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New graphic arts exhibit celebrates artwork hidden in plain sight

on Friday,October 23,2009 17:10

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Corporate logos and other promotional material might seem a bit mundane to the more aesthetically critical art patron, but a new exhibition at the Tarble Arts Center of East Illinois University celebrates the work of graphic designers gracing the covers of cereal boxes or the walls of the local mall.

The Alumni Design Exhibition displays the work of 38 EIU graduates from the past 20 years, including advertisements, product and web design, interactive graphics and a wealth of other mediums not typically exalted in gallery shows.

The show hopes to highlight the skill and creativity inherent in product and promotional design, as well as show the ubiquitous influence that designers have on our lives.

"Artists intentionally design consumer products to please the eye, to attract the viewer, whether it be through beauty or shock," says Mary Leonard-Cravens, museum curator and graphic design professor in an interview with DenNews.com. "The world of graphic design is all around you and we have chosen to display some of the alumni''s work that constitutes this very idea."

The exhibition will run through the end of the year.

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