Early this year I was invited by Barry Fitzgerald to come out to The University of Kansas and speak to the School of Architecture, Design & Planning and the following day to do an illustration workshop for the Illustration Program. Barry ensured me that the hall would be packed because the lecture series is a required course so that was a relief but he also mentioned that if there was a Jawhawks game happening that night there would be a lot of unhappy and fidgety students out in the audience.
It was a fun night as I talked about my career highs and lows as I tried to deliver a message about self determination in the arts when at times things aren’t going your way including discouragement from education, the economy and with all of that going on the ultimate need to grow as an artist.
After the lecture I talked with some interested students and had the pleasure to meet my friend Susan Younger, Creative Director of the KU Alumni Association. Susan mentioned that she was going to come and take my workshop the next day. The next day during the workshop Susan started asking me questions about specific events in my career and said that she was going to pitch an article on my work to UCDA the University & College Designers Association. After the workshop Susan and I talked about our mutual love for the animal world including growing up in families that allowed the kids to have strange pets like snakes, turtles, amphibians and farm animals.
What looked like a long shot ended up getting published in the Summer 2014 issue of Designer Magazine.
A super big thanks out to Susan Younger for her work to put the article together and get it published and to Creative Director Tadson Bussey for his design work and to Barry for the invitation to visit KU.
All images | Richard Downs © 2014 | © 2014 Designer Magazine Summer 2014 Vol. 39, No. 2
Courtesy of the University & College Designers Association ucda.com