AIGA Best of New England - Wicked Solutions at Endicott

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Biennial Design Competition and Celebration of New England Design to Open January 27; Host March 6 Reception

Endicott College is pleased to announce the AIGA Best of New England (BoNE) Wicked Problems – Wicked Solutions design exhibition. This prestigious travelling exhibition will be on display from January 27 – March, 23, 2012; Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday: 2 – 4 p.m. at the Grillo Gallery, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. The reception and lecture presentation for this exhibit will be held on Tuesday, March 6, with the reception starting at 5:00 p.m. and the lecture/presentation by world renowned public artist Caleb Neelon titled: “Forgiveness is Easier Than Permission” will follow at 7:00 p.m. The reception, lecture/presentation and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The AIGA BoNE Show is a biennial design competition and celebration of New England design. This prestigious, nationally recognized competition was open to all design professionals, educators, and students currently practicing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and was judged by Jon Kolko, Principal Designer at Frog Design; Bobby C. Martin, Jr., a founding partner of The Original Champions of Design, New York City; and Ann Willoughby, President and Creative Director of Willoughby Design Group, Kansas City, Missouri. In response to the theme, Wicked Problems – Wicked Solutions, participants created works based on challenging design problems and how they creatively solved them. The winning designs that comprise the BoNE exhibition at Endicott College, include examples of branding, handmade books, journal concept design, illustration, public space transformation, visible language, corporate websites, a motion capture machine, and a president’s report.

Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for professional designers and is now known simply as “AIGA, the professional association for design.” AIGA represents a variety of professions under the umbrella of communication design, ranging from book and type design to interactive design and experience design. They also support design professionals, educators and students throughout their careers. AIGA has approximately 66 Chapters and more than 22,000 members throughout the United States.

Endicott College’s award-winning design students have an active student AIGA chapter.
Sanford Farrier, Chair of Visual Communications states, “Annually the group members design and produce EnSight, an entirely student-driven magazine with a current circulation of 2000. EnSight gives the student designers an opportunity to experiment graphically within the context of a printed publication while, at the same time, engaging them in the demands of the production and printing processes.”

According to Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts, “This is the second time we have hosted the impressive BoNE show. It provides the students and general public an opportunity to see how design professionals have used their imagination to work through tough design problems; and in turn our students can apply some of these strategies within their own designs.” She continues, “AIGA is a fantastic organization for our design students to be affiliated with, as they continue their education and become professional designers.”

This program is made possible with support from the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation. Funding of this sort helps Endicott provide substantive programming to individuals and organizations who might not otherwise have access to the arts.

If you have any questions regarding AIGA Best of New England Exhibition, or any of the programming related to this exhibition, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or kmoore(at)endicott(dot)edu. Our website is: http://www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts for further information on future exhibits and lectures opportunities.

Please note the Gallery is closed for Holidays -- Monday, January 16 and Monday, February 20 and has no weekend or evening hours from March 10 through 18.

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