TNCC Student Art to be Displayed During Renowned Author’s Oct. 28 Book Signing at Ferguson Center for the Arts


Published: October 17, 2008

The creative works of 15 Thomas Nelson Community College students will be exhibited at the Ferguson Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. when award-winning mystery writer Walter Mosley meets/greets fans for a book signing and discussion. As part of a class project, the advanced Computer Arts students created posters, tickets, program booklet covers, and bookmarks to promote the event.

Free tickets for the event which is sponsored by the Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium (VPLC) are currently available at Virginia Peninsula libraries or call 926-1350 for ticket information. The VPLC exists to stimulate public interest in authors, books, reading, and libraries, and to encourage the study and enjoyment of books.  The consortium includes the libraries of TNCC, Christopher Newport University and Hampton University as well as the public libraries of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County and which collectively serve about 800,000 residents.

Adjunct Instructor Guy Fix said the VPLC in coordination with Computer Arts Department Head Cece Wheeler tabbed his class to create promotional material for Mosley’s event and selected only one student’s design for the overall publicity. The winning design was that of TNCC Computer Arts major Joseph Reedy but the body of work created by all of the students was so impressive that VPLC decided to showcase many of the digitally produced four-color print pieces during the book signing.

“The students in my class were the only ones producing these pieces. I was told that the [VPLC] board members were very impressed with many of the pieces and found it very difficult to single out one as the final winner. The students were okay about having just one picked in the end,” said Fix.

“After the VPLC had the idea of showcasing all the work at the event, the students got very excited about the idea.  Not everyone has their work showcased at the Ferguson Center,” he added.

Wheeler echoed the enthusiasm noting that the project was designed to give students real-world experience working with a client and competing for a contract. She explained that Fix incorporated the venture in his syllabus and when the project began, Karen Gill representing VPLC came to the class as a client and presented students with an overview of the concept including what was to be designed as well as the size, color and paper specifications per each item. Each student was tasked to design a poster, a front/back cover for the program booklet, a bookmark and a ticket.

“Guy did an excellent job with the class and was able to pull from his many years as a professional d esigner to inspire the students to create these excellent designs.  Realizing a concept from beginning to end is invaluable to the students’ educational experience and prepares them for the actual work force,” said Wheeler, an associate professor of Art at the College.

Reedy, whose winning 11X17 poster and other material advertising the Oct. 28 event is currently in view at libraries throughout the Peninsula, has since been hired as a paid intern at Fort Eustis, Va. The Hampton resident travels the nation working on digital video and motion graphics projects for the U.S. Army. Wheeler said he is among six TNCC students trained in graphic arts who staff an entire section at Fort Eustis having initially begun working on the post as interns through a course called ART 297 Co-op Education in Art.

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