Monday, May 04, 2009

Archetype Exhibit Provides Educational Experience for Art Students

Archetype: Future Designers Inspired by the Past is the second annual exhibit collaboration with Art Department Associate Professors Christine Satory, Sam Minor, and their students. The exhibit opened April 6 and will run through June 15, 2009 in exhibit cases on Bracken 1-East and Bracken 2-West.

The event has provided an educational opportunity for students to work with professional archivists to acquire experience in exhibit preparation. Archives and Special Collections’ contributions to this exhibit included publications, poetry, posters, photographs, historical documents, Ball State yearbooks, and ephemera.

The Archetype exhibition is designed to allow visual communication majors to display their artwork, as well as provide them the opportunity to conduct research, plan, and implement an exhibit. Each year the students are encouraged to look at a specific period’s art, and design a modern piece of artwork inspired by that time period. This year’s students looked at the design styles of the 1960s

According to Professor Satory, during the 1960s, there was an unprecedented integration between the arts, popular culture, and commerce. “Distinctive graphic styles were developed by those using graphic design for the counter-cultural backlash against the traditions of the ‘establishment.’ Styles ranged from psychedelic art popularized by the hippies to the acerbic graphics of social and political activists,” she said. “Our future designers have been challenged to research and develop pieces inspired by the content and style of this era.”

Students were required to design a poster and booklet that melded past design styles with a current sociopolitical cause or aspect of life. Topics range from alcoholism to music piracy. Three dimensional pieces are also on display, including Homelessness in America and Trapped in the 60s.

For more information, contact Lajmar D. Anderson, Archives and Special Collections Supervisor,, 765-285-5078.

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