Award-Winning Artist Presents Senior Show on Bison Hill

OBU senior Michaela Bell received a huge compliment to her talents as an artist when Starbucks Coffee selected her design to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Bell’s award-winning artwork for Starbucks will headline her senior art show at OBU Friday, April 1, through Thursday, April 7, in the Geiger Center.

The art show will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1; however Bell’s artwork will be available for viewing during the normal operating hours of the Geiger Center through April 7.

Bell is a senior graphic design major from Longmont, Colo. She recently won a design contest sponsored by Starbucks to create a regional label representing the North Texas and Oklahoma region. The artwork will be displayed on stickers and labels on the coffee, which she named “Red River Blend.” Bell said she looks forward to presenting her contest-winning design in her senior display.

“I’m excited to show it because it’s been the biggest deal for my little career so far,” she said. “It was exciting to be chosen by such a big company and for them to tell me I did something good.”

Bell said she receives her inspiration from things that she sees on a day-to-day basis, even among things many people might not often consider beautiful, such as grass, wood, moss and pencil shavings.

“Really, I think everything is inspirational in some way if you’re looking for it,” she said, noting she hopes her interpretations of design also inspire others.

“I like for my designs to either connect with people, or make people laugh,” she said. “I hate making things that I think people will just see someday and not give it a second thought.”

Bell noted her appreciation for artists Milton Glaser, the designer of the “I (heart) New York” logo, and Carolyn Davidson, the creator or the Nike “swoosh” logo. She said she respects them because they created the designs –- among the most recognized logos in the world today –- for little or no money.

In her own work, Bell said she prefers to work on designs and create solutions to design problems. She hopes her career –- which she anticipates might include a move to California -– will one day fulfill that.