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Graphic Design Professor Selected To Jury “Right to Education” International Competition

July— Organized by the 4Tomorrow Association in Paris, France, every year Poster for Tomorrow chooses a basic human right to draw international attention. The global design community is then invited to create posters on this theme that are exhibited around the world on International Human Rights Day, December 10th.

The competition will be judged in two phases by a pre-selection committee and an international jury. This summer, Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design at Ohio Northern University, will serve on the international pre-selection committee.

Rowe will take part in the first jury session. Posters will be reviewed online by a panel of 100 members of the design, media and advertising industries as well as educational professionals. They will shortlist about a thousand posters to 300-400 designs that will go forward to the second phase of judging.

This year, Poster for Tomorrow has chosen to fight for the right to education for all, believing that education gives people across the world the chance to break the cycle of poverty, to live in a more equal world, without discrimination, where everybody has the same chance to learn the same skills, enjoy the same success, and to enjoy a better tomorrow.

“And that makes it the perfect subject for Poster for Tomorrow to address,” said Rowe.

Incredibly 121 million children worldwide are not in primary school, despite universal primary education being a right guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and being Goal 2 of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Illiteracy rates are staggeringly high even in countries where a child’s right to education is guaranteed.

According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, 42 million adult Americans can’t read (and current estimates have the number of functionally illiterate adults in the United States increasing by approximately 2,500,000 persons each year). In France illiteracy has become a “cause nationale” with 3.1 million people unable to read, write or count. The rate of illiteracy in the United Kingdom is unacceptably high according to Parliament.

Prof. Brit Rowe is associate professor and chair of the department of art & design, a top 200 creative program in the United States (“Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers”). He joined the faculty in 1999 after receiving his M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Michigan. He is a member of AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, the University and College Designers Association, Kappa Pi, Theta Chi, Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as Norwich University, the United Way, and many others. He also has collaborated with design students for local organizations such as the Ada Public Library, the Village of Ada, Restore Community Center, the Allen East Community Center and Ohio Northern. Since 2006, he has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences and the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for advertising/graphic design educators. Rowe also was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and recently received the Eleanor H. and Robert Biggs Endowed Chair in the Arts.

Poster for Tomorrow, in association with 4Tomorrow Association, is an independent, international, non-profit organization whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design profession, to create posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect the global community.

For the last two years, Poster for Tomorrow has focused on a competition that has addressed the right to freedom of expression and fought for the universal abolition of the death penalty.

In addition to the poster competition, this year, for the first time, Poster for Tomorrow organized a series of workshops across Africa to give young African designers the chance to work with some of the leading designers in the world. Poster for Tomorrow hosted workshops in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Jacob Lawrence, Panel 58 of the Migration Series.
Courtesy of Poster for Tomorrow