Poster design by Amanda Oberman, Dordt College Junior
Dordt College Department of Art and Design
PORTFOLIO REVIEW NIGHT! (not for students only)
Portfolio Review Night 2015 is featuring the talents of these great creatives:
Jamin Ver Velde
Creative Director, Dordt College
Creative Director, Brand New Web & Creative Development
Marketing Creative Lead, Alpha Omega Publications
Creative Director, Rise Ministries
Graphic Designer, Creative Resource Inc.
Matt Van Rys
Creative Director, Van Rys Studios
Join us for Portfolio Review Night!
Monday the 27th, 6:30-8:30pm.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Aubrey Pasker: Poster Design
Dordt College senior Aubrey Pasker will present her senior art show, “bare,” from April 6 to April 12.
A reception will be held in the Campus Center Art Gallery on Wednesday, April 8, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The artist’s talk will begin at 5:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
“bare” incorporates photography, makeup artistry, personal statements, and real-life victims in an attempt to express the physical and psychological effects of sexual violence. The show, which began as a cathartic work for Pasker, quickly grew into an opportunity for victims to share their experience and find healing and support in one other.
“It’s definitely a combination of my passions,” says Pasker. “I love art, but I also have a passion for sexual healing. This show allowed me to use my gifts and talents to bring healing–both for myself and for the other girls involved.”
Pasker hopes that “bare” might serve as a starting point for more discussion on sexual violence. “It’s a bigger issue than most people realize,” she says. “And I think it’s time we acknowledged how many people are affected by it, even in our Christian community.”
Pasker, from Des Moines, will graduate in May with a degree in graphic design and worship arts. After college, she plans to attend a YWAM (Youth With a Mission) school focused on prostitution and trafficked victim ministries and hopes to continue her art within this field.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Proposal: City in a Garden, Sustainable Chicago Poster, 2014
Designer: David Versluis
City of Chicago Poster Competition
Poster was not published
The main visual elements of this poster are created with waste paper, which creates a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. The use of waste paper in the design suggests that a sustainable city is also a vibrant city, one where the disposable elements of a wasteful culture are re-purposed to create communities where all are empowered to thrive. The different colors may suggest a patchwork of races and cultures, while the shapes and textures call to mind the outlines of buildings, or the grid of the Chicago streets. The overall effect of the design and copy is a call to action to join together to create a sustainable, diverse city where all humans flourish and no one is treated as “disposable.”
Poster design was inspired by Hans Hofmann’s “The Gate” from 1959.
The Gate, 1959-60
Oil on canvas
Image taken from Wikipedia
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Graphic designer: David Versluis / Lucca photography: iStock
This year the Oratorio Singers in Vancouver under the direction of Darryl Nixon is scheduled to perform Messa di Gloria by Giacomo Puccini at St. Andrew's-Wesley Church. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The photographic image seems to emulate the look and feel of a 1930s color postcard. In addition, dots on the letters “i” in Puccini have been lowered to suggest a closer visual proximity in the type style.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Graphic designer / photographer: David Versluis
This year the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus is scheduled to perform Mozart’s Requiem at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, Iowa where the sound will resonate. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church was founded in 1870. The current church building was built in 1908 and for the most part the building remains much as it did when it was erected.
Among the many distinguishing characteristics of the interior are the wonderful stained glass windows made in Munich, Germany. The series of windows suggests a European classical charm.
I have developed a poster concept for the 2015 Oratorio Concert that utilizes as a background the rosette image from St Mary’s east semi-transept. It seems to be a fitting image for Mozart’s Requiem (The image has been darkened to contrast the poster text). The SCOC logo / identity was developed by Shelby Heerema, a graphic design student at Dordt College.
While St. Mary’s is not a true Christian church basilica, it nevertheless has Roman characteristics of a transept set crosswise to the nave and apse.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—Dordt College Event Graphics (vinyl banners)
This banner series was initially designed in fall 2012 and continues to be used each year.
Kuyper Apartments (the stage area)
Each banner is w 42 inches x 130 inches
The MLK banners graphic design group for 2012:
Andrew Steendam, Darin Lammers, Mandy Faber, Cait Vaags, Ashley Viet, Nathan Morehead.
Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.:
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Sara Alsum-Wassenaar, artist. Top photograph is a gallery installation and above is a Salad Foraging Bowl (detail) being used in the process of gathering a weed salad.
Traditionally, the newest member of Dordt’s art faculty is invited to have a solo exhibition. As a result the community is invited to attend the solo art exhibition by Sara Alsum-Wassenaar, assistant professor of art at Dordt College. The show is on display in the college’s Campus Center Art Gallery until February 1.
Alsum-Wassenaar has created an exhibit that showcases how “built and natural environments interrupt one another, the spaces where human intervention interacts with creation.” Her artwork includes objects such as sewing, ceramics, and bike building, to name a few.
“The work explores basic human needs and fulfills them within a regional environment through a process of labor,” says Alsum-Wassenaar. “They invite foraging and object making, reveal relationships between bodies and land, and compress the space between humans and their habitat by using a mediated form, like clay or a bicycle. Through this mediation the handmade landscape is domesticated.” In a statement about her show Alsum-Wassenaar writes the following:
These objects cultivate alternative modes of occupying spaces where the built and natural environment interrupt one another, the spaces where human intervention interacts with creation. These objects facilitate a relationship between the handmade and the land by utilizing traditional craft methods including metalworking, pottery, woodworking, and sewing -processes that can be produced on an individual level. Objects are designed, made or hybridized on an individual scale in response to specific land-use requirements. The work explores basic human needs and fulfills them within a regional environment through a process of labor. They invite foraging and object making, reveal relationships between bodies and land, and compress the space between humans and their habitat by using a mediated form, like clay or a bicycle. Through this mediation the handmade landscape is domesticated.Alsum-Wassenaar has a B.S. in psychology and art from Hope College, an M.Ed. in secondary education from Grand Valley State University, and an M.F.A. in new media from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.