Each semester, Ivy Tech’s Visual Communication Department invites professional creatives to critique student work. Students must present their work as they would to a real world client or employer. In doing so, students not only gain the experience of presenting in front of a group (the judges as well as their peers), they gain the insight provided by those who are working every day in the field of design. Meet this falls jurors!
Erin O’Mara has been working as a creative professional for the better part of 15 years. She works as a contract designer and photographer through her family business, Udar Service Group, Inc. • She was the Department Chair for Sullivan College of Technology & Design’s Computer Graphic Design Program where she taught design courses and developed a curriculum to enhance the education of design students. • She is currently the Secretary of Louisville’s chapter of the AIGA, the professional organization for design. With the AIGA Lou, she is developing a mentorship program to encourage community growth between designers of all levels, from beginning students to seasoned professionals. • Erin is a Wife, a Mom, and a forever teacher & student. Even in her down-time, she is in the act of creating something, attempting to complete every Pinterest DIY she can find.
Angelo Lagdameo is Chief Brand Officer for Create Change. Founded by actress Chyler Leigh and musician Nathan West, createchange.me is a community led discussions website focused on how artists can contribute to social change. Previously, Angelo served as art director for In Form Design, Jasper, IN (2006-2016). He received his fine arts graphic design B.A. magna cum laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore.
For over twenty years, Patrick L. Pfister has been telling stories with the images he creates while fulfilling the visual needs of the corporate community. • Patrick has been honored to photograph the nation’s first hand transplant and Kentucky’s first heart transplant. He has covered such dignitaries as the 24th US Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Yum! CEO David Novak and Mother Teresa. He has worked with major corporations such as Humana,Toyota and Brown-Forman. In the realm of academia, Patrick has photographed for the University of Louisville, Indiana University and Ball State University. • Patrick began his illustrious career photographing for a local newspaper and has since been published in such journalistic endeavors as Life Magazine-Pictures of the Year, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Wine Spectator and Forbes.