The exhibition is an opportunity for Iowans to establish themselves as qualified professionals and talented artists. It is an opportunity to celebrate, exchange ideas and learn from each other so that the work of the individual might improve as a result of this association.
February 22. 2022
Our 64th Exhibition is a toast to the last minute. We’re talking about EOD. The whole mood is 11:59. No amount of planning can prevent this. And regret is a waste of time. This familiar moment is sacred; divine. So quit beating yourself up and accept it. As creatives we love the last minute; it makes us feel alive.
Travis is SVP, Managing Design Director at Barkley in Kansas City. He’s spent over 23 years working in the visual design field. He’s had the opportunity to design for Applebee’s, At Home, Coca Cola, IHOP, KC Repertory Theatre Co, NASCAR, Planet Fitness, ReeceNichols, Sonic Drive-In, Sprint, Vanity Fair and more.
He’s passionate about the impact that design can have on culture and society. He has worked with organizations ranging from Teach for America to the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, which benefits Children’s Mercy Hospital. He enjoys telling stories that benefit the arts, education, and the community as a whole that we live in.
He and his team have been recognized by the Clio Awards, Cannes Lions, NPR, Communication Arts, Print, AIGA, Graphis, Ad Age, How, The One Show and more.
He also loves turning off his computer and doing things with his hands. That includes everything from his large veggie garden plot to building fireworks from scratch. (Yes you read that right.)
Valerie is an ART DIRECTOR and DESIGNER with more than 20 years of experience in print design and portraiture. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, PRINT, HOW, Graphic Design USA, the American Advertising Federation and the Association of Educational Publishers.
After an 18-year career at the Southern Poverty Law Center where she served as Deputy Design Director, she shifted gears and bicycled across the United States. She is currently pursuing personal projects and accepting select freelance assignments. Clients include the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, The Nature Conservancy, the Alabama Folklife Association, the Jeremiah Program, and the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project.
Deeply rooted in Montgomery, Alabama, Valerie now shares a home in Norfolk, Virginia with three vibrant humans, a super fuzzy bunny, and one handsome bearded dragon.
David rose through the ranks to be creative director for a large multinational ad agency, then president and ECD of a mid-sized independent shop. Today he serves a national and international client base as creative director, on contract for several ad agencies, as well as his own brand consultancy. He’s won most every industry award and been featured in the New York Times, Adweek, Graphis, and his mother’s Christmas letter.
With a brand roster that includes Bosch Power Tools, MidAmerican Energy, Glidden Paint, VISE-GRIP Tools, First National Bank, the Mutual of Omaha Companies, Elanco, multiple state lotteries, and more than one ad agency, he knows how hard it can be to produce great, standout work.
Katherine (aka Kat) Hutchison is a partner and co-owner of Project7 Design. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design with a concentration in drawing from Drake University, Katherine has held a variety of creative positions at studios and agencies. Working as a designer, art director and creative director she honed her skills before co-founding p7 where she focuses on the studio’s client relationships, day-to-day business operations and brings in the occasional complicated mural project for some fun team bonding.
In April of 2017, Kat founded p7 alongside Bridget Drendel after the pair teamed up to work on freelance client projects together. As their workload grew, they needed to see their layouts in print but had to have a business location in order to lease a printer. So, they rented a space and the rest is history. Today the p7 team has grown to eight full-time employees, a web developer and—of course—a printer.
Rawley King preforms a spot-on “Hulk” roar and designs to smash expectations. With over 24 years at Meyocks, Rawley specializes in package design, branding, and advertising and has a passion for illustration as well. Clients he has developed award-winning work for Hy-Vee, Topic, Firestone Ag, Delta Dental, Iowa State Athletics, Spring Sunrise, Able Up Iowa, Dehner Distillery, and the Food Bank of Iowa. When not designing and collaborating, Rawley enjoys his family, faith, movies, camping, fireworks, bike rides, car shows, tractor rides, cigars and weekend fire pits!
Art director’s annual design exhibition brings advertising professionals and students together from across iowa to showcase and award their work, and we couldn’t do it alone! Thank you to our sponsors for helping us recognize and foster creative accomplishments in iowa.