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Graphic Transitions

Sherman Gallery fills with very visual senior projects

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In the slide show above, hear from graphic design majors Michael Deal (CFA’09) and Sheryl Sulistiawan (CFA’09) and two of their teachers, Richard Doubleday and Yael Ort-Dinoor, about the Senior Degree Project.

Brandished on a wall at the George Sherman Union’s Sherman Gallery are brightly colored posters with clean graphics and catch phrases such as “You think I’m listening to music, but I’m really listening to you” and “I prefer female doctors.”

The poster series Microscope, created by graphic design major Matt Convente (CFA’09), is a portal to his inner thoughts. “I’ve displayed the posters in three rows,” Convente says, “and as you travel from the top row to the bottom, you get more and more highly personalized information — like increasing the magnification on a microscope.”

Sharing the gallery with Convente’s poster series is artwork from the capstone course Senior Degree Project of 25 graphic design seniors. “We asked them to take full authorship of this project,” says Richard Doubleday, an assistant professor in the College of Fine Arts. “For the first time, they developed their own design briefs. This leant itself to a wide range of projects, from very pragmatic designs — such as a series of info graphics about the Beatles designed by Michael Deal (CFA’09) — to more conceptual explorations, like a two-dimensional representation of dance movement by Sheryl Sulistiawan (CFA’09).”

“It’s a milestone for the students,” says Yael Ort-Dinoor, a CFA lecturer. “They are transitioning from student careers into professional graphic design lives. So it’s a celebration of that transition, as well as an opportunity to get real exposure.”

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Design Exhibition opens with a reception today, May 8, at 6 p.m., and runs through Sunday, May 17, at the Sherman Gallery, 775 Commonwealth Ave. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting and Sculpture Exhibition also opens with a reception today at 6 p.m., and runs through Sunday, May 17, at the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery, the Commonwealth Gallery, Gallery 5, and Room 102, 855 Commonwealth Ave. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Robin Berghaus can be reached at berghaus@bu.edu.

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  • Anonymous on 05.08.2009 at 9:39 am

    Great coverage, I love to see what students are doing around campus. What happened to with the MFA degree candidates this year?

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