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Award winning designs on display at Anderson Gallery

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The Anderson Gallery will host an exhibition for the American Institute of Graphic Arts from Sept. 30 to Oct. 30. The event is called “AIGA 365,” and according to a Drake University press release, it showcases 125 communication designs from 2009 that were entered into a competition organized by AIGA.

“AIGA 365: Annual Design Competition 31” opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 30, according to the press release. The event will be free to the public, and light appetizers and refreshments will be served. The Anderson Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4 p.m.

According to the AIGA website, the featured designs must be “within the challenges of a commercial brief” and be an excellent pairing of effectiveness and aesthetics. There are 27 from Des Moines, ranging from T-shirt designs  and illustrations to annual reports.

The Anderson Gallery is located in the Harmon Fine Arts Center and is located to the left of the front entrance. Later in the year, the Anderson Gallery will host student works.

“I think it’s pretty cool that we have a gallery on campus we can look at stuff for,” first-year graphic design major Larin Nickell said.

Also this fall, Drake will present “Handmade Nation” in Bulldog Theater on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. “Handmade Nation” is a documentary about America’s new do-it-yourself arts, crafts and designs.

According to the “Smells Like Screen Spirit” article, the movie documents how do-it-yourself crafts have changed over the past few decades. Do-it-yourself crafts started as something expected of women in the 1970s and then they faded out in the 80s. Now the crafts are making a comeback using the Internet, historical techniques, punk themes and a desire to reset the economy.

“Handmade Nation” is directed by Faythe Levine, an author, artist and curator. According to her blog, Levine is currently working on a film about sign painting in America.

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