Silver Award in Environmental Graphics Category: Tenn Show 2012

Although I arrived in Knoxville late last night and missed the majority of the awards ceremony, I was able to accept my 2nd place award for the Environmental Design category for Communication Design before they closed the doors for the evening.

I was excited to be honored with this award and was happy to find out that two other folks from MCA also won awards for work they submitted. Fellow instructor, John Lee (Illustration prof) and illustration student, Clare Caldwell.

The event, hosted by AIGA Knoxville, took place in a quaint coffee shop in historic downtown Knoxville – Remedy Coffee, 125 W. Jackson Ave. Knoxville, TN.

The competition showcased communication design from all over the state. Categories for submission included print, brand / identity systems, package design, editorial, photography, illustration, motion broadcast, environmental, and interactive.

According to the website,

“AIGA Knoxville is proud to be hosting the 5th TENN Show, the prestigious statewide graphic design competition recognizing Tennessee’s most talented communication designers. Winners of the biennial TENN Show competition represent the best work across all disciplines of communication design from designers across the state, as chosen by a distinguished jury of regional design leaders. Professional and student designers from around the state are invited to submit their best work for consideration.”


Gallery Exhibition, There isn’t much we can do, review

The MFA gallery reception on Thursday, April 19 featured work from artist Cat Normoyle. The reception, held at Welch School of Art & Design Galleries, was a great success, exhibiting a collection of work that challenges perceptions of neglected areas of urban community.

There isn’t much we can do showcased work from a series of camouflaged signage distributed in neglected areas of Atlanta. The installation, created by means of DOT signs, chalk drawings, and blackboards recontextualizes neglected spaces by creating provocative, questioning phrases and pairing them with particular urban environments. The addition of new meaning in these specific settings may change perceptions of these spaces and promote productivity in otherwise static environments. The work on display will be a mix of photography, projection, and actual artifacts from the project. Unlike other urban art projects, this investigation is a response to opinions and insights of community members, primarily from Kirkwood, Edgewood, and Inman Park, which were involved in the process from conceptual development to execution. From questionnaires and interviews to exit reviews and community observations, the content was all inspired by people in the community.

Creative Loafing: Culture Surfing – Community Vacancy shows signs of design