(Cincinnati, OH) – Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery at Mount St. Joseph University is honored to present “DESIGN LINEAGE” (September 18 – October 21, 2016). DESIGN LINEAGE is a retrospective of Kathy Salchow’s multimedia work, and Kelly Salchow MacArthur’s recent work in dimensional and graphic design. The public is cordially invited to meet and talk with Kathy and Kelly during the opening reception, which will be held Sunday, September 18, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Digital images of works in the exhibition will be made available upon request.
Kathy Salchow has a BFA degree in Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute (1967) and earned graduate credits in ceramics and metals from the University of Cincinnati. She experienced local notoriety as a ceramic artist in the 1970's before redirecting her energy toward raising her two daughters, designing jewelry and part-time teaching for thirty-eight consecutive years at the college level. Kathy taught design fundamentals as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, from 1971 to 2007, in the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She taught design foundation and graphic design as an Adjunct, from 1982 to 2009, in Mount St. Joseph University's Department of Art & Design. In 2004 she received the MSJ University's Excellence in Teaching Award. Kathy has exhibited and freelanced as a designer, photographer and artist. She lives in the Clifton community. Her husband and both adult daughters are also design professionals.
My artistic sensibilities and interest in nature were, I believe, fostered by my upbringing in the great outdoors of Nebraska. My work is built on a selective, playful and thoughtful aesthetic exploration of the elements of color, shape, line and space but, importantly, along with unexpected content insights. I am challenged by integrating common and often discarded items made interesting by conceptual and visual interactions that I discover and reveal. Most recently, I have incorporated the three-dimensional qualities of shadow, light and movement that may have been seeded by my early work in ceramics and jewelry. I hope to create a personal brand of visual poetry that marries traditional drawing, my personal photography, found items and assemblage, all orchestrated with a designer's hands-on acumen and artistry. I greatly value this retrospective opportunity to exhibit with my daughter, Kelly, at the Institution where I shared so many satisfying years with amiable colleagues and students.
KELLY SALCHOW MACARTHUR
Kelly Salchow MacArthur is Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of Graphic Design at Michigan State University. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and BS in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Her concepts and design work have been disseminated through publication, international conference presentation, and university guest lectures. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and included in IIID, Graphis, Print, Creative Quarterly, United Designs, and AIGA Detroit and Kansas City competitions. She develops design solutions through elevate design—her independent company—for clients across the United States. She serves as a Regional Director (USA) of the international United Designs Alliance, and previously served as President of the Detroit Chapter of AIGA, which followed five years as Education Director for the Detroit and Kansas City Chapters. A retired two-time Olympian, she balances her passion for design and education with rowing. Kelly is grateful that her parents shared their unwavering passion for design and art with her throughout her childhood.
I explore volume as a means to emphasize a message, uniting two-dimensional surface design with three-dimensional form. Inspired by industrial design and architecture, I have pursued this direction over the past ten years. Generally, type and image are actively investigated as opportunities in graphic design on screen or in print, while volume is overlooked as an expressive element. Yet tactile, material and spatial experimentation holds great potential—for the maker and the viewer. Hinged surfaces instigate flexible interaction with space, enabling a poster to appear disjointed from a wall, nestle in the corner of a room, or curl in on itself to balance delicately on one point. Planes of paper create a message through depth without reliance on ink or pixel. Voids in a surface embrace alteration of material. Such projects ensure an awareness of a material’s qualities and structure throughout the creative process. In viewing the work, new considerations become very important—such as one’s direction of approach towards the piece, opportunities to tangibly interact, and the reliance on a period of time to fully absorb the elements and messages within the dimensionality. Environmentalism is a recurring subject, as I confront this critical issue with the tools of a graphic designer. Such dimensional experimentation informs my ongoing professional practice for clients.