November 16, 2022 – The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) hosted the world premiere of “Graphis Designers for Peace: United with Ukraine” poster exhibition in San Diego, CA.
Following the brutal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Graphis initiated an international poster competition to the creative community, titled “Designers for Peace: United with Ukraine,” to give designers a graphic forum to share a united voice.
The response from the global design community to the Graphis poster campaign was spontaneous, vast and immediate. More than 350 designers submitted poster art from over 30 nations around the world. An international panel of distinguished judges, chaired by American designer Kit Hinrichs of Studio Hinrichs, selected 60 entries for inclusion in a traveling exhibition and show catalog.
Without exception judges found the work thought-provoking and beautiful in their emotional execution. Many heartfelt concepts were crafted around the brutality of the current crisis, with poignant elements that evoked Ukraine’s rich culture and traditions. Graphis is currently hosting exhibitions of the “Designers for Peace: United with Ukraine”poster art in multiple venues around the world.
Graphis CEO, B. Martin Pedersen states, “We are honored to bring the voice of our global design community together. Through the messages conveyed in these posters, we hope to make even a small difference in presenting a united front against war and a deep commitment to shared human values and support of the victims, the people of Ukraine. We would like to invite audiences around the world to view this exhibition to connect with the deeply compelling poster art at this fragile moment in time.”
San Diego, CA was chosen to be the first city in the world to showcase this exhibit, which was held as a cross-border event opening in Tijuana, Mexico the following evening. Internationally acclaimed designers Kit Hinrichs, Michael Pantuso, and Carmit Haller were in attendance.
The San Diego and Tijuana exhibition runs through December 30, 2022 and will be traveling throughout the US and internationally.
Proceeds benefit Ukraine humanitarian aid through World Central Kitchen and International Relief Teams.
Click here to visit the Designers for Peace Catalog.
Click here to learn more about International Relief Team’s response in Ukraine.
Group photo: L-R, Bob Morris (San Diego Symphony), Patti Judd (San Diego International Film Festival, Co-Founder /Judd Brand Media), Erich Foeckler (International Relief Teams), MaiLin Levine (AIGA San Diego, President)