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Campus displaying graphic designs of faculty, area artists

Artwork by Richard Gierhart
Artwork by Richard Gierhart

By André Green/se news editor

Artwork by Richard Gierhart
Artwork by Richard Gierhart

By Design, a professional’s presentation on SE Campus, showcases graphic design work from local businesses and TCC faculty.

Devon Nowlin, instructional assistant and curator, invited several graphic designers to showcase their work in the Art Corridor II.

Her plan is to give students an idea of what they can accomplish in graphics post graduation.

“ My focus was to bring some area graphic artists in to show our students what was possible and what is being done in the [metroplex] as far as job opportunities and the different fields,” she said.

Nowlin said most jobs dealing with art or design require some form of skills, whether it is digital manipulation or imaging.

She said self -promotion is a major step in gaining employment in the private sector.

“ A lot of large companies, including TCC, hire graphic specialists,” she said. “You have to be able to market yourself.”

Sharon Covington, assistant professor of art, wants students to take advantage of the graphic design course, if for nothing else, the classroom equipment available for their use.

“ [SE Campus] just received all new equipment,” she said. “We have two new printers, flat screen monitors at every station, all the software required and a new scanner.”

The lab, located in ESEC 2128, also doubles as digital music class.

She hopes Nowlin’s dedication to promoting the course through the exhibit will be a boost to student enrollment in TCC’s classes.

“ We didn’t have enough students sign up last fall,” she said. “Devon has been really pushing for this show and trying to inspire more students to sign up.”

Covington is scheduled to teach the course in the fall.

Charles Gierhart, director of special communication projects at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, donated two designs for the viewing.

Nearing retirement, he said he is keeping his options open for a second career. Regardless of what he chooses, he said self-promotion and networking are the most important aspects for career advancement in graphic arts design.

Gierhart said the idea of being paid for something he loves should be an inspiration to anyone interested in the field of graphic design. As a high school student, he was often warned by his teacher to stop doodling and pay attention in class.

“ Now I’m glad I didn’t listen to her,” he said.

By Design’s gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through March 30.

For more information, contact Nowlin at 817-515-3406.

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