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Senior art shows in full swing in Shore Gallery

The fifth Senior Art Show of the spring semester was tonight in Abilene Christian University’s Shore Art Gallery.
So, what’s a student to do when her parents live in New Jersey and can’t make it for their daughter’s big night? Lauren McDuff used the last 30 minutes to walk her laptop around the room and, via Skype, explain the details of each piece to them. A interior design major and native of Fishers, Ind., her parents recently moved to the East Coast, where she plans to join them after graduation and begin looking for a design job in New York City. Thanks to some of the technology our students use each day, McDuff’s mother and father could experience just about everything but the evening’s refreshments.
McDuff, Melanie Bartholomew, Shannon Applegate, Brittany Herrod, Samantha Hawthorne and Lauren St. John combined their artistic talents to put together “Delight,” the theme of their three-hour showing in the Shore.
St. John is a three-dimensional art major, Hawthorne and Herrod are graphic design majors, and Bartholomew and Applegate are interior design majors. Their displayed work included packaging, digital illustration, informational graphics, screen printing, lamps, book jackets, website design, photography, e-cards, and architectural design of medical centers, kitchens and retail stores.
Herrod is one of the talented student production assistants who work in our Creative Services office, where we annually produce – among about 1,000 other design and marketing projects – ACU Today magazine. A native of Arlington, Texas, she is one of four of our students who swept many honors Feb. 23 at the 2012 American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards.
Professional and student staff in University Marketing won a total of 37 ADDYs that evening, but we were especially proud of our students and their accomplishments. Herrod helped lead our student team in ADDY award-winning promotional work for RecFest, an all-night party last September signaling the grand opening of the new Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
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The busy Clover Virginia Shore Art Gallery, which opened in 1978, is part of the Don H. Morris Center.