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"Anansi" Comes to FSU's Roper Gallery

An African mythology boasts an ancient story of a spider named Anansi. Anansi gave the gift of communication to the world by spinning a web of silver that connected all peoples.

On Friday, Nov. 17th from 7 to 9 p.m., three Frostburg State University graphic design students will bring "Anansi" to the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery in the campus Fine Arts Building. The work of Brad Berline, Robert Coburn and Richard Gilbert captures the essence of Anansi by communicating their unique perspectives.

While each of these designers has cultivated an individual style, the prominent influences of electronic music culture and urban technology can be seen in their works. Each piece successfully communicates with its target audience through innovative and progressive designs. Berline, Coburn and Gilbert will show their Web design, black and white photography, graphic design and visual imagery pieces collectively.

Berline graduated from Towson High School in 1997. He is currently attending FSU studying both graphic design and art history. Next semester, he will be interning at McClarran and Williams in Cumberland before he graduates in the spring of 2001. Berline strives to achieve visual impact through strong graphics; his concentration is on graphics with an interest in photography.

Coburn graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md., in 1997. He will be graduating in the fall of 2001 with a BFA and a concentration in graphic design and a minor in art history. The electronic music scene and powerful streamline graphics heavily influence his work. His graphics attempt to expand the meaning between the visually based world and the world of advertisement and graphic design.

Gilbert graduated from Annapolis High School in 1996. He will graduate in May 2001 with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in art history. For the past three years, he has enjoyed performing both print and multi-media free-lance design for Concept 4, Inc. Gilbert's portfolio shows his diverse work experience and innovative style. His objective for any piece is to create an appealing and dynamic design that caters to the viewer's perceptions.

"Anansi" will be showing until Nov. 22nd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Roper Gallery. For more information please contact (301) 687-4797 or visit the expo on the Web at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. Call 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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