studio illustrator with Hellman Design Associates before striking out on his own in 1979. His versatility and broad range of interests allowed him to crossover to mainstream illustration. His client work includes covers for Time, Atlantic Monthly, spreads for Playboy, Omni, Newsweek, and Smithsonian, and numerous book covers and children’s books. His painting of the Oregon coast was used for the 2009 Oregon Statehood Stamp by the USPS.

March 26, 2015: David Emitt Adams
David Emitt Adams is an emerging photographer based in Tempe, Arizona. Born in Yuma, Arizona, he pursued a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and returned to Arizona for his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. David is gaining attention as an artist, whose current practice engages historical media and uses them in an informed contemporary dialogue about photography’s past and present. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including established institutions such as the SOHO Photo Gallery in New York City and The Studio in London, England. David was selected for the prestigious Lens Culture International Exposure Award 2011 and most recently, was awarded the Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography. Currently he is working on two new bodies of work as an Artist-in-Residence at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona.

April 16, 2015: Eight Hour Day
Eight Hour Day is a design boutique that love what they do. As a husband and wife team working side by side, they aspire for the designed life(style): a place where work, life and inspiration are all equal and integrated organically. Their goal is to create work that is honest, solutions that are exploratory, educational and inspirational. Their clients include: Target, The New York Times, Chronicle Books, Williams Sonoma, Random House, Wired, Old Navy, Purina, Moët Hennessy and the Walker Art Center, among others. Their work has been recognized by print publications such as Communication Arts, HOW Magazine, Print Magazine, and PDN. Online recognition includes Design*Sponge, Grain Edit, Design Work Life, NotCot and Graphic-Exchange.

April 23, 2015: Brian Wells
KU Alum Brian Wells is an illustrator and animation working in the video game indus­try. He received his Masters in video game art and design from The Guildhall (TX) and currently works for the design studio HI-REZ.