PSU gallery hosts exhibit of works by graphic designer

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present the exhibition Charles Gibson: 20 Years of Graphic Design, November 19 through December 13 at the gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth. A gallery reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. November 19, and Gibson will spend two days on campus working with students and faculty of the graphic design program of the PSU Department of Art.

The exhibition presents a selection of project panels, a mural and several individually framed posters illustrating how graphic design is used to communicate ideas. The exhibited works were created as way-finding solutions for graphic design clients in education, healthcare, business, community development, architecture, landscape architecture and the arts. The exhibition also includes highlights from Gibson's team's 1993 prize-winning submission to "The Electric Vehicle and the American Community," a national planning and design competition hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.

Gibson suggests that students and guests consider how graphic design contributes to their culture, and the relationship of graphic design to other design specialties such as industrial design or product design, and architecture. He says, "There seems to be more and more 'blurring of boundaries' in design these days."

Gibson is looking forward to meeting with graphic design students to discuss environmental graphic design, a specialty that is multidisciplinary and very often involves considerable collaboration with others. He will also lead a conversation about what it is like to work as a professional artist with clients, adjusting design concepts to meet their needs.

Charles Gibson Design is a multidisciplinary design practice founded in 1987, with expertise in environmental graphic design—sign programs and master plans, kiosk design, interpretive programs, exhibitions and architectural enhancements. In addition, Gibson has significant experience in the traditional two-dimensional disciplines of identity and print graphic design, and three-dimensional applications in product design and packaging.

Gibson holds a BFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design and has studied in Rome and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. He began his professional experience as assistant designer at the Hopkins Center Graphic Design Studio at Dartmouth College. He also earned an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He has worked at Architects Collaborative, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has taught at The Boston Architectural Center, Massachusetts College of Art, Plymouth State University and Colby-Sawyer College.

He has received the Award of Excellence from the Association of American Art Museums and the Wolf Trap Medal. Gibson is a professional member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and an affiliate member of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.