Category Archives: Alumni News

ALUMNI FOCUS: Paul, Lacee, Nadya, Jill, Becky, Erin & Missy

Paul Asay

“You should go see who took that photo…”


Lacee Black

“I’ve been busy lately with some branding work, I can finally post. The client wanted a traditional feeling logo using letters. “


Nadya Bratt

O hai, facebook. It’s been a while.
Here’s a quick one for all my homies who struggle with patience and slow results.


Jill De Haan

From AIGA SLC:
“The 100 Show, Salt Lake City’s most prestigious juried competition, honors and showcases the years’ best design. Eligible projects are judged for craft, concept, and aesthetic achievement as determined by our nationally-recognized panel of judges.”

From Jill:
“Guys! I won a Copper Ingot at the AIGA SLC 100 Show this year and am just pleased as punch. It’s a real honor to have my work judged alongside the stellar work of SLC designers and illustrators. Thanks so much to the awesome judges this year for picking up what I put down and for @artistsforeducation for letting me work on such a fun project!”

Becky Larsen Pease

Lisbon, Portugal – B&W of my life, day 178″

Erin Salazar

“My job is so much fun! I work with the best team EVER!! They allow me to bring out the best in myself as a designer. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely stress doing projects like this but watching it come to life is so rewarding!” #environmentaldesigner #buildingwraps #twofloorsdowntoday💪 #fivemoretogo #corevaluesatwork


Missy Turner

I got an Illustration/Children’s Illustration/Licensing rep! They’re a UK based company called the Bright Agency. These are some of the development illustrations they had me do before signing me on.”


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ALUMNI FOCUS: Anna Marie, Jill, Melissa, Amy, Magen & Nick, Becky, Jen & Em

Anna Marie Coronado

“Charts and Graphs for work! And all I hear in my head is Kerry saying ‘more charts and graphs’ during Ad Workshop class.”


Jill De Haan

Lettering is such a beautiful way to express yourself. Exploring the depths of your style, creativity and voice is something I think every person can benefit from. I crack up when I see my work from a few years ago. There were times when I thought I’d just find a new hobby and others when I felt I’d really created something special and both experiences always pushed me to evolve and do better. I’m so grateful for the art of lettering and for the career that I’ve built from it. One of the unexpected benefits I’ve gotten from lettering is the wonderful community. Everyone is so positive and encouraging and I’m endlessly inspired by their beautiful work. It is for that reason that I would love to enter @homsweethom ‘s #letterwest scholarship challenge. I know there will be a ton of incredible entries but I figured I’d give it a shot! Here’s hoping I get to spend some quality time with my fellow lettering folk!” ❤️❤️

“Holy smokes, first mural done! And have a leg up on the next two thanks to help from my amaze sisters! Thanks @missyhealyturner and @libbykleyn 😇😇 for staying up late with me!”

“I could flower-doodle absolutely all day. Or all night in this case.” #6hourslater #hallofbreakfast @ Hall of Breakfast


Melissa Hurd

“This is Mushka. She is @musiceater7 ‘s baby.”
#artwithmelissa #catsofinstagram #artistsofinstagram #ipadproart #procreate #applepencil #petportrait #art #artistforhire


Amy McDonald

“Great night at Monster Drawing Rally at Kimball Art Center with Park City Summit County Arts Council. Fun to participate as one of the artists and have our work go to great causes! Artwork was hung in plastic and taped to the wall for people to buy.”


Magen Mitchell & Nick Burke

“The Helikon Gallery & Studios Nerd Out! show opens today! We have a couple of plaques and a bunch of jewelry in the show so be sure to swing by if you’re in Denver.”

#obakestyle #lasercut #laserengraved #fanart #ghibli #ジブリ #princessmononoke #mononoke #もののけ姫 #helikongallery #denverart


Becky Larsen Pease

“B&W of my life, day 166”
#GoToTheLibarryTooLurnHow2ReidGud


Jennifer Terry

“This is a corresponding surface pattern to my cover photo. I’m planning on doing several more mostly because I feel like I’ve hit on a color palette I really like.”


Em Veylupek

“All finished!!”


 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Paul, Molly, Amber, Ben, Becky, Matt, Tanja, & Em

Paul Asay

“Baseball Sky.”


Molly Dallimore

“Some calligraphy practice using limericks.”


Amber Giles

“Advice often shared with me by my mother.” 🙂❤️


Ben Heighton

“A set of logos I created yesterday for What do you know about ska punk? Really happy with them.” #destroybrandgraphics #wdykasp #ska #skapunk @ Salt Lake City, Utah


Becky Larsen Pease

“B&W of my life, day 150.”
🐝🐝


Matt Page

“On Sunday I posted a couple of process pics of this drawing, but this is the finished piece.”

See more at: mattpagedotcom.com


Tanja Rapson

I’m so excited! The pins I designed for Riley Blake are finally having a debut party at this springs Quilt Market.” #designlife #enamelpins #rileyblakedesigns #toocutetonotshare #idesignedthis


Em Veylupek

“I’ve been experimenting with resin and glass pieces to create geode style paintings. This is my second attempt and has already sold. I start out with drawing on the different contour lines with a pencil. Once I have a good idea of the shape I use clear epoxy resin to glue down the glass pieces. Once the glass pieces are dry and set I move on to adding colors. This has gold, metallic purple, red plum, dark violet and white.”


 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Alisa, Lacee, Nadia, Ben, Sam, Andrew, Ian, Becky, Erin & Clayton

Alisa Bishop

“Going to try to do at least a couple #MaySketchaDay posts this month, starting with a goal of 3 that is hopefully attainable, haha. It was nice to just draw something that wasn’t overly preplanned like most of my current projects have been.”


Lacee Black

“30 Pattern Challenge prompt: Icarus and the Sun.”


Nadia Dolzhenko

Beautiful photos from photographer Nadia!


Ben Heighton

Destroy Brand Graphics at The Bat Cave Presents: Goth Swap & Bat Cave Fundraiser Bake Sale.


Sam Loertscher

“Cool catz”


Andrew Malin

“This will likely be my only entry for MerMay. I didn’t see much representation of fresh water mermaids and so we have… Kitten, who sits on her perch in the white water rapids. Meow!” #mermay #sweetheart


Ian Maxfield

“Named must be your fear before banish it can.” – Yoda
“Happy May the 4th”


Becky Larsen Pease

“B&W of my life, day 140.”


Erin Salazar

Thought you’d be interested in the professional photos from my conference. I was lead designer this year – so all the artwork, lanyards, signage, flags, brochures etc were all me. Even the foam letters were my grand idea! So much fun!”  😊


Clayton Whitehead

“No explanation needed. Peter Berdmun.”

2018 Graphic Design Graduates!

Congratulations Grads!

We’re so very proud of our Salt Lake Community / Visual Art & Design Graphic Design graduates. They recently participated in the annual AIGA Student Portfolio Review. And now, they are starting their careers in graphic design.

Anna Marie Coronado
Ariel Hofman
Matthew Radcliffe
Julianie Spookie McCray
Katie Steckler

Left to right: Julianie Spookie McCray, Anna Marie Coronado, Matthew Radcliffe and Katie Steckler.

And our VAD Graphic Design Grads who have gone on to receive BFAs!

VAD Graphic Design Alumnus Alissa Hicks just added a Weber State University BFA to her resume! Congratulations Alissa!

“Had my senior BFA thesis show tonight! I’m so proud of my fellow design graduates for collaborating on our contribution!
I was also surprised by being recognized as one of two outstanding graduates in Graphic Design!”

Alissa with Evan Crawford

“I finally did it! 5 years later and you’re looking at a BFA grad in Graphic Design! Even better is that on Monday, I start my first full-time career as a designer. Thank you to all my friends and family that supported me through school and pushed me to do the best I could!”


 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Sharon, Vince, Molly, Amber, Sam, Matt, Ingrid, & Missy

Sharon Armstrong

“Here is the finished drawing. It’s about a woman that is attacked by life but she has developed an armor and protects her worth.”


Vince Bayless

“Day 22-Bongo the Bouncer from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”


Molly Dallimore

“Also wanted to share some concepts I’ve been messing with and wanted some opinions. I’m trying to go with a cute creepy kind of vibe but not sure what kind of applications to use it for…. stickers, children’s book, product marketing? Still in the concept stage.”


Amber Giles

“Unplug to recharge. Definitely can be difficult in a world where everything is at your fingertips, but consider walking farther with your feet than your thumbs for a day or two and see how much more you can accomplish.” 😉


Sam Loertscher

DS Creative:

“Some recent #logo and branding work/color studies for a #dentist and local #slc biz that sells bulk #chocolate and baking supplies #typography #design #branding #brandingdesign


Matt Page

“Bangs.”


Ingrid Shoemaker

“One of my five new necklace designs.” 😍🌸 dahliaandviolet.etsy.com/

💕🌸dahliaandviolet.etsy.com/


Missy Van Wagoner

“I can’t not think of my amazing class I took from the amazing @lillarogers and Zoe Tucker! Illustrating children’s Books class @makeartthatsells.”


 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Lacee, Karli, Becky, Andrew, Matt, Missy, Em, & Talin

Lacee Black

“After some trying screen printing adventures we ended up simplifying our T-shirt design. Still pleased with how it turned out. “


Karli Duisen

“My very first Linocut.”


Becky Larsen Pease

“B&W of my life, day 126”
#IChooChooChooseYou


Andrew Malin

“Meet the Gull and Trev Stephen (on left) at Wasatch Comic Con!”

Andrew at Wasatch Comic Con. “Gull” written by Chris Hoffman and Andrew Malin.


Matt Page

“Sketchbook doodles.”


Missy Van Wagoner

“I love wild flowers! I love being surrounded by nature even though I kill almost all of my live plants! Negatory Green thumb am I! Does that make sense? Either way I’m going with it hahaha. Any who, there are many wild sayings that pretty much feel like they are lil reminders to tell me from up above that I am the way i am on purpose. This is me! Broken. Not perfect but ridiculously a wild dreamer. So to you wild ones follow your wild heart and remember wild hearts can’t be broken!” ❤️


Em Veylupek

“Red white blue and silver resin paintings. 10×8 canvas boards 3 for $50 or 1 for $20.”


Talin Wadsworth

“Trying something new on the Designing Adobe XD live-stream this week. Tune in tomorrow at 12 PST on http://be.net/live for a case study in how we designed the Layers feature for @AdobeXD ! I’ll share design stories, research findings, early prototypes and memes! #uxdesign


 

Congratulations Jorge!

Jorge Alberto Pille Ambriz

April 23, 2018

“After putting it off for all these years, my mom, Ofelia Pille and I finally decided to become U.S. Citizens. We applied in March 2017, passed our interviews in March 2018, and today we finally took our Oath! It’s official!!”

Congratulations to VAD Graphic Design alumnus Jorge and his mother. We are all so very proud of you!


 

ALUMNI FOCUS: Lacee, Cassidy, Katrina, Dianna, Melissa & Talin

Lacee Black

“Art vs artist. I thought this might be a good way to show transition from student to professional.”


Cassidy Demkov

“I had a dream that I had a pink cockatoo named Rosie so I was convinced I needed a pet bird. Not as convinced, my husband told me I could get another dog instead, so now I have a Boston Terrier named Rosie. This is the first bird that came to mind when I was illustrating tropical birds for #cpwildheart


Katrina Parkinson

I got lucky with a little Sunday night inspiration:) It has been a productive Sunday!


Dianna Totland

“This video is dear to my heart. My last big project with Epic, and I’m really happy with it and thankful to the people that helped out. If your looking to nominate a parent, friend or family member for a chance to win free LASIK, do it!”


Melissa Healy Turner

Hi there! I’m Missy Turner, an illustrator and aspiring children’s book author/artist. I enjoy Harry Potter trivia (go Hufflepuff!), British miniseries, baking, and being a goon with my family. Thanks for following!” #meettheartist #artvsartist


Talin Wadsworth

From Adobe Creative Cloud

“Join @MrTalin, lead Designer on #AdobeXD, to learn more about user research & user testing. Plus, find out how he approaches designing one of our newest prototyping apps.”