Fall 2015

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

September 3, 2015: Matt Chase
Chase was born in Wichita, KS where he lived before moving to Lawrence for college. Chase spent his summers during college interning with Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. Chase graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Visual Communication. Chase resigned his dream job at Design Army to establish an independent practice and now lives in Washington D.C. Chase aims to share his path to success through a chronological reflection on his working career since graduation.

September 17, 2015: Dietmar Gotzelmann
Götzelmann was born in Potsdam Germany. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany. He studied industrial and graphic design at the Academy of Art and Design in Halle Burg Giebichenstein. Götzelmann wants to convey how communication is working in the context of architecture in public space. He intends to provide insight to the reality and process of design projects within the profession.

October 1, 2015: Bill Mayer
Mayer was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the Ringling College of Art from 1969-1972. Last year, Mayer was the 63rd artist chosen to be featured in the prestigious 3x3 magazine. Mayer sees his career in art as a long journey full of delightful twists and surprises. He plans to share with students how experimentation in traditional media will allow them an individual voice.

October 15, 2015: Deborah Luster
Luster is best known for the series, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, which she undertook in 1998 with poet C. D. Wright. This collection of photographic portraits portrays prisoners from three Louisiana prisons including the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Luster's work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago; Prospect. 1 International Biennial, New Orleans, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Ballroom Marfa; the Bell Gallery, Brown University; and Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR; among other venues.

October 29, 2015: Rania Matar
Matar was born and raised in Lebanon. She moved the U.S. in 1984. Matar trained as an architect at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. She began teaching photography in 2009 and offered summer photography workshops to teenage girls in Lebanon’s refugee camps. Matar now teaches Personal Documentary Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work focuses on girls and women emphasizing the personal and the mundane in an attempt to portray the universal within the personal.

November 12, 2015: Design Egg
Andy and Jess Wickstrom are a married couple focusing on their latest project, Design Egg. Andy is from Dodgeville, WI and Jess is from Chicago, IL. The two studied at St. Olaf College where Andy received his BA of Studio Art and Jess received her BA in Interdisciplinary Arts as well as an MA in Liberal Arts. DesignEgg grants Creative Service Awards to artists, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations working across the country. Over the past year, the pair traveled more than 17,000 miles delivering over $25,000 in design and photography services.

December 3, 2015: Ian Gonsher
Gonsher was born in Phoenix, AZ and grew up in Overland Park, KS. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas and attended grad school at Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduating from RISD, Gonsher began teaching as an adjunct in their Visual Art Department. Gonsher is now a professor at Brown where he is working on developing their design program.  Gonsher sees the benefit in educating creative problem solvers and encouraging students to nurture their best creative self.