Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Graphic design exhibit at Reflection Gallery in March

HANCOCK -- The Finlandia University Reflection Gallery, Hancock, will host "The History and DNA of a Designer," a graphic design exhibit by Robert Grame, March 1 to March 31, 2012.

Dallas Community Lighthouse Proposal Designs by Robert Grame. (Image courtesy Finlandia University)

An opening reception for the designer will take place at the Reflection Gallery from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

As a practicing designer, Grame believes strongly in the social and ethical responsibility of design. He is driven to broaden connections and develop new relationships in regard to non-profit and not-for-profit design.

"As a design generalist, I believe in pursuing balance in terms of creative output between industry related activities (print/interactive publication work, information architecture and identity) and personal experimentation (digital illustration, motion and typography)," Grame explains.

Grame’s experimental/expressionistic efforts are focused on creating statements about typography and producing digital illustrations. His personal experimentation fuels the network of ideas and aspects of his professional activities and informs and strengthens his efforts in industry.

Robert Grame is the head of the Graphic Design degree program at Finlandia University. He has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of South Dakota, the University of Wyoming, and Kansas State University. He has held industry positions with FryeAllen, Inc., an advertising agency in Topeka, Kan., and with KSN News Channel 3 of Wichita, Kan.

Grame received a master of fine arts from Kansas State University, Manhattan. He has completed national and regional design activities with organizations including the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), the Jentel (Wyoming) Artist Residency Program, the U.S. National Park Service, among others.

Grame has received awards including the Sixth District Case Bronze Award for the 2000 Department of Theatre and Dance Film Festival Poster, and he was Runner-up Recipient of the "Millennial Design Contest" awarded by Adobe Systems, Inc.

Grame’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous juried and invitational venues, including shows at The Smithsonian Institute Arts and Industries Building, Washington D.C.; the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Senyang, China; and the "United Designs" Biennial International Design Exhibition in Amman, Jordan, among others.

The Reflection Gallery is located on the second level of Finlandia’s Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan St., Hancock.

For additional information, please contact Yueh-mei Cheng, professor of studio arts, at 906-487-7375 or e-mail FinlandiaReflectionGallery@gmail.com.

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