Graphic Design Achievements

Graphic Design has had students

  • Pursue bachelor's and master's degrees from esteemed programs, such as the Art Institute of Denver, Louisiana Tech, Full Sail College, John Brown, University of Arkansas
  • Hired to high-level design positions, internships, and instructorships for NWACC, Wal-Mart Home Office, Saatchi & Saatchi X, Toshiba, Tyson Foods, Barrows, Emberware, FastSigns, 5 News, AT&T in Dallas, CJRW (the largest ad agency in Arkansas), the University of Arkansas, Dayspring, House of Webster, Earthbound LLC, Weichert Realty, A.W. Bravis, Red Bull, Explainify, Savoy Tea Company, Icreatives, Elkins Design, International Marketing, Olivet, Infinity Headware, Collective Bias, Mojo Marketing, Shoptology, Arvest, Sign Planet, R-pac, Doc4, Grandslam Performance, Rapid Prototypes, Game Circus, and many other wonderful local businesses. The department continues to be well respected by employers.
  • Raul Torres, a Graphic Design graduate, is now a fashion designer with his own label. He was awarded the Dick Trammel Outstanding NWACC Alumni Award in 2014.
  • Jonathan Stiers is now Art Director at Wal-Mart Home Office as well as a very successful blogger with The Stiers Aesthetic, which has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, The Huffington Post, Pottery Barn and on the Today Show.
  • Carmen Carcamo graduated in 2015 and is about to wrap up her BA degree from John Brown University. Her photography work has been published in numerous magazines and even featured on the Italian Vogue web site.
  • Two former NWACC photography students will be teaching photography workshops at Crystal Bridges this semester, along with two of our current faculty members.
  • Another former photography student, Megan Morton, was just chosen as one of the finalists in the Photographer's Forum Best of College Photography competition. This is a competition that received over 10,000 entries! We have consistently had students in the list of finalists for about the last 5 years.
  • Photography students have been featured in Photographer's Forum Magazine for several years in a row. Two of our students are currently in the list of finalists for this year.
  • Jose Arevalo, another former photo student, was recently published in the NWA Entertainment Magazine.
  • In addition to getting students great jobs and professional awards, Graphic Design also has significant impact on our community. Just this week, students in Video Production and Editing created television ads that will run on local stations to promote the Sunshine School and Development Center's Annual Gala, a fund raiser for a local school that helps those with special needs. This class has produced these spots for the school for the last several years.
  • Our graphic design classes have designed work for dozens of local non-profit groups, including Habitat for Humanity and United Way. We support other areas of the school by designing collateral pieces for drama events, international student events, veteran's events, and many more.
  • Six NWACC students, along with Victor Chalfant and Dan Snow, attended the Society for Photographic Education's Nation Conference in New Orleans. Next month they are traveling to Las Vegas for this year's conference.

Victor Chalfant

  • To strengthen the connection between NWACC and Crystal Bridges, Victor Chalfant has recently hosted the museum's educators in our darkroom for an introductory course in photography. The goal is to give the staff some personal experience with darkroom work, so that they will be better able to inform visitors to the photography exhibit The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, which opens next month.
  • Exhibited work in several galleries across the US, including a special exhibition at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon.
  • Published in Digital Photo Magazine as the closing image for the month, a full page ending to the magazine.
  • Published in a book by the same magazine, highlighting outstanding photography of the year, and was featured in Blur magazine.
  • Taught a workshop at Crystal Bridges on Fashion Photography and was one of the staff photographers for the Bentonville Film Festival.

Victor Chalfant and Dan Snow served as jurors for the Bella Vista Photography Club's annual salon and they will each be teaching workshops at Crystal Bridges this year

Mary Beth Haas

  • Attended the Adobe Max Conference in Los Angeles
  • Chairs the Creative Works Committee, an institution-wide committee that fosters engagement between NWACC students, faculty, constituents, and the community
  • Co-founder of the Graphic Design Student Club, serving 10-15 active student members currently
  • Worked with the design team to help develop strategy and integrate student involvement for the Bentonville Film Festival, resulting in one of Mary Beth's students being published in the brochure
  • Supported community involvement with students at Crystal Bridges

David Kersey is our newest Graphic Design part-time faculty member.

  • David recently moved from Los Angeles, CA where he worked at Sony Pictures and the Walt Disney Company on films such as The Polar Express, The Chronicles of Narnia, Tangled and the highest grossing animated film of all time Frozen. During David's time at Disney Feature Animation he worked on two OSCAR winning production teams, Frozen and the animated short film Feast. We're very happy to have him teaching 3D Animation for us now.
  • He presented talks on Careers in Animation at the Fayetteville Library, the New Design School, to the students of NWACC, and to a few other schools around the state. David hopes to inspire students to go after their dreams of careers in the digital arts.

Dan Snow exhibited his photography in several galleries:

  • He was featured in a solo exhibition at the Arts Center of the Ozarks and was awarded one of the purchase awards in the Small Works on Paper traveling exhibition, sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council.
  • He was featured on Internet publications Zeiss lenspire, Photolucida, and Society of Photographic Education, and served as a photography and teaching assistant to several famous photographers for the summer at the Maine Photography Workshops in Rockport, Maine. This summer, he has been asked to return to Maine as an instructor. Dan taught two workshops at Crystal Bridges.

Mark Popejoy went to the HOW Design Conference in Chicago.