Fall 2014

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.

Fall 2014
All lectures are free and open to the public
Thursday evenings from 6pm - 8pm in 110 Budig

September 4, 2014: Jamie Koval 
A recognized leader for decades in design and brand identity, Jamie has been instrumental in shaping VSA’s integrated approach to brand-building, including work in organizational change, corporate reputation, identity and digital. He joined VSA Partners as a creative principal in 1990 and his collaborations have included work with some of the most celebrated organizations in the world. Jamie’s work has been internationally recognized by more than 100 competitions and designations, including a presence in the permanent collection in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 

September 18, 2014: Matthias Pliessnig
Matthias Pliessnig is an acclaimed furniture designer based in Philadelphia whose work uses steam bent wood. His style is “kinetically contemporary” and he uses “computer-aided curves with laborious craftsmanship” to handcraft chairs and benches. Pliessnig is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Wisconsin (Madison). His interest in woodworking developed after he decided to build a boat and was inspired to apply those techniques, particularly steam bending of wood strips around a mold, to furniture making. The New York Times reported that his studio “looks more akin to a boat-builder’s garage than an icy SoHo loft, which makes sense when you consider the lunular shapes of Pliessnig’s chairs.” In 2010, he was named a Fellow by United States Artists. 

October 2, 2014: Erik Marinovich
Erik Marinovich is a letterist and designer based in San Francisco. He is a co-founder of Friends of Type and has worked for clients such as New York Times, New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Metropolis magazine, GAP, Lincoln Motor Company, Nike; while also freelancing for various studios such as: Landor, Brand Union, Greatworks, Anomaly in New York. He was named Letter Cult’s Person of the Year 2011 and in 2012 co-founded Title Case, a lettering and design studio with fellow letterer Jessica Hische. 

October 23, 2014: Lori Nix
Lori Nix was born in Norton, Kansas. Her work has garnered her several grants and a cult following among young photographers. She regularly mentors emerging photographers and lectures at universities and photo events nationwide. She has exhibited across the United States and internationally, with exhibitions at ClampArt Gallery in New York City, the George Eastman House, The Toledo Museum of Art, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Paci Contemporary in Italy, and Galerie Kluser in Germany. The City, her first book, was published in the fall of 2013. Lori is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient in Photography for 2014. 

October 30, 2014: Bill Carman
Work by Bill Carman has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications including Society of Illustrators Annuals, American Illustration, 3×3 Magazine, RSVP and Spectrum. His illustrations continue to appear on CD covers, in magazines, and on posters benefiting organizations such as local theaters, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Robert’s Snow Cure for Cancer, and the Arthritis Foundation. Illustrations for the university’s magazine Focus have won regional and national bronze, silver, and gold awards from CASE. Bill has also authored and illustrated a children’s book, What’s That Noise?, published by Random House Books. 

November 13, 2014: Ben Ferencz
Ben Ferencz is a designer, originally from New York who now resides in northwest Montana. His work reflects his ability to blend cultures from the cities to the mountains working with a diverse group of clients. Ben’s design has been focused on the outdoors, sports and fashion. After several years gaining experience in the design world he created Freeman Transport, a hand-made bicycle company. He is the founder and Creative Director of The Design Cooperative and co-owner of FairEnds. 

December 4, 2014: Vivian Beer
Vivian tiptoes through contemporary design, craft and sculptural aesthetics, sampling from each one. She deftly counterbalances a strong knowledge of contemporary furniture design with the history of industry and architecture to create furniture that intends to transform our expectations of and relationships to the domestic landscape. Selected exhibitions: The Mint Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, SOFA Chicago, Palm beach 3, International Contemporary Furniture Fair; representation: Wexler Gallery, PA., Ms. Beer received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maine College of Art.