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 spring’s jurors! Jury will be held May 10, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Nick Gargala is a professional commercial photographer with 30+ years experience. He has worked for numerous Ad Agencies both locally and nationally. Nick is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a B.S. in photography. He also has a Masters in Social Work and a Doctorate in Leadership Education. A short list of clients include: Haas Cabinetry, Kimball Piano, Sears, J.C. Penny, T.G.&Y., G.E., Four Roses Distillery, Gilmore Distillery, U.P.S., Churchill Downs and worked with the agencies of Ogilvie and Mather’s, Bandy/Carroll/Hellige and Doe Anderson. Nick currently has a studio in Prospect and teaches photography at J.C.T.C. He is the father of three daughters and husband of 32 years with his wife Barbara.
Michelle Knox is the owner of Lone Red Design a visual branding agency. She has over 25 years of experience that includes working in both agency and in-house design environments before building her own business. Her portfolio includes work for local, national and international clients. She’s a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she received a B.A. from the College of Communications and Information with a focus on advertising and graphic design. Michelle lives in Louisville with her husband, twin daughters, a dog, two rats and one of the longest living gerbils of all time.
Philip Vetter is a motion designer/illustrator that has worked in agency and in-house work environments. Philip graduated with a B.S. in Computer Graphics Technology with a specialization in Animation from Purdue University. From 2d animated gifs to 3d visual effects, Philip enjoys the challenge of working on a variety of projects. He also loves integrating his passion of design with his love of the outdoors, with his illustrations appearing in National Park art books, postcards and posters throughout the U.S.