Rob McDonald / Native Ground
June 21, 2012 - August 5, 2012

Combining his pursuits as a teacher of American literature and a photographer, Rob McDonald explores the role place plays in shaping the literary imagination in Native Ground. McDonald uses a primitive hand-held film camera to capture the personal spaces and landscapes of writers from the American South and ends up with intimate portraits of the places that informed the development of the authors’ vision and voice.

Artist's Reception / Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 4 to 6 pm

The Athenaeum will also be featuring typographic interpretations of the writers' work by ten of our region's best graphic designers:

John Foster is Principal and Superintendent of Bad People Good Things. His work has been recognized in a tediously long list of publications. His posters hang in galleries across the globe and are included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. He has written a number of books. Many are quite good and fun to look at. You should own some.

Jason Mathews Gottlieb is a designer and artist who has spent most of his life in the south. After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, he spent four years at Fuszion. He is also an MFA candidate in the Graphic Design program at MICA, and an adjunct faculty member in MICA’s undergraduate design program.

Gerry Greaney

Francheska Guerrero, Principal and Design Director at Unfolding Terrain, is also Interim Chair of Undergraduate Design and Associate Professor of the BFA Design department at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Francheska’s work has been published nationally and internationally, and has been recognized in many major design competitions and exhibitions.

Dave Plunkert‘s illustrations have appeared in advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, major newspapers, magazines, and record labels. His work has been collected by museums and private collectors, and has been exhibited internationally. He and Joyce Hesselberth co-founded Spur Design in 1995.

Polygraph is an young, multidisciplinary design studio in Washington, DC, offering smart creativity, a keen sense of aesthetic, and a healthy dose of optimism. Started in 2010 by Lindsay Mannix, Jason Mannix and Gavin Wade, the award-winning firm specializes in typography, brand identity and product design for local and national brands. At the heart of their business is the desire to create memorable and meaningful solutions; work that adds to the creative and cultural richness of the city. They are honored to be included in this exhibition.

Scout Design was established in 2002 by Angeline Robertson and Charley Foley. We help people figure out what they need to say and we use design as a means of clarifying, illuminating, but never overwhelming the message. Our practice is founded on the belief that good design should be transparent, accessible, and engaging.

Carolyn Sewell is a serious doodler in love with all things unicorny and typographic. It was during 8th grade study hall that she knew she wanted to be a graphic designer. While other students were doing homework, she was hand-lettering her friends’ book covers. Book covers became pep rally signs and college projects became paying clients. Her work has been published in Communication Arts, Grafik, HOW, GDUSA, CMYK, and UPPERCASE Magazine.

Matthew Wahl is a 2001 graduate from the Corcoran College of Art + Design with a BFA in Graphic Design. After several years working in the non-profit sector as a graphic designer and art director, he set up his own studio in 2010. With a range of clients, his work centers around print design with a focus on identity systems, conferences, and publication design. Matthew has a particular love for typography and type design.

David Whitmore is the design director for National Geographic Magazine. This undertaking provides a wonderful symmetry with a 10-year personal project he recently completed. Through a narrative sequencing of site-specific found object assemblage, he has been exploring a broad meditation on cultural/historical trajectory and transformation, the gifts and mystery of vanished civilizations, and a spiritual connection to place.