Noted graphic designer Charles Gibson’s work to be featured at PSU

November 11th, 2013 by Lynn
    By BOB HOOKWAY
    Special to the Union Leader

    Graphic artist Chuck Gibson designed the Elliot Hospital's main campus entry sign (Courtesy)

    PLYMOUTH — The work of noted graphic design artist Charles Gibson will be on display at Plymouth State University for much of November and December.

    “Charles Gibson: 20 Years of Graphic Design,” opens Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and will run through Dec. 13.

    A combined effort of the gallery and PSU’s exhibitions program, the presentation will be at the gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth.

    Gibson worked early in his career as an assistant designer at the Hopkins Center’s graphic design studio at Dartmouth College.

    He suggests that PSU students and guests consider how graphic design contributes to their culture and the relationship of graphic design to other design specialties, such as industrial design or product design and architecture, according to organizers.

    “There seems to be more and more ‘blurring of boundaries’ in design these days,” he said in a news release.

    A gallery reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, and Gibson will spend two days on campus working with students and faculty of the graphic design program of PSU’s Art Department.

    The Rhode Island School of Design graduate said he’s looking forward to meeting with students to discuss environmental graphic design, a multidisciplinary specialty that often involves considerable collaboration with others.

    He will lead a conversation about what it’s like to work as a professional artist with clients, adjusting design concepts to meet their needs.

    The exhibition will include highlights from Gibson’s team’s 1993 prize-winning submission to “The Electric Vehicle and the American Community,” a national planning and design competition hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.

    Charles Gibson Design is a multidisciplinary practice founded in 1987, with expertise in environmental graphic design, including sign programs and master plans, kiosk design, interpretive programs, exhibitions and architectural enhancements.

    Information about the Drerup gallery and PSU’s exhibitions program is at Plymouth.edu/gallery.

    General information about PSU events may also be found at ThisWeek@PSU, thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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