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Media Arts Student Melissa Marquez Designs Key Elements for Alexander Girard Exhibit

Media Arts Student Melissa Marquez Designs Key Elements for Alexander Girard Exhibit

New Mexico Highlands University media arts student Melissa Marquez designed five colorful panels and other key elements of the ‘Play it Louder’ Alexander Girard exhibit in the Governor’s Gallery at the New Mexico State Capitol.
The Girard exhibit opened June 18 and continues through Sept. 10
Girard was an internationally known textile designer who lived in Santa Fe from 1953 until his death in 1993. He also established the Girard Foundation for his extensive folk art collection. In 1977, he gifted 100,000 folk art pieces to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.
Merry Scully, curator for the Governor’s Gallery, said Marquez did all the two-dimensional graphic design for the Girard exhibit, including five informational panels as well as all the signage and labels for the exhibit.
“Melissa’s designs are fantastic and were exactly what we needed for this exhibit that showcases Girard’s postwar design work and his folk art collection,” Scully said. “Good designs were mandatory for this exhibit, and Melissa delivered. The feedback we’ve gotten on her designs has been very favorable: well designed, informative and clean.
“Not only did Melissa do great design work, she also did things like talk to the sign company to get prices to make sure that we stayed within budget. She was a pleasure to work with,” Scully said.
“My mindset in designing for the Girard exhibit was to try to retain his style through color and topography while maintaining my own modern design style,” said Marquez, a 22-year-old native of Las Vegas. “Girard was an awesome designer, which made me work a little harder, and think a little more about my designs for the exhibit.
This internship was a real-world experience that showed me that the media arts program is taking us in the right direction by teaching us not just how to design, but also how to work with both the client and vendors,” Marquez said. 
“Melissa combines her talent and knowledge, and listens so well to constructive criticism, applying it effectively,” said Lauren Addario, media arts instructor and internship coordinator. “That’s what makes her a great designer.
Marquez’ design work for the Girard exhibit is on display in the Governor’s Gallery on the fourth floor of the State Capitol in Santa Fe at the intersection of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail. The gallery is free and is open to the public Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Marquez has a second internship this summer, this one at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, N.M. She and recent media arts graduate Angelo Mitchell are developing a virtual tour and design posters for the visitors center about an upgraded state-of-the-art radio telescope.

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