Hardworking design students prepare to “Enter the Game”

By  Julie Battaglia

As the semester comes to a close, our graduating Visual Communication Design (VCD) seniors are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their portfolios for the annual Senior Portfolio Show on April 12 – 15, from 11:00AM to 5:00PM,. This semester highlights 28 students ready to become “Free Agents” who are entering a competitive playing field at the professional level. The showcase’s theme this year is baseball, mostly red and white, and will include favorite snacks of a major league baseball game.

Throughout the week area professionals, family and friends have the opportunity to visit and survey the gallery. Friday, April 15, is the big day. At 4:00PM the Pre-reception review will begin. The students will present and be available for brief informal interviews about their work for local professionals seeking new talent in various fields. The students have studied a variety of topics including two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, illustrations, photographs, package design, information design, motion graphics and interaction design.

The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the consistently strong portfolios of our hardworking students. AnnMarie LeBlanc, Director of the School of Visual Communication Design, describes the portfolios as, “the direct result of many hours of hard work, research and creative problem solving. It is a celebration of the culmination of many hours, weeks and years of student and faculty dedication.”

Friends, family, and VCD alumni are invited to attend at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15 to show their support and also watch a brief awards ceremony to honor strong student portfolios. In past years the event has attracted as many as 300 visitors on Friday night.

No RSVP is necessary to attend. Follow the event on twitter @vcd_seniorshow. The gallery is located at 400 Janik Drive, Kent, OH 44240. Any other questions can be directed to the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University at 330.672.7856.

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