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ONU design professor selected to present at international conference

September—Professor Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design at Ohio Northern University, has been selected to present at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 10–13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The presentation titled, “Visual Advocacy: Developing Sustainability Practices in Our Culture and Environment,” will describe how graphic design can play a larger context in a liberal arts and professional education. Rowe will examine the challenges facing persuasive design communicators who must use a variety of strategies to inform and persuade audiences in the marketing of ideas. The presentation will showcase a student assignment that addressed persuasive strategies and techniques, ethical issues and the role of media in shaping contemporary values.

“Our graphic design curriculum at Ohio Northern guides students through sequential instruction,” explained Prof. Rowe. “The intermediate courses focus on conceptual development, design thinking, systematic design and narratives, while the advanced classes enable students to work with complex design problems. We prepare our students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communication.

“This case study raised general awareness and required students to reflect on their core values and ethical responsibility as a potential designer,” said Prof. Rowe. “As student designers, this assignment became a means of making them aware of their choices and their works’ impact beyond art and design. The project showed them that they can make a difference as aware, thinking designers, and can contribute to their local community.”

The 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held at the Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort and the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than 600 participants representing 30 countries will be expected to attend.

The main goal of the 2014 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.

Prof. Brit Rowe is associate professor in the department of art & design, a top 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. From 2002–2013, Prof. Rowe served as chair of the art & design program at ONU. 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.

Prof. Rowe has considerable experience as a graphic designer, has exhibited regionally and has worked for clients such as the United Way, Associated Charities, 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. He has presented at AIGA national design educators’ conferences, the 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Chicago, and the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. He was invited as an external program consultant to review college art/design curricula, was selected as a juror for various regional and international competitions, and was included in Creative for a Cause, a social responsibility resource for design educators. Prof. 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.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern 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-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-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, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is 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 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.