FAU Exhibition Presents Internationally Renowned Graphic Designer David Carson

by FAU College of Arts and Letters | Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

The University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University will present "David Carson, Space Cowboy" beginning Monday, Feb. 27 and lasting throughout the summer, in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Both the exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

"David Carson, Space Cowboy" is an exhibition that selectively surveys the work of internationally known graphic designer David Carson, originally presented at the Paducah School of Art in Kentucky, curated by Paul Aho. The University Galleries and the Graphic Design program of the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at FAU have collaborated to create this exhibition, which was designed by Melanie Uribe, a Master of Fine Arts graphic design candidate.

The exhibition combines printed materials with graphic elements invented by Carson and deployed in his recent work, enlarged to match the large architectural scale of this public space. It presents a diverse selection of Carson's pioneering work, beginning in the early 1990s in Ray-Gun and Beach Culture magazines, ushering in fresh and unprecedented combinations of image and type just as computer design was changing the designer's relationship with typography. Carson's work significantly shook up typographic practice more than 20 years ago and remains influential, as demonstrated by being named the 2014 Centennial Gold Medalist by the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), the AIGA's highest honor.

The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors must obtain a $2 parking pass or use the limited metered-parking before visiting the gallery. More extensive parking directions are available online at www.fau.edu/galleries. The University Galleries operate an active Museum Education Program that is approved as a Field Experience Provider by the School District of Palm Beach County. Class and other group tours can be arranged during and outside of open hours by appointment with Khaulah Nuriddin, University Galleries museum education director. Contact Nuriddin by email at knuruddin2013@fau.edu.

 For more information, call 561-297-2661 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.