Park University’s Campanella Gallery to Host Graphic Design Exhibit

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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The artwork of graphic designers Matthew Derezinski, Joey Hannaford, Mervi Pakaste and Jeff Pulaski will be on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery beginning Thursday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, March 15.

The exhibition, “New Directions in Graphic Design,” seeks to highlight modern artistic techniques and uses in graphic design, illustration, photography, letterpress, and design software and practices. The works surpass what is done in the corporate setting, and serve as a voice for the possibilities graphic design offers globally in vision, message, output and artistry.

Derezinski is associate professor of art and visual communications at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. His focus is directed toward photographic manipulated imagery, incorporating layers of textural and organic imagery that draws on decaying architecture, nature and Midwestern landscape.

Hannaford, assistant professor of graphic design at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., is an award-winning printmaker, graphic designer and lettering artist. She has taught and conducted workshops nationally and internationally, and her works are housed among various prestigious collections, including four U.S. Presidential Libraries.

Pakaste, area coordinator and assistant professor of graphic design at Kansas State University in Manhattan, has completed residencies working in letterpress at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tenn., and Hamilton Woodtype and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wis. Her work is heavily influenced by U.S. pop culture and media.

Pulaski is assistant professor of graphic design at Wichita (Kan.) State University. His research interests include typography and letterpress printing, and his letterpress collection has grown to weigh nearly 10 tons.

The Campanella Gallery is located inside the University’s McAfee Memorial Library, within Park’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Admission is free. The Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Matthew LaRose, director of the Campanella Gallery and chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, at or (816) 584-6457.