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Artist Lisa Boumstein-Smalley to give presentation about combining art + commerce

Lisa Boumstein-Smalley will present “Visual Storytelling” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the McAninch Arts Center, Room 164. Lisa has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she pursued Fiber and Material Studies.

She said Visual Storytelling can include a story that is linear or nonlinear and how that story can be presented in different ways and through different mediums. Some examples include stop-motion animation or creating a flipbook or a poster. It could also be installation-based.

Smalley said visual storytelling focuses on “visual imagery or crafted objects tat communicate a concept.”

She says it is a useful tool when trying to explain a brand new idea to someone. “Most people can retain information better when it’s shown to them visually,” said Smalley.

She said there are so many different ways to tell a story such as through cutout paper and making a video, drawing on a chalkboard wall, or live-action drawing and telling a story. Smalley said the main three components are “the story, making it visually interesting, and its interactive and engaging.”

She said she does this for her job but is also interested with the concept in her own art. She described her art as being “narrative-based and generally more abstract.”

She will be talking to students about the “ways to unite both your creative self with your career and finding an opportunity where art and design intersect with commerce and business and how you find your own path to find those connections.” She is bringing a video and diorama that helped her to get her job and says she is “not intimidated by any mediums to make the kind of work I want to make.”

*Published in the College of DuPage Courier, 2012.

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