Moraine Park Portfolio event to have modern gallery night vibe

by ratkinson26. April 2013 08:31

Students to showcase their work on May 1

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (April 23, 2013) – When most people hear the word “art” their mind likely jumps to images of traditional media like painting, sculpture and photography. But on Wednesday, May 1, it will be a mix of modern art media including web design, graphic communications and interactive media design that will take center stage at the Portfolio Day event hosted by the Fond du Lac campus of the Moraine Park Technical College District, 235 North National Avenue. Students from Moraine Park campuses in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend will be participating, showcasing their original work to the public and potential employers from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This will be the first Portfolio Day for students in Interactive Media Design, as 2013 brings the first graduating class in this new degree program at Moraine Park. The Graphic Communications program, by comparison, is well established, granting degrees for more than 20 years now.

The Portfolio Day student work will include illustration prints on museum quality paper featuring original logo designs, advertising posters and billboard layouts, along with step and floor graphics created by the students to support the event; computers showing 2D and 3D digital animation and motion graphics; and edited video shorts. Some 40 graduating students will be participating, with upwards of 40 potential employers from the region invited to attend. According to Dana Wangerin, graphics communications instructor at the college, “this is a proud moment for students and their families, with employers eager to see the work as well.”

Tom Ward, an instructor in interactive media design, echoed those sentiments, noting that potential employers representing area printers, web development firms, advertising agencies, digital marketing firms and video production companies are all likely to be in attendance. “We expect many of these students to make meaningful career connections during this four hour exhibit,” said Ward. 

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Fond du Lac campus cafeteria, 235 North National Avenue.  For more on Moraine Park Technical College, log on to