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Artisan Activist Show

Posted: April 23rd, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities, posters | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

The cold and wet spring evening didn’t dampen the spirits nor it seemed the attendance at the Artisan Activist Poster Show last night at the Aveda Institute in North East Minneapolis. There was a terrific variety of creative expression, printing techniques and even some cool creative reuse of paper that was in perfect keeping with the Earth Day celebration. I was surprised how many prints were not signed and numbered (meaning that technically they’re not limited editions). Just the same, there seemed to be a steady stream of eager purchasers so the Audubon Society should receive a solid donation which is after all the point. We came away with a lovely letter press print entitled “Nest” by Selina Larsen. Speaking of point my lovely wife who is standing in front of my print seems none the less to be pointing at something else… hmm.

Update: There are still some posters left which can be purchased here.

Seems like there are always a couple of cute kids at poster shows.


AIGA-MN Portfolio 1 on 1

Posted: April 12th, 2011 | Author: Todd | Filed under: events, local twin cities | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Last weekend I had the pleasure of again volunteering to review student portfolios at AIGA‘s Portfolio 1 on 1. I met with seven designers and as always enjoyed the wide variety of work and presentation skill generated in part by the different schools represented. For the most part the students I met seemed happy, confident and prepared to start their professional adventure. Perhaps what I dig most is that we share a field that can somehow find a place for them all despite (or perhaps because of) their variety.

I’ve listed them below (in the order I met with them) with links to their websites but need to give an extra shout out to Carly Wright; who not only had the initiative to dust off an old letter press in the basement at CVA but engages in the classy, old-school tradition of sending thank you cards. So I now have the cool collector’s item shown above. (Look for me on Antiques Road Show in 30 years when I’m old and she’s famous). Best of luck gang!

Joanna Wishard – Art Institutes International Minnesota
Katie Wolff -  University of Wisconsin, Stout
Cary Wright – College of Visual Art
Kirstin Wulff - Mankato State
Natalie Wynings – University of Minnesota
Jenny Zanatta – University of Minnesota
Jonathan Sollie – University of Wisconsin, Stout