A visit to Ringling College capped off my "Art Talks" class at Ringling's Lifelong Learning Academy. Tim Jaegar was our guide for the day. Jaeger is Ringling's Campus and Community Engagement Manager and a Ringling alum. His passion for the school came through loud and clear.
|Portion of Kanapaux' "Momentum"|
The core wall on each of the three floors is wrapped by "Momentum" by Julie Miller Kanapaux. Kanapaux's digital design was chosen from more than 200 entries in a mural contest. The image was printed on vinyl and then affixed to the wall. Jaeger likened it to a "giant vinyl wrap." To get a sense of what the Library looks like, click here. Better yet, check it out in person. The Library is open to the public from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
The mere thought of VR makes my head spin (not to mention making me feel very old). My only VR experience was at the Dali Museum, where I donned a headset and entered the "Dreams of Dali." It was amazingly cool. (Click here for info about that ongoing exhibit.) Jaeger pointed out that while there are many artistic applications, there are also opportunities for VR to be used in nearly every field. Imagine, for instance, a doctor in the US assisting in a surgery in a third world country via a headset.
The students participating in this program work in an "office" with cubicles and computers intended to simulate a real world work environment. And they get paid for their work, whether they're creating designs for an external client or marketing materials for the College. Pretty cool stuff.
|Book of prints made by inmates|
at San Quentin
|Warren Reinecker drawings|
Throughout our time together, Jaeger repeatedly made the point that design is everywhere. The challenge is to take the time to notice and appreciate it.