By Melanie Overfield
Junior Emily Winship will open her Rinker Award show, titled “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,” at 7 p.m. tonight at 66 Water Street Arts Café.
Winship is a graphic design major, and her Rinker Award project centered around graphic design. Her show consists of a series of simplistic, minimalist posters for popular and iconic books.
“I love the idea that our minds – instead of memorizing words – memorize images that the book provides to us,” Winship said.
Winship got the idea for her project from one of her early graphic design projects in former adjunct professor Lindsay Hadley’s class. Hadley curremtly works in Indianapolis as a designer.
Winship said she “wasn’t good at it,” as opposed to other artistic mediums, which came more naturally to her.
“I loved the challenge of simplifying big ideas down to the simple,” she said.
She began working on the project over the summer, continuing that work through fall semester and winter term.
Winship drew on her graphic design knowledge and her skills learned from her photography classes with professor Tim Lisko. The composition ideas for her graphic design work were often inspired by photography composition.
“Watching Emily go through the process of creating pieces for her Rinker Award show was so interesting. Each piece is composed of small, seemingly simple images that tell a large, intricate story,” said junior Lacey Jackson, Winship’s roommate. “Each image is uniquely different and interesting. I’m very excited to see all of her hard work come to fruition on Friday night.”
The process for this project began last spring semester for Winship. Students apply for the Georgia Jean Dolen Rinker Art Challenge Award in the spring. They must submit a proposal for a project and request an amount of money that would be needed to complete the project.
The Award is for any “art students who want to finish a project, travel or buy equipment for an art related project,” Winship said.
A committee that usually consists of the art professors on campus, but that can change every year, then reviews the proposals. Once the committee chooses recipients, the winners are announced at the student art show at the end of the semester. Winship was one of many students to receive money from the Rinker Award this year.
Since she was working in an electronic medium, Winship said she did not need much funding for the production of her pieces, but instead for the marketing, printing of her posters frames, and food for the show.
The Flying Cupcake, a local gourmet cupcake bakery, will be catering the show.
Winship’s show will be displayed at 66 Water Street through the end of April. Prints of the works in Winship’s show are also available for purchase online.
Those who would like to view and purchase her works may do so in her Etsy shop at etsy.com. Her shop is called “Progressive Prints,” and the pieces sell for $20 each.