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Excellence by Design: Georgian Court Showcases Student Art

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 20, 2009—Georgian Court University will present the work of three seniors studying graphic design during their senior portfolio show, which kicks off with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, in the lobby of the GCU Wellness Center in Lakewood. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit includes artwork by Alana Veliz of Red Bank, Crystal Salmon of Cape May, and Amanda Bartley of Toms River. All are slated to complete their degree in December.

“This is an opportunity for them to put their work on display and have others come through to flip through their portfolios,” says Kathleen Settles, director of GCU’s M. Christina Geis Art Gallery. “It’s their best work. They’re able to discuss their work and explain their vision, and it’s something to put on their resumés—that they’ve been part of a group exhibit.”

Although multimedia platforms have become more popular in recent years, graphic design is as important as ever, says Amanda Bartley, who hopes to work in marketing or advertising.

“Even though there’s more of a calling for Web design, it’s still important to have the basics,” she says. “There will always be newspapers, magazines, posters, billboards—you name it. Today, we just have more options.”

Crystal Salmon is just as confident in the future of graphic design—in print and otherwise.

“Everything we do from stop signs to the alphabet itself is art,” she says. “It’s a means of communicating in ways that attract and convey more than verbal communication could. For the present and for the future, through good and bad, I see graphic design standing tall. There will always be a demand for ads and marketing, and even an economic crisis…well, someone needs to make the strike signs.”

For more information, call 732.987.2388.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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