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Annual Student Exhibition




April 8–May 11, 2014

Special Exhibition Gallery


The UMD Department of Art and Design's Annual Student Exhibition features selected works by  students in the department courses since the previous year's exhibition. This is a juried show.


Annual Student Exhibition 2014 Events:

Tuesday, April 8: Exhibition opens to public.


Tuesday, April 8
Montague Hall 70, UMD
Jurors’ Lectures, VCLS
Graphic Design: Seth Johnson and Studio Art: Davin Watne


Annual Student Exhibition Awards and Reception

Other Events


April 26 (Sat)
1–4pm Art & Design Open Studio
Department of Art & Design
4–6pm Opening Reception
Tweed Museum of Art
5pm Awards Ceremony
Tweed Museum of Art


Seth Johnson is a designer, writer, educator, and orga­nizational leader. His Minneapolis-based consultancy partners with teams and clients in a wide range of business categories to conceive and implement branding and com­munications solutions. Using a human-centered approach to simplify and clarify, he makes his clients’ voices heard, their messages understood, and their visions realized.
He began his career at the age of 15 as a staff designer for his hometown newspaper and as a textbook keyliner for a subsidiary of West Publishing. While in college, he held positions ranging from Senior Designer at CSU-Los Angeles to Creative Director of Theater Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation, Seth began freelancing while also holding adjunct faculty positions at colleges in Los Angeles and Minneapolis. He was a senior designer for Woychick Design in Minneapolis before launching his own practice in 2006.

A past president of AIGA Minnesota, Seth also served as its treasurer and co-director of education and founded its mentor program. Through his volunteer work, he strives to help emerging designers bridge the gaps between education and professional practice. He speaks frequently at universities and design organizations around the nation, serves on the AIGA national chapter advisory council and the governing board of Art Buddies, and was a founding member of FEAST MPLS. Twitter: @sethrrr

Davin Watne is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri with an established record of professional achievement. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art. He has been awarded the Charlotte Street Foundation Award, ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, Avenue of Arts Municipal Arts Grant, Art in the Loop Public Arts Grant and is a former resident of the Studios Inc. Residency Program. Davin holds a fulltime lecturer position at University of Missouri Kansas City, where he teaches Painting and Drawing.
Davin Watne was born and raised in the shadows of the coal-mining industry in rural West Virginia. As he says, “My sister and I used to play in abandoned strip mines as children.” In his art, he often explores the troubling relation­ships that humans have with nature. An early series of oil paintings offers haunting night views of wrecked cars on dark highways surrounded by nocturnal creatures. More recent paintings speak of the numbing, candy-coated world of consumerism by way of glassy, eye-shadow-heavy eyes and swollen plastic lips. Watne also makes beguiling sculptures of unexpected materials: Beanbags, purses, and hair extensions combine to form “Grand Titillation.” And a 1974 Dodge Charger is replicated at actual size in pink papier-mâché. It was later ritually burned.

—Colby K. Smith, Director, The Studios Inc.



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