Congrats to Mary Meccage, an MSU Graphic Design Alumna (2011) on winning her age group in the 35K Ultra Trail and Unseen Koh Chang race in Thailand this past week. She also placed second among all female runners. Pictured here is Mary with her one-of-a-kind trophy acknowledging her fantastic finish. Mary worked at Classic Ink for two years right out of college, then went on to work at Nike for a year, and most recently at Jolby and Friends in Portland, Oregon.

Rick Griffith, Matter (Denver) visits MSU.

What is Matter? Matter is a uniquely strange place, compelled by craft, steeped in history and deeply dedicated to letters and words. Besides being obsessed with projects in the public good and design with purpose, we also screen-print, offset print and letterpress print our way through the year with experiments, exhibitions, and other projects.

Join us to hear Rick Griffith wax philosophic on design, design education and whatever else he deems fit to inform us about. 

Reynolds Recital Hall, MSU Campus, Thursday, February 12, from 6-7pm.

Sponsored by MSU Graphic Design and DSEL MSU (Design Sandbox for Engaged Learning)

MSU Graphic Design Alumna gets published!

Wonderful news! An illustration by Claire Bischoff is featured on the cover of the 35th Anniversary Edition of “A Confederacy of Dunces” — the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by John Kennedy Toole. Claire is a graduate of the Graphic Design program at Montana State University and created the original artwork during her senior capstone experience. The publishers discovered her illustration by searching online and asked if they could use it for this special edition. This particular edition is a 360-page hardcover book to be released in August 2014 and will be available through LSU Press and booksellers nationwide. 

Senior Trip Marks 10th Year

This year marked the 10th anniversary for the Senior Trip! Returning to Seattle the 34 Montana State students visited top design firms, advertising agencies and in-house design departments. The long list included Teague, Ames Bros, Wexley School for Girls, Creature, Possible, Square Tomato, Starbucks, K2 Skis, Ride Snowboards, Microsoft and Eddie Bauer. Once again Jack and Barb Anderson at Hornall Anderson hosted an exceptional reception for the MSU students and Seattle alumni. Next year we have our sites set on Denver and Boulder…hope to see you there!

2012 National ADDY Winners

Montana State students rocked the 2012 National ADDY Award Competition.  Winners brought home 2 Gold ADDYs and 2 Silver ADDYs. Shown from left to right: Nikki Simon received a Silver ADDY for Poster Design, Bret Sander was awarded a Gold ADDY for Editorial Design Series, Vanessa Swenson received a Gold ADDY for Illustration and Carson Wiser won a Silver ADDY for Editorial Design Series. The AAF Student ADDY Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students. These 4 MSU students' work was entered at the state level, then moved up to the regional level and finally to the last level of national judging.

2012 Northwest ADDY Awards

Once again the Graphic Design students from Montana State University demonstrated their creative skills by bringing home 3 Gold ADDY Awards and 11 Silver ADDY Awards from the 2012 Northwest ADDY Awards Competition. The district competition held this time in Boise, Idaho is the middle level of a three-tiered national competition where students compete against 5 Western states and 2 Canadian Provinces.

Silver ADDY / David Driscoll / Spike Seasoning Redesign / Packaging

Silver ADDY / Chris Stanick / Time 100 / Brochure
Silver ADDY / Nikki Romero / Time 100 / Brochure

Gold ADDY / Nicole Simon / Wolfmother / Poster
Silver ADDY / Dominic Scariano / AFI Top 100 / Poster

Editorial Design Cover
Silver ADDY / Kellee Kackman / Time Magazine / Editorial Design Cover

Editorial Design Series
Silver ADDY / Carson Wiser / Craigslist / Editorial Design Series
Silver ADDY/ Nicole Simon / Simon Says / Editorial Design Series
Silver ADDY / Bret Sander / Amazing Mustaches / Editorial Design Series

Non-Traditional Advertising
Gold ADDY / Samantha Delvo & Krystle Horton / Eggo Waffles Street Ad /
Gold ADDY / North Bryan & J. Sheehan / Amnesty International /
Silver ADDY/ Samantha Delvo / Not For Sale Campaign /

Silver ADDY / Vanessa Swenson / Iron and Wine / Illustration
Silver ADDY / Shane Johnson / Space is the Place / Illustration

Magazine Internships at Time, Inc.

Congratulations to Dominique Fultz and Brian Abbott, both seniors in the MSU Graphic Design program who spent the summer interning in New York at Time, Inc. Shown here in front of the Time & Life building in midtown Manhattan, each student spent 2 months working for one of Time's award-winning publications. Dominique spent her summer at People magazine while Brian was interning for Money magazine. Their wonderful internship opportunities were prizes for placing in the top 10 of the Society of Publication Designers 2012 Student Design Contest.

2011 Montana Student Addy Awards

This year the MSU Graphic Design students dominated the Montana Addy competition receiving 9 Gold awards, 27 Silver awards and one Best of Show. All of the student winners from the state competition will be forwarded to the AAF District Xl Student Addy competition in April where their work will compete with other colleges and universities from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.


Best of Show – Carson Wiser – Craigslist Book


Silver Addy – David Driscoll – Spike Seasoning
Silver Addy – Chad Green – Converse All Star
Silver Addy – Lena Haines – Converse All Star
Silver Addy – Shelby Singleton – Converse All Star
Silver Addy – Brittany Tyler – Verb for Keeping Warm


Silver Addy – Heryford & Pursell & Tyler & Stanick – MOSS Stationery


Gold Addy – Tina Smith – Time 100
Silver Addy – Bret Sander – Time 100

Silver Addy – Nikki Romero – Time 100


Gold Addy – Nicole Simon – Wolfmother
Silver Addy – Haley Connolly – Amadeus
Silver Addy – Lauren Grigsby – Cuckoo’s Nest
Silver Addy – Mahalia Pauls – Butch Cassidy
Silver Addy – Dominic Scariano – Rear Window
Silver Addy – Mitchell Williams – Orphans of Madagascar

Gold Addy – Vanessa Swenson – Time Magazine Cover
Silver Addy – Kellee Kackman – Time Magazine Cover

Silver Addy – Jake Sarlo – Time Magazine Cover
Silver Addy – Kylie Walter – Time Magazine Cover

Gold Addy – Carson Wiser – Craigslist Book
Gold Addy – Bret Sander – Book of Amazing Mustaches
Silver Addy – Diana Heryford – Ditches Gullies & Broken Reins
Silver Addy – Kellee Kackman – Lyrics of the Heart
Silver Addy – Nicole Simon – Simon Says

Gold Addy – Krystle Horton & Samantha Delvo – 
Eggo Waffles
Silver Addy – North Bryan & J. Sheehan – Amnesty International
Silver Addy – Samantha Delvo – Not For Sale

Silver Addy – Brian Abbott – Lost Trail Resort
Silver Addy – Shane Johnson - Airstream


Gold Addy – Brittany Constantino – Dog Training Club
Silver Addy – North Bryan – Kettle House Logo


Gold Addy – Shane Johnson – Space is Place
Gold Addy – Teddy Rindos – Portrait Series
Silver Addy – Andrew Lockhart – Portland
Silver Addy – Vanessa Swenson – Iron and Wine Band #1

Silver Addy – Vanessa Swenson – Iron and Wine Band

MSU Students Win Rail Jam Contest

Once again, this year students from Montana State University partnered with Chamberlin Rail Jam to create all the promotional graphics for the event. This will be the second year that seniors in a class called Professional Studio worked as teams to develop marketing concepts for this music and snowboard event.

The winning team of graphic design students included Nikki Simon and Samantha Delvo, both of Billings and Andrew Lockhart from Sandy, Oregon. Together this team of three seniors developed concepts for promotional posters, event tickets, web banner ads, website home page and vehicle wraps. This year’s winning theme depicted a robot rendition of legendary Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe.

This professional student project sponsored by Chamberlin Productions included participation of two upper level undergraduate graphic design classes, taught by Jeffrey Conger and Jason Johnson in the School of Art at MSU. The second place team included Alexa Audet, Emily Newhouse and Miranda McAdams. The third place team included Dominique Fultz, Jenny Keller, Allie Sticka and Gabrielle Althoff.

The Professional Studio class partners students in a think-tank scenario to develop solutions for real world application. To learn more about the upcoming Rail Jam event visit www.therailjam.com.

Minneapolis Stopover.

Hello, this is professor Meta reporting in from a layover I had in Minneapolis. I'm now in Venice, and about to begin teaching the Semester in Italy program with Harvey Hamburgh. On the way I had an 8 hour stopover, so I took the opportunity to check in with Kayla Campbell (BFA, Graphic Design 2010) and get a tour of the CSA design studio where she works. She was also kind enough to pick me up at the airport and drop me off at the Walker Art Center, where Kayla and her compadres at CSA recently had their work exhibited as part of a design show. You can peruse the catalog here. Kayla is doing great and says hello to all of her fellow 2010-grads. Thanks Kayla for the great visit!

Levi Hastings, Illustrator of the Day

Levi Hastings, an alumnus from the MSU Graphic Design program, was recently named Illustrator of the Day by theartfuls.com website. Levi is currently working and residing in Seattle.

Dana Tanamachi, Visiting Artist

Many thanks and gratitude go out to Dana Tanamachi for her visit October 18-21. Dana, a custom chalk letterer and graphic designer living in Brooklyn, NY, made the journey west to meet with our students and share her amazing work. Before becoming a full-time chalk artist, Dana was a designer at SpotCo and Louise Fili, Inc. in NYC. Dana recently was recognized as one of the NY Art Director Club's Young Guns for 2011.

National Student Advertising Competition Honors

Congratulations go to Mike Gold's Marketing Class which took 2nd place at the National Student Advertising Competition in Boise, ID. Graphic Design students spend two semesters working collaboratively with Marketing students in this year-long course at MSU. This year, the corporate sponsor was JCPenney and the students focused on helping JCPenney reach a younger, broader target market.

Blaine Halvorson of Junk Food

Notorious artist and respected entrepreneur Blaine Halvorson returned to his old stomping grounds in the School of Art at MSU to meet up with students in Stephanie Newman’s new class called GDSN 376 Screenprinting. Giving students insider tips and artistic insights Blaine shared his knowledge of how to use modern screenprinting as a powerful graphic medium. Blaine is one of the original founders of the Los Angeles based company Junk Food, which produces licensed t-shirts for massive franchises like the NFL, NBA and NASCAR, as well as for musical legends like AC/DC, KISS, Jimi Hendrix, Motley Crew, Pink Floyd, Run DMC, The Who, Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Check out some of his distressed t-shirt designs at www.junkfoodclothing.com.

Senior Wins Internship with Time Warner

Graphic design senior Whit Connolly recently placed in the top 5 of the Student Design Competition sponsored by The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) in New York City. Whit received a prestigious honorable mention in this national contest or her humorous 4-page layout depicting how to properly make and use finger puppets. For this honor she will receive a summer internship with Time Warner publishing company’s People Magazine in Manhattan beginning in June along with complementary housing supplied by Time Warner. Whit, who is from Ennis, joins a string of Montana State University seniors who have dominated this national competition for the past 5 years. In 2008, SPD winner Paul Johnson received an internship at National Geographic Adventurer and in 2007 another MSU graduate Allison Mclean was awarded an internship at Marie Claire magazine, part of the Hearst Corporation. Congratulations!

Montana Student ADDY Awards

In their third year to enter work in the Montana Addy Awards, MSU Graphic Design students received 8 Gold Addy awards, 20 Silver Addy awards 4 Bronze Addy awards and one Best in Show. Graphic Design professors Jeffrey Conger and Jason Johnson made the road trip to Great Falls with several seniors to receive the student accolades and visit with alumni at the award ceremony. All of the student winners are forwarded to the American Advertising Federation District Xl Student Addy competition in Boise, Idaho, where their work competes with students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.


Best of Show – Tess Arvesen – Buy Nothing Day


Silver Addy – Gabrielle Althoff – Time 100

Silver Addy – Alexa Audet – Time 100

Silver Addy – Jenny Keller – Time 100

Silver Addy – Samantha Delvo – Time 100


Gold Addy – Dominique Fultz – Polish Poster

Silver Addy – Ryan Stevens – 13th Hour Movie Poster #1

Silver Addy – Ryan Stevens – 13th Hour Movie Poster #2

Bronze Addy – Andrew Lockhart – Stand by for Mars


Gold Addy – Keri Thorpe – MSU Promo Banner


Gold Addy and Best of Show – Tess Arvesen – Buy Nothing Day

Silver Addy – Audrey Lee – Live Strong Monumental Idea


Silver Addy – Jeremy Scott – Silverton Mountain


Gold Addy - Tammi Heneveld – Personal Website

Silver Addy - Mary Meccage – Personal Website

Bronze Addy – Keri Thorpe - Personal Website


Gold Addy – Kristie Peck – Time Magazine Cover

Silver Addy – Casey Kutz – Time Magazine Cover

Silver Addy - Bre Huston – Time Magazine Cover


Gold Addy – Jenny Keller – Soul to Sole Book

Silver Addy – Gabrielle Althoff – Wizardly Words of Wisdom Book


Gold Addy – Jeremy Scott – Eagle Mount

Silver Addy – Kathryn Manning – Dancing Deer

Silver Addy – Samantha Delvo – Sherwin Williams

Silver Addy – Mike Spencer – Pet Airways
Silver Addy – Brittany Constantino – Bed Bath and Beyond

Silver Addy – Claire Bischoff – Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center


Silver Addy – Emily Newhouse – Living the Good Life

Silver Addy – Brittany Constantino – Banana Ride

Silver Addy - Dominique Fultz – Ride Snowboard

Bronze Addy – Andrew Lockhart – Melting Cactus


Bronze Addy – Mike Spencer – Blue Hills


Gold Addy – Ryan Stevens – 13th Hour Opening Credits

Screenprinting Workshop with Ben Barry of Facebook

MSU Graphic Design students and Studio Graduate students came in on a holiday morning to learn screenprinting tips from Ben Barry, communication designer at Facebook. Students worked on four different 2-color poster concepts provided by Barry. Barry will also be giving a lecture entitled: "Move Fast & Break Things" on Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 pm in Reynolds Recital Hall. The lecture will be free and open to the public.

CMYK Magazine, Top 100 Creatives Issue

Congratulations go to Bobby Biskupiak, who participated in Thesis during Spring 2010, and has had his Thesis project acknowledged in CMYK Magazine's Top 100 Creatives, issue #49.

His project for Bunk, "a boutique hostel that he created just for Thesis, included naming and the creation of an identity system."

His work was chosen by the design judge for this issue: Connie Hwang, Principal, Connie Hwang Design (San Francisco, CA).

Top: Bunk logo
Bottom: Bunk stationery system and guest postcard

CMYK Magazine, Top 100 Creatives

Congratulations go to Rafe Stewart, freshly graduated from MSU, for being accepted into CMYK Magazine's Top 100 Creatives Issue #47. The quarterly art-design magazine features emerging artists in art direction, copywriting, design, photography and illustration. Rafe's cover design for "The Shedding Issue" of Bark Magazine is what caught the jury's attention. Please click on the image above to see a larger version.


Professor Stephanie Newman has been sharing her passion for letterpress printing with a few lucky independent study students this semester. The "Happiness" projects posted above and below are explorations designed by Spencer Ready, a Junior — and the "Scissors" project is an exploration designed by Kayla Horn, a Senior.

Graphic Design Thesis Show 2010

Concepts for the Thesis Show poster and postcards were produced by Sophomores and voted on by the Seniors. The winner, above, was designed by Shay Lee.

The 2010 Graphic Design Thesis Show will be open Tuesday, April 27th and be up through Friday, May 7th. All 37 seniors will be displaying their capstone projects, everything from high-end corporate branding, infographics and snowboard/skateboard design to entrepreneurial business launches. Come to the closing reception Friday, May 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Copeland Gallery located on the second floor of the School of Art. The gallery is open from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday. See you there!

Students Clean Up at the Northwest ADDYs

Cheyenne Osmundsen's
Portfolio Website
Bottom: Bobby Biskupiak's Portfolio Website

MSU Graphic Design students honorably represented our program by bringing home 6 Gold ADDY® Awards and 13 Silver ADDY® Awards from the district competition held in Boise, Idaho last week. One student, Cheyenne Osmundsen, captured the Best in Show Award for her logo concept for the XL Country Radio station, based here in Bozeman. The Northwest ADDY® Awards Competition is the district or middle level of a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The Northwest ADDY® Awards Competition is administered by AAF-District XI. Students from the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington or the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia or Alberta are in the competition together.

Best in Show
Cheyenne Osmundsen/XL Country Radio Station Logo

Gold Medals
Bobby Biskupiak/Portfolio Website
Brianna Fenner/Portfolio Website
Caitlin Field/Bark Magazine Cover
Cheyenne Osmundsen/Portfolio Website
Cheyenne Osmundsen/XL Country Radio Station Logo
Bailey Wogrin/Bark Magazine Cover

Silver Medals
Bobby Biskupiak/Suicide Awareness Poster
Kayla Campell/Portfolio Website
Fletcher Eidum/Healthcare Flash Animation
Kayla Horn/Portfolio Website
Kayla Horn/Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Film Titles
Ben Lardy/Langohr's Flowerland Stationery
Kelly McComas/Portfolio Website
Jessi Mullowney/Suicide Awareness Poster
Jeremy Scott/XL Country Radio Station Logo
Rafe Stewart/Bark Magazine Cover
Rafe Stewart/Child Labor Flash Animation
Emily Thompson/Bark Magazine Cover
Brandon Warner/XL Country Radio Station Logo

Congratulations to all!

Sharp Type Design.

Shaun Cok, a Sophomore in the Graphic Design Program, produced this stellar piece in response to first designing an alphabet inspired by scissors. Shaun won Outstanding in Graphic Design for this poster in the School of Art's most recent student exhibition. Please click image to view it at a larger size.
Professor: Nathan Davis; Course: Art 223

5 in the Top 30

Correction. There were five snowboards that were exhibited last month at the Ride Snowboard Reception in Seattle. Here are the five snowboards that made the Top 30 in Ride Snowboards' Design Contest. From left to right: Rafe Stewart, Caitlin Field, Sarah Kinney, Virginia Nienaber and Patrick Bloom.
Professors: Jeff Conger & Meta Newhouse; Course: Art 465

Students Win Gold & Silver Addys!

In their second year to enter work in the Montana Addy Awards, MSU Graphic Design students received 5 Gold Addy awards, 30 Silver Addy awards and one Best in Show award. Graphic Design professor Meta Newhouse made the road trip to Great Falls to receive the student accolades and visit with alumni at the award ceremony. All of the student winners will be forwarded to the American Advertising Federation District Xl Student Addy competition held this March in Boise, Idaho, where their work will compete with students from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Poster Category
Gold - Brianna Fenner - Hamlet
Silver - Rafe Stewart - Suicide Awareness
Silver - Bobby Biskupiak - Suicide Awareness
Silver - Jessi Mullowney - Suicide Awareness
Silver - Eric Carlson - Suicide Awareness
Silver - Ryan Stevens - Suicide Awareness

Interactive Design Category
Gold - Kayla Campbell - www.kaylacampbell.com
Silver - Kelly McComas - www.kellymcomasdesign.com
Silver - Bobby Biskupiak - www.biskupiak.com
Silver - Brianna Fenner - www.briannafenner.com
Silver - Kayla Horn - www.kaylahorn.com
Silver - Cheyenne Osmundsen - www.cheyenneoz.com

Editorial Design Category
Gold - Emily Thompson - Bark Magazine cover
Silver - Patrick Broom - Bark Magazine cover
Silver - Rafe Stewart - Bark Magazine cover
Silver - Sarah Kinney - Bark Magazine cover
Silver - Caitlin Field - Bark Magazine cover
Silver - Bailey Wogrin - Bark Magazine cover
Silver - Kayla Horn - Bark Magazine cover

Logo Category
Silver - Brandon Warner - XL Country
Silver - Jeremy Scott - XL Country
Silver - Cheyenne Osmundsen - XL Country
Silver - Emily Thompson - XL Country
(no Gold awarded)

Collateral Category
Silver - Ben Lardy - stationery system
Silver - Shaun Cok - stationery system
Silver - Heather Landi - stationery system
Silver - Alex Rich - stationery system
Silver - Claire Bischoff - Salvation Army stationery system
(no Gold awarded)

Animation Category
Gold - Rafe Stewart - Good 50x70/Child Labor animation
Silver - Kayla Campbell - Good 50x70/Global Warming animation
Silver - Fletcher Eidum - Good 50x70/Health Care animation
Silver - Sarah Kinney - Good 50x70/Nuclear Emergency animation
Silver - Kayla Horn - Film titles for Everything is Illuminated

Television Category
Gold - Zach McIntosh - MSU School of Art Television Commercial

Best in Show/Student
Zach McIntosh - MSU School of Art Television Commercial

In the Professional Montana Addy competition, Meta Newhouse, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, picked up a few awards for her professional work as well. She earned a Gold Addy for her logo for The Ellen Theatre; another Gold Addy for an Ellen Theatre ad; a Silver Addy for her website, www.metanewhouse.com; and a Silver Addy for her logo for the Montana Center for International Visitors.

Top 30 Announced for the 8th Annual RIDE Snowboard Art Contest and Reception

Four MSU Graphic Design students had their artwork accepted into the TOP 30 for Ride's 8th Annual Snowboard Art Contest! Congratulations go to: Rafe Stewart, Caitlin Field, Sarah Kinney and Virginia Nienaber. Their entries are pictured above, left to right.

Join Ride Snowboards for the 8th Annual Snowboard Art Contest Reception at the Timesinfinity Gallery at evo in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.

Where: 122 Northwest 36th St, Seattle WA 98107
Date: Feb. 12th, 2010
Time: 7:00 -10:00 pm

The top 30 entries will be on display, including the top 7 selected entries in the running for the grand prize of $1000 and a board produced with the winning art. Winners to be announced at the event, art will be featured for the entire month of February.

Patrick Broom's snowboard was also in the TOP 30. He was not notified prior to the Seattle event, but his submission was on display at the Timesinfinity Gallery. Congrats to Patrick!

On the Newsstand Now!

Check out the cover shot and 6-page feature article written and photographed by MSU Professor Jeffrey Conger in the February 2010
issue of Hot Rod Magazine. A regular contributor to Hot Rod since 2001, Conger’s artwork has graced the pages of several Source Interlink publications including Hot Rod Deluxe, Rod & Custom, Classic Trucks
and Automobile Magazine.

American Design Awards - Gold Medal Winners!

Congratulations to Rafe Stewart, Senior in the Graphic Design Program, for winning a Gold Medal for his portfolio website design in the American Design Awards Monthly Design Competition for November 2009. Rafe's work went up against 485 other entries and was one of 13 gold medals awarded. Rafe, who is from Miles City, Montana, shares this honor with designers from Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Canada and Germany. To see Rafe's website, click here.

In June, Meta Newhouse, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, also won a Gold Medal for her website. Meta's work went up against 674 other entries and was one of 12 gold medals awarded. Designers from India, Denmark, Greece, Serbia and Spain also won gold medals in the June 2009 competition. To see Meta's website, click here.

President's Note Card.

New MSU President Waded Cruzado has continued a long-standing tradition of commissioning a custom designed note card to be designed by one of the MSU Graphic Design Program Seniors. At the end of 2009, Caitlin Field took first place with her image of Montana Hall which takes inspiration from early 19th Century Great Northern Railroad posters. Caitlin was awarded the top prize of $500. Other winners included Patrick Broom (2nd place - $300) and Tess Arvesen (3rd place - $200.) Congratulations to Caitlin, Patrick and Tess!

President's Holiday Card.

Each year, President Geoff Gamble and his wife Patricia send out a custom designed holiday card designed by one of the MSU Graphic Design Program Seniors. At the end of 2009, Jeremy Sandlin took first place with his nostalgic image of Montana Hall in a vignetted snowy setting. Not only was the card printed and sent out to over 2000 recipients nationwide, but Jeremy also took home the top prize of $500. Other winners included Charity Martin (2nd place - $300) and Sarah Buzzetti (3rd place - $200.) Congratulations to Jeremy, Charity and Sarah!


The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is excited to announce a month-long exhibition of letterpress posters from the legendary Hatch Show Print. Truly an American treasure, the print shop is located literally around the corner from the original Grand Ole Opry building in Nashville, Tennessee. This working letterpress and design shop has been in operation since 1879 producing promotional posters for recording artists and advertisers alike. On display are 40 color prints including those for concerts by music legends such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Patron, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley as well as more contemporary artists like Frank Black. The exhibition also displays several samples of classic advertising posters created for county fairs and 50’s travel trailers, which incorporate large woodblock printing techniques. Sponsored by the Graphic Design program in the MSU School of Art, the exhibition will run from January 11 to February 12, 2010. There will be an evening reception open to the public on Thursday, January 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall at Montana State University. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information please call 406-994-4501. To learn more, watch this documentary about Hatch Show Print on YouTube.

Portland Senior Field Trip

This year 34 Graphic Design seniors along with our four faculty Stephanie, Jeffrey, Meta and Nathan made the pilgrimage to Portland, Oregon for the annual field trip. Perhaps the most successful trip ever! MSU graphic design alumni rolled out the red carpet with Emily Cellan giving a VIP tour at Nike and Annie Regnier at the ever-popular Columbia Sportswear. Then on Wednesday evening Mary Kysar at Makelike hosted an exceptional reception in their new studio. Thanks again to all the alumni who came to meet us and talk with the seniors! All of them truly enjoyed meeting you.

Other memorable tours included visiting Trevor Graves at Nemo, Gary Houston at Voodoo Catbox, Char Bjorklund and Lucy Nobles at Adidas and with special visit to the Ace Hotel by poster artist Dan Stiles. This year several new stops were included to the Portland itinerary including Ziba, Leopold Ketel and Opolis Design. Of course it couldn’t be a trip to PDX without visits to Powell’s Books, Mississippi Records, Voodoo Doughnuts, the Portland Art Museum for the China exhibit and the Portland Zoo to see the cheetahs and giraffes. So you can expect a repeat visit next year to Stumptown, before we start dreaming of studio tours in Denver, Minneapolis or San Francisco.

Seniors listen in while Dan Stiles talks about his poster design projects.

Gary Houston at Voodoo Catbox.

Bryon McCotter and Bryce Vietz at Mississippi Records.

Alumni Reception at Makelike's beautiful new studio.

Patrick Broom and others take in Sister Corita's exhibition at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.