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Lander students get hands-on experience through Abbeville Opera House project

October 12, 2008
Opera House Brochure
Pictured, from left, are: Jim Slagle, Lander assistant professor of Art; Vitaly Odemchuk of Anderson; Michelle Amerine of Charleston; and Michael Genevie, Abbeville Opera House executive director.
Lander University students in Jim Slagle's Advanced Commercial Art course received recognition from the Abbeville Opera House for their work on the opera house's centennial season program cover. With just days into the fall semester, Lander students Vitaly Odemchuk of Anderson and Michelle Amerine of Charleston were given the design project with just a few weeks to complete it.

"They put a lot of work into this," said Michael Genevie, Abbeville Opera House executive director. "Vitaly came to the opera house. He took photographs and tried to get a feel for the theatre and what patrons think when they first come in. He initially noticed the box seats in our 100 year old theatre and the red curtain."

The experience, according to Slagle, was a lot more like a professional design project because the students worked with a business outside the university and the project came with such an immediate deadline.
Abbeville OperaThe cover will be used for all Abbeville Opera House productions for the current season.

Odemchuk's design, which features the opera house's red curtain as its central element, was selected for the program cover. Slagle and Genevie stated that choosing the best cover was a difficult decision because both students produced quality work.

For their efforts Odemchuk and Amerine were given stipends for their work on the program.

The opera house is also using a logo designed by Odemchuck.

Both Odemchuk and Amerine are art majors at Lander working on an emphasis in graphic design.

For more information on Lander's art program, contact the College of Arts and Humanties at 864-388-8323 or Lander's Admissions office at 1-800-4-LANDER.