Junior-year graphic design students at the Kansas City Art Institute, under the leadership of assistant professor Jamie Gray, have designed posters for the seven concerts that comprise the Folly Theater’s 2011-12 jazz series. The winning posters will be unveiled next week. Jazz performances are scheduled Oct. 1 through March 3 at the Folly.
“This is the third year that KCAI students have designed posters for the Folly Jazz Series,” Gray said. “It’s a very exciting and rewarding process for the students, and we’re elated that the Folly has invited us to do this now for three consecutive years.”
“It has been the Folly Theater’s great pleasure and privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate with KCAI’s graphic design students and Assistant Professor Gray on posters for the Folly Jazz Series for a third year.,” said Gale Tallis, executive director of the Folly Theater. “These posters have elevated the Jazz Series profile and garnered comments from patrons as well as from the jazz artists themselves. The most difficult aspect of the collaboration comes when it is time to judge the posters. We have been amazed at the level of creativity and ability that the artists possess, and we feel very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of this great program.”
Gray said students have been working on poster designs since the start of the fall semester in late August. On Sept. 21, an exhibition of posters took place in the college’s Design Building at 43rd and Oak streets. Several entries were completed for each upcoming concert. Judges then met privately to select the winning posters.
In addition to Gray and Tallis, judges included Steve Irwin, director of development at the Folly Theater; Brian Henry, creative director at Lamar Advertising Company, the nation’s largest outdoor advertiser; and Ryan Jones, an adjunct professor of graphic design at KCAI.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu
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