Graphic Arts Design by WNC Students Featured in New Capital City Arts Initiative Exhibit | Carson City Nevada News

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Creativity and talent abound in the Capital City Arts Initiative’s “Extraordinary Graphics 2022” exhibit that showcases the graphic design work of Western Nevada College students.

The free exhibit is open to the public until November 30, 2022 at the Community Development Building (The Brick), 108 E Proctor Street, Carson City. The Brick is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The video tour of the exhibition will soon be online at

“Extraordinary Graphics 2022” shows posters of graphic design students from WNC’s Carson City campus. Participating students include Shiloh Cyphers, Jacob Flynt, Lauren Heggen, Sarai Jauregui-Rivas, Joseph Mikulak, Rafael Nieves, Erin Taylor and Heidi Thompson.

Their teacher, Jayna Conkey, said, “It’s rewarding to be a teacher when students respond with mature and exciting work. The creativity of the students was exceptional and each achieved a high mark.

Conkey described his homework: “The Futura, Garamond, Baskerville and Clarendon posters came from a typography assignment given in an intermediate graphic design class (GRC 210 – Type 1). The goal of this project was to expand creative approaches to typography and design while showcasing the story of a typeface.

Every font (typeface) on any given computer was designed by someone, probably hundreds of years ago. For this assignment, students had to choose a typeface and then research its history. Next, they created a poster that was to include a biography and image of the typeface designer as well as a dynamic display of the typeface elements (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, glyphs, and punctuation).

“The posters of David Carson, Saul Bass and Massimo Vignelli were assigned in an advanced graphic design course (GRC 220 – Graphic Design 1). As a tribute to some of the most recognized designers in the field of graphic design, students were asked to create a poster featuring a famous graphic designer. They had to research designers and, after choosing one, create a poster that reflected the designer’s style – without simply copying their work. During their research, they must have wondered what characteristics made this designer’s work so unique – what was their “claim to fame?” An understanding of these ideas helped them create visually interesting designs, echoing the work of Carson, Bass and Vignelli.

Sharon Rosse, Executive Director of CCAI, said, “The Initiative is delighted to present this great work – these were not easy assignments. Jayna Conkey’s lessons challenged the students and they rose to the occasion.

This exhibition adds to CCIC’s ongoing series of student exhibitions in the brick.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered, non-profit organization committed to community engagement in contemporary visual arts through exhibitions, arts education programs, illustrated lectures, residencies in artists and activities online.

The initiative is funded by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, the John and Grace Nauman Foundation, the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Carson City Cultural Commission, US Bank Foundation , Kaplan Family Charitable Fund, Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation, Steele & Associates LLC and CCAI Sponsors and Members.

For more information, please visit the CCAI website at

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