For "WOMN: Women in Minnesota Design," the College of Visual Arts is honoring female graphic designers who have put Minnesota on the map. Things kick off with a moderated lecture and preview party this Wednesday evening, followed by an opening party on Thursday. According to Demeri Mullikin, director of external relations for the college, the designers were chosen by committee based on their leadership, innovation, influence, accolades, and longevity within the state's graphic design field. The CVA's Leaders of Design series, now in its sixth year, has not featured any females until now. Women highlighted in 2011's show encompass a broad range of experience, including an art director for Dayton's who was instrumental in Target's branding, Connie Soteropulos; designers who have their own businesses like Sue Crolick and Monica Little; and younger designers such as Kelly Munson, who has shown exemplary work in interactive design. Also featured in the exhibition will be those who have moved on to non-traditional work and other kinds of art, such as Miranda Moss, who has a painting on display, and Laurie Jakobi and Linda Carsewell, who have been working with fabric design. Wednesday's panel discussion, moderated by Star Tribune columnist Gail Rosenblum, takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center (345 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul), and will feature Crolick, Munson, and Cynthia Knox, talents who come from three different generations of Minnesota design. Tickets are $25 for the talk. The preview party is $50, and runs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26. There will be a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 27. For tickets, visit www.cva.edu/gallery.
Oct. 26-Nov. 13, 2011