Graphic Design Juried Show Opens at the Gogue Performing Arts Center

GDES Juried Show Poster

This year’s Graphic Design Juried Show has a new home: Auburn’s Gogue Performing Arts Center. After many years of shows at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, students in the Graphic Design program (GDES) will have their work seen by hundreds of theater patrons who just happen to be passing through the Gogue Center’s lobby. The show will open on March 23, and work will remain on display until April 13.

All graphic design students in second year and higher can submit three or four pieces for the show, and the faculty narrows them down to the best of the best. Associate Professor Robert Finkel says the student work is first-rate. “It’s always great work and it’s always hard to decide,” stated Finkel. “We don’t ever have a set number. This year, being at the Gogue, we expect to have between 60 and 75 total projects.” This year’s guest speaker and juror is Lionel Ferreira, an Auburn graduate and owner of Ferreira Design Company, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Atlanta. He will award eleven different prizes, including Best of Show, in categories like interactive design, typography, package design and illustration.

So what can patrons of the Gogue expect to see in the lobby? Finkel says students will create posters and 3D displays that feature a wide range of work. “They’ll be submitting packaging projects, logo designs, interactive projects that range from apps to websites, branding projects, publication projects, book designs, magazine designs and poster designs.” GDES students are excited to display their work for a larger audience. “I think it’s going to show our program to a more diverse audience,” Finkel stated. “We’re really excited to have it at the Gogue and are appreciative of their support and enthusiasm to showcase our students’ talents.”

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