Third Street Gallery archive: 2008 Exhibitions: Propaganda: Poster Art by HSU Graphic Design Students


Humboldt State University First Street Gallery is pleased to present,  Propaganda: Poster Art by HSU Graphic Design Students, opening on October 3rd.  Professor Wayne Knight, who teaches Graphic Design at Humboldt State, has assembled the exhibition.  The show features custom-printed posters by over 30 alumni and advanced graphic design students who are either currently designing under his tutelage and other alumni artists who have participated in Knight’s poster project in recent years.

Professor Knight uses the rubric of propaganda as a contextual notion for his students to use as a jumping–off point in designing compelling posters that project a political or philosophical message.  While some of the posters may be serious, others can be amusing and light-hearted; yet all are well designed, communicating their messages strongly.

Of his poster design project, Knight relates that, “The popular notion of propaganda is that it’s always political and it’s always a form of disinformation.  The reality is that at its base it’s simply an attempt to convince, whether right or wrong, whether it is a lie or the truth.  All artists are attempting to convince in some form, the minute the object is put before the public, that it has value, that the vision is unique, or that it just has the right to exist.  This show is composed of many views on various topics that resonate with the artist.  These HSU Graphic Design students want you to see it their way.”

Propaganda: Poster Art by HSU Graphic Design Students, will be on exhibition from October 3 through November 2.  A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday October 4th during Eureka’s monthly Arts Alive program.  HSU First Street Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 422 First Street, Eureka, California.  Admission is free.  Those planning group tours are encouraged to call ahead.  For more information call 707-826-3424.