Anderson, Indiana

Students share AU's story through art and design

Mon, 2012-04-16 07:55 -- univcomm
April 16, 2012

Amid the revitalization efforts at Anderson University, the Office of University Communications and the Office of Admissions recently teamed up with art and design students to create visual reminders of the AU story.

“We spent a lot of time trying to truly understand the many characteristics and personality of AU,” said Chris Williams, director of university communications and community relations. “We are looking to foster and nurture that dialogue, and we think these visual reminders encourage that conversation.”

muralThe first of these reminders appeared in the form of a mural painted in the southeast stairwell by Greg Hojnacki, a junior from Hudson, Ohio. The mural depicts icons such as the Eternal Flame and the spire of Park Place Church of God above the five core values of AU: integrity, excellence, servant leadership, responsibility, and generosity.

“Chris Williams and Joe Davis approached me about six months ago and commissioned me for this piece after viewing some of my other work,” said Hojnacki. “Using only the four-color palate of the university, I really tried to represent the contrast of where AU has been and where we are going, all the while remembering what we hold on to.”

[Photo: AU student Greg Hojnacki's mural, located in the southeast stairwell of Decker Hall.]

As a part of a junior-level graphic design course, eight students also created conceptual posters, which bring many of AU’s new “We Don’t Believe” statements to life. The posters will be hung in the Kane Dining Room in Olt Student Center, a room where nearly 1,000 prospective students and families visit each year.

“We weren’t just looking for store-bought pieces of art,” said Joe Davis, director of admissions. “We wanted to showcase the talent of our students by creating a space reflective of our community. We want parents and students to not only see, but truly understand what we are all about and make them think about what they are looking for in a university.”

strich-poster2The course itself was built around providing students with professional practice through client interaction. Professor of Art Kevin Rudynski led the students through this experience.

[Photo: A conceptual poster designed by AU student Melissa Strich, one of eight posters providing a visual representation of the university's "We Don't Believe" statements. The posters will be displayed in the Kane Dining Room in the Olt Student Center.]

“They each were tasked with choosing one of the many ‘We Don’t Believe’ statements and designing a visual representation of that concept,” said Rudynski. “Through their work they were able to present another dimension to the reader.”

Additionally, pole banners depicting the university’s newly adopted logo and five core values will be hung on Fifth Street outside of Decker Hall and Reardon Auditorium.

“All of these additions reflect the permanence of our story,” said Williams. “We are who we always have been. It’s exciting to see us continue to own our story.”

— Charlie Holcomb is a junior from Westfield, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in political science. Holcomb is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.