1/17/17 | The work of 21 alumni of JWU’s School of Engineering & Design will be on view in the gleaming new gallery of the John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation through May 4, 2017.
The show, titled “re-CONNECTED,” marks the gallery’s official grand opening, as well as JWU’s first-ever juried exhibition of alumni design work.
At the recent opening night party, alumni, faculty and current students milled throughout the gallery, taking in the diverse array of works, touring the new building and catching up over wine and hors d’oeuvres.
While the show began with an open call to alumni for submissions, the final pieces were chosen by a committee drawn from across the university; pieces were picked as much for their sheer visual impact as for the wide range of media, personal perspectives and the inspiration behind the work. (The majority are annotated with a personal note from the creator.)
The show is fairly evenly split between design pieces done for work or for spec, and more personal or purely creative work.
Kyle Brennan '15, Andrew Calipa '13, Annie O’Reilly '13 and Damian Orellana '16 presented logotype and branding work featuring bold type, luminous colors and thoughtful design solutions.
There are vintage-inspired t-shirt designs (Jimmy Nutini’s “Rhode Island: Biggest Little State,” created for Teespring’s Graphic Design Team Tee of the Month); riffs on classic Saul Bass posters or Italian liqueur ads (Edzer Roukema’s playful posters); and even low-relief wood assemblages (“Geometric Panda” by Sandra Ristau '16).
School of Engineering & Design Dean Frank Tweedie, Executive Director of Alumni Relations Kevin Wesley and Health at Leidos SVP Strategy & Business Development Karoom Brown '00 conclude the evening with brief remarks about innovation, growth and the importance of staying connected. (As a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer for SOED, Brown had spent the afternoon visiting design classes and touring campus.)
Design professor Karyn Jimenez-Elliott’s photographs from opening night show off the bright, spacious gallery and the great turnout of alumni, faculty and current students eager to see the work of their students and peers.
What’s next for the gallery? In late spring, watch for the annual Portfolio Review and exhibit of Engineering & Design student work.