Archelogical findings

Ancient history from Trinity's Department of Art and Design.

Thompson's Bad Luck, Hot Rocks
from Baltimore to Berlin

March 2014

Professor Ryan Thompson's new book featuring images and letters of regret from people who have stolen rocks from the Petrified Forest is coming out in the fall. You can get a preview of the project in the Spring 2014 issue of the National Parks Magazine. This spring, Thompson's work has been featured in exhibitions in Chicago, Baltimore and Berlin, Germany. Recent work from Trinity's faculty show will be featured in Cabinet Magazine. Trouble keeping up? Here's the website.

Professor Browning's invitation

February 2014

Professor Ellen Browning has devloped a relationship with the Hamilton Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She has taken student there to print with 19th century wood type. She's given lectures and exhibtions at museum. On her last trip there, the museum's curator invited her to join an exclusive invitation only tour to visit and print at some of Europe's most important printing sites in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Emily Van Hoff '11 wins second Addy!

February 2014

Every year the American Advertising Federation (AAF) awards the Addys —think the Oscars for advertising. AAF "presents the industry with its future leaders" and "honors advertising excellence." EmilyVan Hoff'11 won her second Silver Addy for the Steelcase Foundation Annual Report. Of course, we thought that it should get best of show. BTW: Emily started creating this cut paper type when she was a junior. If you want to know about her process, here's her blog.

The Box awards Bakker 2015 residency

February 2014

The Box, a Galesberg, Illinois gallery and residency program awarded Professor John Bakker, the department chair, a Fall 2015 residency to produce another large-scale portrait installation in Galesberg. The program is a joint venture of Knox College and Blick, the largest art supplier in the country. Both institutions are based in Galesberg. The project will feature portraits of peoples from Galesberg and Knox College. Bakker has produced large scale portrait projects for the City of Chicago, LaSalle Street Church and in 1997, the entire Trinity community.

College provides Art majors with free membership to Art Institute

November 1, 2013

Because Trinity's art programs connect students to the Chicago art scene in ways that shape their education, their internships and their careers, the college provides art students with memberships to the Art Institute of Chicago. Trinity art students have free access to one of the most important museums in the world (and free coffee at the Members' Lounge). They also get access to the Ryerson Library and the Print and Drawing room where their instructor had specifically requested drawings to be pulled for each student: Rembrandts, Degas, Matisse etc. Membership has its privileges.

Lisa Walcott '05 at the Broad Museum at Michigan State University.

September 2013

Trinity students travelled to what could be the coolest new museum in the country, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, to see one of our very own, Lisa Walcott, '05 as the inaugural artist in a new series of up and coming artists. Here's a link to a video from the show. She even has merchandise.

Sarah Gindville '09 art educator, photographer in "Art Lives in Central Illinois" publication

Summer 2013

Sarah Gindville '09 who is now an art teacher in Peoria District 150 schools continues to make photography while she makes her living helping kids understand visual culture. Her photography and a short bio was included in a survey of Central Illinois artists called "Art Lives in Central Illinois." The survey was published by the Central Illinois Artists Organization.

Hannah Snow '13 Graphic Designer

September 2013

After doing an internship in downtown Chicago through Trinity's Chicago Semester, Hannah Snow '13, is now a designer for the Grand Rapids Public Library. Here's her senior show..

Roeda Signs hires design grad

Lauren Sandberg '13

May 2013

Lauren Sandberg '13, a design graduate, will start a job as a marketing assistant with Roeda Signs of South Holland, Illinois. Sandberg's design skills, good humor and reliablity will be an asset to the company. Congratulations, Lauren.

Professor John Bakker on The Professors

May 2013

The Chicago PBS station, WYCC, Channel 20 aired The Professors featuring a discussion that included Trinity art department , Chair, Professor John Bakker, on the challenges to and significance of arts education on May 5. for example, a recent National Endowment for the Arts study demonstrates that low income students who are involved in the arts through four years of high school (as compared with students who take one semester or less) are 3 times more likely to graduate and have an average jump of 91 points on their SAT scores. Click here to watch the 30 minute broadcast.

Seerveld Gallery welcomes the annual South Suburban High School Art Show

April 2013

For the second year in a row, Trinity's Seerveld Gallery welcomes the South Suburban High School Conference annual art show, an exhibition of some of the best high school art from Chicago's southland. You can click here for a link to see winning work.

Art Education Program adopts national standards

May 2013

Because the Illinois State Board of Education has been suggesting that they may tie Illinois teaching standards to standards developed by national organizations in the near future, the Art Department decided to adopt the National Art Education Association standards for Trinity's Art Education Program now. These standards meet or exceed ISBE standards and communicate the way in which the Art Education Program strives for excellence in education.

Guest Artist Michael Fels in for Workshop

March 2013

The Department of Art and Design hosted printmaker Michael Fels from Elon Universityfor a two day screenprinting workshop. Fels, the chair of Elon University's Art Department has shown across the country. He worked in the NYC as an assistant printing editions of Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold and Donald Sultan. He was a studio assistant to Karel Appel.

Ryan Bruxvoort '06 works for the Field

February 2013

Ryan Bruxvoort's job with the Field Museum is a great example of the kind of job for which art majors are uniquely qualified. What began as an internship his senior year is now a job...with benefits. The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago designs exhibitions across a wide range of themes, from Sue the Dinosaur to Chocolate to the current exhibition, Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence. These exhibitions sometimes travel to other museums across the country. When they do, Ryan travels to hosting museums with the show. His blend of practical knowledge and visual skills that only come from majoring in studio help designers fit Field Museum exhibitions into hosting museum spaces so that they look good and educate the public.

Best of College Photo 4th year running!

February 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Photographer's Forum Annual College Photography Contest has selected work from Trinity's photo program. This year it's Kevin Johnson, Karl Gesch, Yasmin Hernandez, Brooke Tobin and Chris Colvin from Professor Ellen Browning's photography classes. This contest is co-sponsored by Nikon and Sony and had close to 14,000 entries from the United States, Canada and around the world. Work by these five students will be published in a hardcover book Best College Photography 2012, and will be distributed to college libraries, instructors of photography and art and design firms across the world.

Emily Van Hoff'11 wins an Addy!

February 2013

Every year the American Advertising Federation (AAF) awards the Addys —think the Oscars for advertising. AAF "presents the industry with its future leaders" and "honors advertising excellence." EmilyVan Hoff'11 won a 2013 Silver Addy for the Steelcase Foundation Annual Report. Of course, we thought that it should get best of show. BTW: Emily started creating this cut paper type when she was a junior. If you want to know about her process, here's her blog.

Lisa Walcott'05 to Trinity and beyond

February 2013

Lisa (Worpel) Walcott is back at Trinity with a show called "A Little Bit over the Top." Walcott will talk about her work at the closing reception, Thursday, February 21 at 6pm. This show is followed immediately by a show in Nashville. She currently has a residency at Three Walls in Chicago. After her graduation from Trinity, Walcott earned her MFA at Cranbrook. Walcott has taught courses for Holland Christian High School's art program. In fact, she taught Chelsea Konyndyk'13 just below and Emily Van Hoff'11 just above. You can see more about Walcott's work here.

Abby Christiansen'11 Fails in Boise
(We're proud to say).

January 2013

Failure is a new body of work from Abby Christensen '11 at Bricolage Art Galleryin Boise, Idaho. The exhibition is part of her residency in the 8th Street Marketplace Artist in Residence program (AiR). Her work focuses on the cultural relativity shaping our accepted notions of failure and success. Christensen's work explores the language and the physical symbols tied to success and failure. The exhibition includes large installation of string and pencil charts mapping the relationship of contemporary definitions of failure and success as well as a sculptural assemblage of found trophies.

More publication for Prof. Ryan Thompson

January 2013

Professor Ryan Thompson's recent essay, The Dark Flight of Micrometeorites, was included in Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life, edited by Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse (Punctum Books). The book is available (online, pdf and hardcover).You can read Thompson's essay here. It follows his inclusion in Reframing Photography published in 2010 by Routledge.The book is a survey of emerging trends in photography. You can see Professor Thompson's contribution to Reframing Photography here.

Sam McCune '06 to the Albers Foundation

October 2012

Moving on up from HelleyNahmad Galleryon NewYork's tony upper East side, fine art graduate McCune '06, is now the Assistant Collections Director at the Albers Foundation in New Haven, CN. Every time a museum or a gallery any where in the world wants to borrow a painting by Josef Albers, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Sam will accompany the painting to the plane's cargo door before and after the flight and on each step on the journey to the borrowing museum. It's apparent that the Albers Foundation wanted Sam by both the salary and benefits they offered and the fact that his new bride gets to travel with him!

Chelsea Konyndyk '13 at ArtPrize

September 2012

Senior Art Education major Chelsea Konyndyk '13 was included in ArtPrize, the annual art competition with the world's largest cash prize in Grand Rapids, MI. Nice work work, Chelsea. Now let's see if that painting will get her into Trinity's Senior Show!

 

278 portraits

September 2012

After two years work Professor John Bakker completed an installation of 278 portraits for LaSalle Street Church on chicago's near north side. The portraits are a cross section of peope who attend the church, from lawyers to busness people to the homeless. While it might have been more efficient to post snapshots of everyone, the use of a time consuming process like painting is a gesture, a performance of that quietly asserts the worth of each person because we are all created in God's image. The piece also includes mirrors as a way to include visitors and future members who can literally see them selves as part of this great cloud of witnesses.

Solo Show for Browning

August 2012

In August, Professor Ellen Browning exhibited at Gallery 3 in Manitowoc Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Hamilton Type Musuem. Professor Browning’s piece consisted of 28 woodtype prints composing an entire alphabet, and was the opening piece for the show. Her on going work explores content and form, as well as identification rarely used or unseen fonts, an integral part of ongoing design development. Her work blurs the boundary of type and image, focusing on type as image.

Kristen (Tamminga) Van Oostrade '11

April 2012

Kristen Van Oostrade '11 started her career last summer as a photographer for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the single A farm club for the Detroit Tigers. Pretty cool. But she's off to the big leagues herself. This spring, Kristen signed on as a designer with Gemini Publications in Grand Rapids, MI.

30 years of Bakker

September 2012

Gold watch time. While some might see Professor Bakker's legacy as shepherding the little program that could from attics and barns to the 44,000 square feet of ArCC studio space, his real legacyis graduates working in the country's top art's organizations, and winning international design awards and teaching in the schools across the midwest. He attributes much of that success to working with great colleagues.

Wait, we forgot to mention that his art is included in significant private, corporate and public collections.

Trinity Students show downtown again

April 2012

On April 14, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Professor Dayton Castleman included the work of several Trinity students and graduates in a piñata show at Co Prosperity Sphere, one of Chicago's premier alternative galleries. Titanic by Kalb Dean, '15, of Nampa, Idaho greeted visitors at the door. Dean provided a bat made of ice for the smashing. Karl Gesch '13 also participated. Abby Christensen '11, also of Nampa contributed work. What's in the water in Nampa, Idaho besides rainbow trout?

Trinity Grad in Typeforce Show again

April 2012

Once again a Trinity grad is in the Typeforce Show, a review of emerging trends in design. Abby Christensen, '11, contributed embroidered library cards salvaged from the Trinity library's old card catalogue to Typeforce 3 at Co Prosperity Sphere, one of Chicago's premier alternative galleries. The name on several of the library cards included former Trinity art professor Tim Vermeulen.

Hamilton Type comes to Trinty

April 2012

Instead of Trinity students trekking to Wisconsin to see Jim Moran, this time Moran hauled 80-year-old woodtype of the Hamilton Type Museum to Trinity for a print workshop. Seven students and Professor Ellen Browning produced a variety of monoprints. This workshop continues to strengthen the design program's relationship with this vintage type museum.

Leigh Twaragowski '12 interns at BAC

Spring 2012

Senior Leigh Twaragowski '12 will spend Spring semester, interning at the Beverly Art Center with its galleries, classes, musical acts, theatrical performances, et al., is a cultural anchor in the south Chicago neighborhood of Beverly. Her insternship resurrects Trinity's relationship with the center where we have placed previous interns and where Professor John Bakker served on the gallery committee for several years.

Best of College Photography for Trinity

February 2012

For the third year in a row, Photographer's Forum Annual College Photography Contest has selected work from Trinity's photo grogram. This year it's Annalise Flier, Steve Martinez and Michael Hume from Professor Ellen Browning's photography classes. This contest is co-sponsored by Nikon and Sony and had close to 14,000 entries from the United States, Canada and around the world. Work by these three students will be published in a hardcover book Best College Photography 2012, and will be distributed to college libraries, instructors of photography and art and design firms across the world. You can see them here now.

Interim in New York!

January 2012

An artist’s education is incomplete without seeing the center of the art world. Once again through the support of generous donors, nine Trinity art majors will spend Interim in New York City. The students will visit eight museums —the Museum of Modern Art, the Frick, the Met, the International Center for Photography, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Dia Museum at Beacon, the New Museum— the 57th Street and Chelsea gallery districts. They will also visit the studios of four artists. Cost to the student for nine days including flights, housing, food, ground transport and museum entrances: $450.


Smashing Reviews for Beginning Sculpture

December 2011

Think your finals are tough? Try this: your classmates grin as they dismantle your final work with a baseball bat! .....Beginning Sculpture's final project, a piñata, explored psychoanalyst Jacque Lacan's notion, objet (petit) a. Objet (petit) a is the unreachable ideal people desire in their "other" whom they destroy in the act of pursuing that ideal. A piñata perfectly reenacts Lacan's notion, creating and destroying for the sake of an interior ideal: Pac-Man filled with candyor the MInnie Mouse's bow filled with video tape from the Disney films of the artist's childhood in the acquistion of the prize. More images here!

Jobs Outlook

January 2012

On Marketplace Morning Report, Dec 29, 2011, David Kelly, chief market strategist with JP Morgan Funds characterized the labor market as "very dynamic. More people quit a job than actually get laid off, so overall there are about 47 million people leaving a job every year -- but about 48 million people being hired... almost a million people get hired every week in America. So I think even though the overall unemployment rate is high, if you're qualified and you're aggressive in looking for a job, I think you can still find one in this economy.” 88% of 2011 Trinity art graduates are working in their field.

Mandy Vink Renaud '05 becomes Denver's Public Art Coordinator

December 2011

MandyVink Renaud was the third intern Trinity's Art Department placed at Chicago's Office of Public Art through department chair, John Bakker's connection —the City of Chicago purchased two major works by Bakker. Vink's career in Denver started at Walker Fine Art Contemporary. She used her internship experience to gain the Denver Public Art post. Pella, IA must be a hotbed of artistic talent; Vink Renaud '05, Chris Huisman '94, former Head of Design for NASCAR, and Professor Bakker all hail from this tiny Iowa enclave.

Cultivate Studios Two-fer

January 2012

Cultivate Studios, the all purpose design firm founded by Trinity art students who graduated about ten years ago, just released a video for Trinity's Admissions Department... and Cultivate Studios has received the Telly Awards’ highest honor, the Silver Telly, in the 32nd annual Telly Awards Competition! Cultivate received the Silver Telly in the category “Not-For-Profit Online Commercial Campaign” for a series of four promotional documentaries we created in support of the work of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger.


Trinity joins the Art Institute of Chicago

December 2011

Beginning January, 2012, the College is becoming a member of the Art Institute of Chicago, the second largest art museum in the country and one of the premier museums in the world. This means that all Trinity students will have free access to the Art Institute's stunning collections, libraries and numerous lectures. Further, they will have member pricing to special events like dance and musical performances, simply by presenting their Trinity student ID. Trinity supports all students' cultural engagement.



The French kiss Chris Scott '07.

November 2011

Designer Chris Scott '07,who just founded his own company, colorandstory, gets kudos this month from Paris-based Étape, a website and magazine covering design and visual culture. Étape featured Scott's identity work for Isinglass Theater here in Chicago. It's not the only press he's gotten for this work. Check out the press section on the right side of his webpage. Or, test your French at Étape.


Gannett News hires Jenae Van Engen '11

June–November, 2011

Jenae Van Engen landed a design job with Gannett Newspaper's in Des Moines, IA. Her internship at the magazine,Today's Chicago Woman,through Trinity's off campus program, Chicago Semester, focused her design skills on print publish on print publishcations. Congratulations, Jenae.



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