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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

BGSU art students brighten city buses

BGSU graphic design
Instructor Amy Fidler (center back) with graphic design students (left to right) Michael Gump, Erin Kosier and Ryan Roche.

A breath of fresh air is blowing through the freezing streets of Toledo these days, thanks to the artistic vision of BGSU students and the poetry of area youth.

Captured on city buses, colorful scenes and poems express the theme of "Restore Planet Earth," focusing on clean air. The Art in TARTA program, sponsored in part by TARTA and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, covers buses with designs by BGSU graphic design students, paired with poetry from participants in the Young Artists at Work summer program.

This was the first year BGSU students participated as part of a class instead of an independent study, said Amy Fidler, graphic design. "It was very special to have just seven students in a class," she said.

"This was a different kind of class because it was a real-life project. Our work was being sent out for the world to see, and the production deadlines were very important. We had printers waiting for us to get work to them," said Erin Kosier, a senior from Toledo majoring in graphic design.

Two of Kosier’s designs were chosen for the buses: a spring-themed, light blue one with dandelions and kites blowing in the breeze, and a fall-themed design of a swing and falling leaves that says "Life begins and ends with one breath of air."

In teaching the course, Fidler collaborates with designer Mary Dawson, who oversees coordination with Off Contact, the Toledo company that prints the designs and applies them to the buses.

"There were a lot of obstacles," Kosier said. "We had to design around the shapes of the bus. For example, we had to make sure any lines of type didn’t fall into a divot or they would be unreadable. We also had to design around the windows because we could only cover a portion of them. It was great to talk with the printers. They’ve been doing this project for years and they were always patient and helpful."

Kosier said it was interesting to see fellow students’ interpretations of the poems. Senior graphic design major Michael Gump, for example, used the same "life begins" poem but superimposed a stylized image of lungs over a grid of Toledo streets in an angular design.

With this and other city-University art partnerships such as the Urban Forest banner project, "Toledo’s becoming more artistic. This is very exciting to me," Kosier said.

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Tune in to WBGU-PBS tomorrow night (Jan. 28) from 8-10 p.m. for a live broadcast called "Our Community Cares: Connecting with Veterans and Their Families."

Part of the station's "Operation Reconnect" community engagement project, the program, hosted by WBGU-PBS General Manager Patrick Fitzgerald, will explore how military service issues have changed in recent years, the reintegration challenges and barriers veterans and their families face, and the support services available throughout Ohio.

Phone banks of behavioral, health-care and military support-services professionals will be in the WBGU-PBS studio to take viewer calls.


Students have great resource in the Learning Commons

Advising and Academic Success, in partnership with Jerome Library, has announced the Learning Commons spring schedule. Through May 4, on Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m., students can get help with academic advising, information research and writing. Tutoring services are available for chemistry, biology and psychology. Math tutoring is provided on Sunday evenings only. These are drop-in services; no appointments are needed!

For further information, contact Advising and Academic Success at 2-9876 or Jerome Library at 2-2885.

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January 27, 2010