New design and arts graduates are making their mark in the world–Herberger Institute highlights…

New design and arts graduates are making their mark in the world–Herberger Institute highlights from May 2021

Branding the National Gallery

Johanna Taylor, assistant professor and director of the Herberger Institute’s Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership program, spoke with The Washington Post on the National Gallery of Art’s efforts to rebrand and how visual identity can help break down barriers to entry and counter a legacy of exclusion.

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Guggenheim fellow

A KKK rally on the Capitol steps in Columbia, South Carolina, one week after the Confederate flag was removed in 2015. Photo by Stephen Marc.

Photographer Stephen Marc, a professor in the School of Art, has been named a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in photography by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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Sustainability solutions

“Students, like everyone, want to be involved in something with purpose; they want to feel like they’re working on something bigger than themselves. There is magic when you say to them, ‘This is really hard, but here’s what’s at stake. Let’s do this together.’” — Cheryl Heller

ASU students in the Innovation Space program, a partnership of The Design School in the Herberger Institute, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, worked with Burt’s Bees to propose solutions for sustainability packaging concepts for small products such as lip balms and lipstick tubes.

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Spotlight on graduates

The Herberger Institute wants to recognize all the amazing students who graduated this semester. These are just a few of the outstanding designers and artists in the Class of 2021 and their stories.

(l-r): Rayven Cannon, Amber Cook, Omar Hashem, John Joe, Dave Osmundsen and Jay Williams

Rayven Cannon
Designing justice: Graduate aims to break barriers in architecture field

Amber Cook
New ASU graduate was taught from early age to advocate for herself

Omar Hashem
ASU film grad is a shining example of survival

John Joe
ASU digital art grad activates and honors Indigenous perspectives

Dave Osmundsen
ASU playwright uplifts neurodiverse voices

Jay Williams
Grad student combines film and digital culture to expand the Black experience in film

By the numbers

This month’s number is 948! ASU’s Herberger Institute graduated 948 undergraduate and graduate design and arts students earlier this month.

In pictures

In addition to honoring the Class of 2021 with a virtual convocation ceremony, the Herberger Institute hosted small in-person celebrations for students and faculty to enjoy the milestone together.



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