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Talk: What Do You See? The Science of Color in Art

Tue, Jan 22, 2013, 6–7 pm

Frank Vodvarka, Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago, engages artists Adam Brooks and Geof Oppenheimer and designer Kelli Evans in a conversation about the associations and effects of color. Vodvarka begins with an overview of the science and psychology of color, then engages the other panelists about the similarities and differences in the function and uses of color in the fields of design and fine arts.

Frank Vodvarka is Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago, where he currently teaches two– and three-dimensional design, color theory, and the U.S. Experience seminar in the Honors Program. His exhibition record includes over thirty-five shows of drawings, photographs, and constructions in Australia, Belgium, Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, as well as in the United States, and he is represented in collections worldwide. He has co-authored The Interior Dimension: A Theoretical Approach to Enclosed Space, and has given papers on aspects of sensory design at conferences in Singapore, Sydney, and Seoul, as well as speaking on color theory in multiple venues. His last book is titled Sensory Design, which develops a sensory typology for design that involves the full range of sensory modalities. His BA is from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his MFA is from the University of Chicago.

Kelli Evans is a graphic designer and design educator with extensive experience working in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York. She received a BS in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati in 1988, an MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 and has two certificates from the Hochschule für Gestaltung and Kunst in Basel, Switzerland. She is the principal at Zinc Design and her work includes corporate identities, annual reports, brochures, packaging, point of purchase displays, signage, exhibits, mobile event design, web site design, and animation. Her awards include a Clio Award for Packaging Design, inclusion in the Communication Arts Design Annual, and two TNS Awards for Innovation in Consumer Packaging. She has been teaching since 2008 and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lake Forest College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently teaching full-time at Loyola University Chicago.

Adam Brooks is an artist, educator and curator based in Chicago. His work, executed in many different media, explores issues of language, power, information, socio-politics, and communication. He has participated in numerous group shows both nationally and internationally, and has had one-person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and at galleries in Chicago, New York, and Houston. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, as well as in many private collections. Since 2003, he has also been one half of the collaborative project Industry of the Ordinary with Mathew Wilson. They currently have a mid-career survey at the Chicago Cultural Center until mid-February 2013.

Geof Oppenheimer studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art where he received his BFA and received an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied at the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming in the Netherlands. Oppenheimer’s work takes up the formal manifestation of civic value, the ways in which political and social structures are encoded in images and objects. He has participated in exhibitions such as The Gold Standard at PS1/MOMA, Long Island City NY; Restless Empathy at the Aspen Art Museum, Agitated Histories at The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore and SITE Santa Fe. Solo exhibitions include those at Ratio 3, San Francisco, The Project, New York; MC, Los Angeles and at SF Camerawork, San Francisco. Geof Oppenheimer is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago and lives and works in Chicago.