Visual Communication, Design Exhibition at Walker Gallery through May 3

Contact: John Fronczak, senior lecturer in art and art history, 308-865-8084,

Kearney, Neb., April 25, 2013 – Walker Art Gallery is presenting “Taking Flight,” an exhibit featuring the works of 10 visual communication and design majors at the University of Nebraska, now through May 3.

A reception for the seniors will be from 4-6 p.m. April 26. Walker Art Gallery, in UNK’s Fine Arts Building, is free and open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Students whose projects are on exhibit are listed.

Cory Stabenow of Elm Creek is presenting his digital piece, “FORTIS.” “The objective of this project was to create a fictitious gym or ports performance center based out of cities focused on fitness and health,” Stabenow said. After graduation, Stabenow plans to continue searching for a job.

Liz Hudec of Fontanelle is showing her piece, “Computer/ Hand Done.” “I believe that art isn’t just for pen and paper,” Hudec said. “It can be anything created and put together just so, that its components together form one idea.” After graduation, Hudec plans to launch her career.

Natalie Valalik of Grand Island is presenting her piece, “Ignis Cinema,” using digital and print. “The objective of this topic is to present the renewal of a movie theater,” said Valalik. “My goal is to rebrand and re-contextualize classic movies to appeal to a new generation of viewers.” After graduation, Valalik plans to stay in the Tri-City area and find a job to gain more experience.

Tiffany Hartwell of Holdrege is showing her work, “Perspektiv Architecture.” “The objective of this project was to create a fictitious architecture firm located in Chicago, Ill.,” Hartwell said. “My display shows various business aspects that the firm would need such as a logo, stationery, brochure, a website and promotional materials.” After graduation, Hartwell hopes to get a job or internship on the Tri-City area.

Kristin White of Lexington is presenting her piece, “Tennis Camp.” “This camp is aimed to get young players to be involved in the sport, in a fun but somewhat intense way,” White said. “Whether they want to learn the basics of the game, are looking to improve their current skill level or are ready to prepare for high school tryouts, then this camp is for them.” After graduation, White will continue working this summer for the Buckle Corporate Office.

Bailey Palmer of Omaha is showing her piece that uses illustration and design, “Kobe the Cat Book Series.” “The objective of my show is to create a cohesive style of imagery that incorporates type and layout in a series of narratives,” Palmer said. After graduation, Palmer plans to seek a job or internship in the Lincoln/Omaha area.

Brittany Bauer of Omaha is showing her piece, “Art of,” a book for an animated film. “My project involves developing a concept of a story and its characters that would be the foundations for an animated film,” Bauer said. After graduation, Bauer plans to find a design internship in Omaha.

Dani Donovan of Omaha is presenting her print piece, “Freakout Film Festival.” “The objective of this show is to explore the depths of broken characters in modern psychological thriller films,” Donovan said. “This show is giving me an opportunity to branch out from my usual ‘clean-cut’ design and move into a slightly riskier category of fractured typography and images.” After graduation, Donovan will continue to work as an art director for the FAST Diet in Omaha.

Vincent Carter of Omaha is showing his print media piece, “C.O.G.S 2013.” “The goal of the project is to create a visually appealing set of design elements that works as advertisement and promotion for a fictional steampunk convention,” Carter said. After graduation, Carter plans to obtain a job as a graphic designer in Omaha and do freelance illustration on the side.

Logan Bartels of Tobias is presenting his piece, “Coop Studios Midwest Music Tour.” “Coop Studios is a fictional independent record label based out of Omaha,” Bartels said. “They are promoting a fictional three-band music tour across the Midwest. The tour’s goal is to promote the three newly signed bands and the Coop Studios name.” After graduation, Bartels plans to pursue a graphic design internship or career opportunity in the Lincoln/Omaha area.


– Caitlin Ostberg