Reception for reTHINK poster show at Designbox in Raleigh, NC.
Photo by © 2008 Rierson Photography
From 2007-2008 I worked with other AIGA Raleigh volunteers to organize an environmental poster show titled reTHINK Our Environment in the Carolinas. We challenged designers to create posters that would inspire Carolinians to care about and to protect the environment. Judges selected 20 final posters from the 121 submissions for printing, and 50 copies each were made, which allowed us to spread environmental messages throughout the community. In April 2008 we had our initial exhibition of 20 posters at Designbox Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The posters and the exhibits were very successful, and we were asked to make a presentation at the AIGA National Retreat in May 2008. I worked with my collaborator Scott McClure to create a 5 minute movie explaining what the show was and how other chapters can do their own poster shows. AIGA chapters around the country found the show idea exciting, and they asked for sets of posters to put on their own reTHINK displays.
My friends and I design puzzle hunts for fun and for business. A puzzle hunt is similar to a scavenger hunt, only instead of collecting objects your team must solve riddles and puzzles to collect answers. If you collect enough answers you can discover and attempt to solve more complex puzzles and try to reach the finish line. For a large hunt we spend months creating puzzles, building props, hiring actors, and researching the event site. Past events included chasing a giant chicken, deciphering an LED display, talking with a mad scientist, interpreting modern dance, decoding a scene from a Shakespeare play, talking with live chess pieces, and visiting the planets.
Below are photos of Skulduggery Puzzle Hunts at Georgetown University and on the Mall in downtown Washington, DC.
In 1990 I inspired my five housemates to turn our home into an art gallery for one night.
This would provide a chance for us to share the visual art we were creating during the nights and weekends. The show was a big hit and soon expanded to include performers: poets, musicians, dancers, comedians, and story tellers. More and more of our friends shared their creations, and I scanned local coffee shops and galleries for new artists to invite. Preparations increased for each show: moving whole bedrooms into the attic to yield more display space, transforming a whole room into an installation piece, collecting and hanging art weeks before the show, coordinating invitations, cooking food and lots of cleaning. Out of town friends and family would travel to Durham for the weekend, just to see the show. Even the new Duke president (Nan Keohane) showed up with her husband.
Our run lasted 8 shows -- each fall and spring for four years, and the final show in 1994 featured 100 works by 25 visual artists, a handful of performers and 250 guests.
In 1994 and 1995 we switched to Halloween parties: transforming our home into a haunted house with a dance room, costume contest, guided tour, theme rooms and surprises all around. The last big Halloween party in 1995 attracted 300-400 guests.