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Pantone 2018

April 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

April 2018



Pantone 2018

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come

Ultra Violet is chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year



A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.

If you want more information on pantone colors you can look them up at

Pantone 2017

February 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

February 2017



Pantone 2017

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings

Greenery is chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year



Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.


































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Pantone 2016

June 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

June 2016


Pantone 2016

A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades 

Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.


Here is a mood board I put together to showcase these colors together. There are so many beautiful possibilities! 


If you would like to look farther into Pantone colors, here is a link to their color of the year section


June 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

May 2016

I have been working on rebranding my photography business. Since I have been in school my style of photography has changed and deserves to be presented in a new light. My thought process was that I wanted to use a warm welcoming color to make my presence inviting, at the same time I still love how minimal elements look on a white background so I kept that theme similar. I decided to choose the Pantone color of the year for 2015, which was Marsala, as my main color. It's a warm red wine color that I feel is just lovely. Here is look at my new logo and the inspiration board that helped me design it. Enjoy! 


Student Juried Art Exhibition

June 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

August 2015

Student Juried Art Exhibition 

Art Institutes International Minnesota


Best in Show

"Cool Dude Pants"

"Cool Dude Pants"                                             "Crystal Reflections"


Every year, the Art Institute Minnesota Gallery Committee organizes an exhibition of student work. They encourage students to submit 2-D and 3-D work created for classes at AI Minnesota for this opportunity to be recognized by the entire AiM community. This gallery is open to all students in all programs. Submissions can include any work product of courses they have taken in the last year at AiM. Submissions must be related to the student’s academic studies and have been made while the student has been enrolled at AI Minnesota. There were 35 submissions entered. This year my image titled "Cool Dude Pants" was chosen as Best in Show. Below are a few images of the art displayed in the gallery. 


Photographic Society of America

June 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

July 2015

Photographic Society of America 2015-2016 Greenhood Scholarship



The Education Foundation is proud to be partnering with the Photographic Society of America (PSA) in 2015 to award the Greenhood Scholarships to photography students who are studying at The Art Institutes across the country. Four students will be selected as winners with each receiving a scholarship award from The Education Foundation on behalf of the PSA. Each winner will also earn the honor to have their work published by the PSA both online and in print; will receive a one-year membership in the PSA; will have the opportunity to prepare and have displayed a portfolio of work at the 2015 Annual PSA International Conference of Photography (held in the fall of 2015); and have an opportunity to attend and be recognized at that conference. Below the submitted images are displayed in a gallery at the Art Institutes International Minnesota. 


 The Education Foundation awards academic scholarships to students who are studying at schools owned by Education Management Corporation. The Foundation has awarded over $5 million in scholarships since its founding in 1999. 


 The PSA was founded in 1934 to "Promote the Arts and Sciences of Photography and to further public education therein.” The organization boasts membership in all 50 states as well as 60 other countries around the world.



June 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

February 2015

"A Mother's Sacrifice"

by Lisa Christianson



1st annual art competition


I'm proud to announce that this image "A Mother's Sacrifice" will be displayed in the art gallery in Washington, DC. This image represents the trials of parenthood while serving to protect our great nation. As a parent it is hard not being there for your children while you are away for training or on deployments. This image symbolizes emotionally always being there for my children even though I was not always able to be there in person. 


The goal of this competition is to recognize and encourage artistic talent in veterans who highlight the experience of their generations. The top 40 works will be unveiled at the National Veterans Center in Washington, DC on March 27, 2015.

"I believe that all across the country, student veteran artists are creating moving legacies of service" said SVA's CEO D. Wayne Robinson. "With Warpaint, we want to make sure that their talents are recognized."

If you would like to read more about the Student Veterans Association or about the Warpaint gallery you can visit their website


Below is the unveiling of the grand prize image. Congratulations to Jonathan Gehrkin on your painting Constancy

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