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Julia Muscarello ’14 talks with Brian Danaher ’98 at the opening reception for “By Design.” Behind, Brad Krawczyk ’06 with Pamela Dufek ’05.

Alumni Designers Illustrate a Point

Art alumni took over the Baer Gallery in October for an exhibit that showcased their current design work in the very building where they first acquired the tools of their trade.

It won’t be the first time some of these artists have brought their work to campus. Among the group are ARThursday presenters Brian Danaher ’98 and Bradley Krawczyk ’06. Nick Patton ’03, freelance illustrator, is employed on St. Norbert College’s own design team.

“This group was chosen because they represent a broad spectrum of design, from textile design to illustration,” says Shan Bryan-Hanson, curator of the art galleries. “It is an opportunity for current students to see the professional work of those who have graduated from the art program.”

Danaher, based in Minneapolis, describes himself as “an art director, designer, illustrator, chronic doodler, coffee drinker and music addict.” He boasts more than a decade of professional graphic design experience, working with both large and small brands and as a freelance illustrator.

Krawczyk has worked as the creative director at Milwaukee’s The Rave/Eagles Club, producing ad campaigns to promote acts at the popular concert venue. In 2014, he transitioned from the entertainment business to the restaurant business and is currently overseeing all creative campaigns for the Pizza Man restaurant group, as well as for F Street Investments. He also manages BK Clothing Co., a small, independent apparel company based out of Wauwatosa, Wis., and recently launched the creative company Brandolier Creative.

Illinois-based Amy Arguedas Toneys ’04 is a textile and fabric designer whose work currently explores the juxtaposition of two extremes with no middle ground: “what a collection of prints might look like if Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin were to collaborate together,” she says. Toneys has studied and taught in Italy and recognizes that her experiences there are discernable in her work, influencing the way she expresses light, space and color. Julia Muscarello ’14, whose work for Shopko stores was covered in a recent @St. Norbert article, now works at Schafer Condon Carter, an advertising and branding agency in Chicago. There she works with clients such as Giordano’s and the Chicago Cubs.

It is a sports franchise closer to St. Norbert that benefits from the talents of Pamela Dufek ’05, senior designer at Wild Blue Technologies. Dufek has worked with a diverse set of clients on a list that ranges from the Green Bay Packers to the Hershey Company, from the Bay Area Humane Society to Oshkosh Corporation. Dufek maintains close connections with emerging designers, too: She serves as co-leader of the De Pere design agency’s internship program. 

“By Design: Design Work by St. Norbert College Alumni” runs at the Baer Gallery on campus through Oct. 30, 2015.

Oct. 31, 2015