Silver Lake College will feature the Dru Harris Senior Exhibit of graphic design work running Aug. 15 through Sept. 16 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
An artist’s reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 1. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
Harris, an Appleton native, graduated earlier this year from Silver Lake College as a studio art major with an emphasis in graphic design.
“Dru realized late in his college career that he wanted to be a graphic designer. As soon as he did, he really took off,” said Erin LaBonte, assistant professor of art and art department co-chair.
“He has contributed a lot to the art department and really helped us launch or new graphic design major,” she said.
“He’s spent a great deal of time working on his own images and designing posters for the college art galleries. He successfully completed several internships and was very involved in the college and larger community. I’m excited to see where his future will take him,” LaBonte said.
Rather than write down his thoughts, ideas and interests, he likes to project them through the Photoshop and Illustrator software programs, which enable him to manipulate, edit, size, illustrate, blend and colorize any type of photo, Harris said.
“There is no limit to the possibilities when manipulating a picture or group of pictures; it’s made me want to become an artist,” he said. “The components that are brought together to create a larger piece are more important than the image they are layered on. This layering process reminds me of the way I live life, not worrying about the past, but rather building steps to create a more interesting and enjoyable future.”
Harris likes to evoke questions with his works.
“I am attracted to mind-bending, thought-provoking, strange-looking and colorful graphics. An unusual and abstract theme allows more questions regarding the meaning of a certain piece,” he said.
“There are many different ideas and thoughts that can be conveyed in one picture. Normally they all have something in common, like a theme or color palette. If I can create a picture or photo that really makes the viewer think, I feel I have been successful.”
For more information, please contact Erin LaBonte, assistant professor of art at Silver Lake College, at (920) 686-6156 or email@example.com.