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  • School of Art + Design Industrial Design Students Honored


    Joonyong (Jason) Park and Rachel Fox were selected as an Honorable Mention in the 23nd annual student design competition and will receive $250 and their projects will be included in the student display at the ID Show in March. There were 6 top winners and 10 honorable mentions chosen from 325 entries. Joonyong (Jason) Park was chosen for his Incair Air Filtration and Motion Safety Sensor and Rachel Fox for her Allbright Mold Detector. Their Studio Professor is Cliff Shin.

    International Houseware Students Design competition

    IHA's Student Design Competition began in 1993 and is recognized by design practitioners and professors as a valuable contribution to industrial design education. The annual competition recognizes and rewards young design talent and encourages career opportunities in the housewares industry. Over the program's 22 years, more than 4,600 entries have been submitted, 175 professionals have served as judges and 135 students have kickstarted their careers by appearing at the Show.

    Industrial design students submit projects that demonstrate user and market research, design thinking, engineering drawings and tested prototypes. Entries are reviewed by professors, consultant designers, retailers and new product development managers at IHA-member companies. The rigorous program's requirements and judging process reflect real-world employer expectations. Top winners come to Chicago to exhibit their product concepts at the International Home + Housewares Show. Winners meet industry leaders and media and get unique exposure the business of new product introduction.

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  • Positions Announcement: Two Senior Positions in Design

    The School of Art and Design is currently searching for two new designers to join the faculty - one in Graphic Design, and the other in Industrial Design. The School welcomes experienced applicants from all corners of industry, academia, and practice. Please see the following links for full descriptions, or contact Search Chair Kevin Hamilton, Professor and Associate Director, with any questions.

    Petullo Professor, Graphic Design:

    Associate Professor/Full Professor and Avery Chair, Industrial Design:

  • Statement on Student Artwork Left on the Quad

    Students in the School of Art and Design regularly explore how art achieves meaning and significance through experimentation with setting and presentation. Recently, as part of a non-major class assignment, a student left a class project on the South Terrace of the Illini Union, a place on the quad that has historically functioned as this campus’ most public platform for pronouncements, demonstrations, and displays. 

    This site has served for decades as a place where students and other community members gather to invite collective address of urgent matters. For example, black students gathered on the South Terrace on September 10, 1968 to discuss the inadequate housing provided as part of Project 500, Illinois’ first concentrated effort to admit more students of color. That gathering turned historic when, after staging a sit-in just inside the Union in the South Lounge, the university responded by arresting 240 students - a galvanizing moment for civil rights at Illinois.

    When students, staff, faculty, and community members think of “public” on campus in terms of “public address,” they often think of the South Terrace. So it’s understandable that a student artist looking to understand how an artwork’s meaning takes shape through its setting might try siting a work there. There is even a justifiable precedent for doing so without permission, as sometimes an artwork that has been granted permission is already constrained in what it can say, do, communicate, or symbolize. 

    We teach about public art and other approaches to site-specific aesthetics, and we explain the implications of seeking permission to our students through examples and principles. We explain that the decision to seek permission is actually a choice as significant as the choice of color or shape in a public sculpture. And we explain that should they choose not to seek permission, they bear all the more responsibility for the work’s impact on others.

    The maker of the work that disturbed many on the South Terrace last week did not seek permission. Whether that was a good choice in terms of the assignment is a matter best left to the instructor and student. What we can say for certain, however, is that the sculpture in question certainly acquired new meaning through its site. Recent events have for many associated the South Terrace not just with the whole history of protest on campus, or with a generic sense of “publicness,” but with specific black voices, calling through rallies as recently as last Wednesday for address of systemic racism and historical violence against black students. So the anonymous placement of any sculpture there would understandably be read by many as either a response to those voices, or an attempt to represent those voices. 

    Though the School will continue to support student experimentation of this kind, however poorly conceived, the last thing students of color need on this campus is another act to examine as a potential threat or slight. The School regrets that this interpretation of a classroom assignment contributed to the already burdensome work of black students at this critical moment for our campus. We have addressed this matter with the students and instructor involved, and apologize for how the work of one of our classes caused yet more strife for those who have borne much.

    There exists a rich history of public art on this campus that more effectively facilitates discussion about rights to display and speech, both through its execution and response. If anyone wants to learn more about this area of art, you need look no further than the history of the Edgar Heap-of-Birds sculptures that existed on Nevada Street just a few years ago, only to be vandalized. (For more on that, please read here.) 

    We hope that many within and without the School of Art and Design will continue to freely explore how our public spaces serve to contain, constrain, or enable robust reflection and action about the sort of university we wish to be. We also hope they will do so with a close eye to implications for those feeling most vulnerable during a time of tension and controversy for this campus and others.

  • Documenting Inequality Class Exhibition

    Thursday, December 3, 2015
    5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Krannert Art Museum, Lower level, classroom B
    Reception: Link Gallery

    Please visit the following websites for more information on the Documenting Inequality Class exhibition.




  • Visitor Series: Vanessa Renwick, “Film Screening/Artist Talk”

    Monday, October 26, 2015
    5:30 p.m.
    107 A+D

    Vanessa Renwick is a filmmaker who works in experimental and poetic documentary forms. Her iconoclastic work embodies her interest in landscape, the relationships between bodies and landscapes, and the permeability of borders.

    Co-sponsor:     Visitor Series, The Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture on Modern Art