Student exhibition, “Extraordinary Graphics 2022”, at the Brick

Creativity and Talent Abound in Capital City Arts Initiative’s ‘Extraordinary Graphics 2022’ exhibit that showcases the graphic design work of Western Nevada College students.

The free exhibit is open to the public through Nov. 30 at the Community Development Building (The Brick), 108 E. Proctor Street in Carson City. The Brick is open to the community from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Extraordinary Graphics 2022” features posters of graphic design students from WNC’s Carson City campus. Participating students include Shiloh Cyphers, Jacob Flynt, Lauren Heggen, Sarai Jauregui-Rivas, Joseph Mikulak, Rafael Nieves, Erin Taylor and Heidi Thompson.

“It’s rewarding to be a teacher when students respond with mature and exciting work. The creativity of the students was outstanding and each one achieved a high mark,” said WNC Graphic Design Professor Jayna Conkey.

Conkey described the assignments to his student as follows: “The Futura, Garamond, Baskerville and Clarendon posters came from a typography assignment given in an intermediate graphic design course (GRC 210 – Type 1). The goal of this project was to expand creative approaches to typography and design while showcasing the story of a typeface. Every font (typeface) on any given computer was designed by someone, probably hundreds of years ago. For this assignment, students had to choose a typeface and then research its history. Next, they created a poster that was to include a biography and image of the typeface designer as well as a dynamic display of the typeface elements (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, glyphs, and punctuation).

Conkey said the posters of David Carson, Saul Bass and Massimo Vignelli were awarded in an advanced graphic design class (GRC 220 – Graphic Design 1).

“As a tribute to some of the most recognized designers in the field of graphic design, students were asked to create a poster featuring a famous graphic designer. They had to research designers and, after choosing one, create a poster that reflected the designer’s style – without simply copying their work. During their research, they must have wondered what characteristics made this designer’s work so unique – what was their “claim to fame?” An understanding of these ideas helped them create visually interesting designs, echoing the work of Carson, Bass and Vignelli.

CCAI Executive Director Sharon Rosse said, “The Initiative is delighted to present this great work – these were not easy assignments. Jayna Conkey’s lessons challenged the students and they rose to the occasion.

This exhibition adds to CCIC’s ongoing series of student exhibitions in the brick.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered, non-profit organization committed to community engagement in contemporary visual arts through exhibitions, arts education programs, illustrated lectures, residencies in artists and activities online.

For more information, please visit the CCAI website at www.ccainv.org.

— Story provided by the Capital City Arts Initiative.

Jacob Flynt created this poster about legendary graphic designer Saul Bass.

This poster was created by WNC student Lauren Heggen. She highlighted the Futura typeface, created by Paul Renner in 1927.