Monday, April 30, 2007

The Best (part 2)

Ian Sittlinger, servant of Her Majesty the Queen, takes first place in the portrait photography category with his tea drinking, newspaper reading man. Kelli Morrison grabs second place with goateed jumping guy, and Derek Peters gets third with mask holding, camo rain gear emergency prepared man. r

Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Best

Every spring we run a student visual art competition. Each day this week I will post the winners from each category. First up is natural light photography. Daniel Bedell’s shot of cattle in India won first place as well as receiving best of show. Vanja Horonic’s night shot of a corner store took second place and Krysta Johnson’s building third. r

Friday, April 27, 2007

"Ohhhh typography!"

Last night I took a few students to a screening of the independent film "Helvetica", a feature-length documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture. I sent an email to my students inviting them to come along and a nameless non-design student sent back this sweet email, ' "Ohhhh typography!" You're so silly, Mason.' The movie was both visually and mentally stimulating. If you get a chance to attend a screening, do not be swayed by naysayers, type is cool. r

Ruggles on the Blog (part 2)

Yesterday was the last day of classes for the semester. It has been a busy week, which is why I have been delinquent in my blog posting. One of the events of the week was the senior exhibition of painting major John Ruggles whose work combines text and image in a layering of meanings. You can check out his work at r

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Professor Manley invited resident artist Harry Ahn to his painting class last week where he demonstrated his painting technique. I heard a number of good comments on the experience.

Friday, April 20, 2007


For any pyromaniacs out there, firing the wood kiln can be a blast—24 hrs of play with temperatures up to 2300 degrees. I took these pictures yesterday. r

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Open Your Mind

With excerpts from books like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, senior design student Kit Peterancz asked gallery viewers to open their minds and explore the unknown. To realize that there are different ways to view similar issues. It reminded me of the fact that we cannot begin to understand how wonderful heaven will be. r

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The book

I have a long standing love of books, especially handmade books. They have an intimacy and perceived value that a mass produced book cannot have. This over-sized book by Nunz depicts what she saw and experienced on tour in India last summer. It has character. r

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Social Design

Yesterday afternoon I attended a lecture by Design Historian Victor Margolin entitled "The Challenge of Social Design". He proposed a world where design is not in servitude to the market/commerce, but rather initiates design intervention for marginalized people groups. This is the direction I would like the design program at Andrews to head. r

Monday, April 16, 2007

im not entirely useless

This was the title of an email I received last week from Ian Azariah who pledges allegiance to a different flag and crosses the border for free health care. He sent a couple of unphotoshopped images that could be used for the calendar. Long live the Queen. r

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Girls

For her senior BFA show Design student Carol Slattery created a series of posters comparing the life of the modern woman in her twenties to women in the 1960's. r

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Creative food

As a small child I remember enjoying cooking. Maybe it was the ability to sample the food before it was served or just getting my hands sticky. I don’t remember cleaning up after myself, which might have something to do with the minds ability to eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive. I still enjoy creating things in the kitchen, especially new experimental endeavors and then making it look cool. Presentation is meant to count for a lot. r

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


We are planning on creating an 08 calendar featuring photographs of students in the BFA program. We have a wonderful group of endearing students to choose from. r

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Where is Ken?

This piece from the creative mind of painting senior Chantelle Allen made me think of Satan and his plans to trap us and keep us from experiencing the freedom Christ promises. r

Monday, April 09, 2007

8 x 8

Design student Baek Hahn's senior exhibit "8 x 8" featured photography & design mounted on 8 x 8 oak ply squares. Baek completed two design internships this school year, one at RHB and the other at Stratosphere Creative. He got engaged over spring break and is moving to Paris in May.

You can follow his life at

Friday, April 06, 2007

The blue

Design student Kristen Burdorf shot these great jelly fish pictures. What an awesome creator we serve. Have a wonderful Sabbath. r

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Will the real r please stand up

There has been talk among people with names like Ammiel & Nuns that the person behind the r should stand up and not hide behind a lowercase letter. I would have you know that there are other lowercase letters that I would prefer to hide behind, such as an Adobe Garamond g. That is one sweet and sexy letter. Unfortunately my name is devoid of g's, unless I decided to hide behind a pseudonym. When I was in Grad school my main professor was named Robert and he always signed his emails with a capital R. Since my name is also Robert and it is a lot quicker to type one letter than six (especially with my defunct typing skills) and since I am happy to avoid the limelight I chose the quick and easy r.

The pictures are from the desk of design student Ammiel Mendoza. Nice set of teeth Nuns. Have a great day. r

Robert Mason is an expatriate who works tirelessly, and up till now anonymously, to promote the BFA program. Since July 06 he has
metamorphosed into a chair.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


There is something about old things. They have a past life, a story to tell. r

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The print

Printmaking is all about experimentation—from wood and linoleum cuts to screen printing and letterpress. It is hands on and each print has character. r