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Design Week Portland: The Matthias Kemeny Endowed Design Lecture Series presents Tina Snow Le - ONLINE
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 11:00am to Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 1:00pm
Design Week Portland: The Matthias Kemeny Endowed Design Lecture Series presents Tina Snow Le - ONLINE

Tina Snow Le is an artist creating digital brand experiences, graphic language, and multi-media art inspired by stories of the under-represented. She is currently based in New York City working as a Senior Art Director at Spotify and has previously worked at Instrument and Nike. In 2018, she launched Earth To Her, an ongoing project that challenges the visual culture of cannabis.

This event is FREE!

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About the Lecture Series

The Matthias Kemeny Design Lecture Series is coordinated and managed by the Portland State Graphic Design program. This series brings internationally celebrated design professionals annually to Portland to give a lecture for the benefit of the students and faculty in the Graphic Design program, as well as the broader design community. This series is free and open to the public and highlights a wide range of design practices in an attempt to facilitate a community-wide dialogue about design and related fields. 

Made possible by the Matthias D. Kemeny Charitable Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Future Fonts, and Counter Culture.

About Matthias Kemeny

Matthias Kemeny was born on July 25th, 1942 in Auxerre, France to a Hungarian father and German-Polish mother. He was educated as an artist and designer, earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in 1973. Matthias combined his talents in the arts with his entrepreneurial skills to build a very successful exhibition and display business, producing fine and commercial art for more than 40 years. His work can be found across the globe, from museums in his home state of Washington, too as far away as Pakistan. He was never at a loss for ideas and authored several patents, many of which are still in use. He was talented, creative, and innovative. 

A world traveler much of his life, Matthias would sketch in pen and ink on table napkin drawings of the people he saw on his travels. Late in his life, he culminated his dream of transforming these line sketches into a catalog of painted drawings which he called “Collecting Souls.” These portraits speak to the commonality of the human race. These works conveyed a simple yet powerful message of his love for humanity.

A powerful yet gentle man, Matthias was intensely focused and strongly committed to making the world a better place. His intellectual curiosity was remarkable, as was his genuine, deep interest in every person he met. He continued life-long friendships with diverse people from all over the world.

Matthias Kemeny passed away from ALS in March of 2007.