Art & Copy Screening


Come and join film editor Philip Owens as he presents a film screening of Art & Copy on Monday, March 1, at 6:30 PM in Violette Hall 1000

Philip Owens
Philip has worked on documentaries and commercials with directors Doug Pray, Alejandro González Iñárritu (AMORES PERROS, BABEL), Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), Guy Ritchie (LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, SNATCH), Tony Kaye (AMERICAN HISTORY X), Rob Devor (ZOO), and Ondi Timoner (DIG!, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC), among others. 

Iñárritu and Brad Pitt came to Owens to create a series of quirky Japanese jeans commercials. For Quiksilver he designed the video signage for their Times Square, NYC store. And President-Elect Barack Obama’s team picked him to cut the candidate’s half-hour network broadcast in November 2008. With a deep production background, he’s cut on on the beach with Guy Ritchie, on stage with choreographer Vincent Paterson in Toronto, and supervised visual effects at 15,000 feet on Mont Blanc.

Philip Owens began his film-making career in Ireland in 1986 as the first digital artist in the country. In 1992 he was a key member of the design team on U2’s revolutionary “Zoo TV” tour. Over time, a desire to get closer to the narrative drew him away from the world of visual effects and by the mid-nineties he was exclusively focussed on editing. 

Philip has at various times been a director, visual effects supervisor, CGI and stop-motion animator, satellite imagery analyst, DJ, music journalist and hydrologist. Currently, he is editing a feature documentary on the influential life of filmmaker Roger Corman." 

For better and for worse, advertising infiltrates our modern
society, becoming an important factor in the fiber of our culture and point of
reference. Sometimes perceived as white noise, advertising can manipulate
consumers into acting according to the wishes of corporations. In fact, it has
been stated that about 98% of today’s advertising is trash.

The film Art &
explores the other 2%. It speaks of the great creative minds that have
convinced brands (and society) to become more. In the words of the film’s director
Doug Pray,
Art & Copy inspires artists and writers to strive to make more
meaningful, more entertaining, or more socially uplifting ads.” The film
reveals the work that resulted from the creative revolution of the 1960s; it
reveals the work that was created to rise above the association of mediocrity
or manipulation. In the documentary, creatives such as George Lois, Mary Wells,
Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, and Hal Riney explain their motivations and inspirations for
campaigns such as “
Just Do It," "I
Love NY," "Where's the Beef?," "Got Milk," and
"Think Different.”
Art & Copy
explores the connection between communication, art, commerce, and human emotion
in an effort to make a difference.


Art & Copy Trailer
Watch the movie trailer to get excited about the film screening!

Moving your AIGA Portfolio to the Behance Network

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New this year, AIGA is now offering an AIGA Member Gallery on the Behance Network. As a result, if you have previously created a portfolio through the AIGA Design Jobs portfolio, it has automatically been deactivated.

Luckily, the portfolios on the Behance Network are easy to create!

Get started

The AIGA Member Gallery is an advanced, integrated platform for you to showcase your work, get connected with like-minded creatives and be found by employers and recruiters. Here’s how to get started in the new system:

  1. Create a Behance account (If you already have a Behance account, skip to the next step.)
  2. Edit your profile in Behance 
  3. Select My Networks tab 
  4. Select All Networks 
  5. Click "Join" link next to AIGA Member Gallery 
  6. 6. Enter your AIGA credentials (Forgot them? Use the Find Me link on My AIGA.) 

See for more information, including answers to FAQs and links for further support.

Thanks for taking the time to set up your new portfolio!

AIGA KC Student Portfolio Workshop


The Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts invites Junior and Senior year design students to Portfolio Workshop.

Bring your portfolio-in-progress to the workshop to gain feedback and advice to help you complete it successfully. Since this is an opportunity for input into portfolio development,  the workshop has been scheduled early in the semester, and will be held on Saturday, February 27.

Don’t wait, this event sells out quickly!

Saturday, February 27

AIGA Student Members
$15 Student Non-Members

Portfolio Workshop Schedule
8:45-9:15 Registration and Set up
9:20-9:30 Opening Remarks
9:30-12:00 Reviews and Roundtables Session 1
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-4:00 Reviews and Roundtables Session 2

New this year, this event is scheduled for a full day. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Register today!

AIGA St. Louis Student Conference


Registration is now open for the AIGA StLouis Student Conference! The conference offers many exciting opportunities, such as senior portfolio reviews, a chance to view other seniors' portfolios, a keynote presentation by Dress Code principles Andre Andreev & G. Dan Covert (authors of Never Sleep), and much more. Spots are limited, so please sign up ASAP. 

The conference takes place at Maryville University in Saint Louis on Saturday, February 20. All grade levels are encouraged to attend!

To register, visit:

AIGA Minneapolis Trip 2010


On Wednesday, February 3 – Saturday, February 6, our AIGA group will be going to Minneapolis to visit design firms and learn a little more about different types of design jobs. If you are planning on participating in the trip, attend the mandatory meeting this Tuesday, January 26, at 6:00 PM. At the meeting, we will collect the $50 trip fee, divide into carpools and hotel rooms, and give out trip itineraries.

Here is some more information about the events we will participate in/ places we will see:
  • Larsen Design – Large design firm. One of the region's oldest and most well-respected firms.
  • Baker – Very large firm, almost exclusively focused on designing CPG (consumer packaged goods), mostly for big-brand supermarket labels like Nabisco, Dole, General Mills, etc.
  • Duffy & Partners – Small/medium design firm. They're the gold standard. 
  • Cocktails with Creatives – An opportunity to network with professional designers and view the design exhibit "17 Designers" at the American Swedish Institute. 
  • Target — Large retail chain. Meet with in-house design team to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at the national headquarters.
  • Little & Company – Large design firm. Been around Minneapolis for 25 years; one of our town's most reputable and well-known design agencies.
  • Clockwork – Large interactive firm, bedrock of the Minneapolis interactive community.
  • Periscope – Large design firm. Largest independently-owned design/ad firm in the midwest. Unique in that they do nearly all of their production in-house (photography, printing, etc.)
  • Walker Art Center – Arts center which features contemporary visual and performing art exhibits and programs.

iChat Lecture Series: 2.0

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Join Jared Milam on
Thursday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in Room OP 2210 as he helps continue the iChat
Lecture Series here at Truman State University.

As a designer, Jared
is currently working as a senior designer at
Cinco Design Office. In addition, he has worked on AIGA’s
Urban Forest Project
and has been recognized in Communication Arts,
Print, and How magazines.

Attend our iChat lecture and have this unique
opportunity to speak with Jared Milam! All are welcome!