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Graduating ASU senior to launch sustainable fashion brand

April 26, 2022 - 9:00pm
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Her study abroad session may have been cut short due to the pandemic, but Macey Sierka will never forget the four weeks she spent in Paris and how it further fueled her passion to start her own clothing business upon graduation. Sierka will graduate this May with a degree in supply chain management from the W. P. Carey School of Business with a minor in fashion from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. During her study abroad experience, she took a course called “Business and Fashion in France” where she learned about the business aspect of the fashion industry from the perspective of luxury fashion brands. She gained several perspectives about fashion from her professors who were knowledgeable in areas including design, marketing and forecasting. “I have always loved clothes, but...
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On behalf of our animal neighbors: Printmaking grad looks to the natural world

April 25, 2022 - 2:53am
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Daniella Napolitano compares her creative practice to that of a natural historian informed by ecology, biology and natural history research. “One of my favorite projects I’ve worked on is a set of field guides I made for common Phoenix flora and fauna,” said Napolitano, who graduates this spring with an MFA in printmaking. “It stands out to me because it was my very first experience with using the letterpress and I was determined to try every new technique. It also helped me familiarize myself with a new environment after moving here from out of state.” Napolitano said she “observes animals and plants, translating information into a ‘popular’ rather than ‘scientific’ form: visual narratives that incorporate observation-based information with a whimsical approach to animal behavior.” Her thesis exhibition, “ Have You Seen Me?: A...
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Retiring Regents Professor honored with a photography exhibition

March 21, 2022 - 10:12pm
Editor's note: This story originally stated that the exhibit ran through April 2, but the exhibit has already closed. Northlight Gallery and the School of Art are honoring Arizona State University Regents Professor Mark Klett for 40 years of service to the university with an exhibition titled " Circle of Influence." More than 60 BFA and MFA alumni who have been mentored by Klett during their time at ASU have been invited to have their work represented. Their graduation dates range from the mid-1980s to last year. Most of the work in the show has been donated to Northlight Gallery and will become part of the Mark Klett Archive. “The show is a great honor for me,” said Klett, “showing the work of students I have mentored over my 40-year career at ASU.” Klett started teaching at ASU in 1982 when he joined the staff as a master printer before...
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Honoring a ‘cultural entrepreneur’

February 21, 2022 - 8:03pm
There are a couple of reasons Arizona State University Professor Bernard Young — who has a PhD in philosophy from Cornell — gives students when they ask why he calls himself a doctor when his expertise is in art education. The most important reason? “I’m Black,” he said. “There aren't too many of us.” Young’s comment came during an ASU Library event Monday night to celebrate the J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. Papers , the first archive to join the library’s Black Collections, recently created as part of the university’s LIFT (Listen, Invest, Facilitate, Teach) Initiative . Established in 2020, the goal of LIFT is to enhance and support the lived, teaching and learning experiences of Black students, faculty and staff. And if the initiative is successful, Young’s statement won’t be the case much longer – much of it is geared toward increasing not only the number of Black students, faculty...
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The importance of identity, representation in photography

February 10, 2022 - 8:29pm
Representation is a powerful tool that can be used to bring positive social change to our world. With the evolution of technology, more people are discovering artists who are sharing how social movements can be made through art, identity and representation. At Arizona State University, one faculty member is using his expertise to share how his thought-provoking work is bringing positive social change, one photo at a time. Granville Carroll, faculty associate at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts teaches a speciality course through ASU Online’s digital photography program, Identity and Representation in Photography. Carroll’s collectives are a literal and metaphoric representation of life through his eyes, introducing people to the concepts of Afrofuturism and identity. ASU News spoke with Carroll about the importance of representation in photography and creating an authentic, safe space for Black artists. Question: Tell us about the course you teach and the importance...
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New library collections feature one of ASU's first Black professors

January 17, 2022 - 9:18pm
While sorting through photos in the J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. Papers, one of many collections in the backlogs at ASU Library , Associate Archivist Elizabeth Dunham often joked that Grigsby was “a total dad.” A teacher and an artist, he traveled often to national conferences and took pictures of everything that caught his eye along the way, from random buildings “right down to the pictures out the plane window,” Dunham said with a laugh. Grigsby’s penchant for documentation may have been considered a charming character quirk during his lifetime, but today, it’s the reason ASU Library is able to offer a unique glimpse into the life of one of Arizona State University’s first Black professors in the fine arts department. And it’s a long time coming for members of Arizona’s Black community, said Jessica Salow , who was recently named archivist of Black Collections at ASU Library, a new role...
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Do species really 'invade'?

December 30, 2021 - 4:30am
About two weeks ago, The Guardian newspaper reported on the booming armadillo population in North Carolina. The first armadillo showed up in 2007, but since 2019 their numbers have skyrocketed. It’s suspected that climate change is the culprit; armadillos don’t like cold, and North Carolina hasn’t seen a bitter winter in a while. It’s news because it’s unusual, but what was not unusual was the language employed: “besieged,” “relentless march,” “nemesis” and “hunting aliens.” Invasion biology — the study of the harm done to ecosystems by species introduced outside their native habitats — got its start in the mid-1980s among an international group of ecologists studying Mediterranean ecosystems, which occur on every temperate continent. But some attitudes are changing in science. Arizona State University’s Matt Chew has co-authored several papers on the subject. Scientific American called him the “gadfly of invasion biology.” He is quoted in the New York Times...
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From drones to water tastings to sonic art, ASU creatives take part in 2021 Canal Convergence

December 13, 2021 - 7:08pm
Each year the city of Scottsdale lights up for a two-weekend-long event by the waterfront, Canal Convergence, filled with community projects, live music, workshops and artist talks. Following the event’s perennial themes of Water + Art + Light, interactivity and sustainability, this year’s featured theme married the concepts of “Art and Technology,” with the goal of expanding the public’s understanding of technology’s role in artmaking and exploring the impact it has on society. Joining in this year’s Nov. 5–14 event were several Arizona State University research groups, faculty and students from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, as well as alumni from the School of Art. The projects ranged in topic, from water tasting in enchanted spaces to augmented reality artworks based in imaginative futures. Each project was thoughtfully designed to prompt conversations about our futures and how we...
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ASU international ceramics graduate turns dream into reality

November 28, 2021 - 7:24pm
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2021 graduates . When Miru Kim made the decision to leave her home country of the Republic of Korea to study ceramics at Arizona State University, she didn’t realize how challenging the language barrier would be. “During the first year, I couldn't ask any questions I had,” she said. “There were things I wanted to say, but I couldn't talk deeply. So, I worked alone and that has become part of my work. It was difficult to make friends, but some of them came to me without prejudice. I think that enduring loneliness made me grow even more.” She said during the difficult times, she considered leaving Arizona. “I really wanted to go back to Korea,” she said, “however, I could not overturn that choice because it was my decision to study in the United States.”...
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Death and photography: Immortalizing memories through art

October 27, 2021 - 9:05pm
Día de los Muertos — or Day of the Dead — is a predominately Mexican holiday and is observed in various ways and under different names across the world. In recent years, it’s been depicted in mainstream media and adopted by diverse populations in different regions. Over the span of two days, every Nov. 1–2, families come together to remember and honor the deceased with a celebration that includes visiting gravesites, placing decorations, placing orange Mexican marigold flowers and leaving offerings, or ofrendas, such as food and drinks. This could also include placing memorabilia and photographs of the deceased as a remembrance. How do photographs keep a memory alive and does it help with loss? Ashley Czajkowski is a lecturer at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and teaches a special digital photography course – "Death and Photography" – through ASU Online . Driven by personal experience, her...
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