Graphic design seniors display work at show


    At the end of every semester, the J.M. Moudy Art Gallery is transformed into a life-size portfolio, covered with art and projects that graduating graphic design students put on display at the end of their university careers.  

    Monday night marked the opening night for the Graphic Design Senior Show, [TRIP]TYCH. The exhibit features work from senior graphic design majors Nicole Chavez, Mary Daniels and Tiffany Oldani.

    Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends gathered around the art-covered walls taking pictures and proudly admiring the hard work of the three graphic design students.

    The exhibit is a compilation of the best art the three women have produced in the past four and a half years, Oldani said. More than 60 people came to the gallery on opening night to see the senior’s achievements and congratulate them on their work.

    Many employers from marketing and advertising firms also attended the event.

    In an April 2012 TCU360 article, Lewis Glaser, graphic design professor and coordinator, said that the graphic design department invites local advertising agencies and working professionals looking for new talent. This gives the seniors a chance to have their work seen by potential employers.

    Chavez, Daniels and Oldani designed the [TRIP]TYCH poster as a map of the progression of their careers, Oldani said. The map shows the stops, accomplishments and obstacles they had to pass to finally reach their destination. 

    “The end result is what makes it all worth it,” Oldani said. “You just have to take each challenge given to you and go with it.”

    The theme of [TRIP]TYCH is “three players, one journey.”

    “[TRIP]TYCH references a type of work of art that is divided into three sections representing us three designers in the show,” Chavez said. “The emphasis on trip is because of our ‘trippy’ poster design and the journey that we took to survive the graphic design program.” 

    Sophomore graphic design majors Amber Sasano and Maggie Simmons said they came to the opening night of the exhibit to see the final product of hard work, dedication and time the seniors put into (Trip) Tych.

    Logos, advertisements and culture-themed graphics are some of the pieces featured in the gallery.

    Oldani’s senior thesis project, “Arabesque Egyptian Kitchen” shows a variety of urban restaurants that serve contemporary versions of Egyptian street food, she said.

    Oldani said her inspiration for the project was her time spent living in Egypt.

    “My family still lives in Cairo,” she said. “I wanted to show my roots and Egyptian culture in an art-form.”

    Daniel’s thesis project is titled, “Shtick a Fork in it,” and Chavez’s is “18th and Volstead.”

    On Thursday, Dec. 6 Chavez, Daniels and Oldani will present their individual thesis projects beginning at 9 a.m. in Moudy South room 155, Glaser said.

    [TRIP]TYCH runs through Dec. 7 and is open to the public in Moudy North Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m.

    Sponsors include Blue Mesa, Clampitt Paper, Cockrell Enovation, Concussion, Isphere Agency and Taylor’s Rental Equipment.