project passion

a celebration of self-initiated design works


When everything mixes just right, there’s something quite remarkable about collaboration. The intermingling of skills and experiences, though at times messy, gives shape to novel forms and ideas. This year Project Passion, an annual exhibition showcasing designers’ self-initiated work, is seeking such collaborations. With this show we aim to highlight how creatives are working together to pursue mutual obsessions/fascinations—outside of client support and feedback. Designers from around the world are invited to submit their work and our jurors, made up of three exceptional collaborative teams, will select the projects to be included in the show.


Jessica Carpenter
Tad Carpenter

Carpenter Collective is a design and branding studio run by husband and wife team, Jessica and Tad Carpenter. Their focus is to bring powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Old Navy, Conan O'Brien, Adobe, Boulevard Brewing Co. and MTV among many others. Carpenter Collective has worked with numerous bands on poster campaigns and tours for over 10 years, as well as writing and illustrating over twenty children's books in our marketplace today. Tad also teaches graphic design at the University of Kansas.

Katie Kirk
Nathan Strandberg

Eight Hour Day is the studio of Katie Kirk and Nathan Strandberg, a husband-and-wife design team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most often found at the studio, the dog park or an antique shop, EHD is always in the mood to scheme, collaborate and create. With a love of illustration, branding, and iconography they have worked with such clients as Target, Google, Facebook, Real Simple Magazine, Chronicle Books, Williams Sonoma, Old Navy, and the Walker Art Center, among others.

Jonathan Black
Richard Roche

Cast Iron Design is an environmentally responsible design studio located in Boulder, Colorado, operated by co-founders Richard Roche and Jonathan Black. The studio’s mission is to pair good design with positive impact by creating memorable brands, implementing environmentally responsible practices, and helping the design community do the same.


Cast Iron Design Lecture

September 25, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union

Minnesota State University, Mankato


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To help open the Project Passion exhibition, Jonathan Black and Richard Roche of Cast Iron Design will give a free and public lecture. Following the talk, attendees will have the opportunity to see all 31 projects that were selected by the jury teams.

Exhibition Reception

8:00 – 9:00 pm (following lecture)

Conkling Gallery, Nelson Hall

Minnesota State University, Mankato


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The exhibition runs from September 18 to October 10, 2017. Gallery hours are typically 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment (507-389-2728). Please call ahead to ensure gallery is open.


Los Angeles, CA

Divine 002: Worship

w/ Amin El Gamal, Garrett Derossett, Jenevieve Ting, Jiz Lee, Lauren Walkiewicz, Margaret Japp, Peter Kratcoski, Simone Noronha, Sydney Southam, Virginia Zamora

Minneapolis, MN

Triolet for Laika

w/ Todd Boss, Egg Creative, Amanda Miller, Alicia Reece, Joe Russo, NEIGHBOR, Alec Considine-Mueller, based on the poem “Triolet for Laika, First Dog in Space” by Ann Eichler Kolakowski

Kent, OH

hEar Pixels

w/ Vince Giles

West Linn, OR


w/ Melina Smith

Minneapolis, MN


w/ Amanda Leaveck, Audrey Kelly, Erin Hauer, Julia Hobart, Laura Bretheim, Lauren Sewell, Molly Sowash, Natalie Heneghan, Rachael Meadors, Shelby Maidl, Ali Miller, Carly Danek, Chloe Oliver, Erin Hauer, Erin Lynch, Luiza Montesanti, Rachael Meadors, Sarah Winter, Sherry Muyuan He, Taylor Rose, Victoria Downey, Lauren Sewell

Santa Rosa, CA

Daytrip Wines

w/ Bill Kerr, Chris Denny, Greg Horton, Josh Talbot, Lisa McCann, Reyn Murphy, AWDirect

Podgorica, Podgorica; MNE

“Cyclistics’’ - Cycling Manual for Secondary School Pupils

w/ Sonja Dragovic, Semra Mahmutovic, Dusko Vukovic, Dejan Tofcevic

Schenectady, NY

Resurrect Beer

w/ Local designers and/or brewers

New York, NY

Private Atlas

w/ John Blackford

New York, NY

Motion Corpse No. 14

w/ Frank Suarez, Jesper Bolther, Phil Borst, Jorge R. Canedo Estrada, Al Boardman, Andrew Embury, Ariel Costa, Wesley Slover/Sono Sanctus

New York, NY

Motion Corpse No. 16

w/ Frank Suarez, Jesper Bolther, Bee Grandinetti, Linn Fritz, Rachel Yonda, Bethany Levy, Kelli Anderson

Goshen, IN

Place into Words

w/ Alex Catanese, Alan Walker

Minneapolis, MN

Acts of Hope

w/ Karl Engebretson, Nathaniel Beaumont, Mia Finnamore,Casey Fitting, Yandi Li, Clara Linehan, Bernardo Lourenco Simoes da Costa, Annie Lux, Erica Mahoney, Olivia McNeeley, Lindsay Powell, Alexandra Prokop, Ashley Simonson, Claire Stephens, Elizabeth Taylor, Chance Wellnitz, Weiying Zhu, All Journalism and Mass Communication students at the University of Minnesota,Twin Cities, and Media Design/Graphic Design students

Minneapolis, MN

Increase the Peace

w/ Chloe Cotherman

Brooklyn, NY

Get Lucky

w/ Melissa Deckert

Brooklyn, NY

The Nothingness

w/ Melissa Deckert

Edina, MN

Climate Change

w/ Devin Butler, audience participation

New York, NY


w/ Ned Drew

Bracebridge, Ontario; CAN

Bon Voyage

w/ Daniel Gallant/Studio Sail la Vie

Poznań, Wielkopolskie; POL


w/ Bartosz Mamak

Saint Paul, MN


w/ Shuruq Nahhas

Minneapolis, MN

Western Civilization

w/ Emory Allen, Peter Jay Shippy, Ashley Burke, Joey Verskotzi, Valerie Lockhart

Austin, TX

Stretched Cut and Form

w/ Greta Giusti

Brisbane, QLD; AUS

Five A’s Three Ways

w/ Clint Harvey

Minneapolis, MN

Family Gatherings

w/ Greg Jacobs

Minneapolis, MN

Night of the Living Dead

w/ Rene Fennern, Devon Goldberg, John Castro

Austin, TX

Afterhours Poster show

w/ Cameron Sandage (Co-Curator), Alan Defibaugh, Alisha Moore, Andrew Whited, Annie Lin, Austin Edwards, Ben Harman, Benjamin Garner, Brett Stiles, Carly Stevens, Catherine Chao, Chase Kettl, Christine Soules, Chris Rogge, Corey Carbo, Daniel Hawkins, Daniel Seong, Derrick Ligon, Drew Lakin, Erica Stivison, Grace Preston, Greg Thomas, Hallie Rose Taylor, J.J. Campbell, Jamie Aucoin, Jared Gibbons, Jesse Melanson, Kat Townsend, Keith Davis, Young Mike Reddy, Nathan Walker, Patrick Lowden, Patrick Chew, Sean D. Gardner, Shawn Ryan, Stephen Jablonski, Steve Wolf, Tim Bauer, Tracy K Greene, Zak Crapo

Austin, TX

IBM Sticker Exchange

Jenny Hsiao Sanchez (Co-Curator), Aide Gutierrez, Brooks Protzmann, Dallas Hudgens, Holly Springsteen, Jason Lengstorf, Josef Bodine, Katie Orenstein, Lia Prins, Matt Cardinal, Matthew Fangman, Megan Mulholland, Natalie Caudell, Noelle Hoffman, Patrick Chew, Randy Gregory II, Sasha Williamson, Tayler Aitken, Ty Tyner, Zaid Edghaim, Zak Crapo

Minneapolis, MN

Sh*t LuVerne Says

w/ Wink (Design and Illustration); Various Aunts, Uncles, & family friends (Copywriting)

Minneapolis, MN

Wink Limited Edition Containers

w/ Jenny Moran, Tim Cronin, Spark Letterpress, Husbands, NorthMallow

Jacksonville, FL

100 Days for LGBcuTIes

w/ Karen Kurycki


Attn: Project Passion
Conkling Gallery
136 Nelson Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001

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