Gary Golightly

Associate Professor

Phone
901.678.2702
Email
gglghtly@memphis.edu
Fax
901.678.2735
Office
45 Art & Communication
Office Hours
Email for an appointment

BIOGRAPHY

Gary Golightly is currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The University of Memphis. He has worked as a designer and art director in Memphis, Tennessee since 1994. He began his professional design career as an art director at archer>malmo, the largest advertising and public relations firm in Tennessee at the time, while still in graduate school. In 2000, he was asked to join a group of talented copywriters and designers at carbon14, a new design firm in Memphis, that was featured in Communication Arts magazine that same year. His professional work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation, published in Print’s Regional Design Annuals, and in the How International Design Competition, awarded several honors in The AIGA TennShow’s biannual competitions, AIGA Birmingham’s Salon Des Refusés Award Show, and has consistently received Awards of Excellence from the University and College Designers Association. He has had work included in the travelling juried exhibit, I Profess: The Graphic Design Manifesto, and in the form/inform show at The University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Museum, and Do Not Fold, Bend, Spindle or Mutilate: Computer Punch Card Art at the Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science’s Visual Arts Center. In 2016, his poster for The University of Memphis’ production of A Comedy of Errors was included in the book "Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World”, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

EDUCATION

  • BA, Marketing, The University of Memphis, 1986
  • MFA, Art/Graphic Design, The University of Memphis, 1995

EXPERIENCE

  • Art Director, Archer-Malmo Advertising, 1994-2000
  • Designer, Carbon14 Design, 2000-2002
  • Assistant Professor, The University of Memphis, 2002-present

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Print Regional Annual 2002pform/inform Juried Exhibition, The Goldstien Museum, University of Minnesota, 2003
  • I Profess: The Graphic Design Manifesto, SCENE Metrospace, Lansing MI, 2004
  • Award of Excellence, Special Event for Graphic Design Student Show poster and inclusion in the UCDA Design Show at the University & College Designers Association 34th Annual Conference, Denver, 2004
  • Award of Excellence, Poster for Graphic Design Student Show poster and inclusion in the UCDA Design Show at the University & College Designers Association 34th Annual Conference, Denver, 2004
  • Three pieces accepted in the Memphis Advertising Federation's annual juried design competition Push 2004

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching ART2219, ART3219, ART3222, ART4223, ART4233, ART7040

ADVISING / MENTORING

  • Graphic Design Graduate Program Coordinator, August 2004
  • Advising undergraduate students L-R
  • Thesis committee for Rebecca Cross (MFA 2004), Hugh Busby (MFA 2004), Leigh Thomson (MFA 2004), and Charles Jeffcoat (MFA 2005), Kevin Kates (MFA 2006)
  • Provided letter of recommendation for student Toyah McGill to secure a summer
  • 2003 design internship at Ebony/Jet magazine
  • Mentored student Dustin Hall, student winner at the Memphis Advertising Federation's regional student design competition Nudge 2003
  • Instrumental in securing an internship for student Andy Clyce at local design firm Combustion, 2004
  • Oversaw student entries in the Memphis Advertising Federation's regional student design competition Push 2004. Seven students had work accepted, with Katie Holmes receiving a special commendation and Scott Mahr winning the grand prize.
  • Oversaw student internships as part of ART4230 Graphic Design Internship for Natalie Ross (2003), Michael Nunn (2004), Heidi Lane (2004)
  • Advised senior Michael Carpenter to enter the Print Regional Design Competition as a professional, which resulted in a very rare two page spread of his work alongside the best designers in the country, in their internationally distributed publication, 2002

RESEARCH / SCHOLARSHIPS / CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

  • orm/inform Juried Exhibition, The Goldstien Museum, University of Minnesota, 2003
  • I Profess: The Graphic Design Manifesto, SCENE Metrospace, Lansing MI, 2004
  • Invited Speaker/Juror at the Arkansas State University Art Directors Club Regional Student Design Competition, February 2004
  • Jane Keltner furniture designers, ads, direct mail, logos 2002-2005
  • Guest Velocity wireless internet, identity, collateral, trade show graphics, 2002-2004
  • Widespread Panic Halloween Concert Poster, 2002
  • Great Wine Race Poster, 2003
  • Tiny Acorns/Mighty Oaks landscape architects, logo, collateral, 2003
  • Dollar Depot, logo designs, 2003
  • Robinson Tree and Landscape, ads 2003
  • World Spice internet service providers, sales sheet template 2003
  • Memphis Light Gas and water "Community Action Fund" campaign pitch for Red Deluxe Design, logos, buttons, bumper sticker, ads, outdoor, tv storyboard, 2003
  • Sudsfest Poster, 2003
  • Hank Akers Custom Home ads, 2003-2004
  • VO2 Networx, voice IP providers, logo designs, 2004
  • Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission ad, 2004
  • Memphis Arts Council ads, 2004
  • National Civil Rights Museum "Children of the Movement" poster, 2004
  • Cinema Memphis, "The Magic and Humanity" Powell and Pressburger Film Retrospective, poster, ads, program cover and back, on-screen ads, 2004
  • Memphis Italian Festival, family t-shirt design, 2004
  • The University of Memphis Black Student Association, "Brown v The Board of Education 50th Anniversary" poster (proposed), 2004

SUPPORT

  • Art Department recruitment ad for No. magazine, "Potential", 2002
  • Art Department recruitment ad for Gamut magazine, "Career in Art", 2002
  • FedEx Technology Institute, logo (proposed), 2003
  • Architecture Program, "2004 Study Abroad" poster and brochure, 2003
  • Art Department "Two Visiting Lecturers from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland".poster, 2003
  • River City literary publication, book cover illustrations, 2004
  • Interior Design Program, Senior Presentation Poster, 2004
  • CCFA David Appleby Congratulations ad for No. magazine, 2004
  • CCFA recruitment ad for No. magazine, "Munsell Chart", 2004
  • Graphic Design Program, "Graphic Design Student Show" poster, 2004
  • Architecture and Interior Design programs, recruitment ad
  • for No. magazine, "space:place", 2004
  • Graphic Design Program Senior Show poster and direct mail postcard, 2004
  • Art Department Fall Newsletter, 2004

OUTREACH

  • Judged Mulberry Arts Festival, Collierville, 2003
  • Judged Mid South Fair's Youth Art competition, 2003
  • Memphis Arts Festival, Sudsfest poster, 2003
  • Joint Heat, provided package design for a local inventor/manufacturer of a revolutionary contoured hands-free heating pad as class assignment in ART4223 Real World Studio, 2003
  • Fischer Properties, custom home builder, designed identity system and sales sheet template as class assignment in ART4223 Real World Studio, 2003
  • Memphis Arts Council "Cinema Memphis" ad, 2004
  • Memphis Arts Council "Support the Arts..." license plate ad, 2004
  • Interpreting Service for the Deaf, a regional nonprofit, concepted name change and designed identity system as class assignment in ART4223 Real World Studio, 2004
  • Friends of Chucalissa, designed "Chefs and Chiefs" posters and invitation for
  • fund-raising dinner at Chez Phillipe as class assignment in ART4223 Real World Studio, 2004
  • Memphis Child Advocacy Center, donated original artwork "Useful Articles", for Works of Heart, an art auction fundraiser, 2003-2004

SERVICE

  • Commencement, Summer, 2003
  • Tech Committee, 2003
  • Foundation Instructor Search committee, 2003
  • Advanced Placement Committee, 2003-2004, 2004-2005
  • Foundation Assesment Committee 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005
  • Scholarship Committee, 2003-2004, 2004-2005
  • Freshmen Orientation, 2004
  • Graduate Orientation, 2004
  • Commencement, Fall 2004
  • Graphic Design Graduate Program Coordinator, August 2004 – present