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Saturday, September 13, 2014


This meeting will be held on Monday 9/15 in the student center room 215 at 6pm.

 AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Come check out: Hand, Voice and Vision: Artists' Books from Women's Studio Workshop

Join us in the Crisp Elert Art Museum from September 5 - October 18, 2014

Courtney Asztalos: Bourbon Street(Curated by Staci Bu Shea)

September 5- October 18, 2014

Courtney Asztalos, Mother and Her Non-Twins on an Early Morning Jog on Bourbon, 2013, medium format (6x7) photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

In the News!

Congratulations to Professor Robison and hard-working students Mahaly Grant, Emily Lowell, and Michael Stingle on making the front page in the St. Augustine Record.

Here is a link to the story about their mural project in the St. Augustine Record.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer School Ends With a Mural

Three senior fine art students spent their time 
in prison this summer!

Mahaly Grant, Emily Lowell, and Michael Stingle worked with Professor Leslie Robison and residents at the St. Johns County Youth Detention Center, designing and executing a mural about literacy and forming a reading group with the teen residents. 

After several meetings with the residents, Grant, Lowell, and Stingle each designed several mural proposals.  The residents chose one of Grant’s designs (above) and the whole group worked together to paint the mural onto a section of wall measuring approximately 13 feet long and 9 feet high.

When asked how working with this group went, Stingle replied that, “It was fun. I think all of the guys will be able to make art more successfully now and they are definitely more interested in art.”

But did the experience affect the Flagler students?  Definitely, says the group.  Grant adds that,  “It was a really humanizing experience to work with the guys because you were able to look past the societal view of them as juvenile delinquents and get to know them personally.”

Professor Robison feels that the caring attitudes of these seniors, the book she chose for the group to read, and the experience of participating in an art project, will positively affect the paths these young men take in the future.  “We read Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian not only because it is charming, entertaining, and relevant to these young men’s lives, but also because it demonstrates how art, reading, and education can come together to provide hope for the future,” says Robison.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Design Students Create a New Identity for St. Francis House

Students in Natalie Stephenson’s Design Methodologies class spent the past semester creating a new identity for St. Francis House, St. Augustine’s only emergency shelter serving the homeless and less fortunate.

The class of; Kaytlin Bremmer, Lia Dalpini, Noni Heers, Miranda Lee, Melissa Mision, Ryne Pearson, Alexis Valladares, Kara Walter, and Marco Warren, each created a logo and stationery package.  The logo created by Kara Walter was chosen to form the basis of the branding campaign.  The entire class continued the service-learning project by each creating part of a suite of marketing pieces, including an informational handout, a promotional media folder, posters, a banner, t-shirts, social media profiles and much more.  “The students learned a great deal from the experience, and I did too,” said Stephenson. “Since we visited the shelter and saw first-hand the facilities, the people and the administrative offices, this became so much more than just another class project. It was real and very meaningful for us.”

“We were so excited about the opportunity to work with these talented students,” Judy Dembowski, Executive Director of St. Francis House stated.  “We are deeply grateful for the amazing work the students have done. The results exceeded our wildest dreams.  Every student put their heart into this project.  The results meet or exceed what we could have gotten, but could never have afforded, at an established agency.  Every student in this class has a promising career ahead of them.”

Their work will help the organization launch a new identity as St. Francis House celebrates 30 years serving those in need.    

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Bubble Wall: A Collaborative Interactive Installation by Flagler Environmental Graphic Design Students

Recently, the students of Chris Smith’s Environmental Graphic Design class collaborated to produce an interactive installation piece that promotes stress relief.  Environmental Graphic Design can be defined as the combination of graphic design, signage, and art while taking into consideration architecture and interior design.  The students wanted to create awareness of this specialized field in graphic design by creating an interactive piece that reflects and mediates the stressful concerns of college art students. 

The students stimulated a process similar to an actual design agency by being encouraged to come up with their best proposal ideas while staying under a $200 budget monitored by the Creative Director.  The student who came up with the best proposal, voted by the entire class, oversaw the production, execution, and removal for the duration of the project.

The chosen proposal by class vote was Graphic Design Senior, Zack Lewis, who originated the idea for an interactive bubble wall that promoted stress relief.  The installation was constructed by covering an 8’ x 20’ wall in the Molly Wiley Art Building Lobby with large, white paper. Typographer and Graphic Designer, Keith Lowe, designed a logo mark that embodied the creative theme in a minimalistic, youthful manner which was painted onto the wall canvas by other students (Kasha Fahy, Ashley Madden, Tanis Montgomery, Mitchell Oliveira, and Sandy Chick). The wall was finally covered with bubble wrap to achieve it’s full interactive state. Photographer Matt Quann and cinematographer Kevin McDonald recorded the whole process, from production to the interactivity phase with frames captured every 60 seconds. 

According to the Sealed Air Corporation’s “Pop” poll stress survey, one minutes of popping bubble wrap proves stress relief equal to a 33 minute massage. So wander off from your easel or your computer once in a while and pop some bubble wrap to relieve overwhelming stress!