Chris Sickels, 3D illustrator and owner of Red Nose Studio based in Greenfield, Indiana has been named this years j.Charles Walker and John Brett Buchanan UCDA Design Education Keynote Speaker. Chris will be presenting at the annual UCDA Design Education Summit scheduled for May 22-24, 2017, hosted by Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Chris grew up on a small family farm where working hard was the only option, things had to be fixed with what was on hand. Now he creates 3D illustration and stop-motion animation with what is at arms reach here in his studio. Making his images come to life with textures, light and elbow grease. His illustrations and animations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, and HOW. The Society of Illustrators has awarded three golds and a silver medal for both illustrative and motion work. The stop-motion animated films have screened at various festivals including Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Montreal Stop-Motion Film Festival. Chris has also authored and illustrated The Look Book, and have illustrated the children's books Here Comes The Garbage Barge, The Beginner’s Guide to Running Away From Home, and The Secret Subway.

In addition to his keynote address Making Images Come to Life, Chris will host a hands-on studio on the art of stop-motion loops.

Long-time UCDA members, and Kent State University Emeritus Professors of Visual Communication Design, j.Charles Walker and John Brett Buchanan annually fund a keynote speaker at the UCDA Design Education Summit through support of the UCDA Foundation. This national summit for design educators, chairs, and students, continues an ongoing community created specifically for graphic design educators with many opportunities for professional participation and development.

For more information:
Chris Sickels and Red Nose Studio
j.Charles Walker and John Brett Buchanan
UCDA Foundation
UCDA Design Education Summit

Image courtesy of Red Nose Studio. Client: MTA Arts&Design