Real Art welcomes Helen Weselcouch as the newest addition to our team. She is a Designer/Producer Hybrid working out of Real Art’s New York City office where she hopes her range of professional experience will help her excel in this challenging role.
Torn between the creative and the logical, Helen moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a dual degree in Design and Business Management from Parsons the New School for Design. She has since worked in graphic design, planning, business development, and project management across multiple industries.
Helen enjoys working in fast-paced environments where she can combine all aspects of her background into finding solutions. Sitting directly between “right” and “left” brained, she looks at problems from multiple angles and is always looking for a new approach.
In 2008 Helen was honored with the Outstanding Arts Award by the Connecticut Association of Schools. Most recently, one of her essays was selected for publication in “Conversations on Art,” a collaborative textbook due to print in 2015.
Originally from Fairfield, CT, Helen has figured skated since age four and can often be found singing from behind a piano. She is especially passionate about art, literature, crossword puzzles, and cheese.
A couple of weekends ago, two Real Arters ventured to Memphis to attend the Creative Works Conference, a three-day exploration into the roles and challenges of the creative community. The lineup included presentations and events featuring a range of designers, illustrators, storytellers, and other creative professionals. Here are the top takeaways that Reka Juhasz brought back to Real Art HQ.
Josh Horton (from Hieroglyph) can put on an amazing conference. Yea sure, it was his baby, and he planned this inaugural even for 10 years, but man—it was awesome. Even weeks after, I still think of some of the things that were said. Sara has already elaborated on a few people but I think 3 more presentations are worth mentioning.
On October 17, when the doors to the Victoria Theater opened at 9:00 a.m., a group of teen-aged musicians played upbeat jazz on the left side of the stage while another group of high-schoolers feverishly painted as their huge canvas slowly unrolled upward.
I quickly found a seat up front and began watching the students from Stivers School for the Arts perform. As always, I was amazed at the talent of these young artists. But what really struck me was the way the group of at least a dozen painters was working in and around each other in what seemed like a choreographed manner. Just as the individual musicians in the band had to work together to create beautiful music, the artists worked as one to paint their ever-growing mural.
As I reflect back, this was a fitting opening to TEDxDayton 2014. While the official theme was “Explore • Exchange • Excite,” the one central idea that resonated with me through most of the day’s talks was “collaboration.”
Real Art welcomes Ben Griffen as the newest addition to our team. He previously spent time with us as an Intern and is now a Print Designer working out of Real Art’s Dayton headquarters. Griffen considers himself a lifelong student, and has the desire to continuously explore and develop his skills as a creative communicator.
Griffen graduated this year from the School of Advertising Art. In addition to his degree in Graphic Design, Griffen also has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Miami University, where he majored in Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking, and minored in Interactive Media Studies.
Griffen has a passion for minimalist design, and enjoys communicating through simple, bold design approaches. He utilizes his experience in conceptual art as a backbone for his design process, concept approaches, and execution.
In 2014, Griffen won four design awards in the GDUSA American Graphic Design Student Awards Competition.
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Griffen is excited to contribute to the design community here. He loves exploring his craft and enjoys painting, printmaking, listening to music, and a good cup of coffee.
Real Art welcomes Kyle Rarey as the newest addition to our team. He is a PHP Developer working out of Real Art’s Dayton headquarters. Contributing his extensive background in application development and web media to the Real Art DNA, Rarey looks forward to joining the team in building all things kick-ass and never-before-seen.
Rarey joins us from Wright State University, where he spent the past four and a half years in various roles helping the institution redefine its approach to online learning. Rarey holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Wright State University, and attended the Film/Video program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as the Visual Communication program at Sinclair Community College here in Dayton.
Rarey loves combining computing and video, utilizing his experience in both worlds to create engaging, interactive experiences. He’s also fascinated by all things web, with special interest in python web frameworks, streaming media, and game development.
When not brushing up on the latest application frameworks and and web media standards, Rarey can be found dabbling in 3D modeling, playing video games, and driving fast cars.