A lecture by Israeli poster artist Yossi Lemel, one of the keynote speakers for the “Designing for the Divide” Conference being held at West Virginia University during March 23-24, is free and open to the public.

Lemel’s talk will be held Friday, March 23, at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) of the Creative Arts Center.

Born in Jerusalem, Yossi is partner in the Lemel-Cohen Creative Advertising Agency in Tel-Aviv. He is an internationally recognized poster designer with a long-standing and fearless commitment to humanitarian issues, especially with regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, and has since gained an international reputation for his brave, insightful, and sometimes controversial images.

His works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Musee de la Publicite, Palias du Louvre, Paris; the Neue Sammlung, Munich and the Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerve, Hamburg. Lemel has won many awards such as: the 2002 Korean Poster Biennial Grand Prix; the 1998 Promax Gold Medal, Canada; the 2002 Mexico Poster Biennial Gold Medal; the 2002 Brno Graphic Design Biennial Silver Medal, Critic’s Award and Mayor’s Prize, Czech Republic, and many others.

See Lemel’s posters online at: http://www.lemel.co.il/

“Designing for the Divide,” a conference on community action across lines of difference, will be held at the WVU Creative Arts Center, March 23-24.

“This will be a meeting of designers from all over, including the local community and various disciplines at WVU, to brainstorm ways to bring polarized groups together to accomplish goals in a climate of impasse,” said Graphic Design Professor Eve Faulkes, one of the co-chairs of the conference.

“Design is a multi-disciplined process today and we can be hired by either side of an issue to tell a story. In this case we are using the design process to author change that can be co-designed with our community.”

“Designing for the Divide” is sponsored by the WVU School of Art and Design, in partnership with the Myers Foundation, American Institute of Graphic Arts in Pittsburgh, and the University and College Design Association.

For more information, contact Eve Faulkes, at efaulkes@mail.wvu.edu; Joe Galbreath at Joe.Galbreath@mail.wvu.edu; or Chris Barr at Chris.Barr@mail.wvu.edu.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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