Centennial News Archive

Archive of News and announcements related to the Centennial celebration

February 2008: Centennial Folio featured in Hite Art Gallery Exhibition, February 14-March 16

The limited-edition Centennial Foliowill be on display in the Hite Art Galleries February 14-March 16 as part of the "Suites" exhibition, highlighting print protfolios in the Hite Collection.

The Centennial Folio brings together ten outstanding works of art, contributed by ten outstanding artists—all A&S alumni or faculty or supporters.

February 2008: "Life of the Mind" Series lectures: March 5 and 6, 2008

UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences invites you to two very special events in the "The Life of the Mind" Series. This ongoing series of free, public events was established to enrich intellectual and cultural life in our community by presenting fascinating guests whose interests span the breadth of the liberal arts and sciences.

March 5: “Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief”
Gottschalk history lecture presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

    March 6: “An Evening with Suzan-Lori Parks”
    Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women's and Gender Studies
    presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

    Thursday, March 6, 2008

      December 2007: A&S Hall of Honor "Centennial class" inducted November 9, 2007

      "Throughout its 100-year history, the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences has been graced by great achievers and generous supporters on campus and beyond," said Dean J. Blaine Hudson. "Our first 20 inductees to the A&S Hall of Honor exemplify thought, leadership and good works uniquely inspired by a liberal arts education."

      Fall 2007 A&S Life of the Mind Events: Tony Kushner, Ruth Faden.

      A&S presents "An Evening with Tony Kushner" Oct. 11 as a free, public interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America" playwright. Theatre Arts Professor and Chair Russell Vandenbroucke will interview Kushner and moderate a question-and-answer session 6 p.m. in the Spectrum Building, 911 S. Brook St.

      Related Events:
      “Beginning the Great Work: ‘Angels in America’s’ Call to (In)Action,” by English professor Karen Kopelson
      • October 18, 1 p.m. in Bingham Humanities Building, Room 300

      Theatre Arts Production of "Angels in America"

      Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning play, “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches,” will be performed at UofL November 14-18 in The Playhouse. Visit: Department of Theatre Arts 2007-08 Season

      2007 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture by Ruth Faden

      Nationally recognized bioethicist Ruth Faden will discuss “Ethical Challenges in Embryonic Stem Cell Research” during a free, public talk on Oct. 30. Faden’s talk--the university’s 2007 Phi Beta Kappa lecture--will begin at 6 p.m. in the Speed Art Museum auditorium, 2035 S. Third St. Parking is available for $3 in a nearby parking garage next to the UofL campus. Co-sponsors of the Faden lecture are the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana and Speed Art Museum. More Information: 2007 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture by Ruth Faden

      A&S Establishes Hall of Honor

      The newly established College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Honor will recognize the A&S students, faculty, administrators, staff, and other supporters who made the most significant and lasting contributions to the college, the university, the local community and the larger society since the establishment of the college in 1907.

      Please go to Hall of Honor for more information or to submit a nomination.

      Centennial Retrospective Exhibition open the Cressman Center for Visual Arts

      On Wednesday, January 24, an exhibition titled “Contributions: an Arts & Sciences Retrospective” will go on display at the new downtown facility of the Hite Art Institute, the Cressman Center for the Visual Arts. Showcasing the leadership role the University’s art faculty, visiting artists and students has played in Louisville visual arts over the course of its history; “Contributions” is part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ centennial celebration.

      More information: Cressman Center Centennial Exhibition

      Centennial Emblem: A Mark of Excellence

      Students coming out of the College of Arts & Sciences’ communication art and design program have been putting A&S on the map for some time.

      David “Jelly” Helm is one example. A 1987 graduate, he was the brains behind Nike’s “Air Jordan” ads while serving as creative director at the powerhouse ad agency Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore., in the 1990s.

      The tradition of excellence continues with students such as Irina Ivanova, a 2005 alum who is now serving a co-op in New York City with Pentagram, one of the design world’s most respected firms. The three U of L design graduates employed by the university’s communications and marketing office also continue to garner national attention for their work.

      These people represent just a small sampling of the many talents to come out of the college’s design program.

      So it was only natural that, given this solid record of success, A&S turn to its own students for its own needs—a logo to help promote its centennial celebration next year. The Letterforms 1 class, taught by designer-in-residence Leslie Friesen, was recruited for the mission.

      The project began with a brief information session on the needs of logos in general and this one in particular. The session was conducted by a logo selection committee made up of Friesen along with C&A program director Steve Skaggs; Beth Brown and Mike Herbert from Rowland Design Inc., creators of the popular banner program seen around campus; Laurel Harper, who oversees the university’s design program; and centennial steering committee leaders Anne Domeck (assistant dean) and Brian Heckel (program coordinator). Then the 20 students set to the task.

      They were given the morning to sketch out ideas for a logo that, according to the steering committee’s parameters, paid homage to the college’s rich history while at the same time celebrated its future. That afternoon when the selection committee reconvened there were two walls worth of logos on display.

      “They did great jobs of defining the job and understanding the client’s mission, especially considering that these students were early on in the design program. Their concepts helped the client understand all the possibilities,” notes Herbert, Rowland’s senior designer and design associate. His firm is taking the winning logo and developing its application program.

      This was a great exercise for students, Friesen adds, noting that it was also “a little risky.”

      “These were brand new students in the program, yet they needed to come up with something that was both good and workable. But I was very pleased, as in the end there were quite a few logos that could have been picked.”

      After individual student presentations and critiques by the selection committee, the committee chose six logos for refinement. Their creators were given two weeks to flesh out their work before being judged once more.

      This time only three logos made the cut. These were presented to the entire centennial steering committee for the final choice.

      Sophomore Scott Soeder’s creation earned the committee’s vote. The members were impressed with how his logo conveyed both the college’s history, via the column and the “100,” and its future, represented by his contemporary typeface choice. The resulting mark is simple, attractive and effective, the committee noted.

      Soeder’s creative process, however, was anything but simple. “I went through 60 or more sketches to come up with the final one,” he says. “My main challenge was creating a mark that could be scaled small [for use on a pencil, for example] yet still read well. I also was concerned that you should to be able to look at it and quickly get the historical aspect, but it had to bring out the ‘looking forward’ message, too.

      “It was a pretty tough assignment, but a lot of fun.”

      What really made him proud, he added, was that before Friesen announced the winning logo to the students she had them vote on their top selection. Once again, Soeder’s work was the favorite.

      “That was a pretty gratifying experience,” he says.

      Soeder’s logo will be rolled out publicly over the next few months as the A&S centennial celebration gets under way. A&S began in 1907 as the College of Liberal Arts, with 104 students attending classes in a converted mansion on West Broadway. Eighteen students made up its first graduating class the following year. In 2006, the college’s three academic divisions and 35 departments and programs awarded degrees to 721 undergraduates alone.

      Reprinted from "The Portal" Summer 2006