Annual Design Show Dedicated to Memory of Gifted Local Graphic Designer Matt Farrell

This year’s CUDO PRO SHOW will honor the life and work of Matthew Farrell, who passed away this past June. Mr. Farrell, 29, was a CUDO board member and ran his own design business, Matthew Farrell Creative, out of the [co][lab] space in downtown Urbana. A graduate of Parkland College’s graphic design program, Mr. Farrell specialized in developing brand identities for area businesses. A presentation of his design work will be on display during the event.

The PRO SHOW is an exhibition of innovative works by local designers, marketers, photographers, web developers, students, and other creative professionals, and opens to the public at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 11 at the Gallery 217 in downtown Champaign.

Last year’s exhibition showcased over 100 entries, including print and broadcast advertising, apps, brochures, games, logos, packaging, posters, typography, videos, web design, and more.

The opening night reception, 5:00-9:00 pm on November 11, will include beverages, light hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by the Hot Iron String Band. The following Friday, November 18, CUDO will host its annual “State of the CUDO address” and member meet-up from 5:00–8:00 pm. This event is open to CUDO members as well as the public, and beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The CUDO PRO SHOW will be open from 6:00-8:00 pm Monday-Friday, and 12:00-4:00 pm Saturday-Sunday between November 11 and November 28.

C-U has an amazing community of highly-skilled creative professionals working in a wide variety of media, from print to web design to photography and film. To see their work collected and displayed at Gallery 217 is inspiring. It’s a great time for area residents to get to know the remarkable talent here in Champaign-Urbana.

-Liza Wynette

Co-sponsors of the 2016 PRO SHOW include Surface 51, Thunderstruck Design, Premier Print Group, Pixo, Dean’s Graphics, Fine and Applied Arts at Parkland College, Chris Brown Photography, Minuteman Press, 40 North, Mullen Media, Della Perrone Photography, Champaign Chamber of Commerce, Living Letter Press, Jessica Welland, Lola’s Brush, and Gallery 217.

The Champaign-Urbana Design Organization is made up of graphic designers, artists, photographers, marketers, writers, web designers, film makers, and a host of other design-minded professionals. Its mission is to cultivate a vibrant design culture that engages and enriches our local community.