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6 art students to present ‘First Impression' show

Six Austin Peay State University students are compiling their graphic design talents to present First Impression, the first bi-annual Senior Design Show at APSU, hosted by APSU Department of Art and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

The exhibit will run Dec. 3-9 in the Trahern Art Gallery. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3 in the Trahern Art Gallery. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
Six Austin Peay State University students are compiling their graphic design talents to present “First Impression,” the first bi-annual Senior Design Show at APSU, hosted by APSU Department of Art and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

The exhibit will run Dec. 3-9 in the Trahern Art Gallery. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3 in the Trahern Art Gallery. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The six graduating visual communication students will be showing their best work created over the course of their education. The exhibition will feature the portfolios of Brian Evans, Nicole Geldart, Amanda Bolan, Ray Datugan, Jacob Crass and Sarah Holva.

“First Impression” is among other shows being scheduled as a requirement for a senior art class taught by Professor Gregg Schlanger, although this will be the only group show of the semester. Plans are for this to become a new tradition for graduating graphic designers.

“I'm glad to have my work available for the public to see,” Evans said. “I've worked hard over the last few years to develop my own style of graphic design, and I feel my part in the exhibition will show that.” In addition to his student work, Evans has done freelance design for local businesses including Tennessee Technology Suppliers, Home Depot and Precision Lawn Care.

Although Geldart is graduating a semester early, she feels she has spent her time well at Austin Peay. “Every semester I've learned something new, it feels like I'm growing week by week as a designer,” she said. Her main design focus is on logos and identity systems, although she does enjoy all other aspects of design. After graduation Geldart hopes to land a design-related job in Nashville.

After transferring to APSU as a senior, Bolan is excited to showcase her abilities learned all across the country. “The major influence in my life has been constantly comparing myself to my peers via communication arts and other design magazines and journals. Design to me is about being a chameleon, able to change based on your situation,” she said.

Datugan says he always has been fueled by a passion to design. “I've always enjoyed drawing and sketching, exploring ideas and having the opportunity to see another person's vision come to fruition,” he said. As a graphic designer, Datugan said, “I can communicate visually through creative messages that can be understood clearly and should inspire creativity as well as incite passion in others.”

For Crass, his lifelong commitments have been in design and sports. “I have combined my graphic arts vocation with an abiding avocation in all things sports related,” he said. After graduation Jacob hopes to parlay his two passions into a career in sports advertising. “The field of graphic design has opened new frontiers of learning and allowed me to explore my creativity; it has taught me a different way of viewing the world,” he said.

Holva has been captivated with art, specifically design, since middle school. Her portion of the show will feature both new and old works that have been revisited and revised with suggestions from fellow students and professors. “Design is a constant cycle of reworking something --changing fonts, changing positions of elements, changing colors. Just little things can make a piece feel completely different,” she said.

For more information about “First Impression” contact the APSU art department by telephone at (931) 221-7333. -- Jessica Baird