2020: Laken Dickson

  • University: Arkansas Tech University
  • Institutional Partner: River Valley Arts Center

Laken’s internship project combines her expertise and training as a BFA student in graphic design from Arkansas Tech University with an initiative to increase online presence and productivity for the River Valley Arts Center in her hometown of Russellville, Arkansas.

From Laken: 

While I have learned so much in class, there is only so much you can learn about the reality of a job in the Graphic Design field by just sitting in class. I believe a vital part of a learning experience is the practical application of the skills you have learned, and this internship would provide me with an opportunity to gain practical knowledge about the field of professional Graphic Design while further growing my portfolio and developing my skills. 

I have lived in the River Valley area my whole life, so working with the River Valley Arts Center allows me to make an impact on furthering the arts in my own community. For this internship, I am reworking the Arts Center’s public image, specifically their online presence. I’ll rework the logo and come to a design that will work effectively across all platforms to develop an integrated brand: on their website, social media icons and on print forms.