Nov. 02, 2018
All 72 design students in the School of Art’s graphic design program are now officially members of the AIGA, the professional association for design.
Thanks to the endowment established last year by the generous gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to the U of A’s J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences to create the School of Art, AIGA membership fees were paid this year for all design students.
As members of the AIGA student group affiliated with the active and energetic AIGA Northwest Arkansas chapter, the students will make professional connections and learn from professionals in the area.
“Being part of AIGA has given me a glimpse into the thriving community of designers in our area, and having my membership renewal paid for was such a wonderful surprise,” said Gina Smith, a graphic design student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. “The relationships we are building with local professionals is encouraging and it is incredibly meaningful to receive both the financial and a professional support from our school and donors.”
AIGA is the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. There are 70 chapters and more than 25,000 members throughout the United States. The AIGA Northwest Arkansas chapter is led by president Tim Walker, principal and design director at local design firm DOXA Inc.
All AIGA members have access to enhanced professional development, powerful tools and resources and events and programing. The organization advocates for greater understanding of the value of design and designers. They hope to inspire designers and the public by sharing exciting work and engaging in thoughtful discussions on pressing issues.
“Our AIGA Northwest Arkansas chapter’s long-term vision is for an inclusive and design-driven community,” said Walker. “We’re honored to partner with the School of Art and its students and faculty, providing professional growth and community service opportunities, all …