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SIU Design Days
Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Company talks to design alumna Mackenzie Dorris at the Type Hike Poster Exhibition at the University Museum as part of Design Days 2018.

The School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has had a busy 2018, and is gearing up for a strong finish as the year rolls out.

In February, the school welcomed the return of Love at the Glove. This Valentine’s Day event at the Glove Factory Surplus Gallery featured art and performances dedicated to affairs of the heart from students, faculty and community artists. Admission to the event was discounted for individuals who donated canned goods or toiletry items for the Women’s Center in Carbondale.

Shortly thereafter, the Design program hosted its ninth Design Days event in early April. This annual spring event brings professional designers to campus, both alumni and non-alumni, to share their knowledge and expertise with our design students, faculty, and guests. This year’s speakers included Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Company; Dian Holton, AARP; Ovetta Sampson, IDEO; James Walker (alumnus), University of Texas; Tara Olson (alumna), Greater Goods; Savannah Myers (alumna), Design Ideas; and Alyssa Issler (alumna), Home Products International.

The winners of the popular Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award competition were announced on April 13, Kelly Carter (painting), Timothy Miller (drawing), and Lindsey Perry (communication design). Every year, seniors in the School of Art and Design are eligible for the Rickert-Ziebold award endowed through the estate of the late Marguerite L. Rickert-Ziebold in honor of the Joseph Rickert family. Joseph Rickert was a prominent lawyer and state senator from Waterloo.

Following tradition, this spring, the School’s Visiting Artist Program brought to campus a wide range of talented and renowned artists who gave lectures/conducted workshops including Najee Dorsee, Future Retrieval (Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis), Aimee Howard, Sharon Vatsky and Patrick Vincent.

Spring is also an active time of year for our Masters in Fine Arts program as first-, second- and third-year graduate students hold exhibitions to showcase their work. Upcoming thesis exhibitions for third-year students can be found at

We will round out the year with the Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition on May 8–11 displaying the work of the school’s graduating seniors. The Surplus Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. and a reception will be held Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We thank you for your support in attending these events and helping the School of Art and Design continue in leading artistic and creative research in the Southern Illinois Region.

Meera Komarraju is interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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