Laura Berman, professor of printmaking and acting chair of graphic design
Laura Berman, professor of printmaking and acting chair of graphic design for 2014-2015, works with sequence and multiples in non-...Read More
Laura Berman, professor of printmaking and acting chair of graphic design for 2014-2015, works with sequence and multiples in non-traditional formats. Currently her work explores installation and interaction in combination with hand printed images. She has created site-specific exhibitions at numerous galleries and museums, including Avenue of the Arts (Kansas City, Mo.), CBAT Gallery (Cardiff, Wales), Arthur Rogers Gallery (New Orleans, La.), Artspace (Raleigh, N.C.), Aspen Museum of Art (Aspen, Colo.), Center for Book Arts (New York), Dalarnas Museum of the Arts - Falun Printmaking Triennial (Falun, Sweden), Emerge Gallery (Greenville, N.C.), Grafikens Hus (Mariefred, Sweden), H&R Block Artspace (Kansas City, Mo.), International Print Center New York, and Telephonebooth (Kansas City, Mo.). She has been a visiting artist and has worked as an artist-in-residence at a number of institutions including Anderson Ranch Art Center (Colorado), Artspace (North Carolina), Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida), Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (New York) and Can Serrat International Arts Center (Spain).
Berman directed the 2007 Southern Graphics Council Conference, in which 1,200 printmaking artists and enthusiasts from the world over converged in Kansas City, Mo. to experience precedent-setting print events, numerous and engaging print exhibitions and diverse dialogs and presentations that examined printmaking's relationship to other media and environments. Berman has taught at KCAI since 2002, and she was program head and interim chair of the printmaking department from 2004 to 2008. She is currently an associate professor of printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she teaches sophomore printmaking, book arts, papermaking and silkscreen courses. Berman's work is featured in The Book of Probes by David Carson / Marshall McLuhan and Printmaking at the Edge by Richard Noyce. She is represented by Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City.
Berman received her B.F.A. degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her M.F.A. degree from Tulane University.
Michael Kidwell is a designer with a unique professional history that includes industrial and graphic design experience in both...Read More
Michael Kidwell is a designer with a unique professional history that includes industrial and graphic design experience in both consulting and corporate design offices. Brands that he has influenced through project work include Hallmark Cards, Homelite, John Deere, Mastercard, Samsonite, Sears/Craftsman and State Farm Insurance. His work has been patented, trademarked, nationally recognized and appeared in significant publications including BusinessWeek and Graphis.
Prior to joining KCAI, he was a senior graphic designer for Hallmark Cards, responsible for the design and direction for corporate branded communications in electronic, print, and environmental forms. In his professional practice, as design principal for LXIII XI, he enjoys research as well as a rigorous process of refinement.
Kidwell strives to balance the pursuit of excellence in graphic design with the demands of family life and a passion for cycling. He holds a B.F.A. degree in industrial design from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Paul Diamond is co-founder and co-creative director of DMH in...Read More
Paul Diamond is co-founder and co-creative director of DMH in Kansas City, Mo. Diamond has helped DMH achieve creative success that has been recognized by the Kansas City AIGA and the Kansas City Ad Club. He has been published in several industry publications, including Communication Arts, Print Regional Design Annual and Graphis & Creativity. His creative work has earned him a National ADDY award, several regional ADDYs and quite a few more ADDYs presented by the Kansas City chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
Throughout his 25-year career, Diamond has worked on and directed a myriad of prestigious accounts, including Ascend Learning, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. The Smithsonian Institution, UMB Bank, Helzberg Diamonds, the Missouri Lottery, the Syfy Channel, Shatto Milk Company, H&R Block, Payless ShoeSource, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Swiss Re and G.E., to name a few.
Diamond is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received his bachelor of fine arts degree in visual communication. He also attended Syracuse University in New York, where he received a master of arts degree in graphic design. Prior to co-founding DMH, he worked at Barkley and Sullivan Higdon & Sink, both in Kansas City.
He serves as president on the board for Friendship Inn, whose mission is to provide affordable accommodations for families of patients at the University of Kansas Hospital, so that no family in need is turned away.
His personal measure of business success comes from helping his associates stay challenged, satisfied and motivated so that, ultimately, DMH’s clients succeed.
Diamond lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife, Kathy, their three children, Mary, Evelyn and John, and their dog, Gertrude. When not working, he enjoys watching his kids’ sports teams and cycling.
Lee Ernst is a graphic designer who embraces both the digital and analog worlds. After many years in agency and...Read More
Lee Ernst is a graphic designer who embraces both the digital and analog worlds. After many years in agency and corporate jobs, Ernst currently heads Lee Ernst Design, which focuses on creating branding and online marketing for startup, small and mid-size companies.
Ernst began his career in New York, working at Ogilvy & Mather as a vice president and senior art director on national advertising campaigns. His client list included American Express, General Foods and AT&T. Moving to Kansas City, Mo., Ernst focused on graphic design, first at Muller + Company, then Hallmark Cards, where he specialized in retail environments and graphics.
His sculptures and oil paintings celebrate the natural world. Inspired by his childhood rural environment, Ernst’s joy of creation and work ethic keep him extremely busy.
Ernst holds a B.F.A. degree in design from the University of Oklahoma. He is a long-time volunteer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and serves on the board of Paul Mesner Puppets.
After graduating from the University of Kansas, Kelly Ludwig began designing professionally in 1982. Ludwig Design began first as a...Read More
After graduating from the University of Kansas, Kelly Ludwig began designing professionally in 1982. Ludwig Design began first as a freelance endeavor in 1987 and evolved into a design and marketing agency, managing clients ranging from small businesses to major pharmaceutical companies as well as extensive book design and publishing projects.
Her design work has been recognized in many national and international publications and award shows, including Print Regional Design Annuals, the Rx Club of New York, Print’s Best of Logos and Symbols and Society of Illustrators, as well as Kansas City’s Art Directors and Omnis. She has also shared her knowledge and expertise in design and art direction by working with students in the field.
She has taught Professional Practice and Color, Form and Production, Image Visual Advocacy and Online Presence for the Artist at KCAI as well as packaging and logo design at Johnson County Community College.
Ludwig's love of self-taught and folk art has led her to all regions of the country, collecting art, meeting artists and photographing the visionary sites she encounters. This passion has resulted in authoring the 2007 book "Detour Art, Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast." Her extensive collection recently returned from a two-year nationwide tour.
She has blended her passion for photography, design and travel experiences with the latest technology and created two travel apps for the iPhone, the award-winning "Best Road Trip Ever and "Road Trip 66." Detour Art, Travel-o-Pedia and Home Court Advantage are just a few titles in the long line of design and marketing projects Ludwig has personally created. Her photographs have been exhibited in a number of museums and books.
Tom Morse-Brown is a freelance graphic designer and a recent graduate of...Read More
Tom Morse-Brown is a freelance graphic designer and a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute. He has started up a design business with his wife Lyn in south Kansas City, Mo., centered on understanding and visualizing individual and business story and identity.
Morse-Brown is from the United Kingdom and has worked in design for more than 20 years. His experience spans work for non-profits, small design firms, large corporations and religious groups. His education also includes qualifications in design and photography from Stafford College of Art and Design and Somerset College of Arts and Technology in the U.K. He and his wife have been involved in brand development with Goodwill Missouri and Kansas, the International House of Prayer in Kansas City and many local businesses such as Arise Wealth and Matt Burk Music Studio (Tex.). His participation in design advocacy work with Design Ignites Change and Adobe won a national award and a grant of $5,000 to promote the need for sidewalks in Rosedale, Kan.
Morse-Brown enjoys a minimalist approach to design, breaking ideas down to their simplest form. His passion is finding the core essence of why a product, individual or business exists, converting those realities to short verbal phrases and allowing them to form a narrative out of which he designs. The resulting representation is more concise, consistent and recognizable over time. He encourages all his clients to take time to reflect and pull out the vision inside rather than pluck ideas from what they see or feel around them.
Dan Padovic, who brings years of experience as a printmaker and designer, has printed work for various bands and musicians. In addition to the work for himself, he prints work daily for artist such as Brent Couchman, Nate Williams, Ty Mattson, Hydro74, Frank Chimero, Meg Hunt, Blake E. Marquis and A. Micah Smith and all that they do together with Tad Carpenter under the Vahalla Studios name.
Padovic graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor degree in visual communications with an emphasis in graphic design and printmaking.
Jamie Turpin has spent her professional career as a project designer in Dallas and...Read More
Jamie Turpin has spent her professional career as a project designer in Dallas and Kansas City, Mo. Her experience ranges from retail renovations to corporate new construction, identity design to branded environments, and product and packaging design to website design development.
Turpin has won various awards and honors for her work including the 2012 Semifinalist Adobe Design Achievement Award, Print Communications; 2012 AAF Savannah Silver ADDY Award, Package Design; 2012 SCAD Gold SCADDY Award, Publication & Package Design; 2012 KC AIGA A8 Awards; 2012 Design of the Times Gold Mass Merchandisers, Philips Oral Care Touch and Learn (with Kendal King Group); 2011 Work Selected to Exhibit at Opening of SCAD Museum of Art; 2001 Jimmy Carter Work Project Vinyl Institute Scholarship, Habitat for Humanity.
Turpin received her bachelor of interior architecture degree from Kansas State University at the Architecture, Planning and Design School. As an undergraduate student, she had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Turpin also attended Savannah College of Art & Design where she received her M.A. degree in graphic design and is currently working on her M.F.A. degree.
She belongs to the American Institute of Graphic Artists, Kansas City chapter; Type Directors Club.