On January 7, 2011, the Burlington High School Art Department will host its third annual Alumni Artist Day from 7:30 am until 2 pm.
|William Duffy BHS (Class of 1971)|
photo from http://largeart.com/sculptors/William-F-Bill-Duffy-Sculptor.aspx
Jason Yeadon interacts with BHS students during a previous Alumni Artist Day.
In addition, BHS will host Jason Yeadon, Burlington High School Class of 2005. Jason studied Graphic Design at Syracuse University and is now at Major League Baseball. Here is what Jason has to say about his professional work and the Alumni Artist event.:
I am a Graphic Designer at Major League Baseball. I work at the Office of the Commissioner in New York City in the design and creative services department. The design department is made up of ten people, and we do everything from ballpark signage to the logo of an event or the redesign of a club. Since I started with Major League Baseball 8 months ago, I have been involved in assisting the team with design for the MLB Draft, 2010 MLB All-Star game, MLB international events and the 2010 MLB Post-Season and World Series. I was able to get the opportunity to travel to the MLB All-Star game this past July in Anaheim, California where I was responsible for on-field signage, media and player availability staging and assisting in the pre-game show directing.
One of my biggest accomplishments so far is the creation of the 2011 World Series logo. It is an amazing feeling to know that something I created will be viewed on such a large scale by people not only in Burlington but all over the world. It is going to be on everything from Pepsi cans to ESPN to history books that cover the event.
I relate a lot of my success to Burlington and its art department. Because of BHS and my art teachers I was able to grasp an understanding of design much earlier than most people and transform that into a focus at Syracuse University. If it weren't for BHS I would not be where I am today. A lot of people say that art and design are not important classes to take and don't become an artist because you will never find a job. But this is completely false. This is one reason I feel it is important to come back to BHS for Alumni Artist Day, so I can share what I have learned and encourage students to think about majoring in and finding jobs in art and design.
In addition to connecting alumni with current students, Alumni Artist Day is an event that has connected alumni to one another, potentially to share resumes and job connections.
This year ten alumni will be presenting throughout the day. Stay tuned for more on the phenomenal BHS grads who will be back at BHS on January 7th.