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.

Lectures begin at 6:00 pm in Budig Hall 110
All lectures are free and open to the public. 


Spring 2020

February 6 | Brad Lacey
Brad Lacey is the Global Design Director - Lifestyle Footwear at New Balance Corporation. 
February 20 | Alejandro Cartagena

Alejandro Cartagena, Mexican (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic) lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Cartagena's work has been exhibited internationally in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions in spaces including the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris and the CCCB in Barcelona, and his work is in the collections of several museums including the San Francisco MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, The West Collection, the Coppel collection, the FEMSA collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman House and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others.

Alejandro is a self publisher and co-editor and has created several award winning titles including Santa Barbara Shame on US, Skinnerboox, 2017, A Guide to Infrastructure and Corruption, The Velvet Cell, 2017, Rivers of Power, Newwer, 2016, Santa Barbara return Jobs to US, Skinnerboox, 2016, Headshots, Self-published, 2015, Before the War, Self-published, 2015, Carpoolers, Self-published with support of FONCA Grant, 2014, Suburbia Mexicana, Daylight/Photolucida, 2010. Some of his books are in the Yale University Library, the Tate Britain, and the 10x10 Photobooks/MFH Houston book collections among others.

Cartagena has received several awards including the International Photolucidia Critical Mass Book Award, the Street Photography Award in London Photo Festival, the Lente Latino Award in Chile, the Premio IILA-FotoGrafia Award in Rome and the Salon de la Fotografia of Fototeca de Nuevo Leon in Mexico, among others. He has been named an International Discoveries of the FotoFest festival, a FOAM magazine TALENT and an Emerging photographer of PDN magazine. He has also been a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Award and has been nominated for the Sante Fe Photography Prize, the Prix Pictet Prize, the Photoespaña Descubrimientos Award and the FOAM Paul Huff Award. His work has been published internationally in magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, Nowness, Domus, the Financial Times, The New York Times, Le Monde, Stern, PDN, The New Yorker, and Wallpaper, among other..

See Alejandro’s work: https://alejandrocartagena.com.

March 5 | Jeremy Spears

Jeremy Spears is an Annie Award Winning Story Artist at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. His latest projects at the studio include Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Occasionally he gets to work with his pals at Walt Disney Imagineering doing story work and woodcarving on exciting projects and attractions such as Trader Sam's at Disneyland and Disney World. In his free time, he can be found illustrating, designing, and carving his original creations in the Whittle Woodshop.

See Jeremy's work: http://www.whittlewoodshop.com.

March 26 | Lissa Rivera

Lissa Rivera is a photographer and curator based in New York, NY. Rivera received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and teh evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relationship to material culture. Beautiful Boy, Rivera's latest project, takes her interest in photography's connection with identity to a personal level, focusing on her domestic partner as muse.

Selected press includes The New York Times, Artforum, The Guardian, Harper's Bazaar, PAPER, The Boston Globe, and Photograph Magazine among many others. Rivera was chosen as a "Woman to Watch" for the biennial exhibition at the National Museum of Woman in Arts. Selected honors include the Griffin Museum's Peter Urban Legacy Award; Feature Shoot's Emerging Photography Award; Photographic Resource Center's Exposure 2016; D&AD's Next Photographer Shortlist; and the Magnum Photography Award for Portraiture. Public collections include Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Newport Art Museum; Danforth Museum of Art; Davis Museum at Wellesle College; and the Art Museum of Dickinson College.

Since 2016, Rivera has curated and produced nine exhibitions, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. Rivera strives to include traditionally underrepresented voices regardless of formal education of exhibition history. Rivera's exhibition, Leonor Fini: Theatre of Desire 1930-1990, was the first US Museum survey dedicated to Fini. Rivera served as curator for James Bidgood: Reveries; Mariette Pathy Allen: Rites of Passage, 1978-2006; Canon: Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo & Andrew Mroczek; Night Fever: New York Disco 1977-1979, The Bill Bernstein Photographs; co-curator of Punk Lust: Raw Provocation 1971-1985; and NSFW: Female Gaze; and producer of Known/Unknown: Private Obsession and Hidden Desire in Outsider Art. In 2018, Rivera was invited to be guest juror for the Field Projects gallery

See Lissa's work: http://www.lissarivera.com.

April 16 | Bon Ku

Bon Ku, MD, MMP is the Assitant Dean for Health & Design at Thomas Jefferson University. A practicing emergency medicine physician, he is also the Director of the Health Design Lab and created the first design thinking program at a medical school. His innovative program tackles healthcare inequalities as a form of social justice and teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges. Their work toward building healthier cities and communities has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, and Architectural Digest. Dr. Ku is the recipient of the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Award and in 2016, he was honored wiht the Health Care Innovator Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has spoken widely on the intersection of health and design thinking, appearing on PBS and across the country at events including TEDx, SXSW, and Mayo Clinic Transform. His forthcoming book, Health Design Thinking, co-written by Ellen Lupton, will be published by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Fall 2019.

Check out his work here: design-health.com.

April 30 | Bil Donovan

Bil Donovan is one of the most prolific and esteemed fashion and lifestyle illustrators working today. As an artist, author, educator and spokesperson he is a true champion of the art form. With a clientlist that currently includes Christian Dior, where he has served as artist-in-residence since 2009,Neiman Marcus, Vogue, St Regis Hotels, Kim Crawford Vineyards, Saks, New York Magazine, Elleand L’Occitane, to name a few, Bil has become the “go-to” guy for sophistication, luxe and glamour.

Bil is the author of Advanced Fashion Drawing / Lifestyle Illustration and has illustrated a number ofbooks including The Dress Doctor, from the original by costume designer Edith Head and Birds of a Feather Shop Together, a collection of fashion fables, both for Harper Collins and more recently, The Pursuit of Style for the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Bil currently teaches illustration at The Fashion Institute of Technology and now also at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and has spoken on the subject of fashion and lifestyle illustration at the Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in Australia, ICON6 Illustration Conference in Pasadena California and Gallery Hanahou and led workshops at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and The Society of Illustrators in New York City where he is a member and active volunteer.

Bil continues to facilitate panels, lectures and workshops with other prominent artists to, promote the art of fashion illustration and share his passion with a wider audience.

See Bil's work: http://www.bildonovanlimited.com/.


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