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.

Thursday evenings | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm | 110 Budig Hall
All lectures are free and open to the public. 

Fall 2019

September 5 | Cat Coquillette
Cat Coquillette is a freelance designer, illustrator, and lettering artist living in Kansas City, USA. Her preferred mediums are watercolor, ink, and gouache. Check out her work at
September 19 | Scott Starrett
Scott Starrett is the co-founder and design director of the communication design studio, Tandem. He acts as a strategic communications advisor to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and is an advocate for civic engagement and socially responsible design. You can see Scott's work here:
October 3 | Andrew Neyer
In 2010, Andrew Neyer began developing products for his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Two of Neyer’s first products were a 5ft tall wrist watch (Watch Clock) and a 6ft cantilevering sconce (Crane Light). After quitting his day job to work full-time as a commercial artist, he started scratching the itch to design more products. Since his background was rooted in art, he lacked formal training in product design. The absence of ‘proper design procedure’ proved to be an advantage in his practice by keeping his primary focus on painting a concept. Check out his work at:
October 17 | Alisa Wolfson
Alisa Wolfson joined Leo Burnett in 2008 and is SVP Director of Design, founding and overseeing the agency's Department of Design. She has worked as a designer for over 15 years. Current and past clients include Crate & Barrel, Hallmark, Kellogg's and Coca-Cola. She is also the design director at Lampo, a nonprofit organization that presents experimental sound art in Chicago. In 2012 she received the inaugural D&AD White Pencil for her work on Recipeace, a social movement that brings people of conflict together over food. Recipeace also recently won Best in Show at the One Show Design along with the first ever Gold Pencil awarded to Design for the Greater Good. She has been named one of 30 "Women to Watch" by Ad Age Magazine and recognized as "Fresh Talent" by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Chicago. Her work has been acknowledged by D&AD, The One Show, The Clio's, Cannes, The Type Directors Club and Communication Arts. You can check out her work at
November 7 | Jolby & Friends
Jolby & Friends is a creative studio that makes for the better. They do this through design, illustration, and thoughtful creative solutions. Jolby & Friend's work can be seen here:
November 21 | Zora Murff
Zora J Murff is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Arkansas. Zora received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora’s work explores how photography is intertwined with social and cultural constructs. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and featured online including Aperture Magazine, The New Yorker, VICE Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, and The New York Times. Zora was named a 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist, an honoree for PDN’s 30: New & Emerging Photographers to Watch, was selected for the 2019 Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program, named the Daylight Photo Award Winner, and was also selected as a LensCulture Top 50 Emerging Talent with his collaborative partner Rana Young. Zora's first monograph, Corrections, was published by Aint-Bad Editions in 2015 and his second monograph, LOST, Omaha, was published by Kris Graves Projects in 2018. Zora is also a co-curator of Strange Fire Collective with Jess T. Dugan, Hamidah Glasgow, and Rafael Soldi. To find out more please visit their website. You can see Zora's work here:
December 5 | Stanley Hainsworth
Stanley Hainsworth is a highly attuned branding machine. He mastered the art of brand story craft while serving as the creative-in-chief at three of the great brands of our time: Nike, Lego, and Starbucks. He served as vice president of Global Creative during the coffee company’s maturation into the cultural icon we know today. His creative influence extended from campaigns to all consumer touch points. Prior to that, as global creative director for the Lego Company in Denmark, Hainsworth directed a total visual overhaul of the brand, including advertising, interactive, packaging, retail and brand stores. At Nike, he worked on everything from the brands association with the Olympics to creating Nike Entertainment. Hainsworth founded Tether, a global creative, cross-discipline studio in 2008. From redesigning a handcrafted Italian coffee brand to reflect its rich heritage to creating engaging and shareable stories for BMW Motorcycles, Tether has a passion for well-told tales. He has written books on branding, is an educator, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a sought-after speaker on branding and design worldwide. Check out his work at: