Columbia Design League Invites You to a Free Lecture at University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design in Columbia, SC – Oct. 3, 2016

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The Columbia Design League has partnered with the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design in Columbia, SC, to offer a free lecture on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, featuring noted design historian Carma Gorman, PhD. The lecture will begin at 6pm in McMaster College, Room 214 with a reception to follow in McMaster Gallery.

Gorman is associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Art and Art History (Design Division) at the University of Texas at Austin. An associate editor of the journal Design and Culture and a past president of the Design Studies Forum, she is the author of The Industrial Design Reader, a highly regarded anthology of texts about industrial design. Her book is among those recommended by top design schools in Fastco Design’s “35 Books Every Designer Should Read”.

As part of her discussion, Gorman proposes a new way of defining “American design,” identifies some of its distinctive traits, and argues that the national peculiarities of U.S. design are in many cases direct responses to the globally anomalous characteristics of US laws and standards.

Immediately following the lecture, a reception will be held in McMaster Gallery. The gallery currently features Fingerreisen, an exhibition by Elisabeth Pellathy and Lee Somers. Fingerreisen — a German term for imaginary journeys of the hand and mind — comes to life in their multimedia, map-intensive show.

McMaster College is located at 1615 Senate Street in Columbia, at the corner of Pickens and Senate. Street parking is available around McMaster College on Pickens, Senate and Henderson streets or in the Pendleton Street Garage at visitor meters located on levels 1a, 1b, and 2a at the Pickens Street entrance.

“What’s American about American Design?” is a free lecture and part of the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design’s 2016-17 Visiting Artist/Scholar Series.

Columbia Design League president Wade Sellers believes that the Columbia Design League is more than a leading voice for design in Columbia. “Partnering with the College of Visual Art and Design to host Carma Gorman is part of our continuing mission to bring the best and brightest design voices to Columbia,” he says. “We’re committed to hosting events that bring national design education out of books and magazine articles to our community where members can listen, experience and walk away more informed about design.”

The Columbia Design League is an affiliate group of the Columbia Museum of Art. The group works to educate others about design excellence, emphasize the importance of great design, and to broaden understanding of how good design affects nearly every facet of life. The Design League gathers its membership for an annual series of meetings and welcomes guests and nonmembers with an interest in design. For details, visit (www.columbiadesignleague.org) or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The School of Visual Art and Design is within the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Carolina. The school encompasses four major areas of study and research: art education, art history, media arts and studio art in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. For details and events, visit the school on Facebook.

For further information contact Julie Smith Turner, Columbia Design League Board Member, Communications Chair, by e-mail at (juliesmithturner@me.com) or call 803/422-7741.

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