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Clarke Students Design Exhibit at River Museum

April 26, 2013: Clarke University graphic design students participated in a cooperative project with the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium's River Turtles: Secrets of the Shell Exhibition. Students competed against one another to design the exhibition logo. Jamie Demmer, a junior from Farley, Iowa, designed the winning logo.

In addition to the initial design campaign, Eric Wold, assistant professor of art, along with juniors Stephanie Buse and Hilary Post, designed the installation display including all signage, wall graphics and printed materials. Their work is currently on display at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

"It was a daunting project that provided its twists and turns,” said Wold. “But overall, it was a wonderful experience to work with my students on such an engaging project."

The largest turtle exhibition ever assembled, this exhibition combines both living and static museum displays in a 2,000-square-foot gallery which presents the diversity of form and function related to turtles and tortoises throughout the world. The gallery hall is divided into distinct areas of interest, beginning with turtles related to gothic architecture (buttress, pillars, keystones) and turtle physiology; moving through the turtles of the world section that combines both display and live exhibits with specific interest placed on diversity and conservation efforts. Turtles are represented in a variety of cultural stories and myths around the world. These "turtle tales" provide a conceptual and thematic link for the entire exhibit.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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