Aqilah Alshehab, Ashley Cooper, Erica Rose Davis, Matthew Detweiler, Jack Hadley, Paul Kramer, Maddie Kurlandski, Aubrey Makar, Tara Masthay, Olivia Pettigrew, Nora Riley, Natalie Stanziano, Elizabeth Weiler


This presentation was given live via Zoom at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 22.

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: VAD 415 01



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The Kennedy Union (KU) Stairwell Refresh Committee had a strong interest in students playing a key role and reached out to the Department of Art and Design to initiate a student co-curricular experience. The task: “Re-imagine the KU stairwells so that they reflect the myriad of activities students engage in inside and outside the classroom, and around the world." While asked to consider art, design, photography, and other visual expressions of the lifeblood of the University, students enrolled in the senior level Graphic Design III course began by looking at key words and phrases used to promote, market, and define the University. Small collaborative groups of 4–5 students then designed multiple floors for one of three KU stairwells. Through the creation of large-scale environmental graphics, each group’s design intends to visually communicate UD’s story in places and spaces across campus and beyond. Throughout the semester, students met regularly with representatives from the "stairwell refresh" committee to present their concepts and design development. The work being presented highlights each group’s final design proposal intended for production and implementation.

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Course Project

Primary Advisor

Jayne Matlack Whitaker

Primary Advisor's Department

Art and Design


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education; Reduced Inequalities

Kennedy Union Stairwell Refresh Project