Creative Coalition provides art students with career know-how

Graphic design students work on their theses. Photo by Juan Martos Diaz.
Graphic design students work on their theses. Photo by Juan Martos Diaz.

The MSU Graphic Design Guild will give art and architecture students the chance for professional feedback and networking when it hosts the first ever Creative Coalition on Feb. 22 in Haynes Hall.

Studio representatives and creative professionals will be stationed in Haynes 216 to conduct mock interviews, critique portfolios and answer questions about working professionally in creative fields. Though students are not expected to come with a portfolio of their work, Guild President Paul Gorsuch encourages them to bring one if they have it ready to be critiqued.

Meanwhile, in Haynes 219, there will be a series of short lectures on working professionally in creative and design fields. Presenters include Sacha Penn, graphic designer at the Museum of the Rockies; Michael Newhouse of Bozeman-based Newhouse Design; MSU Gallery Director Kate Jo; and William Culpepper, founder of the Grafik Intervention project and faculty member of the Academy of Art University.

The idea for the Creative Coalition came at the request of students who did not know what to expect from job interviews or situations in the the professional art world, Gorsuch explained. Although it will not link students directly to job opportunities like the larger MSU career fair, the event will inform students about careers and professionalism in creative fields.

“Maybe one day it will turn into a creative career fair,” Gorsuch said. “The main career fair doesn’t have anything for graphic design or architecture.”

Gorsuch explained that this year’s Creative Coalition will cater mostly to graphic design students — given that the majority of presenters are graphic designers — but he hopes to expand it in the future to better serve students in other creative fields, such as film or fine arts.

The Creative Coalition will take place on Feb. 22 from 1-5 p.m. in Haynes Hall, located next to Cheever Hall on 11th Ave, and is completely free.