IGAEA turns into GCEA: Summer conference 2014

IGAEA GCEA Conference logo

IGAEA GCEA Conference logo. Photo credit Bill Delgado.

As you have probably heard me say many times, I am a bit of a sucker for opportunities to learn. So, I was lucky enough to find myself in the tiny town of Mansfield, Ohio this summer for the International Graphic Arts Educators Association IGAEA conference. Clemson GC sent three faculty members to the conference- Dr. John Leininger, Dr. Charles Weiss, and me- talk about being in great company!

This was actually my first year attending an IGAEA event and during the conference, they officially announced that the organization will be operating under a new name going forward- Graphic Communications Education Association GCEA. The new logo, branding, and website mockup were presented by the leadership committee during the conference.

This conference is unique in that the attendees are all graphic communications educators. The membership includes people who teach high school, vocational school, 2-year programs, 4-year programs, and even alternative schools such as a program within a prison. The breadth of teaching knowledge found at the conference is really astounding. There are so many teachers there willing to share their experiences and assignments and the tricks that they have found benefit their students. Many of the attendees have taught for 25+ years! Continue…