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ALUMNI FOCUS: Derek & Brighton, Vince, Helen, Cassidy, Amber, Christy, Esther, and Matt & Priya

Derek & Brighton Ballard

“The gang’s all here!”

 

“Earth was not forgotten, but it was one of a million silent worlds a few of which would ever speak.”

12.09.65 — Kubrick

“Very excited to have a piece in Monolith 2019, a Stanley Kubrick inspired group art show curated by @mythandarrowpress”

Opening reception is Oct 16 | 6-7pm at The State Theater (1307 J St. Downtown Modesto) Brooklyn, New York.


Vince Bayless

“Piece from a different Drink & Draw I went to tonight at Changing Hands Bookstore Phoenix and pit on by Fuzzy Headspace. This one had a live model. Was fun working from a model again, realized how much I’ve missed it. Took some liberties with the background.”


Helen Cox

I recently had the opportunity to design this postcard for The INN Between’s annual fundraising event. Hospice for the homeless—compassion and care for ANYONE who is dying—is something I wholeheartedly believe in, and I’m so glad I could help.


Cassidy Demkov

“Taking a little break from posting Italy pictures to share some exciting news… Cloud9 Fabrics will be releasing my first fabric collection this Spring! I set a pretty big goal of becoming a fabric designer at the first of 2019 so I am pretty excited to see some of my designs on FABRIC!!”


Amber Giles

“Late night Lettering.” ✏️📒


Christy Hadiwinata

“The Dream of the ’90s is Alive in SLC”

“A few years back I saw a flyer for a consignment shop in Salt Lake referencing the Portlandia song…and I gotta say, I totally agree with their sentiments.”

Submission for #SLDdesignolympics

“Wild Wasatch Outdoor Gear Mock Branding”

“And alas my submission for task #3 from last night. Tbh, wasn’t quite sure how strict the guidelines about using the colors were/if we could just choose one…so I just incorporated all of it lol.

Also, Salt Lake Design Week was awesome! So much gratitude for the people who made it happen. And super stoked for what next year has in store”


Esther Longmore

“This is what I made today. I work for the funnest company!”


Matt & Priya Page

Matt and his daughter Priya at the 2019 Alt Press Fest held at The City Library in Salt Lake City. Matt showed zines, art and books, Priya showed her two comics. The legacy continues!

“Marks and angles.”


 

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Misplaced Showcase & Lucas Ackley in SLUG

VAD Alumnus Lucas Ackley interviewed by SLUG Magazine.

Belongingness is Found at the Misplaced Showcase

By Brittnie Gallegos

As we are endlessly trying to define art between guidelines like “traditional” and “non-traditional,” we get to participate as spectators of an artist’s perspective all while experiencing our own, regardless of which category the work falls into. Out of this grey area of traditional and non-traditional art, The Misplaced Showcase was born. Misplaced Showcase is a free event that plays the three roles of art market, interactive art exhibit and charity. Attendees are able to see rad art, meet the artists and buy some of the art featured while donating to a great cause.

Misplaced Showcase began when Lucas Ackley and friends JJ Harrison and Bill Galvan were out to lunch one Saturday discussing their favorite art shows and galleries. “We started talking about wanting to help contribute to the already booming local art scene,” says Ackley. He wanted to create a home for forms of art that didn’t necessarily have a home. These forms include prop making, comic book art, toy making and indie arcade programming. “It wasn’t long before we brought a few other local artists to help make the show a reality,” Ackley says.

To read more:

Lucas Ackley, Misplaced Showcase in SLUG Magazine


 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Anna Marie, Ruben, Cassidy, Katrina, Hudson, Kylie, Heleman, Brett, & Jen

Anna Marie Coronado

“The final designs for the pop up banners!”


Ruben De La Torre

“Don’t know how I feel about it, but it was fun to do and good practice since I haven’t touched some cans in a while.”


Cassidy Demkov

“Just another flowery pattern for a project I’ve been working on.” 🙃


Katrina & Hudson Flores

“Hudson and I currently have a few pieces of our work hanging at the Tooele Library with the Tooele County Arts Guild and many other great artists. I took first place for my oil painting “Ethereal” and Hudson took second place for his Beautiful digital painting “Tavern of Lore”. He also entered another digital painting of the legend of Zelda. We love our art community! Go check out the art at the library, it’s up till the end of October!”


Kylie Gillette

“We’re at DownEast in Millcreek this weekend!” 💖


Heleman Martinez

“Sharing this brochure design I did a little while ago for a client wanting to advertise the Construction Loan Department of RanLife Home Loans. I had the opportunity to do some custom icons too😁 Thanks James!”

“Yesterday, I desperately needed a leave behind for an interview the next day, so in 3 hours I made a couple dotted grid sketch books using bright neon poster board, my printer and a couple staples. I’m pretty happy with how my ‘bright idea’ turned out and they liked it too.”


Brett Mellor

“Sharing some more designs, this was a proposal for a studio fan look to match some of the new aesthetics of studio or set lighting for those with more flexible environments that don’t want a ceiling fan.”


Jennifer Terry

“Well hello there! Just wanted to show everyone something that I’ve been working on since January and I excited that it’s finally done! It’s my first time sculpting something so big out of polymer clay so there was definitely a learning curve. What do you think?”


 

Misplaced Showcase Year 2

You are Invited!

MISPLACED SHOWCASE YEAR 2
Saturday, October 12, 2019 / 2 – 8pm
Super Top Secret
254 East 100 South / SLC, UT 84111

Free admittance to all!

Misplaced Showcase

ART. ARCADE. MUSIC. CHARITY. Misplaced Showcase is an interactive exhibit, art market, and charity event created by local artists to connect with the art scene and to raise money for the Children’s Justice Center.

Experience a behind-the-scenes look at illustration, urban art, comic books, prop building, and toy creation. Attend hands-on workshops and lectures. Meet the guest artists and build connections. Buy rad art or donate to the cause in the name of helping kids seek their own sense of belonging. Misplaced Showcase is a free event for everyone.

Participants:
Ashley Fairbourne, Ashley Love, Camille Nugent, Bill Galvan, Dave Arcade, David Habben, Dead Binky, Evan Jed, Issac Hastings, JJ Harrison, Magen Mitchell*, Mark Romney, Neuer Geist*, Spencer Nugent, and Tragic Girl Co.

*Magen Mitchell of Obake Style and Derek & Brighton Ballard of Neuer Geist are SLCC VAD alumni.

From one the Founders of Misplaced Showcase and SLCC Graphic Design alumni, Lucas Ackley:

“A small group of Salt Lake City creatives formed Misplaced Showcase and held the first event in October 2018. We created this event to build our local art community, connecting creators from a variety of disciplines, all in the name of doing good and raising money for a cause we believe in.

We invited a curated group of 20 or so artists, including comic book artists, graphic designers, indie arcade programmers, prop builders, and toy makers. They each had a table to sell and feature their art.

It was also an opportunity for aspiring artists and enthusiasts to meet and hang out with these artists. Students brought their work for portfolio reviews and several artists taught small workshops, covering things from the comic book industry to judging scale from movie screenshots to make the most accurate Proton Pack.

One of the main goals for Misplaced Showcase is to raise money for the Children’s Justice Center. They help children escaping abusive situations by giving them all the tools they need, both legal and psychological. We set a goal to raise $1,000 to donate to this charity, and we are proud to say we hit that goal.

In life there is one eternal truth. Underneath all the anger, sadness, and fear is a need to feel we belong somewhere. Everyone wants a place to belong.

Artists express themselves through their creativity. I want to give their art a place to belong. Aspiring artists want to be able to connect with those that inspire them to create.These children we are helping are seeking a safe emotional space to belong.

We want to help build that place.”

Please help support Misplaced Showcase, The Children’s Justice Center, the local art scene, and SLCC VAD alumni!


 

 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Davin, Derek, Brighton, Alisa, Jacqueline, Ben, Ian, Matt & Erin

Davin Abegg

So this is happening!


Derek & Brighton Ballard

“Took a last minute trip to NY to attend the @spoke_art “Apartment 5A” , a tribute to the show about nothing, Seinfeld. First time I’ve been able to attend a show Brighton and I were in. Such a fun and creative tribute to the best TV show ever made. Honored to be a part of it.” @ Parasol Projects – 213 Bowery


Alisa Bishop Bradley

“I’m tabling at FanX Salt Lake! Come say hi! I’ve got enamel pins this year! 👀Artist Alley 10-6!”


Jacqueline Campbell-Michels

I’ve been land locked in a place without much opportunity to work in my chosen field but art still calls to me. I’ve decided to create things just because I feel the need to create.


Ben Heighton

“Poison. First in a new batch of Destroy Dolls designs.”
#destroydolls #destroybrandgraphics #poison #pinup #art


Ian Maxfield

I’m taking a break from fan art and this is my first original in a long while. ‘Attractions’.


Matt Page

“Freelance poster I did this week for the City Library.

‘But Matt, I thought you didn’t do freelance.’

“That’s true. I agreed to this one in a moment of madness.”


Erin Salazar

Just this.

ALUMNI FOCUS: Paul, Keith, Cassidy, Kylie, Sam, Andrew, Magen, Matt, Becky, & Matthew

Paul Asay

“Beautiful night at the ballpark.”

“Back to back to back home runs. Don’t see that everyday.”


Keith Beard

“More coffee please.”


Cassidy Demkov

“New post.” 😊

“Floral pattern I’m working on.”


Kylie Gillette

Snapdragon Handmade: “For my Orem, Provo Friends: Bijou Market is happening this weekend! Stop by if you’d like to see some awesome handmade creations.” 😊


Sam Loertscher

DS Creative: “Fun little project: Entry Lit Impact Logo – 3D Lettering On Frosted Panel, Door Signage, etc.”


Magen Mitchell

Obake Style: “We just got back from Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point and it seemed like a great time to share one of Magen’s garden fairies. We’ll be making prints soon.”

Obake Style: “Magen painted this sweet, toasted marshmallow floof!”


Andrew Malin

Velleity Studios: “WIP pencilsketch.”

“Velleity Studios: Cover sketch WIP.”


Matt Page

“If you ever go into the Paper Source store looking for washi tape, you might end up buying this set with my designs on it.”

“These puffy stickers I designed are also available at your local Paper Source store. Each sticker was illustrated on my iPad Pro, using the Procreate app. It was a fun line. I like working with bright colors like this.”


Becky Larsen Pease

“B&W of my life, day #262.” 😋🥒


Matthew Radcliffe

“It’s too hot outside.” 🥵

ALUMNI FOCUS: Sharon, Ryan, Lacee, Natalee, Rosalba, Kylie, Ben & Norah

Sharon Armstrong

“A commission I did.”


Ryan Bangerter

Printing the MMR shirts today.


Lacee Siler Black

“One b&w comp done and another to go on this commission. Client wanted to emphasize diversity. So here’s NY street ball at its 1970’s loveliest. I’m excited to get onto the final piece.”

“….Aaaaaaaaannnd b&w comp number two. Finally moving onto color comps!!”


Natalee Cooper Chilton

“I am low key excited to finally launch my new website/portfolio.” designsbynat.com


Rosalba Dominguez

Running for office AND designing the promotional material!


Kylie Gillette

“You can now see our jewelry Monday through Saturday (until 9pm) at DownEast in Millcreek At Jenibee Marketplace: 3300 South 2300 East” 😊


Ben Heighton


Norah Strebel

“Designs for Bark Out Loud!”


 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Vince, Molly, Ruben, Melissa, Katrina, Jennifer, Peterson, Missy & Em

Vince Bayless

“2019 Day 168: Offspring” #draweveryday #sketcheveryday #randomwordoftheday #illustration #sketch #characterdesign #drawing #design #concept #cartoon #sketchbook #offspring #artistsoninstagram #cartoonistsoninstagram #illustratorsoninstagram


Molly Dallimore

My final project for my drawing class as well as the largest drawing I’ve ever made. Graphite on paper 38×50 inches.”


Ruben De La Torre

“A new photo to the album: Arte.”

Lettering Practice for Today.

I added the crown in between the L and C to fill the space. I like the idea of a broken crown might have to incorporate it into an illustration.
“Letter ‘S’ Study for a project I’m going to work on.”

Melissa Hurd

#centaurtruth


Katrina Flores Parkinson

“It’s a beautiful day here at the Tooele Arts Festival! Come by and check out what’s going on:) let me know if you are coming! I would love to see you ! Come get a Henna Tattoo!”


Jennifer Terry

“These are a couple of projects I’ve been working on lately. I think they are turning out pretty well.”


Peterson Timothy

“With today (June 19) being the day Moe of the Three Stooges was born, I felt in necessary to explore some portrait illustrations of all Three Stooges.”


Missy Van Wagoner

“Lookey Lookey! Guess what? I won another Award! Scroll down to see what space my “Love Wins” piece won! SO exciting! Thank you minted! woot woot. Happy Friday!”

Walls that Wow: Minted x Pottery Barn Kids x PBteen Round 3 Art Challenge: Special Prizes


Em Veylupek

#sketchbook


 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Davin, Lacee, Anna Marie, Cassidy, Becky, Esther, Ian, Katrina, Matthew & Katie

Davin Abegg

Made some new stickers. Want one?


Lacee Siler Black

“My coworkers decided to start a weekly oil painting night. So of course I had to join. I haven’t painted with oils since my figure painting class in college. Had to admit for a first attempt I feel pretty good. Looking forward to to next week already!! “ @ Lindon, Utah


Anna Marie Coronado

“Idea sketches for an Operational Excellence graphic at work.” #graphicdesign #graphicdesigner #illustrator #illustration #sketch #roughs #doodles #graphic #roughdraft


Cassidy Demkov

Instagram post


Becky Larsen Pease

“B&W of my life, day #257.”
#PoolsideSaturday


Esther Longmore

“Just a little stamp set I designed. I did this a year ago and it’s finally live!”


Ian Maxfield

“‘The truth is… I am Iron Man.’ I first had a more elaborate design and composition in mind, but while I was making it I thought something simple and bold would be more effective.

“I worked through and scrapped 3 different ideas until I landed on this. I’m really happy with how it turned out.”


Katrina Flores Parkinson

“I had the opportunity to do this portrait commission for a friend of mine. This is a portrait of her brother Ryan who passed away. I really enjoyed creating this painting for her!”


Matthew Radcliffe

“Is this love that I’m feeling.”
#photography #photography_love #lightroom #adobelightroom #ig_photography #macro #macrophotography #macrophoto
#closeup #closeupphotography #yellow #yellowflower #wildflower #flower #flowersofsummer #summer #flowersofinstagram


Katie Steckler

“I designed my first magazine from scratch. Client very pleased and happy with how much cleaner it was from the last publisher. Whew! Hard work pays off!!”

“My first cover is printed and now available to the public!! Thank you Kerry Gonzáles for all your help and inspiration in school.” #bestteacherever