The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to present the third of six senior thesis exhibitions. “Overly Dramatic Name” will feature the work of Christopher Gajus, Alyssa Louderback, Jason Neyer, Corey Randall, Tabatha Rufft, Kaitlin Rush and Zach Stubenvoll. Each will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication Design in May 2011.
Christopher Gajus’ current work is focused on the process of introspection and building a community around that process. His work invites viewers to think critically about their thoughts and motivations in an open environment through the use of symbols, printmaking and digital media. In 2009 he received his Associate’s degree in Commercial Design from the University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College. Gajus is a Cincinnati native and has spent most of his life moving between there and Knoxville, TN.
Tabatha Rufft’s current work uses research combined with a chance-based process to develop a series of books. She has lived in Cincinnati her entire life and welcomes any opportunities to travel.
Kaitlin Rush is an Internet entrepreneur interested in finding smart, new ways to make money online. She uses her design skills for creating, selling and maintaining her online companies, www.TheSmartUpGroup.com and www.LawyerStartup.com. After graduation, she will move to Charlotte, NC, where she will continue working for herself while finding new ways to make money.
Zach Stubenvoll’s current work plays on the views of his personal design philosophy. Using sarcasm and humor to communicate and relate his ideas to designers and non-designers alike, his style takes a fresh approach on how design and life intersect. His installation consists of graphic, industrial, furniture, interior, print and ideation design. He was born in Cincinnati, OH and aspires to travel across the country, buy a 1974 Honda CB550 motorcycle and get a Husky dog named Soda.
Jason Neyer has paired his Visual Communication Design major with a minor in Photography. His current work focuses on using design as a way to convey information about himself. With an interest in maps, graphs and data collection, Neyer takes information about himself and visualizes it in a way for others to see. In 2009 he completed his Associate’s degree in Commercial Design from the University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College. Neyer is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, OH.
Alyssa Louderback was introduced to letterpress printing through her studies at the Art Academy and instantly fell in love with the craft. Ever since, she has dreamed of opening her own letterpress studio, specializing in greeting cards, customized birth announcements and wedding invitations, as well as unique art prints. Working hard to pursue this goal, she has designed and printed an array of products for her up-and-coming studio, Impressed Design.
Corey Randall holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Arizona State University and has found a way to use her love of investigation and reporting as a tool for her design work. She is currently running the online website and printed publication Connect to Affect Cincinnati, which profiles non-profit organizations and volunteer projects happening in the city. After graduation, she plans to remain in the Cincinnati area to continue expanding Connect to Affect Cincinnati, while jumping into the city’s successful, professional design community.
Exhibition Dates: April 4 – 8, 2011
Closing Reception: Friday, April 8, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Gallery Talks: April 6 @ 12:30 pm
The Pearlman Gallery is on the first level of the North Building at 1212 Jackson Street across from the Gateway Parking Garage. The Convergys Gallery is on the first level of the South Building, and the Chidlaw Gallery is on the lower level of the North Building. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Senior Thesis Show Hours are 9-9 Monday through Friday. 513.562.6262