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Building Bridges and Celebrating Creativity Through Design: BYU + UVU Present Joint Illustration Show

February 14, 2024 04:49 PM
BYU + UVU Illustration Gallery Showcases Student Works, Fosters Connection Between Campuses
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Creative Innovation: Design Faculty Represented Among The Best in Their Field in Annual Graphis Awards

December 19, 2023 11:58 AM
BYU Design Professors Reveal The Motivations And Inspirations Behind Their Esteemed Work
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BYU Illustration Grad on Transforming Experiences with Migrant Artwork

May 23, 2023 12:16 PM
Sarah Hawkes Bypasses Cultural Barriers Through Her Portraits of Farm Workers in Southern California
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Illustration Student Ashley West and Husband Light Up Times Square With Their Competition-Winning Artwork

April 20, 2023 01:48 PM
Married Artists Ashley and Evan West Combined Their Skills to Create an Animation for LG Electronics That Was Featured in Times Square
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Illustration Grad Ashley Johnson West on Combining Interests and Pushing Her Creativity 

April 05, 2023 02:45 PM
Ashley Johnson West will graduate in April 2023 with a BFA in Illustration
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Five BYU Illustration Students Accepted into Prestigious Nationwide Competition

August 11, 2022 09:35 AM
Five BYU Illustration Students Were Accepted into the Society of Illustrators’ 2022 Student Scholarship Competition
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Illustration Senior Anna Wright Tells a Story of Missionary Struggle and Healing

April 15, 2022 11:03 AM
Wright hopes to open up the conversation about the difficult experiences that missionaries have while serving through her graphic novel
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Illustration Major Rachel Allen Everett on Comics, Space and a Boy Named Felix

April 09, 2021 12:00 AM
Everett — a native of Mapleton, Utah — will graduate with a BFA in illustration in April
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Southwest Art Magazine Names BYU Alum One of 21 ‘Young Artists to Watch’

November 02, 2020 12:00 AM
BYU artist Rachel Christensen received distinguished attention for her color analysis of eggs and human skin tones
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Design Student Reflects on Winning Entry in National Competition

June 12, 2020 12:00 AM
Hansen’s winning piece “Scale the Globe with Help from the Gilman Scholarship” was chosen as one of 300 winners from 8,700 submissions
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BYU Magazine: Illustrating Imagination

May 18, 2020 12:00 AM
From a young age Shawna Calder Tenney (BFA ’04) has given life to her imagination through art—be it drawing, ballet, or music. Ample library time, her mother reading to her, and a love of fairy tales turned her interest particularly toward picture-book illustration. Today, as a BYU illustration grad, Tenney is telling stories of her own, like Brunhilda’s Backwards Day. a children’s book published by Sky Pony Press in 2016. The story, about a witch who learns that being kind can be more fun than being mean, “came from a game called Opposite Witches I’d play with my friend , where everything we did was opposite,” says Tenney. Read more at magazine.byu.edu
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BYU Illustration Alum Creates Short Film for DreamWorks Animation

April 28, 2020 12:00 AM
Department of Design graduate Andy Erekson released short film “Marooned” last summer
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BYU professor's basketball coin design wins national competition

September 10, 2019 12:00 AM
What do legendary BYU basketball coach Stanley Watts, BYU All-American center Kresimir Cosic and current BYU illustration professor Justin Kunz have in common? All three have been part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies. Well, sort of. Watts and Cosic have been inducted as members. This past weekend, Kunz was honored as one of the two artists whose designs for a set of commemorative coins were unveiled during the event on September 6, which was broadcast on NBA TV. The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin pays tribute to the game of basketball and the coaches, players, referees and contributors who make it an exciting game to play and watch. Kunz’s design for the obverse (heads) side features three players reaching for the ball in unison, reflecting how the sport of basketball has brought together diverse people around the world through a simple, universal and unifying athletic experience. It also includes a hoop rimming the edge, a net in the background and the inscriptions: LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2020. Read the full story at news.byu.edu.
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Karl G. Maeser and James E. Talmage Mentorship Inspired Special BYU Coin

June 18, 2019 12:00 AM
Justin Kunz, an illustration professor at BYU and medallic artist for the U.S. Mint, has previously designed more than 10 coins for the U.S. Mint as a member of the Artistic Fusion Program. Recently, Kunz designed a new commemorative coin for BYU to celebrate the motto Inspiring Learning. The legacy of inspiring learning at BYU has been passed from mentor to student since the days of its first graduate, James E. Talmage. On the front of the coin are portraits drawn by Kunz of Talmage, Karl G. Maeser and Brigham Young. Together, the three are symbolic of the mentoring that has taken place as part of the campus since the early days of Brigham Young Academy. “Embracing the dynamic of the relationship between a teacher mentoring a student is what makes this coin special,” Kunz said. The reverse side features the original Brigham Young Academy Building, which now serves as the Provo City Library, and the Y Mountain in the background. Read the full article at news.byu.edu.
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Illustration Major Melissa Kamba Shares Artistic Journey

April 12, 2019 12:00 AM
Kamba will speak at the Department of Art and Department of Design Convocation at 12 p.m. on April 26
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BYU Department of Design Partners with Black Student Union to Bring Renowned Artist to Campus

April 06, 2019 12:00 AM
R. Gregory Christie, an award-winning illustrator, gave students a glimpse into his career
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Children's Book Written and Illustrated by BYU Design Professor

March 13, 2019 12:00 AM
Everyone has a bad day once in a while, but design professor David Habben’s newest children's book “Mr. Sherman's Cloud” takes a look at how those bad days can be turned around. Habben, who goes by the pen name HABBENINK, hopes the book will help people walk away with a new perspective on how to handle difficulties in life and open up discussions about mental health. “I wanted to put an emphasis on the need for us to control our responses to challenges in life,” said Habben. “Even if we have a time in our life where we feel like there’s a storm cloud above us, in the end it can work out. It will be okay.” He continued, “We talk about mental health issues and how we need to be more vocal about them and avoid creating a stigma around having a dark time in life. I wanted this story to speak to the idea that we’re not alone in our journey and we can be honest about the fact that we’re having a rough day and allow other people into our lives to help us resolve that in whatever way it needs to be resolved.” The original inspiration for the book was one of Habben’s sketches that features a man huddled under a rain cloud. The idea to turn the sketch into a book was born when a publisher approached Habben after seeing his work online. “It’s the phone call every artist hopes to get as often as they can,” said Habben of the experience. “It feels great.” Although Habben has illustrated various children’s books, “Mr. Sherman’s Cloud” is the first book he has both authored and wrote. “There’s something nice about being able to craft a story that says what you want it to say and matching your story with the illustration style that you like to do,” said Habben. “A lot of times for illustrators, there’s another party involved, like an art director, that’s putting everything together. It’s nice to tell your own story in your own way.” While characteristic of Habben’s trademark fantastical style, the book also introduces some new stylistic elements that came about during Habben’s latest stylistic shift. His current style focuses on finding a balance between reality and the abstract. “I think every artist should try to speak their own truth,” said Habben. “For me, the way I look at the world, there’s a lot of ambiguity and ridiculous things that go on. I try to approach some of that in the way I make art. If I draw something too exact, it feels less accurate in a way; it doesn’t express the true nature of something. The more I allow my interpretation to come through, the more I’m being truthful about my own perspective.” For Habben, his colorful approach to art is a way of putting a positive spin on the difficult aspects of life — something he hopes comes through in the book. “You can’t take everything so seriously to the point that it becomes a negative part of your life,” said Habben. “I hope people get the sense that they can overcome a bad day and get a better perspective. I want it to help people. I want them to connect with the book in a way that helps them feel positive and make progress in their own lives.” Habben will be holding a book signing at The King’s English in Salt Lake City on May 18 at 11 a.m. For more information about Habben’s other upcoming events and new work, follow him on social media @HABBENINK.
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BYU Illustration Professor Wins International Coin Award

March 04, 2019 12:00 AM
Many BYU professors aren’t just professors; they’re also successful professionals in their respective fields. However, few double as government contractors — but illustration professor Justin Kunz has devoted much of his time to designing America’s coins and medals for more than a decade. Kunz is a member of an elite group of artists that comprise the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). Kunz has designed various coins and medals for the U.S. Mint, with one of his recent designs winning the Coin of the Year in the category of Best Gold Coin Award at the 2019 World Money Fair in Berlin. “I was thrilled to see this important coin recognized on an international stage, and thankful all over again to have been part of the process of creating it,” said Kunz. Kunz’s involvement with the U.S. Mint began in 2004. After seeing an advertisement on local TV calling for artists, Kunz sent in a portfolio and a sample coin design. Before long he was in Philadelphia learning the ins and outs of coin, or numismatic, design. Kunz was one of just 18 professionals selected for the program along with six student artists. Kunz said when he was selected for the program he felt like Charlie from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”; his acceptance into the program felt like a “golden ticket.” Other than a hiatus while he was working on an MFA in painting, Kunz has worked with the U.S. Mint ever since his first trip to Philadelphia in 2004. “I have a good working relationship with the Mint,” said Kunz. “They are smart, hard-working people who really care about our country and the artistic quality of our coins and medals. They have always treated me fairly and have helped me grow and improve as an artist.” Kunz’s love for drawing and design is at the core of why he continues to collaborate with the Mint over the years. For him it is a way to apply his skills and interests into a project of national importance. “As part of the process for developing visual ideas, I get to study the events and symbols that are important to the history of our country and compete with other talented designers to help tell those stories,” said Kunz. “It’s really satisfying to hold the finished coin or medal in my hands, rotate it under the light and feel the texture of the relief work on it.” From collaborating with fellow artists to interacting with coin collectors, Kunz has had a lot of special moments during his decade and a half working with the Mint, but he says one of his favorites was the unveiling of the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin. For a few days, the story became a trending topic in all the major media. “I was in Washington D.C. while that was unfolding, just hiding out in my favorite place in the city,” said Kunz. “It was pretty surreal to think a little gold coin could attract so much national attention. It’s been really rewarding to know my work is out there connecting with people.” Kunz’s road to international success has been rooted in the way he approaches his work and life in general. He advises aspiring artists to “Become better than you currently are — but please take it one day at a time. Try to see every situation and assignment as an opportunity to learn and prepare. Not just for a rewarding career, which you can have, but also for a deeply fulfilling life.” For more information about Kunz’s work, visit his page on the U.S. Mint website.
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