A feast of student-created images
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Selections from the best works of Colorado Mountain College’s graduating graphic design and photography students are featured in the annual Spring Student Portfolio exhibit through April 26.An opening reception to meet the student designers and photographers takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the gallery located at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs.Each student has built a professional portfolio as a capstone project, to include a presentation case, business card and resume. The exhibitors have selected significant work for display and also contributed a self-portrait. The portraits themselves are composed in a way to represent the artist, the viewpoint and the medium.From some simple images – a mushroom, pear, banana, footprints – the students used creative treatments to produce impressive effects. Distinctive styles are creatively expressed through illustration, digital imaging, photography and typography.
Many of the final pieces are magazine covers or mock-ups, moving from concept to finished design by combining an image with type.”Creativity is absolutely necessary for design work; coming up with a unique concept and having the skills to execute it are of utmost importance,” said Nancy Stranger, professor of graphic design at CMC’s Roaring Fork campus. One example of this process is the picture of a pear. After creating the basic illustration, CMC student Sharon Newsom provided different treatments and later adapted it as a cookbook cover.A simulated Newsweek magazine cover provides another example. Cassia Boyd created the image through foot painting (painted feet to create an image when stepping), adding corresponding words to convey the concept.
While some graduates, freshly armed with an associate of arts degree, will take their portfolios to job interviews, others plan to continue their studies at four-year schools. The depth of student talent in this show is readily apparent. When these designers’ and photographers’ names resurface in a professional capacity, remember – you saw it here first.The show and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, call 947-8367.