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The Exhibition Competition

UMD student at exhibition for Islands of Brilliance
May 28, 2019

Senior graphic design students ended the school year in a competition for the community.

Assistant Professor David Short’s two senior capstone classes participated in the Second Annual Fundraiser Exhibition Competition– an event that centers around raising money for a nonprofit through sponsorships, Go Fund Me, and two exhibitions at the Tweed Museum of Art.

UMD senior graphic design students at their Tweed fundraiser exhibition

One section, Team Coordinates, chose Northwoods Children’s Services, a Duluth organization serving children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.

UMD senior graphic design students at their Tweed fundraiser exhibition

Team Little Pieces worked with Islands of Brilliance, a learning experience for children on the autism spectrum. “Being emotionally involved is needed for success with this kind of project,” says Mikala Myran, who was on Team Little Pieces. “This created a big learning curve for us, as it’s something we don’t normally have the opportunity to do– but that was a good thing.”

Students were in charge of branding their exhibition, project management, and the reception.

Short also requires his students to participate in an activity with the nonprofit that they choose. The result? Critter Bots– a bug-making workshop for Islands of Brilliance, where all the bugs were created using found materials. “Volunteering with the organization made it more personally rewarding. It was amazing,” says student Shannon Conway.

Critter Bots exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art

The section working with Northwoods Children’s Services hosted a sledding race with sleds made entirely of recycled materials.

In the end, the students raised $1,499 for Northwoods Children’s Services and $1,542 for Islands of Brilliance. “They took total ownership on this endeavor, and I’m proud of them,” says Short.

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