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.

All Fall 2020 Lectures will be presented virtually.

Lectures begin at 6:00 pm
All lectures are free and open to the public.

September 10, 2020 | Andy J. Miller (AKA Andy J. Pizza) is an American illustrator, podcaster, and public speaker. He is the founder of the Creative Pep Talk podcast, providing weekly pep to fellow creative people! Creative Pep Talk, has been featured by Apple, BuzzFeed and Threadless. Creative Pep Talk the book was published by Chronicle Books in the Spring of 2017. His explosive color drenched illustrations have brought hope and smiles to clients like Nickelodeon, Google, The Boston Globe, Converse and Oreo. Andy and the Pizza family happily live in the great city of Columbus, Ohio.


September 24, 2020 | Paul King is the Product Design Executive for Mattell, Inc., where he has worked for 16 years. He has previously worked in various product design roles at at Slindshot ID, LLC, Hauser Inc, Joss Design, Benrus Watch Company, and Kemnitzer Design. Paul received a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas.


October 8, 2020 | Paul Conrad is a multi-faceted designer who has worked professionally on projects related to brand identity, apparel, packaging and illustration. Most recently, he was worked as a concept artist and production designer for animated and live action films. His client list includes Pixar, Walt Disney Imagineering, Marvel Comics, Nickelodeon, Lego, and others.


October 22, 2020 | Kelli Anderson is an artist, designer, and tinkerer who pushes the limits of ordinary materials and formats by seeking out hidden possibility in the physical and digital world. In 2008, she worked as part of a large team, including the Yes Men, to distribute a meticulously recreated copy of the New York Times -- filled only with articles from a Utopian future. As a group, they won the Ars Electronica Prix Award of Distinction in 2009. In 2011, she created a paper record player that garnered major attention from numerous media outlets including Mashable, Kottke, Slashdot, Make, PCWorld, Swiss Miss, Wired, the Toronto Star, and NPR. Her work has been published by Wired UK, Gestalten, Rockport Publishing, iDN, How Design Magazine, and Hemispheres Magazine. In 2011, she left her position as a digital collections photographer at the American Museum of Natural History to focus on independent work.


November 5, 2020 | Drew Voegele designs and conducts usability, benchmark and telemetry based research as a contractor for Microsoft Game Studios. He has a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics and a Master's Degree in Interaction Design/Design Management, both from the University of Kansas.


November 19, 2020 | Jenn Ely is a freelance artist based in Portland, OR. She is currently working developing a color script for an upcoming stop frame animated feature film, Pinocchio, (directed by Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson for Netflix). She mostly works in animation as a Visual Development Artist / Illustrator / Production Designer for a variety of commercial, film, and television animated projects.


December 3, 2020 | Kris Graves is an artist and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tuscon; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and the Wedge Collection, Toronto. Kris Graves creates artwork that deals with what he views wrong with American Society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art cannon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race, representation, and urban life. Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory. See more at