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Renowned graphic designer set to deliver lecture, exhibit art
3/27/14

Internationally renowned graphic designer Armando Milani will deliver a lecture about his work at Alfred University (AU) on Tuesday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center; a reception with the artist will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition, an exhibition of Milani’s work, along with that of students in AU’s School of Art and Design, is on display at the Robert C. Turner Gallery through Friday, April 4. The gallery is located in the McGee Pavilion adjacent to Harder Hall on the AU campus. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.

The exhibit is curated by Judy Livingston, associate professor of graphic design at AU.

Known as a master of visual language, Milani includes in his work both graphic design solutions for business clients and graphic design for positive societal change. He is dedicated to the philosophy that designers have a responsibility to use their talents to alleviate human needs and generate awareness of cultural issues, a subject that he will discuss in Tuesday’s lecture.

The exhibition, titled “From the Eye to the Heart,” reflects this humanitarian philosophy. It includes a selection of Milani’s posters which address social issues such as eradicating war and preventing AIDS, as well as a selection of student works addressing social, political, and economic issues. The Milani posters displayed at AU are on loan from the archives of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Pieces by some 23 undergraduate and graduate students representing all media within the School of Art and Design are also featured in the exhibition.

Milani will be on hand Monday, March 31 at 9 a.m. in the Turner Gallery, where he will talk about his and the students’ work. The public is welcome at this session. Later in the week Milani will meet one-on-one with art students who wish to have their work critiqued.

Livingston earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan. She has also studied at the Vignelli Center at RIT, the Basel (Switzerland) School of Design, Kyoto (Japan) Seiko University, and the College of Creative Studies, Detroit.

The Robert C. Turner Gallery is a student-run, contemporary art gallery. The gallery supports the curricular programs of the School of Art and Design and the professional growth and development of students enrolled in the programs there. The gallery also serves as a forum for the professional and experimental display of student art work organized by students and faculty under the direction of student leadership.