Art + Design Internships Give Students Valuable Career Experience

Art + Design majors find that internships give them valuable career experiences and helps them develop a network of references. Below students reflect on recent internships

Amber Mills (’14), Design Department, Taft Law Firm, Indianapolis

“Through each of my internships, I’ve gained practical experience that helped to improve my craft, graphic design. Working at Taft further strengthened my ability in software such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop as I was tasked daily with assignments requiring these programs. For example, in my time at Taft, I designed various marketing materials, paper and electronic event invitations, business cards, info graphics, announcements, advertisements, and firm news slides for the lobby televisions of Taft’s offices across the mid-west. In addition to my designer role at Taft, I was also given a glimpse into the marketing side of things. Along with the design pieces listed above, I worked with some data entry and organization utilizing Excel. In addition, I was given the opportunity to flex my research muscles to help Maria Porter (Butler Art + Design Alum ’11) my supervisor, be informed of the best practices on certain topics, compare pricing for marketing materials and staff incentive pieces, and investigating new design solutions. Finally, I was given the opportunity to work in the back-end of Taft’s website, growing my  HTML knowledge. Overall, Taft’s leadership structure is what enabled me to learn at this capacity. From day one, I was invited to sit in on weekly marketing team meetings and encouraged to speak up with any ideas I might have to improve the firm’s current practices, as efficiency is key. Though split up among five states, Taft’s marketing team communicates effectively, making strides to keep each other up to date on current projects across the offices. This breeds a well-oiled machine. In addition, the level of confidence, both Maria and her boss Susan, had in me allowed me to take on larger projects most interns wouldn’t dream of. For example, during my first week, Maria allowed me to jump in on a branding project that had come up. As a result, I created business cards, stationary, envelopes, a branded folder, and internal ‘about us’ pages for one of Taft’s new partner companies, The Mid-American Regional Center or TMARC.

Amber Mills ('14) completed design internships at four locations, including Taft Law, where she worked under Art + Design Alumna Maria Porter ('11)

Amber Mills (’14) completed design internships at four locations, including Taft Law, where she worked under Art + Design Alumna Maria Porter (’11)

While designing each piece is fun and a learning experience in itself, the major reward is seeing each of them come to life and be used for practical purposes in the office and beyond. It makes me feel as though what I do matters. With graduation upon me, this realization solidifies the notion that I want to be a graphic designer, producing work that not only functions for me, but everyone who encounters it. Taft was a great experience that will serve as a stepping stone to my future design career.”

Taylor Sitorius (’15), Public Programs Department, Indianapolis Museum of Art

“One of my first large responsibilities was revamping how we engage visitors during Summer Nights, the 15 film Friday night series in the IMA’s outdoor amphitheater. Traditionally, visitors would enter the amphitheaters two hours early and would be responsible for entertaining themselves until the film. The summer, I was tasked with developing ideas to fill that time in ways that would create a community within the larger audience while enticing visitors to come back for the experience as a whole, not simply the film. For the film Peter Pan, an audience mainly of children, we created a large treasure hunt for the with maps, hidden treasure, and small prizes. We enhanced the atmosphere and included the whole audience by drawing a enormous version of the same map on the amphitheater floor. For Mean Girls, we used a photo booth so visitors could personalize “mug shots,”then uploaded the photos to Flickr for them to access. We also crowed sourced questions about our programs and the IMA in general with chalk on the amphitheater floor, gaining visitor insight into what’s been working and what has not”

Taylor Sitorius, shown here working in the studio, did an Internship at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Taylor Sitorius (’15),  shown here working in the studio, interned at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

“All summer school classes are under public programs.  I contributed ideas for classes that would challenge students to think outside the box as well connect to the mission of the museum as a whole, to promote art and nature. I contributed ideas to create a series of camps. Wilderness Survival camp, a week of 100 acres focused activities where students learn about their natural environment, make art from found objects, and see how non-traditional artists from the IMA’s collection were inspired by nature. Conservation camp, focusing on art made with recycled materials, learning about the White River and how they as kids can live sustainably. Spy camp would encourage students to find and make secret messages in works of art. Obviously not all of my ideas were implemented, but the main benefit I had from helping with summer school classes was that I was able to experience a professional brainstorming session. I had the chance to contribute my ideas to a room of people who listened to them with as much respect and interest as the professional staff’s ideas.”

Brooke Dominguez (’16), Luckeyou Design Inc

“Over the course of my time with the company I learned so much about myself and improved tremendously on my knowledge and skills.  When I first started out I had taken a few basic classes on video editing and design, but nothing too specific, which is probably why I was so nervous to start working for a company. I quickly learned that it is okay to make mistakes and that internships are there to help and teach you things. Most of my time at the job was spent doing more freelance videos and logo editing. Editing is something I have always enjoyed doing so it was really awesome to be able to work on things that other companies and clients needed.”

Brooke Dominguez ('16) interned at Luckeyou Design Inc. during Fall Semester, 2014.

Brooke Dominguez (’16) interned at Luckeyou Design Inc. during Fall Semester, 2014.

“One of the biggest things for me was learning how to manage my time and meet deadlines. I have had deadlines for projects in school before, but having clients and companies that are depending on you and your work is something that I had never experienced before. Being able to manage different projects and knowing how much time to spend on things in order to meet various deadlines was by far the hardest thing. Although there were always people around helping me, I was mainly on my own when it came to completing tasks that I was asked to do. Another task that I felt like I really improved on was my organizational skills when working. Normally when I am working on a certain project or projects I keep the most recent ones open on my computer or on my desktops, but when you are working on so many different projects and have numerous files it is important to stay organized. By not organizing your files it takes so much more time trying to find files and completing jobs. One of my favorite parts was being able to receive feedback by multiple people. When I wasn’t editing, I was able to shadow other workers and ask them questions about their job and careers. This was really helpful for me to get a better understanding of possible jobs that I could have in the future.”

Olivia Toriumi (’14), Creative Team, Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington Illinois

“My internship was working with Creative Directors, Blaine Hogan and Bjorn Amundsen. Both of them work with the creative team at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. In addition, they also do freelance work in marketing and rebranding.  Blaine’s Hogan’s personal project, Make Better,  is an online course for artists to develop their creative process and help them to be better people and make better art. I helped out in all of these areas for my internship. I also began helping them with one of their clients- Kitchfix. I acted as a secret shopper and ordered food from them and documented the whole process. I also began developing a list of creative, crazy, out-there marketing ideas for Kitchfix.”

Olivia Toriumi ('14) worked with projects for several clients, including Kitchfix

Olivia Toriumi (’14) worked with projects for several clients, including Kitchfix

“This internship was very helpful for me because I was able to get a good feel of different types of work. I also really liked the fact that this internship allowed me to use both my marketing and artistic skills. Before I started this internship I had no idea what I wanted to do after I finished at Butler, but now I think I have a more clear idea of what work I want to be doing and what type of companies I want to be working for. ”

Abbi Miles (’16), Web Marketing and Communications Department, Butler University

“For one of my other assignments, I was able to use Butler’s new branding to create a logos for the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphonic Orchestra. I was able to be inspired by the new branding guidelines, but also create these designs from scratch.”

Symphonic Orchestra Logo, created by Abbi Miles ('16).

Symphonic Orchestra Logo, created by Abbi Miles (’16).

“As well as these logos, I have also worked with the new branding and the re-construction of the Butler website. I have helped with photo backgrounds that have a blue treatment to them to bring everything together. I have also helped with the Butler 2020 vision video by selecting images for the video that will be shown. I have also been helping with the reconstruction of the interactive Campus Map that is on the website. Most recently, I have already completed the web banners for events for next semester. This was the first time that I got to use the new branding for the web banners.”

Web banner created by Abbi Miles ('16)

Web banner created by Abbi Miles (’16)

Margaret Citron (’17) Community Health Network

“Throughout my fall semester I have been interning with Community Health Network and their learning resources team. I have learned a lot throughout the semester about the professional world and efficiency. I had a certain task to work on throughout the semester that required me to use my creative and problem solving skills and to learn skills of working as a team and to create a product using another’s vision and specifications to get the project done and finished to where it pleases the client. I worked on a variety of three-dimensional design projects, including designing centerpieces for an event within the learning resources department and a drawer organization project for Community Health Network’s Cardio Vascular Heart Hospital. I also redesigned their monthly newsletter.”

Art Now Spring 2014 Poster, by Margaret Citron ('17)

Art Now Spring 2014 Poster, by Margaret Citron (’17) – Margaret continued to hone her design skills at her internship at Community Health Network

“I enjoyed my time at Community Health Network. I learned a lot of invaluable skills about being a designer in the professional world and using other’s ideas to create your design in a timely and organized manner. I think while my experience could have been a little more organized and structured. I feel that all of my projects helped me grow and become more professional in how I handle my work and how I communicate my ideas with others. Which is a very important skill to have as a designer when you want your designs to be perceived in a certain way that is desirable to the client you are making the design for.”

Studio Outside the Box, Indianapolis

Several of our students have completed internships at Studio Outside the Box, Indianapolis. This is a particularly useful internship for students who are interested in careers in Art Therapy.

Photos of an exhibition of work created by Studio Outside the Box at Old National Bank

Photos of an exhibition of work created by Studio Outside the Box at Old National Bank

This is a particularly useful internship for students who are interested in careers in Art Therapy. Two of the Art + Design students, Carly Soboloweski (’12) and Ali Sanders (’17) turned their internships into paid positions at this art studio whose clients are developmentally disabled adults.

View of the Outside the Box Studio and the wide range of art supplies available to clients.

View of the Outside the Box Studio and the wide range of art supplies available to clients.

Join Us at ART NOW December 9-11 at the Reilly Room in Atherton Union!

ART NOW Fall 2014 Poster by Olivia Toriumi ('14) and Abbi Miles ('16)

ART NOW Fall 2014 Poster by Olivia Toriumi (’14) and Abbi Miles (’16)

ART NOW features the work of nearly 200 artists — Art+Design majors and minors and also work by students in Butler’s Core Curriculum (Perspectives in the Creative Arts  Introduction to Art ). Located in the spacious Reilly Room of Atherton Union, the show goes up in one day and stays up for just 48 hours. Works in many different media (drawing, design, photography, sculpture, printmaking, etc. etc.!) and most will be for sale – forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday – ART NOW is the place to do your Holiday shopping!

Opening: Tuesday December 9, 5-7 p.m. Open Wednesday December 10 and Thursday December 11 from 9-5.

Art History/Visual Culture Logos

As students begin their projects for their art history survey class,  ART105 Introduction to Visual Culture, they are encouraged to think about creating “portfolio-ready” pieces – works that will help to show their creative skills to prospective employers after they graduate. Students majoring in Art+Design have many career options, and their choice of media on the ART105 project frequently reveals one or more possible career paths. The projects are due at ART NOW, our end-of-semester huge exhibition, but in a preview critique it was revealed that their are students working this year with graphic design, painting, drawing, tattoo design, t-shirt design, functional objects and sculpture! Below are examples of styles and cultures studied during the latter portion of the class illustrated by students’ projects from last year — to see this year’s please join us at ART NOW December 9-11 (opening December 9, 5-7 p.m. and open 9-5 on December 10 and 11, in the Reilly Room in Atherton Union).

ART NOW Fall 2014 Poster by Olivia Toriumi ('14) and Abbi Miles ('16)

ART NOW Fall 2014 Poster by Olivia Toriumi (’14) and Abbi Miles (’16)

This post is a continuation of the September 28 post – there we took a look at some of the styles and cultures the class had covered up to that point, including Prehistory, Ancient Sumeria and Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome and Byzantine and Gothic periods.

Kaylin Greer ('17), Baroque

Kaylin Greer (’17), Baroque

The second unit for the class included the Italian Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque–the penchant for theatricality in this latter style is brilliantly captured by Art+Design major Kaylin Greer (’17), who chose to make logos (graphically-illustrated concept pieces that in a career context would represent corporate identity production). With just a few key elements, Kaylin captures not only theatricality (indicated by the stage and drapery) but also the frequent appearance of a spotlight effect in works from this period and the tendency for asymmetrical compositions that suggest diagonal movement. Her choice of typeface suggests another aspect of the Baroque style from 17th-century Europe – a penchant for elaborate styling.

Kaylin Greer ('17), Neoclassicism

Kaylin Greer (’17), Neoclassicism

Kaylin’s logo for Neoclassicism demonstrates that this style (from the late 18th and early 19th centuries) preferred symmetry and references to classical antiquity–the use of forms suggestive of Fleur de Lys suggests both the French origin of the style and its appearance as a reaction to the decadent Rococo style associated with Louis XIV).

Kaylin Greer ('17), Impressionism

Kaylin Greer (’17), Impressionism

For the Impressionism logo the focus is on light and color–there is a careful reference to atmospheric perspective and also an allusion to a particular painter–Paul Cezanne–who would transition into a Post-Impressionist and famously declare that he wished to make Impressionism seem more weighty and permanent “like the art in the Louvre”–eventually his drive for a geometrically-ordered nature would inspire Picasso to create cubism. Another Post-Impressionist, Georges Seurat, inspired Josh Gaal (’16) to create the image below.

Josh Gaal ('16), Post-Impressionism

Josh Gaal (’16), Post-Impressionism

Josh focused most on Seurat’s application of paint in tiny dots (called “pointillism”).

Kaylin Greer ('17), Aboriginal Australia

Kaylin Greer (’17), Aboriginal Australia

The Australian Aborigines also applied pigment using dots, but for a much different effect. While Seurat was interested in the science of light and color (and so the subject matter was a distant secondary consideration), for Aboriginal Australians the dots connote “Dreamtime” – the time of their elders – and so contemporary paintings using this style are a post-colonial hybrid of past and present, but most importantly retain aspects of culture that are meant to be understood only by its members. In her logo Kaylin has intentionally used abstract forms to suggest the stylistic aspect of the dots and to focus on the transmission of that culture over time.

Kaylin Greer ('17), Native American (Northwest Coast)

Kaylin Greer (’17), Native American (Northwest Coast)

Kaylin conducted a similar translation in her logo for the Native Americans of the Northwest coast, more specifically the work of the Tinglit people. In this work Kaylin references both weavings and carvings that contain abstracted animal forms (totems) using distinctive ovoid shapes with strong formlines.

Kaylin Greer ('17), Neoplasticism

Kaylin Greer (’17), Neoplasticism

A strong sense of shape also defines Kaylin’s logo for Neoplasticism–this is a style developed specifically by Piet Mondrian in the 1930s (Mondrian believed that his careful balance of primary colors and rectangular forms could bring harmony to war-ravaged Europe)

Amber Mills ('14), Futurism

Amber Mills (’14), Futurism

Amber Mill (’14) designed a logo that captured the more active side of conflict in the early-twentieth century. While Mondrian lived in The Netherlands (a neutral country), in Italy a group of artists called the Futurists embraced war, speed and technology. They took an anarchistic approach, believing that the only way to move forward was to destroy the present–Amber captures both the incendiary nature of the movement and also the tendency to use repeating forms to capture movement in progress.

Amber Mills ('14), Dada

Amber Mills (’14), Dada

The artist who initiated Dada, Marcel Duchamp, began his career using the movement-catching approach of the Futurists, but his work became a protest to war rather than a celebration of it. Here Amber captures his most famous piece–a urinal-turned-sculpture he titled “Fountain.” The Dadaists would embrace the random accident and create compositions that intentionally seemed disjointed or even playful. The choice of font, reminiscent of the “barrel of monkeys” game, cleverly suggests the literal meaning of Dada. French for “hobby horse,” the Dadaists claimed to have selected the term at random from a French dictionary, but were happy with a result that suggested childhood innocence.

Brooke Dominguez ('16), Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting

Brooke Dominguez (’16), Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting

The Abstract Expressionists would be influenced both by nihilistic Dada and the more positive Surrealist movement it morphed into. In this photograph Brooke Dominguez (’16) captures Jackson Pollock’s “action style” painting–his distinctive strokes, created by throwing paint on the canvas, revealed his process–the style suggests the automatism of the Surrealists that was believed to reveal subconscious creativity.

Josh Gaal ('16) Abstract Expressionism, Color Field

Josh Gaal (’16) Abstract Expressionism, Color Field

Josh Gaal channels one of Pollock’s contemporaries, Mark Rothko, whose style of soft floating squares on a rectangular ground received the name “color field” painting.

Josh Gaal ('16), Pop Art

Josh Gaal (’16), Pop Art

Pop Art, also illustrated by Josh Gaal, combined the “readymade” Dada approach with the bright colors and graphic forms associated with 1960s American popular culture. Josh captures the spirit of Roy Lichtenstein’s Whaam! (in the collection of the Tate in London) but without literally copying it. Pop Art also represents a transitional moment between Modernism (art work from roughly Impressionism to the 1960s which focused on the formal elements of art and promoted the idea of “art for art’s sake”) and Postmodernism (work from the late 1960s to the present which gave more power to the concept than the formal elements).

By studying art history and visual culture from prehistory to postmodernism, Art+Design majors develop an important repertoire of historical knowledge and learn to place their own work into the constantly-evolving trajectory of art history created by museums and galleries. But beyond just memorizing these styles, Art+Design students learn by creating work that represents their personal style while simultaneously demonstrate that knowledge.