Ross McClain

Ross McClain

Associate Professor of Art

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I began teaching graphic design courses at Furman University in the fall of 1999. I am currently an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Furman. I did my undergraduate work at Western Kentucky University where I received a BA in Advertising and Graphic Design in 1993. I received his MA and MFA in Design from the University of Iowa in the spring of 1999.

I maintain an active professional presence. I am an advocate of design as a medium/tool to tell stories through the mindset of empathy. I believe empathy is the centerpiece to a human-centered design process. My view is that people should provide the inspiration and direction for ideas, rather than simply utilizing the latest trend or absolute reliance on expertise, possibly excluding the empathetic connection. Responding to human feelings and concerns allows one to create designs that are truly powerful, useful and meaningful to people and society.

My work mainly consists of identity design, branding, web design and facilitating large and small scale collaborations to solve complex problems. I serve as a consultant for Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina. I've also been a guest writer and lecturer on type/design/branding and the teaching of design on websites as well as national conferences.

Education

  • M.F.A., University of Iowa
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • B.A., Western Kentucky University

Exhibitions

2008

  • Faculty Show, FYI Gallery, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Untitled, k - 96" x 72" digital print on fabric
  • Untitled, g - 96" x 72" digital print on fabric
  • Untitled, g - 24" x 36" digital print on plexiglass and sentra board
  • Untitled, k - 24" x 36" digital print on plexiglass and sentra board
  • Untitled, k - 22" x 30" digital print on plexiglass and sentra board
  • Untitled, g - 22" x 30" digital print on plexiglass and sentra board
  • Untitled, uppercase - 96" x 9" digital print on 10 oz banner material
  • Untitled, lowercase - 96" x 9" digital print on 10 oz banner material

2007

  • Greenville Technical College, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Greer, South Carolina
  • Untitled, k - 96" x 72" digital print on fabric
  • Untitled, g - 96" x 72" digital print on fabric
  • Untitled, g - 24" x 36" digital print on plexiglass and sentra board
  • Untitled, k - 24" x 36" digital print on plexiglass and sentra board
  • Untitled, k - 22" x 30" digital print on plexiglass and sentra board
  • Untitled, g - 22" x 30" digital print on plexiglass and sentra board
  • Untitled, uppercase - 96" x 9" digital print on 10 oz banner material
  • Untitled, lowercase - 96" x 9" digital print on 10 oz banner material

2004

  • Furman Art Department Faculty, Lipscomb Gallery, Greenville, South Carolina
  • The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
  • The Cazbah International Wine Festival 2004, offset poster
  • The Cazbah International Wine Festival 2003, offset poster
  • The Cazbah International Wine Festival 2002, offset poster
  • Form #1, collage
  • Form #2, collage
  • Form #3, collage
  • Form #4, collage

2003

  • The Smithsonian Institution's Arts and Industries Building, Washington D.C.
  • SMART Paper/Smithsonian Institute Graphic Design Kite Completion
  • Entry Form Box Kite, offset print with wood and wire

2000

  • Furman Faculty Exhibition, Thomas Roe Art Gallery, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Self portrait, acrylic and silkscreen on board.
  • Self portrait, acrylic and silkscreen on board.
  • Fresh Needs, acrylic, silkscreen and wax on canvas
  • Inconspicuous Consumption, acrylic on canvas
  • Holiday, silkscreened wood chairs

1999

  • Reverse Actualization, Eve Drewlowe Gallery
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Reverse Actualization, (installation)

1998

  • Graduate Design Student Show, The Checkered Space
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Self portrait, silkscreen and wax on canvas
  • Sleep Walking, silkscreen on fabric
  • Dinner Table, silkscreen and oil on canvas

1997

  • Summer Show, University of Northern Iowa
  • Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Geometric Study/McClain, mixed media