Design for Impact

THURSDAY, NOV 2ND

HAPPY HOUR (5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)

COOP Gallery, 507 Hagan Street, Nashville 37203

PANEL // The Intersection of Art, Design, and Text

Beth Reitmeyer (Host)

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This exhibit aims to deepen the conversation between art, history, design and ultimately human connectivity, with text as the common thread that brings impact to each art form.

Through an exhibit and panel discussion, this event will explore the importance of text and type in poster design, graphic design, installation and visual art. Each panelist likely has a different perspective on what they “design for”, whether it is rooted in the art, design, or message of their text or maybe the intersection of all three. Regardless of what their creators’ purpose is, letterforms are always used to persuade, deliver, or provoke a message. Refreshments and snacks are included with your ticket.

5-5:30 Risology Club print demonstration of a 2 color Risograph Poster with takeaway print.

5:30-6:30 Panel Discussion with Patrick Vincent, Natalie Tyree, Danielle Myers, and Taylor Walton, hosted by COOP artist-member Beth Reitmeyer.

Parking is free on the street in front of the building or there is a paid lot across the street.

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Beth Reitmeyer

Beth Reitmeyer is a visual artist based in Nashville, TN who likes to make people happy with her colorful installations. Her artwork embraces radical optimism (everyone can find joy and hope) and indiscriminate hospitality (all are welcome to create and experience joy through sharing). Hopefully viewers will realize that people are like landscapes: we make assumptions about initial appearances, but through knowledge and experience, pleasant surprises abound as we gain a deeper knowledge of each other while in the land and through art. Beth was born in Colorado Springs, CO and raised in Louisville, KY. She attended Northwestern University (MFA), The School of the Art Institute (Post Baccalaureate program), and the Pennsylvania State University (BFA).

Patrick Vincent

Patrick Vincent works in print, paper, and book media to explore human’s symbolic relationship to ecology and place. Favoring animal symbolism and metaphor as a way to suggest a psychic and emotional disconnect between humans and their environments. This symbolism also relates to the history of graphic works that satirize and critique contemporary issues. Vincent was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN—currently living in Nashville, TN. He is the Associate Professor of Printmaking at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

Danielle Myers

Danielle Myers is a Latine designer based in Middle Tennessee; her primary focus since 2020 has been hand lettering and letterforms. Danielle’s mediums include wood, metal, vinyl, soap, and organic matter. Some recent achievements include the invention and manufacturing of Bookbelts, which are reusable straps that secure writing and drawing tools directly to the front of sketchbooks, and the creation and installation of the Free Your Genius Perch, currently installed at Fisk University. Danielle merges art and design and aims to prod lettering from the art world’s underbelly into fine arts. www.danimy.com @_danimy

Natalie Tyree

Natalie Tyree’s work is inspired by observations and streaming thoughts, her work explores a series of questions: where do our minds go when we’re overwhelmed by our daily routine, pop-culture ideations, and social media streams?  Do we realize how much information we actually consume? The letterpress and collage-based visuals she generates are answers and explorations of these constantly revolving questions which are influenced by contemporary culture, society, and her experiences as an “old millennial.” Tyree is a Kentucky-based Designer, Maker, and Educator. An Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Western Kentucky University, she also serves as Co-Director of the AIGA DEC, National Steering Committee.

Taylor Walton

Taylor Walton is an artist obsessed with documented history and connectivity, he looks to chronicle a world trapped between the tangible and intangible. As an artist bored of labels and status quo, Walton, if only for a moment, wants to feel free. Inspired by the works of artists such as Emory Douglas, Alma Thomas, Bill Traylor, J Dilla, Madlib, Lee Perry, James Brown and many others— Walton’s usage of color, layering, improvisation, and illustration commands urgency. Hailing from the small town of Chattanooga, Tennessee, his penchant for creating is always on display. Walton holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Middle Tennessee State University.

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