AIGA Photo Collective Showcased at Rankin Art Gallery

AIGA Photo Collective: Emotionally ResonantThe Ferris State University Rankin Student Center Art Gallery will display an AIGA signature Photo Collective exhibit, “Emotionally Resonant.” The collective debuted on Thursday, Sept. 29 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 1. It features historical photos of Big Rapids.

The Emotionally Resonant showcases Ferris student photography skills through a series of photos dated back 15 to 50 years ago of various locations throughout the community. Each participating student tracked down a historical photo location and recaptured the current view, while aligning the old photo within their artwork.

Co-chair of AIGA Photo Collective, Kaitlin Dupon said, “Our goal was to get students off campus and around Big Rapids to be active community members. We want to stress that we are community members too and this project allowed us to get involved with the community.”

William Culpepper, an assistant professor of Ferris’ Graphic Design program, explained that the historical photo project highlighted the old historical downtown Big Rapids compared to the current downtown that the community sees every day.

“I thought it was a fabulous way to present old and new together while keeping a positive aspect to show differences that have occurred,” Culpepper said. “I think both of those aspects of the gallery will be good to see what students are thinking and have respect for the past in tandem to thinking about the future.”

Also sharing the spotlight in the exhibit will be an additional section called Graphik Intervention. This display will feature student projections created throughout Big Rapids on vacant buildings reflecting urban space.

Culpepper said that the projections are visually interesting and stimulating. He added that the students use their graphic design skills and research to communicate their projections to a Big Rapids audience.

“Basically, it’s sparking urban revitalization through graphic design which brings students out of the classroom to expose them to the community,” Culpepper said.

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Sept. 30, 2011