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So the conversation starts like this:

“A Design Conference? In Portales?”

“Where’s Portales?”

“Just south of Clovis.”

(silence)

“115 miles west of Lubbock.”

(silence with a wince)

“265 miles east of Albuquerque.”

(silence with a scratch)

“85 miles northeast of Roswell.”

“Oh! I’ve heard of Roswell!”

(silence with a nod)

This is how most every conversation starts when I talk to someone about presenting at the Pixel to Paper Design Conference at ENMU in Portales, NM. And THAT my friends is the reason we have a design conference in Portales. It’s in the middle of nowhere. The only reasonable way to get my students contact with design professionals is to bring the designers to them. This year’s conference will be our 3rd. I am into my 5th year of teaching. Do you see the math? All I can say is…I wish I had started it earlier.

What follows is a letter that, with the help of the fabulous Bryan Hahn, we sent out to all of our Art Majors and Minors:

Hi Dudes! (we didn’t really say dudes)(or did we?)(anyway…proceed)

I would like to personally invite you to the 3rd Annual Pixel to Paper Design Conference hosted by the Department of Art and AIGA-ENMU on Friday, Oct. 21, 9-4 p.m., in the Art and Anthropology’s lecture hall 110. The purpose of this conference is to bring design professionals to campus so that you can hear their life stories, see their work, ask questions and to make professional networking connections.

For graphic design majors and minors attendance at the conference is imperative. Our guest speakers are design professionals doing what you want to do in the future. Be inspired by their work; learn about their path from school to vibrant career and equally important, network with them. Attending the conference provides an opportunity to make a professional connection, one that may prove to be beneficial once you graduate. You will have someone you can seek advice from or obtain an interview with.

Although this is a design conference, visual art majors are highly encouraged to attend. Meet creative visionaries who are shaping the visual culture that surrounds you each and every day. Listen to them talk about the creative process and be inspired by their work. Visuals and ideas form one area of art can help to inform you about your own work; you never know what will inspire you next.

Admission into the Pixel to Paper Design Conference is free and attendees are welcome to come and go as needed. If you have a class on Friday but want to attend please contact me directly and I will gladly provide a letter to your professor asking for permission for you to miss class so you can attend the conference. This year’s conference includes the following guest speakers:

Steven Brower (stevenbrowerdesign.com)

Brower is an award winning graphic designer, author and currently a faculty member at Marywood University. He has been art director for The Nation, Print Magazine and The New York Times and has been honored by AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Art Directors Club, The American Center for Design and has work in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Kristin Carlson (thinkallday.com)

Carlson is the founder of Think All Day, a graphic and web design studio located in Santa Fe.  She began her career in arts marketing at W Architecture and Alvin Ailey in New York City, and holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in art history and visual arts from Columbia University. She is also the recipient of a study grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for study in London.  As a founding member of The Design Corps in Santa Fe, Carlson also serves on the organization’s Advisory Committee. She is an AIGA New Mexico board member, CreateAthon team lead and Inspire Santa Fe mentor.

Bryan Ellison (funneldesigngroup.com)

Ellison is Chief Visionary Officer and co-founder of Funnel Design in Oklahoma City. He has worked in all areas of design including branding, advertising, and interactive and app, but his primary role is the research and expansion of new technologies and programs to ensure his firm and clients are consistently ahead. Ellison’s firm was been recognized in numerous publications including Print and Communication Arts and received an Emmy® award for creation direction.

Brandon Murphy (calibercreative.com)

Murphy is principal and creative director for Caliber Creative in Dallas. He attended the University of North Texas, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in communication design. Murphy has focused his work within the corporate and retail sectors having opened his own firm in 2008 with partners Bret Sano and Erin Fletcher. His body of work has been recognized in award shows and periodicals including Communication Arts, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, HOW, Print and The AR100. Murphy has taught at the University of North Texas since 1999.

Please make plans to attend this exciting design conference by marking your calendar for Friday, Oct 21. I look forward to seeing you there.

Road Warriors Photography Exhibition

by Amy Waltner

Road Warriors photography exhibition had its reception Sept. 30 in the Runnels Gallery in Golden Library’s temporary home in Bernalillo Hall.

It highlighted the travel photography of ENMU’s David Deal and Shelly Short.

Road Warriors ran from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30.

Deal and Short both began their delve into photography when they were 16.

“It’s funny when I started I had the viewfinder camera. I’d get a roll of film; I’d get a roll of 12 ‘cause I couldn’t afford a roll of 36 and each frame was so precious. The one thing I miss about that is you shot this roll of film then you sent it off to be developed and you can’t wait to see the results. To see the tragic disappointment or the wows that happened when you saw what you created,” explained Deal.

Although neither of them have a preference on what time of day or subject matter they shoot, they love clouds.

“If the sky is empty blue, I start looking for clouds,” explained Deal.

“Unless there’s something like a mountain that can complement it,” commented Short.

They began this exhibition in fall of 2013; during the week they’d teach then on the weekends they’d drive around.

“On my website I have this thing about this exhibition and I said it started with the question, ‘Can we stop the car?’ I was always like, ‘Oh, wow that’s so cool’ as we drove past things,” explained Short.

“When we first started doing it we had to say if you see something and you want to shoot it just say ‘Stop the car right now; I want to shoot this.’ For a while it was ‘Wow that looks really great’ without either of us saying to stop the car,” said Deal.

They both find it fascinating that they can go to the same place and have different perspectives that create separate stories.

“I love how we can go to the same place over and over and still find new things to shoot,” explained Short.

They both love road shots.

“In New Mexico you can stand out in the middle of the road and see for 20 miles either way. You can just stand there to get a shot and it’s wonderful,” said Deal.

 Thanks to Amy Waltner for the article and the great pics that went with it.
 

A student of mine, Christopher Jaramillo, approached me about doing an interview for one of his classes.  I really liked the questions and found they made me consider things that I usually take for granted. I thought I would share them in this forum. Thanks Christopher!

What inspired you to photograph the things you did for your Road Warriors show at the Runnels Gallery?
I love the American landscape. Whether its eastern New Mexico or the coast of Maine, every landscape has something to offer. Sometimes you have to wait for it, but when you do, occasionally, there is a reward. I also like to photograph the artifacts that come with the different landscapes… grain elevators, abandoned buildings, plants, signs…things that give you a sense of place.

What made you want to present your work for everyone to see?
The director of the gallery had seen some of our photos through Social Media and asked if Assistant Professor Shelly Short and I would put together a show for the gallery.

How do you mentally prepare yourself before capturing your photos? Is there a mental process you do first?
What i try to do is to look at scenes like I’ve never seen them before, even if I’ve seen them a thousand times. I just try to be open visually without making assumptions or pre-determinations.

Have any other photographers influenced you in the way you take photos?
I am constantly looking at other photographers work and trying to put myself in their shoes to see if I can figure out why they shot something a particular way. What was influencing the decisions they were making. I try not to concern myself with the techniques or equipment they use. Its more about the creative aspects of their work that I am interested in.

What exactly do you want your photos to say, and how do you ensure they say just that?
I would love it if people would view my work and realize that there’s something interesting and beautiful in the ordinary.

What sort of camera equipment or software do you use to finalize your photos?
I use an Olympus OMD-EM1, Lightroom to process the RAW files, and then my iPhone and an app called Hipstamatic. Hipstamatic allows you lots of combinations and adjustments to develop your own filters specific to each individual shot.

Which do you prefer when it comes to your pictures? Digital (DSLR) or old school film, or both? Why?
I actually do prefer digital over film. Digital allows me to take more chances and shoot more often without the cost of film and printing.

What motivates you to take photos whenever you travel?
I guess its my form of souvenir gathering, capturing a moment. Better for me to take photos than buy snow globes or magnets.

What advice would you have for an aspiring photographer who is new to the field?
Look at everything as a potential photo! Find photographers that you like and follow their work. These days its so easy to contact professionals… talk to them. See if they will look at your work…ask for advice.

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to present their work in a similar gallery but is unsure how?
If you see a gallery you would like to show in, go talk to the manager and ask them how they like to be approached for shows, then follow through!