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Where is the Black in Graphic Design at CalArts?
In this salon, organized in conjunction with the exhibition Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1970-2019, designers and CalArts alumni Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton and Silas Munro will gather with former classmates and colleagues Lorin Brown and Cameron Ewing, and former faculty Garland Kirkpatrick to discuss their experiences as Black graphic designers, educators and as members of the CalArts community.

In her research preparing for the exhibition, Arceneaux-Sutton estimated 1% of all design alumni from CalArts are Black. Furthermore there are only 3–5% of working design professionals that are Black. The panelists will discuss why historically there are so few Black graphic design students and Faculty at CalArts, how CalArts as an institution might respond to this, and what solutions might be created going forward.

This is the final public talk of a series of conversations that critically address the exhibition in relation to issues of inclusion and representation in the field of graphic design and graphic design education. Organized by Arceneaux-Sutton and Munro, these salons host CalArts alumni, guest designers, artists, and educators in a lively set of virtual conversations.

Nov 18, 2020 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Lorin Brown
Lorin Brown is a designer, educator, and illustrator. His work is an unafraid exploration of shape and color, usually paired with some playful references. It has taken form as editorial illustration, graphics for apparel, album cover art, and more. Lorin grew up in Wayne, Pennsylvania and now lives in New York City. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and works at Los Angeles based Parallel Brands. In his spare time he enjoys comedy and spending time with his dog Oskar. Brown graduated from the graphic design program at CalArts in 2010.
Cameron Ewing
Currently an Executive Creative Director at Facebook, Cameron Ewing is a creative brand leader with 15+ years of experience. An innovator whose work reaches across multiple mediums, including VR, film, digital, and integrated brand campaigns, for the past seven years Cameron has helped craft the creative and strategic vision for the brands across Facebook’s Family of Apps (Facebook App, Messenger, What’s App, Instagram, Facebook Company). Leading up to Cameron's tenure at Facebook, he ran his own boutique digital creative shop in San Francisco, and before running his own studio Cameron was a Creative Director at Landor San Francisco where he was hired to usher in the office's digital era of brand work. In addition to having worked in-house at Apple he has worked with global brands including, Starbucks, Nike, Facebook.
Garland Kirkpatrick
Garland Kirkpatrick is an award-winning graphic designer, curator, and educator whose socio-political graphics have appeared in film, exhibitions, and are in the permanent collections of regional, national, and international museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, the AIGA Design Awards Archives, the Oakland Museum, Self Help Graphics, the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, and the Zurich University of the Arts, Museum of Design. His graphic designs have been published in editions one and two of The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, by Milton Glaser and Mirco Ilic, The McKinsey Quarterly, and Richard Linklater's independent film Fast Food Nation.