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Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public. To view or register for workshops, visit the Workshops page.

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Bob Usdin
Maximizing Fabrication Tech in the Scenic World

Bob Usdin is Founder and CEO of ShowFab which specializes in custom technical design and fabrication for the entertainment industry including television, live and special events, cruise ships, museums, and Broadway. A graduate of SUNY Purchase in Technical Production he founded ShowFab in 1986 with a few carpenters and a table saw.  Now in its 39th year, ShowFab boasts the most extensive use of technology for fabrication with 2d and 3d laser, waterjet, and CNC cutting, foam carving, 3d printing and graphics all executed by an incredible team of project managers, foreman, technical designers, carpenters, welders, electricians, automation techs, CNC operators and scenic artists.

With great people, the best technology, and fabulous facilities, ShowFab delivers projects for distinguishing A-list clients such as Christian Dior, Disney, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Jameson, Google and numerous artists.


Monday, April 8, 2024


Student Union Building 62/63

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Coffee & Covers Chat

Grab a cup of coffee or tea, bring your favor book cover, and come view, "To Judge a Book By Its Cover," a senior thesis project exhibition by Ava Daly (BFA GD24) in Sojourner Truth Library Lobby. 


This exhibition will be on view in Sojourner Truth Library lobby April 7–20, 2024


Tuesday, April 9


Sojourner Truth Library Lobby

Pizza & Portfolios: GD Alumni Chat

Join alumni from the Graphic Design program who will share some of their recent work and give feedback on your portfolio or current projects. Enjoy some pizza, too!

Confirmed Graphic Design Alumni:

Julia Howard (2021), Designer, black dog DESIGNS
Danielle Nelson (2014), Lead Designer, Wagmo
Drew Park (2016), Senior Graphic Designer, Brunswick Creative Campaigns and Content
Mary-Anne Ramirez (2014), Lead UI/UX Designer, Workfolio
Amanda Schmadel (2014), Art Director and Digital Specialist, Emerson Ward


Tuesday, April 9, 2024


OLB Lobby & 103B

Digital Design.& Fabrication Masters Program Open House

What can you do with a Master of Arts in Digital Design & Fabrication? Meet faculty, students, and check out facilities during this open house event. Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Admissions at SUNY New Paltz.

There will be pizza!


Wednesday, April 10, 2024


SAB 100 / Digital Fabrication Lab

Keith Helmetag
Dialogue with Keith Helmetag

Join Keith Helmetag, a founding partner of C&G Partners, for a conversation on professional practices and design career paths. This session is intended for current students and emerging designers.

Helmetag's work at C&G Partners in exhibition, signage, and experiential installation design includes the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, San Diego’s Serra Museum, San Francisco’s Oceanwide Center Elim Alley History Walk, Washington State Parks’ Goldendale Observatory, the Kennedy Library, the NY State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Yankee Stadium, Scenic Hudson’s West Point Foundry Preserve and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Keith was a finalist for the  Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Award in Communication Graphics and recipient of awards from the Society of Experiential Graphic Designers, the American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment (COTE) as well as a Sappi Ideas That Matter grantee that promoted literacy and lemur conservation in Madagascar. 

Keith has a MBA from New York University and BA from University of California/ Berkeley. Keith has been an adjunct professor at Cal, NYU and University of the Arts as well as a frequent lecturer on Communication Graphics in Cities, Landscape and Architecture.  


If interested in attending, please email Prof. Amy Papaelias: papaelia@newpaltz.edu


Wednesday, April 10


OLB 103B

Hélène Lesterlin & Micah
Community-Driven Design for Building Community Wealth
At the Good Work Institute, we are committed to building local economic power and encouraging projects to democratize wealth. In alignment with that mission, we have been working towards the creation of a community-controlled fund, designed and run by the Kingston community. 
Over the course of the last nine months, Hélène and Micah have facilitated a journey with 18 diverse residents of Kingston to learn, collaborate, and collectively design a fund dedicated to advancing Just Transition in their city. In this keynote duet, they will describe the project as an example of community-driven design, giving a glimpse into how design thinking and democratic participation can ripple throughout a process, developing deep trust along the way.
The questions that drive this work come from a deep desire for solidarity in our economy. How can we nurture community resources, rooted in local values and stewarded by the people who live and work right here? What are ways we can bring abundance and collective thriving to a community, from within the community?

Hélène Lesterlin, Worker Trustee/Community Fund Steward, Good Work Institute
Hélène (she/her) focuses on social impact work, helping entrepreneurs, artists, and activists find pathways to manifest their ideas. She seeks and creates good stories and effective strategies to build a regenerative economy. She lives with her family in West Saugerties NY. 

Micah, Worker Trustee, Good Work Institute
Micah (he/him) is of mixed race (black and white) and mixed religion, and grew up in two different socio-economic homes. He is a cisgendered, working/middle class parent of two living on Munsee/Lenape land in the Mahicantuck Valley, commonly referred today as Kingston, NY, working to prove possibility and to liberate the imagination in order to see a Just Transition.

Thursday, April 11, 2024


Student Union Building 62/63

Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda, Draw Down Books
Christopher Sleboda & Kathleen Sleboda

Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda currently split their time between Boston and Connecticut. Together, the pair have run Draw Down Books, publishing and curating printed matter, since 2012. They also create illustrations as Gluekit, design for clients in the cultural sector and the arts, and teach at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Previously, Christopher was Director of Graphic Design at the Yale University Art Gallery for 15 years, and Kathleen, an enrolled member of the Coldwater Band (nɬeʔképmx), worked as an archivist at the Beinecke Rare Books Library at Yale University. Draw Down has been active in the artist book space for over a decade, organizing and curating fairs (the Otis MFA GD Fair, Odds and Ends at the Yale University Art Gallery, and Multiple Formats at Boston University) and participating in over 50 book fairs around the world.


Friday, April 12, 2024


Student Union Building 62/63

Slide Slam

Students, alumni, and faculty, local designers will share their current work in a rapid presentation format. MC'd by Associate Professor of Digital Design and Fabrication Aaron Nelson, the Slide Slam is always a fun and entertaining way to end Design Week. Refreshments and light fare.


Vittoria Violante, Senior Graphic Designer, Culinary Institute of America
Jake Pennisi, MA Digital Design & Fabrication student
Computer Science / Graphic Design / HVAMC Collaboration
Michael Curry, Computer Science Lecturer; Sara Veith, Graphic Design, 2024; Lars Palombi, Computer Science, 2024; Jack Gusler, Computer Science, 2024; Olamide Kumapayi, Computer Science, 2024
Sheyla Torres, Graphic Design 2024, Old Library Letterpress Club
Craig Valentino, Senior Graphic Designer, Rabe & Birch., Beacon, NY
Chad Bridgewater, Assistant Professor, Digital Design & Fabrication
Apryl Murray, Graphic Design 2024, Save the date!


Friday, April 12, 2024

6:30 – 8:30pm

The College Terrace

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