Department of Art & Design 16th Art Festival

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Sacred Heart University’s 16th Art Festival 

Sacred Heart University’s Department of Art & Design would like to invite you and your students to join us for SHU’s 16th Art Festival with a presentation by one of today’s most exciting and socially inspirational graphic designers. On Thursday, April 3, 2008, open free to the public, but with special invitations going out to students and educators, we are hosting a talk and presentation by Chaz Maviyane-Davies. The festival will start at 9:00 AM with the Department of Art & Design’s Annual Student Exhibition in the Gallery of Contemporary Art. The presentation by Mr. Maviyane-Davis will begin at 10:30 AM at the Edgerton Auditorium at Sacred Heart University, which is located right next to the gallery. It will be followed by a Q&A with the designer.


"Over the years I have tried to use images and ideas to cut through complacency and apathy while trying to raise consciousness about an array of social issues from discrimination and human rights, to health and the environment. Creating an alternate vision as my expression in a pervading regressive body politic has never been easy, but design is my weapon and therein lies the challenge I call 'Creative Defiance.'"  - Chaz Maviyane-Davies

Chaz Maviyane-Davis is a Zimbabwe national, a designer, a filmmaker, and above all else, an activist taking on the issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment and human rights.
Mr. Maviyane-Davis is presently a Professor of Design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, but for more than two decades his work has taken on issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment and human rights.
From 1983 until 2000 Professor Maviyane-Davies was the principal of The Maviyane-Project, a design studio in Harare, Zimbabwe. As a result of the social, humane and confrontational nature of his work, he was compelled to leave Zimbabwe because of the adverse political climate there.
Amongst several awards, in 2003 Professor Maviyane-Davies was recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with an award for outstanding commitment to the struggle to transform society and create a just future as well as another recognition award from Simmons College, Boston for courage and integrity in stimulating activism for social change. That year he was also Honour laureate at the 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition.
As well as being published in numerous books, international magazines and newspapers, his design work has also been acknowledged in the list ‘ID Forty’ ID magazine’s annual honors list profiling leading-edge designers from around the world. He has also appeared in ‘Who’s Who in Graphic Design,’ ‘First Choice: Leading International Designers,’ ‘Graphic Agitation 1 & 2,’ ‘Graphic Design Timeline: A Century of Design Milestones,’ 'Celebrating Poster Design,’ ‘AREA: 100 Graphic Designers,’ 'International Poster Excellence,’ ‘On Edge: Breaking the Boundaries of Graphic Design,’ ‘World Graphic Design,’ ‘Design of Dissent,’ ‘Artforms’ 8th edition, ‘A History of Graphic Design.’
Films written, directed and produced by Professor Maviyane-Davies include ‘After the Wax, a personal view of nationality and identity’ This work has been screened at several film festivals and television channels around the world where it has won several awards and accolades.

Art Festival Schedule:
• 9:00 A.M. - High School Students arrive at the Gallery of Contemporary Art
• 10:30 AM – Guest Speaker’s Presentation
• 12:00 – 12:30 PM – high school students return to their respective buses
• 12:30 PM – high school students tour of art & design department (optional)