Category Archives: FALL 2012


EXTRA EXTRA! Alfred New extravaganza! Puppets Tell Local News!

Join us tonight, Thursday march 7 at 7 pm at Alfred Village Hall to see what we’ve been working on in coLAB!

You’ll learn about the new businesses in town, news about the paranormal activity in our Steinheim Castle, a local moose sighting, and the difficult issue of how hydrofracking might impact our local people and land.

Sponsored By: Foundations, CoLAB class and faculty M. Michelle Illuminato, Trevor Bennett, Brett Hunter

CaryBanner_06062012Visiting Designers
Wednesday, March 6th at 9:00AM in Nevins Theatre in Powell

Join us as we welcome visiting designers Sarah Burns from Stress Design, Syracuse and current AIGA Upstate New York Chapter President; Katie Nix, Associate Curator at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, Rochester; Chris Goldan, Communication Manager, SWBR Architects, Rochester NY; and Allister Klingensmith, Designer, PointPath Studios, Brooklyn, NY and AU SoAD alum. Check out their websites!

These wonderful designers will present samples of design work, share ideas about the design process, as well as tell stories about things they’ve learned since leaving school. In addition, some of our students will share their thoughts about studying design and planning a career in design.

We invite you to bring your curiosity and questions for a conversation with our visiting designers following their presentations.


A round of applause for everyone’s hard work! Make sure you check the blog during break to find out what group you will be in and what materials you will need to bring back! Have a wonderful break! See you in 2013!

Review Time is coming! (UPDATED)

Each of you will have your 15 minutes in the spotlight during review week… this coming December 3, 4 and 6. To get ready you will need to assemble the following items requested by your faculty.  Take a moment and look-over your work, clean up surfaces, and improve anything that you’d like…

A schedule and more about reviews to follow!

DRAW X (Jason/Will)
A Block:
1. Traced Shape Drawing
2. Architectural Collage Drawing
3. Self Portrait
optional: Shape Painting

B Block:
1. Transparency Drawing
2. Architectural Collage Drawing
3. Self Portrait

DRAW O (Ted/Kevin)

A Block:
1. Nocturne
2. cup/ellipses/water
3. life size self portrait

B Block:
1. Pencil stairwell
2. Ink wash/cup/ellipses
3. Allegory self portrait

STUDIO Make (Angie/John)

1. paper mache sculptures or a good color photograph (at least 8 x 10 size)

STUDIO Research (Brett/Michelle)

1. Your final project or photo documentation. (at least 8 x 10 size)
2. Photos of your two best investigations. (at least 8 x 10 size)
3. Your completed blog (bring your laptop, for those without, we will have some available in the studio).

So what can you expect…during REVIEW WEEK?

Image by James Yang

First, each of you will have 15 minutes to discuss your work and semester-long progress with a group of faculty. That is the only time you will be required to meet for Foundations next week. You will be assigned a time and an area number. Please come at least 15 minutes early to set up your work. When you arrive, go to the area with the number that you were assigned. It should be empty and ready for you to set up 15 minutes before your time. Please bring your laptop if you have one. If not you can use one that is in the studio.

Please check the blog for what each of your faculty has requested that you bring to the review. Please make sure to have everything that is requested. Faculty will have a checklist and will expect you to talk about the work you have created. Take some time beforehand to think about your strengths, how you have grown, and what you need to work on to improve. This information will help faculty understand your first semester experience and give more appropriate feedback.

Schedules will be available on the blog and posted in the studios. Reviews will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am until 11 am in the Cohen Studios.