Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Society for Environmental Graphic Design invited Cassie Hester, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design in UWG’s Department of Art, to serve on the jury for the SEGD’s 2013 Global Design Awards. This prestigious annual award program recognizes the best art that utilizes the environment around us.
“I was tremendously honored to be selected as a juror for the 2013 SEGD Global Design Awards,” Hester said. “Over the course of three days in D.C., I got to rub elbows with some of the world's greatest environmental designers—my fellow jurors—and pour over hundreds of intriguing entries from all over the world. I returned to Georgia inspired and rejuvenated.”
Hester’s invitation to be a juror was not random. “I was selected to be a juror because I won a Merit Award in the 2012 SEGD Global Design Awards for my experimental typographic installment, Dig Deep,” she explained. While some artists are content to have their art hung on the interior walls of a gallery, Hester installed her art on the side of a building. Dig Deep is an epic piece of art measuring to 16 feet by 4 feet, and it sits on the outside of the Pollak Building, a design facility at Virginia Commonwealth University, where Hester completed her Master of Fine Arts degree. Using nails, sequins and plastic straws, she created a subtle message on a painted plywood canvas. The words “dig deep,” spelled out with the reflection from sparkling pink sequins, are just barely visible even as the wind flutters through the piece. Hester received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the University of Georgia.
SEGD’s Global Design Awards showcase fantastic works of art in the environment. The awards may be given to nearly any form of environmental art, from architecture to billboards to entire cities. Hester served with a number of other talented graphic designers on the SEGD jury. Nearly all of the jurors are either currently or previously involved in teaching design in higher education environments. These artists have been involved with exciting projects such as the 1996 Atlanta Olympics opening ceremonies and the 2012 London Olympics. Their clients include the Smithsonian Museum, Tiffany & Co., the Musée du Louvre and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter, to name just a few. For more information, please visit the SEGD website.