Department of Art and Art History Design

Three things you didn't know about Assistant Professor Jiwon Park

Thu. October 8, 2015

orange block of color

Jiwon Park joined the Department of Art and Art History as an assistant professor in Design this year. She shared three facts about herself over email:

#1 My favorite color is Neon Orange: Pantone 804 and 805.
It's a creative color. Also when you stare at it, it makes you feel happy and sometimes hungry. I get annoyed when people say, "Oh you must be happy walking around the UT campus filled with orange." UT Austin's burnt orange is so burnt that it is much closer to brown!

#2 I'm a rare art book collector.
In my library, there are limited edition collectibles, signed copies, and rare first editions. They are the most valuable (and expensive) things I possess.

One of my favorites is a book collaboratively produced by a Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom and conceptual artist Job Koelewijn titled The Road Not Taken. The poem "The Road Not Taken," written by Robert Frost, is repeated over 730 pages and printed with ink mixed with a base of beef bouillon. The hard cover book was published in an edition of 123, all of which were displayed in the artist's exhibition in Amsterdam in 2000.

If you happen to be in London, visit Marcus Campbell Art Books. It's around the side of Tate Modern, and they stock a variety range of rare art books at a fraction of the price.

#3 I own over 50 pairs of stiletto heels—all above 4 inches in height.

New full-time lecturers appointed in Design and Studio Art

Wed. September 30, 2015

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From left to right: Cassandra Cisneros, Bethany Johnson, and James Walker.

The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce three new full-time lecturers in the areas of Design and Studio Art.

Cassandra Cisneros joins the department as a lecturer in Design. Cisneros received an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts. Before entering graduate school, she worked for the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Blanton Museum of Art as in-house graphic designer. Her thesis at CalArts explored the graphic language of candy packaging and sugar’s historical relevance to immigration.

Bethany Johnson joins the department as a lecturer in Foundations, the department's first-year experience for all majors. Johnson is an artist and designer based in Austin, Texas. Her work revolves around the study of systems, and the visual representation of information. She received an M.F.A. in painting from UT Austin in 2011, and her work is represented by Moody Gallery in Houston, Texas. A number of her most recent pieces are currently on view at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her work will also be shared with Austin this winter at The Mom Gallery.

James Walker joins the department as a lecturer in Design. Walker is a graphic designer who aims to make good things for good people. He is the founder of the collaborative studio, Husbandmen, and previously lectured on graphic design at Washington University, Santa Reparata International School of Art and the University of Missouri. Walker received an M.F.A. in Design, Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. During his studies, he presented his research on community engagement at Design Research Society in Bangkok, Thailand and Richmond’s first TEDx. His award-winning work has been featured in a variety of international design blogs, books and magazines.

Design Course with Kate Catterall responds to campus carry lesgislation

Wed. September 30, 2015

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Campus Carry: A Design Response

Using anticipatory design methods, students in the Design in the Social Environment course, Fall 2015, will explore design-centric approaches to changes that may be precipitated at The University of Texas at Austin after S.B. 11 is implemented in August 2016.

Students will focus on social and physical transformations of the environment as they research the legal and constitutional questions central to SB 11. They will explore the history, design and marketing of weapons; weapons storage; body armor (textiles/other); and other pertinent artifacts.

They will research every aspect of safety, security and defense in relation to the body, mind, in both public space and learning environments—ultimately designing a range of speculative design proposals.

Presentations and research materials will be archived in a course blog.

Guest speakers include:

Caitlin Sulley: a Research Project Director at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. She will speak about the Campus Carry legislation from the Institute's perspective.

Jose Perez: a veteran and recent graduate of the graduate program in Design, M.F.A. 2015. He will present his recent speculative design work the function of which oscillates between therapeutic tool and means of communicating information about difficult mental health issues.

Officer Peiper: an officer in the university police department, will speak about campus security past, present and future.

Raul Comacho: Safety Measures

Representatives from Texas Law Shield

Cody Wilson: Defense Distributed

Makers of the Liberator Pistol

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