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NMSU graphic design conference, portfolio review set for April 27

New Mexico State University's Art Department and the American Institute of Graphic Arts will host graphic designers from the region at a conference at the New Mexico Heritage Farm and Ranch Museum and at student portfolio reviews on campus.


Set for Wednesday, April 27, the day-long program will provide information and a time for dialog among students, educators and professionals about graphic design. The event also provides an informal, supportive environment for portfolio reviews essential in the graphic designer's career.

The keynote presentation "Breaking the Code: Deciphering Symbolic Communication" by Maggie Macnab will be at 10 a.m. at the theater at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

Macnab has been internationally recognized in graphic design for more than 20 years. She is past president of the Communication Artists of New Mexico, teaches logo design and symbolism as visual literacy for the graphic designer at the University of New Mexico, and is a well-known speaker.

Graphic designers and students may participate in a portfolio review from 2:00-3:30 p.m. sponsored by the NMSU Art Department in Williams Hall in Room 108.

A presentation and panel discussion with seven design professionals will highlight the program. The presentation at 4 p.m. at the museum's theater will feature Jack Kotz and Joel Nakamura discussing "If an illustrator and photographer walked into a bar, which would have the better Hawaiian shirt?"

Kotz has been an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer for 20 years. His photographs appear in the collection of the National Museum of American Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Mississippi Museum of Art and numerous private collections.

Joel Nakamura is known for his unique style: a blend of folk art and sophisticated iconography rendered in a neo-primitive technique. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections.

The question-and-answer panel session at 5 p.m. will include Brian Hurshman, Peggy Pfeiffer, Eric Griego and Fred Cisneros.

Hurshman is an award-winning designer with a commitment to visual excellence. He works for Cisneros Design as Art Director.

Peggy Pfeiffer is the owner and creative director of BadDog Design, a small graphic communications firm in Santa Fe that specializes in makeovers for established companies in need of a facelift and new design for startups.

A native of Santa Fe, Eric Griego opened Firestik Studio in 2005. Griego worked for Cisneros Design as a Designer and Art Director for seven years.

Fred Cisneros, owner of Cisneros Design, has been working in design for almost 20 years. He will speak about the value of American Institute of Graphic Arts ? 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.

This event is made possible by the Graphic Design Area at NMSU Art Department and the AIGA. Sponsors include the Lilian Steinman Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists, the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences, R B Design & Printing, Spectrum Paper, Colorado Printing Company and the Museum Grill and Catering at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

For more information call (505) 646-1705.