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contents features

11  soaring with angels Kyle Morris gets up in the clouds with the USAF Blue Angels in his photographs from the 2009 air show.

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editor’s letter contributors reader mail president’s letter TRENDs Recycling at Ai


16  the great escape Local designer, Julie Wheat, shares a collection photographed by Ai student Cyle Suesz.


photos left and right by Cyle Suesz

24  fashions Stories of fashion emergencies in everyday lives of Ai students. AROUND CHARLESTON

20  around town


AiQ has found the perfect supply store for all of your creative needs.

21  student news Erin O’Dea shares what Career Services has in store for your future.


22  the forum A local artist tells how he got to where he is and how you can too.

26  fall fiction 28  travel 30  remembering AiQ

CO V ER : Blue Angels flying high.

Photo by Kyle Morris

Photography by Kyle Morris

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AiQ’s first cover with Cassie Schmitt, Ai Student  Photographed by Cody Chandler, Ai Student


one year in print

editor’s letter

Welcome to our fifth issue of The Art Institute Quarterly. We are presently celebrating over one year in print. From our first issue in summer 2008 to the fall 2009 issue, we have had such a journey this year. As founder and editor-in-chief, I can say I am very proud of the work and efforts made by The Art Institute of Charleston faculty, staff and students to make this project continuous and meaningful to many artists in our school.  This issue is a very special issue, because it is our one year anniversary, but, due to lack of content, we had to wait and combine the summer and fall issues. Our apologies to those who were looking forward to the summer issue. We are still alive and working already on a fresh redesign of AiQ for 2010. In fact a photo shoot has already taken place for the winter 2010 issue. Unlike any other club or organization at The Art Institute of Charleston, The Art Institute Quarterly has produced a consistent product every quarter since conception in 2008. The only reason we can keep producing a file to send to print is because of our contributors. We must have content to send out to the readers and without it we have nothing to show. There are always opportunities to contribute through writing and photography. Please contact us for ways to join the family of artists.  As I was searching for content before the summer issue was due, I found Kyle Morris’ website and his collection of the USAF Blue Angels featured on page 11 in Soaring with Angels. The centerfold of that feature is my favorite and I am so grateful for his images to be part of our journey. A local fashion designer, Julie Wheat, has teamed up with photography student, Cyle Suesz, to showcase a summer collection of clothing on page 16 in The Great Escape.  Please continue to read, critique (by no means are we perfect in our content or design), but we will always remain true and professional, and will stick to our vision of: for students by students. Write us and tell us your thoughts on this issue, and, if you have ideas to share for the next 2010 year please do!  I always felt like The Art Institute of Charleston was a place to call home from the first time I walked through the sliding glass doors. We are a family here at Ai. A great Southern family, and like a great Southern cook from Savannah, GA says: From my home to yours, best wishes and best dishes! Have a great holiday and see you in winter of 2010. Russ Bratcher Editor-in-Chief The Art Institute Quarterly

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photo by Cyle Suesz

Hey y’all. I’m here with my best friend, my Mac.

VOLUME 2, issue 3-4 Editor-in-Chief, Layout Russ Bratcher Executive Editor Mick Matricciano Fashion Editor Krysten Adams Photographers Cyle Suesz, Kyle Morris Advisor/Proof Reader Terry Fox Community Facebook Search: The Art Institute Quarterly Online Search: Published by The Art Institute of Charleston 24 N. Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401 About AiQ The Art Institute Quarterly is a quarterly publication covering all the majors offered at AiCSC along with community stories for students by students at The Art Institute of Charleston. We reach an audience of over 700 students, staff and faculty and to the surrounding Charleston, SC community. This unique publication is one of its kind in the Ai community. The Art Institute Quarterly is printed in-house at The Art Institute of Charleston’s own print studio. All models, designs, photographs, contributors, events and team management are produced by students at AiCSC. This publication is for educational use only and is not intended for financial gain. ©2009 AiQ. True Story.

Reader Services Letters AiQ welcomes your letters! Send letters to Russ Bratcher, editor at or Terry Fox at Writing Opportunities We are always looking for fresh voices and stories for our AiCSC family to enjoy each quarter though our publication. Please send queries and/or suggestions to the editor or to, Terry Fox at SUMMER/FALL 2009  |  5 

contributors The students who make The Art Institute Quarterly happen.


Cyle Suesz Photographer

Stephanie Schultz is a student in the Web Design and Interactive Media Program. When she isn’t struggling with her homework or writing, she is wrangling two busy grade school girls at her home in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Stephanie is a military transplant hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, and has been living with her family in the Lowcountry for four years.

I’m Cyle, I like my pictures to have a high-end couture feel. I deal mostly in fashion and commercial, but I am known for my quirky series that base around taking old ideas and twisting them into something different. I use to read Elle and Vanity Fair when I was in middle school and, when I got into high school, I knew I wanted to be a fashion photographer.

Mikie Venittelli Writer

Kyle Morris Photographer

Mikie Venittelli is a graphic design student at aicsc best described as an assiduous perfectionist. He has a strong passion for photography and spends much of his time outside of the classroom behind a camera. Mikie has always been highly ambitious and determined to succeed at any task that lie before him.

Kyle Morris is an aspiring commercial photographer currently living in Charleston, SC. His first interest in photography began while experimenting with Photoshop in his high school multimedia class. From there, he learned what makes a good composition and what colors work well together, which carried into his photography.

Stephanie Schultz

Not pictured: Krysten Adams, Writer and Mick Matricciano, Writer

on the web Now you can access your favorite articles at online The stories from AiQ’s one year journey are just beginning. Log on to our webspace for all of the articles from the past; this present issue you’ve read, and for inspiration. WEB EXCLUSIVE icons in this issue are sure ways to know that your favorite stories and images are online to view.

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AiQ Mail photo by Kyle Morris

Did you see or read something you liked or did not like about our publication? Please send us an email telling us your thoughts. Russ Bratcher, Editor-in-Chief, AiQ

Dear AiQ, Thank you so much for copies of The Ai Quarterly, The Art Institute of Charleston student quarterlies. I am very impressed and look forward to having an opportunity to read the attractive and very professional looking magazines.   It is difficult to believe that the Institute is already celebrating it’s first anniversary. I am so proud of what you are doing. I am sure The Art Institute of Charleston has a bright future and will be a positive influence in the lives of it’s students. Sincerely yours,

–Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Mayor, City of Charleston

Dear AiQ, I am the faculty chairperson in charge of the Quality Enhancement Plan for The Art Institute of Atlanta, representing the Washington, DC. campus.    Ok, long title aside, what is it that I do and why am I contacting you? You may be aware that The Art Institute of Atlanta (from which Charleston is a branch campus) is going through their reaccredition, which happens every 10 years. As part of this process, there

is a new initiative to create a plan of action which improves a particular quality of the school with the goals of the students in mind. Our topic is “Teamwork.” This means that we are tasked with creating a plan to improve student teamwork skills across the curricula. As one of our initiatives, we started to create an Ai magazine that might be contributed to by all the Ai Atlanta schools. This seemed a daunting task until I recently visited the Charleston campus and was handed your publication, The Art Institute Quarterly. I am impressed! You and your team in Charleston have done an amazing job on this magazine and I find it difficult to believe that you were able to make it a quarterly; however it seems you guys have your act together.   Why am I telling you all this? Well, I wanted to warn you that we may be asking to pick you and your team’s brain as to how to get this initiative accomplished. As you have an established process going, it may be of benefit to simply expand the operation to include other campuses. I can still not put into words how impressed I am with the publication and everything that you guys are doing there. I hope that we can possibly work together in the future on the possibility of expanding the operation. —Josh Yavelberg The art institute of Washington

Dear AiQ, I’m Leevan Roundtree. I am a fashion major at The Art Institute of Atlanta and first off, I want to congratulate you and your team on a great publication. This email is to

inform you that The Ai Quarterly has inspired us here at AIA to produce a publication of our own and I was wondering was there any advice your could give us, seeing that you and your team has already published a couple of publications. Our editor in chief is Jackie Velasquez. She is an outstanding student and she is cc’d in this message as well as our creative director, Carlita Scaboro, and our director of student development. I will be the fashion director for the magazine. Just to be clear we are in no way trying to replicate The Ai Quarterly magazine, we recognize the magazine as a great publication and it has already set itself apart. Our magazine here at AiA will be called The Ai SPARK which goes along with the name of our mascot “Spark the Phoenix”. —Leevan Roundtree the Art Institute of Atlanta

Dear AiQ, I just wanted to let you know that, once again, The Ai Quarterly rocks! Just wanted to give you both a little shout out because clearly there is a lot of talented hard work put into this. I even brought my copy home for friends and family to see and they were very impressed!  From an admissions perspective, we love showing off what you are good at to others…plus we just enjoy the great articles and pictures for our own viewing pleasure! Keep up the great work! PS. Russ, please let all of the other AiQ staff know they rock too! –Danielle Angelich the Art Institute of Charleston

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president’s letter

Greetings, When you read this edition of Ai Quarterly, our fall quarter will be well underway. And it promises to be yet another exciting one. During the summer quarter, we had a great schedule of on-campus speakers, beginning with Dick Elliot, the President and Owner of Maverick Southern Kitchens, a collection of South Carolina dining establishments that includes Slightly North of Broad and High Cotton restaurants in downtown Charleston. Dick brought to our campus his unique perspective after close to 20 years in the hospitality industry. Following Dick during the first week of our summer speaking series was Marjory Wentworth, the poet laureate of South Carolina, and Sam Griffin, the advertising design director for Bon Appétit Magazine. These presentations proved to be an informative start for a summer of interesting lectures, and the whole college community participated throughout the series. All told we heard from more than a dozen speakers, all distinguished individuals in their respective fields, helping to make our summer quarter an enriching experience.   We have also completed construction on our new classroom, lab and studio facility in the IMAX theater building. We have taken over what was once the food court area of the IMAX Theater, and we have built a digital film studio and control room, a digital editing suite, a digital darkroom, a photo studio, and an equipment cage for our Digital Film and Digital Photography programs. In addition, our film and photography faculty are now located in the new space, as are a few members of our admissions staff. Construction on this location began in mid-August and we started moving equipment and furniture into the new space within weeks of the fall quarter’s start.  I also want to announce an important development in our career services efforts, and that is the hiring of our first Director of Career Services, Erin O’Dea. We were able to recruit Erin away from the College of Charleston, where she oversaw that college’s intern programs. Erin is responsible for developing a formal career services program here at The Art Institute of Charleston. In that capacity she will work to develop a program that will assist our graduating students in finding jobs in their respective fields of study, as well as helping our students in securing part-time jobs while in school. Erin will be a great addition to AiCSC, and we are happy that she has decided to join us. Please stop by and see her and welcome her to AiCSC. Erin’s office is located on the second floor in room 238. Erin’s appointment will also free up Terry Fox, our Director of Student Services, to focus on the areas where he is our greatest asset, such as student life, housing, and disability services. All of these changes have made us a better institution.  So, welcome to this edition of the Ai Quarterly. And welcome to the fall quarter at The Art Institute of Charleston. Richard Jerue President The Art Institute of Charleston 8  |  The Art Institute Quarterly

In his office, President, Rick Jerue takes time to let Ai student, Obed Danjoint, capture his portrait for his letter.

trends On the move at The Art Institute of Charleston.

Fashions Kent Bearden Fashion and Retail Management Shirt- Urban Outfitters Jeans- Banana Republic Sunglasses- Urban Outfitters Shoes- Clarks Angela Baldwin Fashion and Retail Management Tights, shirt- New York and Company Shoes- Rue 21 Bag- Dolce and Gabanna Accessories- Misc Fashion trends can be captured and sent to the editor-inchief, Russ Bratcher, at

photos by Renee Jones

design tip

Grey is Go!

What color do you have your desktop background? Pink?? If you do and you’re seeing any part of that color while you look at a project on your screen the color is going to play with your eye and change the way you see your work. Now, get into those desktop settings and leave your desktop to a neutral hue like #333333 or #666666.  Color theory is something to live by in

just for you

Nine Sites, Books & Apps

SITE 1: TYPECHART.COM  Web fonts displayed with CSS code to match. SITE 2:  Motion graphics site. SITE 3: GOTPRINT.NET  EDITOR’S PICK for online print solutions. BOOK 1: BAKED, New Frontiers in Baking. Lewis & Poliafito  $30 BOOK 2: Fashion Sketchbook. Abling 


BOOK 3: D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself. Lupton 


the professional world. From designers (not decorators) to culinary arts we all are



The best color assistant for any designer.

effected by those hues that could mean the difference between a good design and

APPS 2: Twitterrific  Free  #1 recommended app for tweet, tweets!  

an award wining design.

—Russ Bratcher

APPS 3: WhatTheFont  Free  Find fonts fast from images on your phone.

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Yes Computer Printouts (“Green Bar”) White, colored, window envelopes Tin - #10 food cans, Steel – soup cans Newspapers & Magazines   (separate bin upon request) Glass – green, brown, clear, blue, Plastic or Paper Trash Bags Large Plans or Plots Plastic – only #1 & #2 Plastic Cups or plates White Office Paper “Office Fiber:” Carbonless forms Shredded paper Mini Bottles Paper Towels Colored Paper Post It Notes Manila folders Cardboard Aluminum Memos

No Tissues Styrofoam Carbon Paper Plates or Cups Paper Towels Paper Ream Wraps Hanging folders (metal) Kraft (Brown) Envelopes Wrappers (Food, Candy, Etc.) Metal/plastic file fasteners & binders


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composite by Katie

All food containers must be rinsed clean of leftover waste.


Inside green cans are emptied into outside wheeled carts for collection. These are the ONLY containers that can be collected.

Representatives from Fisher Recycling are available to conduct campus-wide recycling education.

Soaring with Angels Once in a lifetime view of the Blue Angels. photos by Kyle Morris text by Stephanie Schultz

he roar of seven approaching F/A 18 Hornets have made an Iraqi soldier soil his pants, but on May 16th and 17th in Beaufort, South Carolina that sound generated cheers from a crowd of thousands of onlookers at the Blue Angels Air Show. The fans were not disappointed as the pilots performed formations, barrel rolls, corkscrews, fly-bys and more during the demonstration. Photography student Kyle Morris was in that crowd, capturing some of the brilliant shots seen here with his Canon.  The Navy’s Blue Angels is the flight exhibition team that has been touring the United States since 1946 showing off their mad flying skills to promote naval aviation. Seven demonstration pilots are chosen from among the Navy’s finest flight officers for this grueling but coveted two-year tour of duty. The pilots and their support crew are commissioned or enlisted men and women serving on active duty. They are chosen not only for their outstanding technical skills but also for their exemplary military conduct. Since their inception, the Blue Angels have performed for over 400 million spectators in locations all over the U.S.  It is comforting to know that the Blue Angels are some of the same fighter pilots that defend our freedom by catapulting from the decks of aircraft carriers across enemy lines. Many of their tricks are based on evasive maneuvers learned for air combat situations. These pilots must complete a minimum of 1250 hours of real mission flight time to

even apply to be on the team. The number one pilot, called “Boss,” who is hand picked by the Chief of Naval Air Training, has to have over 3000 tactical flight hours and must have commanded a tactical jet squadron before. They are no strangers to combat, and after their two years based in beautiful Pensacola, Florida serving as the official faces of Naval Aviation, they return to being defenders of freedom.   Kyle Morris has seen the Blue Angels about a half a dozen times in the last few years and plans to see them a lot more in the future. The first time that he saw them was from above the bridge on the US Coast Guard Cutter CYPRESS. Thanks to Morris’ father, who served as a chief on the CYPRESS, he got a bird’s eye view of the show from the highest point on the ship—about 150 feet above the water—as the jets circled around him. The pilots need a visual and navigational reference point during their exhibitions, and Morris was right on top of it. From this vantage, he caught some images with his Canon so close and sharp you can see the pilots’ faces. Although people often think they were taken from a plane, he assured me that they weren’t.  Morris hasn’t got to meet any of the pilots yet, but he hopes to someday. Ideally, he would like to be able to take aerial shots of the Blue Angels, maybe even from Fat Albert Airlines, the C 130-T Hercules that serves as the Blue Angels’ transport vehicle. Maybe if the right people see these photos, Kyle will get that opportunity.

WEB EXCLUSIVE Want to see more of the “Flight” series, visit Kyle’s website at

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the g r e at escape


fashions by


photographs by Cyle Suesz

C cavortress Spinspin Sugar: hand stenciled spray painted pink silk bustier dress, custom order only Peppadew Skirt: red pencil skirt with studs at waistband, custom order only Barbie Tube: electric bubble gum tube top, $60 Slink: (sequin skirt): Sequin obsidian tube Skirt, $80 Francine: (zebra skirt): Regal zebra print skirt (vintage), $125; also available in cotton candy marbleized print (dead stock) and paintball (vintage) Jadis: (silver tank top): dry ice knit tank top, $80 Hecuba: (black camisole): Oil silk camisole tank top with studs, $80; available in cotton candy marbleized print (deadstock) and paintball (vintage) Sizzle Britches: (silver shorts): in Airstream, $80; available in one other vintage print Innocent Vamp: (grey dress with low back): dove dress with electric bubble gum piping, $250;available in dove with cobalt piping Antoinette Sweatshirt: (white top with black bows): $150; Antoinette Tee: shown in regal, $80, available in onyx, cobalt, electric bubble gum, atomic tangerine, kryptonite, and cotton candy marbleized print (deadstock) and paintball (vintage) 18  |  The Art Institute Quarterly

Julie Wheat

has made her mark already in Charleston by creating hand bags out of vintage material. So recently she’s decided to branch out and create a line that is both eco-friendly and rare. The pieces she creates are all limited edition but available in a variety of colors and fabrics. The release of her much anticipated 2010 spring collection has been a breath of fresh air to Charleston fashion. The clothing is available at and for price and fabric inquiries Julie can be reached at

Thank You.

Julie Wheat’s colorful displays of fashion were photographed by The Art Institute of Charleston’s very own photographic imaging student, Cyle Suesz. Amy Chadwell, also a former Ai student, on the first page of this feature models for Ms. Wheat. The Art Institute Quarterly would like to thank Ms. Wheat for use of these images and for supporting students in our Lowcountry. The Art Institute of Charleston and The Art Institute Quarterly wish Ms. Wheat wish the best in 2010.

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around town

Artist & Craftsman Student discounts at a new location.

ur store has been serving local artists and students for the past 11 years. Up until 2008 we were located on upper King St., beside Joe Pasta, in what is now the Hall’s Chophouse. We do miss our old spot but times change and upper King is a lot nicer (and pricier) than it was when we first moved in. We were really lucky to find our new underground location in the basement of the Knights of Columbus building. We might not have windows, but we’re much closer to the College of Charleston and The Art Institute, not to mention that we stay nice and cool during these unbearable summer months. Our new address is 143 Calhoun, but the best way to find us is by following the delicious aroma wafting out of Mama Kim’s next door or follow the gaze of Calhoun’s statue across the street in Marion Square. We

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Cyle Suesz

Photo caption: Hirona, Marie, Abdul will greet you with a smile as always.; Artist & Craftsman store front; Inside the store. Please view our website at, or stop in and see us at 143 Calhoun. Store hours are Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm and Sun, 10am-5pm.

are also lucky to have free parking available to customers in the alley right outside our door.   We pride ourselves in having the best selection of fine art and drafting supplies in the area as well as frames, furniture, fun toys, and great gifts. We also offer very competitive prices compared to the big guys and have a huge 20-70% off sale on certain items every single month. We do offer I.D. wielding students an additional 10% off of their purchases, excluding clearance items of course. For certain classes there is the option to buy a premade supply kit at 20% off normal price. This service has to be set up ahead of time by the instructor and students will be informed during class if this option is available to them.  –Hirona Matsuda Store Manager, Artist & Craftsman Supply

student news

Leaving Soon? Success before and after college services offered.



The Purpose of Career Services

To support in-school students in securing part-time or temporary employment, as well as internship opportunities To provide guidance in the development and refining of student resumes, sharpening interviewing skills, and enhancing the understanding of professional ettiquette To support the college’s graduates in securing full-time field-related employment To cultivate relationships with alumni and to build partnerships with the range of potential employers

ith the addition of Erin O’Dea as the new Director of Career Services, AiCharleston is pleased to provide fullscale career services programming to encourage student success! From helping students obtain part-time work and internships while attending school, to actively supporting soon-tobe graduates’ job searches, the Office of Career Services is committed to ensuring that each and every student receives the support he or she needs.   Discovering how and where you will leave your creative mark on this world is an important process and the Office of Career Services is here to support you in that journey. Upon admission to the college, students are encouraged to become familiar with the career development resources offered through the Office of Career Services, and to begin building a partnership with the staff early in their college careers. Bulletin board postings, as well as email blasts, are key tools in advertising the array of career building opportunities available to students. Keep an eye out for workshops offered in resume writing and interview skills, as well as parttime job fairs and other special events.   The Art Institute system of colleges places major emphasis on its high standard of excellence in the field of career education in the applied arts and on the ultimate employability

of its graduates, thus each student will be required to formally meet with the career services staff in the quarters leading up to graduation. The purpose of these meetings will be for the staff to assess longterm career goals for each student and to assist in the achievement of those goals. All upcoming graduates will provide permanent addresses, telephone numbers, and other critical information to ensure ongoing communication between the department and the student. An up-to-date resume will also be placed into the permanent file of the student and will serve to facilitate ongoing ease of communication in regard to employment and career concerns.   In addition, each graduate is registered for access to the Alumni Connections website, which is the comprehensive link for graduates on all the Ai campuses to employment and networking opportunities throughout the country. Simply put, as a registered graduate of The Art Institute of Charleston, you will be able to access and apply for job possibilities nation-wide!   Since the Office of Career Services should be considered to be virtually a life-long resource for the students/graduates of the college, don’t wait to discover how you can partner with the staff in ensuring your personal career success.

CONTACT ERIN AT: text by Erin O’Dea photography by Cyle Suesz

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the forum

You want my job? What it takes to get into the graphic design field.

Company to work for

you are here SURVIVAL SKILLS


Chad Klimaszewski styling as advertising director for Wild Wing Cafe.

Tell us a little about yourself. I am from Marion, NY (Upstate NY) – graduated with a “strong” 76 classmates (note sarcasm). I went to Cazenovia College – small private school outside of Syracuse, NY, and I am thirty-eight years old. Tell us about your job. I have been in the field of design for nine years and started as an advertising director, and am now creative director. My job is multifaceted. I developed Wild Wing Cafe & Red’s Ice House’s branding and graphics, but I also protect our image, logo usage, etc. It is part developing the graphics to support promotions and also part building our brand throughout the Southeast and beyond. Daily tasks include graphic 22  |  The Art Institute Quarterly

design, but also a lot of fielding offers, negotiating rates, managing assistant graphic designers, working with operations, ownership, franchisees, etc. What about your job do you feel especially proud of? First, my work ethic. Secondly, I’m very proud of where I’ve been able to take the look of Wild Wing Cafe over my nine years. When I started with Wild Wing we had 4 locations, and now I manage the design and ad placement for 34 and counting. What do you like most about being a graphic designer for Wings Over America? I enjoy developing one brand and seeing where it can go and how it evolves. I worked for an agency in the late ‘90’s, and while I enjoyed the

he is there work, I rarely had very much feedback once I moved on to my next job/ client. What’s nice about working for one brand is I am able to modify and correct things that maybe didn’t take off the way I had planned. I enjoy taking ownership in my part of the team! Describe your work environment. What is to be expected on a day to day basis? Mildly controlled insanity. I can have my day completely planned out and get absolutely nothing accomplished because of last minute “fires” and surprises. The one thing about being a graphic designer is that many times you are waiting on certain aspects of a promotion or job to be finalized interview by Mikie Venetelli photo by Chad Klimaszewski

and when it finally gets to you, you may only have a small period of time to then work your magic. For some reason “stressful” doesn’t seem to do these moments justice… but you gather your thoughts and hope the final project meets your expectations…at least partially. Describe your creative process. Graphically…I’m not a sketcher. I never have been. I just visualize something and go for it. I let it evolve in front of me. It may start one way and end a completely different way. Images, fonts, feedback, etc. may change the direction from what I started. Promotionally…I always try to ask the questions a customer is going to ask and then work to fill in the blanks. I like to start with too much information and then weed through what is essential to “sell” the promo. Why did you want to be a designer? I was very artistic in high school. I always knew I was going to go into some sort of visual arts. I liked illustration, architectural design and graphics. I chose graphic design because I felt there were more opportunities. If a student wants to become a graphic designer, how should he best prepare? I’m all for expressing your personality, but a job interview is not where I want to see that you like wearing light blue retro blazers and white shoes. I recently hired a new assistant designer and the interview process was at times pitiful. No professionalism, sloppy portfolios and amateur over-confident attitudes about one’s skills abounded. I was in complete disbelief. You need to be good to get the job, but don’t give the interviewer easy excuses to not want you. How competitive is it to land a job? If you’re looking to leave school and land a cushy ad director position, it’ll probably be very hard. If you’re not scared to take an entry level position and develop your skills, put in extra

hours and build up real work in your portfolio, then it can be easy. I can work with a weaker portfolio and a strong work ethic much more than someone with a strong portfolio and a major ‘tude. Nothing is owed to you… it needs to be earned. What sets a candidate apart from others when seeking a graphic design job? Obviously a good skill set and graphic design knowledge is a must. A good portfolio grabs my attention. But I’m a big fan of good, clean presentation, an applicant who’s not scared to get off their computer and a strong work ethic. What is the worst part of the job? Waking up at 3AM and thinking about work until 7AM is pretty high on my list. I also despise immature critiques from people outside of the graphics world. “That sucks” or “that’s ugly” or comments similar don’t help me move forward with a design. I have no problem with constructive criticism, but rude comments just for the sake of hearing one’s own voice wears me out. Are there any misconceptions that people have about the job? I would say most people don’t understand the time it takes to develop something visually. Many times an idea is developed quickly, but it’s much harder to develop that idea into something visual. What is the work/family balance like? My work/family balance used to be off the charts on the work-side of things. But understanding that time away from work helps the creative process flow, (as well as developing a long-term relationship) I’ve been able to even things out a lot. I still have nights where I don’t want to stop working on something, but those nights are much less prevalent these days. Any advice or tips, you’d like to share? Advertising has an amazing history and is a medium that will be around forever. Once you realize you’re part of something a whole lot bigger than you…you’ll be better off.


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Major Malfunction Embarrassing fashion moments.


ith any role in life, there is always pressure to look the part and for those interested in entering the world of fashion, I find this to be true even more so. However, knowing style and understanding fashion does not make us immune to the inevitable wardrobe malfunction from time to time.     We can all be honest here, anonymous, but honest. After all this magazine is all about true stories.

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We have all gone shopping, not necessarily looking for anything specific, but nonetheless we have grabbed a few items and headed to the dressing room. This is where your day turns around. That pair of jeans you grabbed, knowing they wouldn’t fit, FIT! They are a size smaller than you normally wear, look like a million bucks, and have a price tag to match. You head straight to the register because we all know you aren’t

just buying a pair of jeans, you are purchasing tangible self confidence! So, the next day you show up to school, in your new pants, on cloud 9. You look so amazing you know all eyes are on you when you walk into the room. Nothing about the day could go wrong for someone looking as dynamite as you do. text by Krysten Adams photo illustration by Russ Bratcher

Now you feel a tap on your shoulder, probably just another compliment on how amazing you look right? WRONG. Your stomach sinks as you realize what the girl next to you just whispered in your ear. You force your hand down to your side and rip off the size tag you had still stuck running down the thigh of your new sexy pants. The worst dose of reality comes when you are so far in the clouds you can’t see straight long enough to remove ALL tags from your new clothing. After all, you may be proud of the size you fit into, but is it ever something you want to broadcast to the world? I do not think so.  Now, another story. You wake up ready and raring to go this morning after having planned out your new outfit late last night. An outfit you are so obsessed with, you’re tempted to wear it again the next week. New jeans, a hot top, and the most to-die-for heels. The day is going great, you’re owning the sidewalks, hallways, everywhere you go, you radiate with the utmost confidence. You decide to stop by Starbucks for a little extra energy and sweet treat and head upstairs to lounge in the comfy chairs and take in your morning. After a few minutes, it starts to get crowded and you have reached your caffeine limit, so you responsibly clean up your mess and head to the stairs. When I say it had started to get busy, I mean a line halfway to the door of eager coffee addicts waiting to be served. But before you can even think of pushing open the door, your sexy new heel SLIPS, and before you can say OH NO, you are on your behind soaring down the stairwell and picking up speed as we speak. Not only are you mortified for falling down the stairs, but after opening your eyes you realize you managed to take out a poor unsuspecting customer’s latte in the process. Needless to say, that confidence, outfit, and coffee break

were totally overrated. But with every down side comes an upside. So lets all just realize how blessed you are for not having worn a dress that day.  Now I have saved the most traumatic experience for last. This is where camaraderie between girls really needs to play more of a part in our lives. So picture yourself starting off the day getting dressed for classes, excited about the outfit you’ve chosen. A cute layered mini skirt and shirt, a typical Charleston summer outfit. You get through the first half of the day with a quick trip to the bathroom to touch up the hair and lip gloss. You all know the drill. Well, what you DON’T know is that while you are walking around the hallways your cute little miniskirt just became more mini! It takes two turns in the hallway, six people passing, and four precious minutes for someone to finally come up to you and inform you that your skirt has folded up on itself and you have been unabashedly showing everyone your derrière! First things first, you rapidly think back to everyone you just passed in the hallway praying your crush wasn’t one of them! Second you make a note to self– never again to wear this skirt. And lastly you realize there is no possible way to rise above the humiliation and that you are forced to catalog this as THE MOST embarrassing moment of your life and pray that one day you will be able to look back and laugh… instead of cry, which is exactly what any one of us would have done later that afternoon.  All of these stories come from faithful fashion students who understand the balance between smart style choices and karma. After all, what else would make a girl deserving of such fashion disasters? We have all had them, laugh at them, and pray we aren’t their next victims! Thank you to those who shared their stories with me.

halloween Pumpkin Carving Winners 1st – Heather Altine 2nd – Farrah Osment 3rd – Tim O’Brien

Most unique Marcello Garofalo

Honorable Mention Anna Picone

costume winners 1st - Christian Zehntner 2nd - Elizabeth Nguyen 3rd - Tasia Thomas

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fall fiction

Chills Down Church St. When too many scary stories go bad.


ou walk briskly up Church Street headed to your car after dinner with your friends at Wild Wings. Walking alone after dark always makes you jumpy because most of the friendly-faced tourists have turned in for the night. The only people left wandering the streets downtown are drunks and weirdos, each a little intimidating in their own right. You grip your keys tightly, holding them between your fingers like spikes. “If anyone messes with me tonight, these keys across their face should be enough to run them off,” you convince yourself. As you near the St. Phillips Cemetery you subconsciously walk a little faster.  You don’t believe in ghosts, but a friend told you a story at dinner tonight about the ghost of Susan Howard Hardy who haunts the cemetery singing to her stillborn baby who is buried there. Your friend swore that she had heard the mother’s sorrowful singing with her own ears during a full moon once. Thankfully tonight isn’t a full moon. Anyway, you don’t believe any of those ghost stories that are so popular here in Charleston. But when you hear a twig snap in the cemetery you nearly jump out of your skin and rush ahead, trying not to see the long shadows cast by the tombstones that could be hiding all sorts of wayward spirits. You know better than to believe that sort of nonsense, but you don’t want to stick around any longer than necessary just prove it. 26  |  The Art Institute Quarterly

  “Why did I park so far away?” you wonder, once you are safely past the graveyard. Your mind wanders back to the conversation you and your friends just had at the dinner about ghosts. People get all worked up about this stuff around Halloween. One guy said that he went on the Provost Dungeon tour, and it scared him half to death. According to him, the tour guide even shuddered when they first walked into the dungeon. Historians say

that during the Revolutionary War there were over a hundred people crammed into the tiny dungeon at any given time. People died of starvation, disease, murder, and God only knows what else while being confined there. Those who survived piled the rotting corpses and prayed for their own death to release them from the text by Stephanie Schultz photography by Russ Bratcher

unbearable conditions. If there were disgruntled ghosts anywhere around Charleston, the dungeon would be the first place you would expect to find them.  Music wafting toward you from up ahead brings your attention back to the living just in time to fend off a serious case of the heebie jeebies. You see that every light is on at the Dock Street Theatre. As you approach the music grows louder and more festive. Curiosity gets the best of you as you cross to that side of the street to get a better look at the roaring celebration. The renovations that closed the place temporarily must be done now, and the City of Charleston seems to be hosting a costume party there tonight. You hear the tinkling of wine glasses, loud conversation and laughter over the bawdy piano music coming from within. A lady in a red period costume from the 1800’s, who is standing alone on the second floor balcony having a cigarette, waves casually to you as you pass by. Just as you raise your hand to return her greeting, a strong wind gusts down Church Street and catches your ball cap, sending it tumbling across the sidewalk.  You lunge out to catch the cap and lose your balance, nearly falling face first into the concrete sidewalk, but you catch yourself on your feet, and chase the hat down, stomping on it before picking it up in an attempt to not look like a drunken idiot stumbling after it. The whole hat debacle lasted only a few seconds, but it seemed much longer knowing that the lady in red was probably laughing at your clumsiness from the balcony behind you. As you place the cap neatly back upon your head, you practice your most sheepish smile to give to the beautiful woman who is undoubtedly in hysterics at this point. You turn around to offer a shrug and a smile in her direction, but she has gone back in to the party—but where was the party? Suddenly the Theatre’s

windows are pitch black and Church Street was as quiet as a tomb. Surely the party could not have ended so quickly and all of the guests gone home in the few seconds it took to regain your composure! Maybe you have been listening to too many ghost stories tonight and it was all in your imagination. After all, you don’t believe in ghosts!  Now you are nearly running up the street, ready to get to the safety of your car parked just past the next intersection. As you get into the car you quickly turn the key and jerk the car from the curb. As you speed away, you check the rearview mirror. No cars, but there is a man and a woman walking up the middle of the street. You turn around to get a better look, but they are gone! As you round the corner onto Broad Street and head home, you become more and more certain that it was all in your imagination. You vow two things on that night: 1. Never to repeat this story to another living soul, and 2. Never to park on Church Street after dark again!

This story is a dramatization of well-known ghostly legends of Charleston. To learn more about the ghosts of Charleston, we recommend the following:

Bulldog Tours Bulldog Tours has exclusive access to the City Jail, the Provost Dungeon, and the City’s oldest graveyard at night. Visit them at Ghost Walk

Ghost Walk claims to experience the supernatural on their evening tours regularly. Visit them at

The Message is The Art Institute of Charleston’s weekly Bible Study.

About The Message: We are a non-denominational Christian study group, and we encourage all students to attend. Meeting days and times change quarterly. Be sure to check your student email at the beginning of each quarter for details. The Message is also involved with community service projects. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know.

Email Chad Treado at the following: for more information.

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DayCation Find a new place to visit with-in two hours of Charleston.

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or students short on both time and money it can be tough to get away. Fortunately, Charleston gives us access to lots of great locales that are close enough for a day trip or weekend retreat; yet far enough to really get away. With a full tank of gas you can make it to Myrtle Beach, Columbia, or Savannah and get home without draining your tank or your wallet. Whether you are just looking to escape, or want experience all that the South has to offer, Charleston is the perfect starting point for any adventure. So next time you have a couple of days off, gas up the tank, grab a couple of friends, and hit the road. —Stephanie Schultz

From Charleston to your destination

Myrtle Beach is just two

Savannah, Charleston’s sister

Columbia If you want to avoid

hours up 17 north of Charleston, and is

city, has much in common with us, but

the annoying tourists on family vacations,

the undisputed kitsch capital of the world.

has its own unique charm. Just two and

then Columbia is where you need to be.

The Grand Strand, the 60-mile stretch of

a half hours south on highway 17, it is a

This is a great place to have fun and relax,

rare historic gem as it may be the only

especially if you work in hospitality. Less

Southern city that has never been burned

than two hours up highway 26, Columbia

is home to at least 50

to the ground. Find a parking spot in the

is a perfect candidate for day trips. During

fabulous miniature

historic district and take off on foot with

the day, enjoy museums such as the South

camera in hand to tour its shaded squares

Carolina State Museum, the nationally

innumerable well-

lined with incredible mansions, including

ranked Riverside Zoo, or EdVenture

manicured links. Try

the Mercer House Museum. Take note: if

Children’s Museum (if you have kids). In

the Hawaiian Rumble

you want to try the famed Lady and Son’s

the evening, head to the Vista District,

restaurant, the flagship of the Paula Deen

which has more of an eclectic, artsy vibe.

gorgeous beaches that Myrtle Beach sits on,

golf courses, and

or TPC Myrtle Beach for the quintessential mini-golf or golf experience.

empire, arrive at the door

Here you will find

While in town you can also enjoy enough

at 9:30 am to reserve

over 45 restaurants

outlet shopping to make your head spin

preferred seating for lunch

and bars to choose

and dinner theatres such as Medieval

or dinner. After a full day

from including the

Times and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.

of sightseeing, those over

popular Art Bar and

Whether you take a day trip, camp at the

21 can head over to Club

the restaurant-bar-

state park, or enjoy a luxurious beach-side

One for the best drag show


condo, you will find plenty to do there.

and dancing in town.


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