Graduates of Distinction

September 23, 2009 at 6:38 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, free, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Miami, networking, News, photography, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

portfolio-review

It’s graduation season at the Art Institutes again, and once again I was not disappointed at the showing in Miami. The graduating class at Miami International University of Art and Design seemed a little smaller this quarter compared to last, but the work was equally as good. Interior design was set up outside the hall and the extra space allowed for a little less congestion throughout portfolio review. Fashion Design, Accessory Design, and Fashion Merchandizing had a good showing with a wide variety of styles represented. Graphic Design showed sound composition and design aesthetics. Juan Lopez from the Graphics Department caught my eye with some interesting 3D work.

Visual Arts had only two graduates this quarter, but both were very strong. Alejandra Cicilia showed her diversity in photography. She had some fantastic photos of construction workers in front of the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach, her fashion photography was well composed, and her nighttime photography has an amazing use of color. The work of Chantal Disler can be an event in itself. She takes watercolor, newsprint, and other mixed media and forms them into beautiful arrangements of harmony. Her branding seems to be set around birds in different forms and flight patterns. Her photography, drawings, and portraits all follow a free will aesthetic.

This quarter’s showing was very good. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale had their portfolio review today at the Broward County Convention Center. Unfortunately I was unable to attend both, but wish graduates from both schools the best of luck!

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Fine Arts & Fantasy Gallery Opening

July 28, 2009 at 11:48 pm (Art, Art Event, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Gallery Opening, Graphic Design, Illustration, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Radford_hunt

This evening heralded the opening of the much overdue and deserved gallery exhibit for two of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s most respected and talented faculty, Jon Hunt and Jim Radford.

The two masters are displaying their recent works in various media including oil, watercolor, ink, graphite, digital, and sculpture. This show does not disappoint. Though the two have very different styles, the pieces illustrate each artist’s strengths and talents in a cohesive and awe inspiring way.

Jon Hunt concentrates more on digital media, producing art for image comics, book illustrations, and collectible card games. Jim Radford has a more traditional style reminiscent of some of the great portraiture artists of the past.

During my time at AIFL I had the privilege of being under Jim Radford’s tutelage for a short time. He retired in 2006 after 28 years at the college. I will never forget that we described him as the Bob Ross of anatomy to those not in his classes. He would utter things like “Happy little occipital protuberance” while whipping out an image of a human back and head with such ease it would make an anthropologist jealous.

These two artists are amazing in their craft. If you have a chance to visit the Mark K. Wheeler Gallery at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale I would highly recommend it. The exhibit is up through August 31.

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Spring Portfolio Review – Day 2

June 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Education, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

From left to right: Event Flier, Fondant Monkeys, James Vincent, Sarah Tarbett, Mike Gaitan, Dan Burgos

Today I visited my alma mater, The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, for their portfolio review. The work was good as usual. The Industrial Design department had a fairly good showing of design for manufacturing, design process, rapid prototyping, etc. Graphic’s print portfolios were executed with technical skill, and Animation had a good mix of 2D & 3D work. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit every major, or look deeply through many portfolios. What I did see was presented professionally and beautifully. One of the aspects that stood out was the display of cakes that lined the entry wall to presentation room. Though not created by graduates, these fondant-decorated creations from the Advance Pastry & Display Class led by Chef Peter R. Babcock were a welcome addition to the day. Congratulations to the all of the Spring 2009 graduates!

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Spring Portfolio Review – Day 1

June 17, 2009 at 4:37 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Education, Florida, Miami, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

From left to right: Event Flier, Catalina Peidrahita, Jennifer Negron, Carmen Guadalupe, Guillermo Piloto, Veronica Cabrera

Today was the portfolio review for the latest graduating class from Miami International University of Art & Design. The showing was impressive from all majors – a very strong graduating class overall. One of the strongest portfolios came from Ozzie Martinez graduating from the Computer Animation Department. The strongest department was Visual Arts. The whole department had an impressive showing and the graduates went above and beyond in self-branding. They gave out custom made puzzles, magnets, goody bags, even dog tags – yes, dog tags branded with the graduate’s contact information.

If you are looking for some new blood, a little inspiration, or just need an excuse to get out of the office, I recommend going to one of these portfolio reviews. I hope to be attending the one for the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow.

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