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Graphic Design Seniors Show Portfolios

KEENE, N.H. 4/18/03 - Keene State College seniors majoring in graphic design will open their portfolios for public review on Friday, May 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. The Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Review was moved to the Mabel Brown Room of the Young Student Center to accommodate the more than 40 participating students, the largest number ever to show their portfolios at one time.

Local businesspeople are encouraged to review the portfolios of these graphic design seniors, most of whom are seeking employment upon graduation. Graphic design majors are prepared for design-related careers such as publishing, advertising, web design, and multi-media graphics. The portfolio showcase is free and open to the public. For further information, call the KSC Department of Art at 603-358-2040.

Graphic design has become such a popular major that applicants to the program must now submit design work samples, the same as studio art majors. In addition to the large number of student participants, many seniors will be using computers to show their portfolios.

“Students are encouraged to bring their laptops and there will be several workstations in the room to showcase their interactive designs,” said graphic design instructor Robert Kostick, who is coordinating the portfolio review for the second semester.

The portfolio review showcases the best design work of each student produced while pursuing a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of fine arts at Keene State. Art students specializing in graphic design are required to take a portfolio seminar in which they prepare a professional presentation of their work. During this class, seniors may develop new pieces and refine work completed in other art and graphic design classes.

The portfolio review coincides with “Emerging Art,” the annual Keene State art students’ exhibition at the Thorne Gallery, which usually hosts the portfolio review. The gallery will extend its hours to 8 p.m. on May 2 so people can visit the exhibit which features work in graphic design and studio art. Gallery visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite works in both categories. The artist of each winning selection will be presented with People’s Choice Commendations, which each carries a $100 cash prize sponsored by the Friends of the Thorne. The People’s Choice Commendations will be announced on Monday, May 5.

The portfolio review and exhibit are free and open to the public. For exhibit information, call the Thorne Gallery at 603-358-2720.

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