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New Mexico State University to host professional graphic designers

New Mexico State University and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) will sponsor some of the region's most talented graphic designers on Wednesday, April 28, in Williams Hall on the NMSU campus.


designers, employers and students who are interested in design careers will be able to participate in a portfolio review session from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Williams Hall Room 108.

In celebration of the establishment of the Red Door Press in the NMSU Art Department's graphic design program, Mark and Marilyn Nero of the Cranberry Press will provide a hands-on demonstration of the art of the letterpress from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Williams Hall Room 108. Through their letterpress studio in Kingston, N.M., they place fine-art objects in the hands of people to encourage the hand-printed craft.

A panel discussion with five design professionals will highlight the program at 6 p.m. in the Williams Hall Art Gallery.

Eric Griego is an art director at Cisneros Design in Santa Fe who graduated from NMSU in 1995. He will speak about inspiration, working with limited resources and designing in a small market.

Chris Corrie, owner of Corrie Photography, has been practicing photography for more than 17 years. He will discuss his personal work and the collaboration process of working with individual designers and design firms.

Chris D'Addio is a sales representative at Sandia Paper Co. with more than 30 years of experience in print production, print sales and paper distribution sales. He will provide an overview of the paper business and services paper merchants can provide for designers.

Peggy Pfeiffer, owner of Bad Dog Design, has been involved in graphic design more than 20 years and has owned her own business since 1996. She will talk about the challenges and rewards of owning and operating a small studio.

Fred Cisneros, owner of Cisneros Design and a graduate of the College of Santa Fe, has been working in design for almost 20 years. He will speak about the value of AIGA.

The purpose of AIGA is to set the national agenda for the role of design in its economic, social, political and cultural contexts. AIGA is the oldest and largest membership association for professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring their portfolios.

The event will include food, drinks and many giveaways. It is free and open to the public. Williams Hall is located near the intersection of Solano Drive and University Avenue. For more information call (505) 646-1705.