February 22, 2014

Ethan Bodnar's Saturday closing session ONLY Rate : $10 Members, $20 Non-Members
Full Event Rate: $35 Members, $75 Non-Members
Portfolio Reviews: 9:00-10:00am and 10:00-11:00am available


Artist, designer, and entrepreneur living in Brooklyn, New York

He's an education designer and Dean of the School of Design at Skillshare.

Previously, he was on the national board of AIGA, made a book called Creative Grab Bag which was published by HOW Books, and graduated from the Hartford Art School.

He's interned at co:lab and Behance, and worked on freelance projects with clients such as 826 National and the Do Lectures USA.

He enjoys blueberry pancakes, swing dancing, and making things with friends.


His work has been in Speak Up and Fast Co. Design. Honored to have received the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship and Sappi Ideas That Matters grant for Project M. Also, an Eagle Scout.


Currently speaking about education.

  • TEDxFurmanU – crafting your own path, 2012
  • EduCon – project-based learning, 2011
  • AIGA National Design Conference – future of design education, 2008
  • Skillshare online class – making your own portfolio website, 2013

Kerry Graham

Bohan Advertising/Marketing

Kerry earned his BA degree in English and Drama at Vanderbilt University, and was a professional actor for four years before beginning an advertising career that has taken him from junior copywriter to agency president; from Atlanta to Boston, New York and South Carolina; and finally back to Nashville.

He has worked at several “Mad Men” ad agencies, including J. Walter Thompson and Hill Holliday/Boston, and has won numerous national and international industry awards - including the One Show, CLIOs, British Design and Art Direction, Communication Arts, EFFIEs and National ADDYs. Kerry has also been selected “Copywriter of the Year” four times in three different cities, and he was named one of the “50 Greatest Atlanta Ad Writers of All Time.” Kerry has also written a novel called “Pitching the God Account” about a fictional ad agency in Nashville.

In 1993, Kerry founded his own agency, Campaign, Inc., which became the agency of record for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. After selling his company to The Buntin Group in 1997, Kerry and his family moved to Nashville where he became Buntin’s Vice Chairman, Chief Creative Officer. In January of 2007, Kerry was named President of BOHAN Advertising | Marketing.

Kerry is active in the Nashville community, having served as President of the Tennessee Repertory Theater Board, Marketing Chair for the Adventure Science Center, and board member for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Ensworth School and Wake Forest University’s School of Business.

Kerry has lead branding workshops, seminars and classes at Belmont University, Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, Boston College, the University of Georgia, MTSU and the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. He was also a participant in the Leadership Nashville program’s class of 2008-2009. An avid biker and bad golfer, Kerry and his wife Linda are the parents of three children: Bennett, Avery and Madeline.

Meredith C. Bullock

Meredith C. Bullock

Meredith is a dreamer and creator. On paper she's a self-taught artist specializing in art, lettering, design and business. She's the founder of both Hazel Wonderland and her self-tilted business Meredith C. Bullock. Her organic and simple approach to design and lettering has been internationally recognized and showcased on several blogs, allowing her to work with creatives from all over the world.

Meredith combines her passion to create with her mission is to help teach and coach creatives, artists and musicians how to imagine, start and grow their expertise, craft and business so they can successfully make money doing what they love. Meredith helps make your ideas into a reality.

Meredith is originally from New York and recently moved to Nashville with her husband and little black cat. You can find Meredith working from home, teaching art and business classes in Nashville, at music shows and enjoying fresh food and nature with friends.


Friday Night - Emma - CANCELLED

Rescheduled for 3pm at MTSU

Saturday - Middle Tennessee State University

1301 E Main St,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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Visiting Nashville

There’s more to Nashville than country music and southern cuisine, so check out this nifty city guide created by Design Sponge to plan your free time during the conference!


All Students who present their event name tag can recieve free admission into the Frist during the same weekend.

Where to Stay:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites

    Nashville-Green Hills
    2324 Crestmoor Road
    Nashville, TN 37215
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  • Holiday Inn Hotel

    Nashville-Vanderbilt (Downtown)
    2613 West End Ave
    Nashville, TN 37203
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  • La Quinta Inn

    4311 Sidco Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
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  • Red Roof Inn South

    4271 Sidco Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
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Friday, Feb. 21 - CANCELED

Due to air travel complications, this event has been canceled and rescheduled for 3pm Saturday

Saturday, Feb. 22

9:00 am Portfolio Review Group 1
10:00 am Portfolio Review Group 2
11:00 am Panel Discussion - "Advice for New Grads"
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Meredith C. Bullock - Hand Lettering Workshop
2:00 pm Kerry Graham - Self Promotion and Branding
3:00 pm Keynote Speaker - Ethan Bodnar

Portfolio Reviews

The Review

The DISH portfolio review is designed to give you – a student about to embark on a career in the design industry — advice, insight, and useful information about how to present yourself and your work. Here is your chance to have a professional look at your portfolio in a no-risk, non-competitive environment. You can practice your interviewing skills and get honest feedback about your portfolio and resume.

Why you should attend?

You will receive thoughtful, constructive, one-on-one evaluations of your work by an array of design professionals — art directors, media producers, educators, and hiring managers – from the Nashville area. Their goal is to help answer your questions and offer completely honest advice about your portfolio based on their creative perspective and experience. While this event is not a job fair, some reviewers may be looking for potential employees or interns. It is a great way to network and become aware of who’s who in the Nashville design community.

Who should attend?

The DISH portfolio review is open to design students at the junior and senior undergraduate level.

What you should expect?

You will have table space to set up your work. Reviewers will rotate around the room, and every effort will be made to maximize the number of reviewers who will sit with you and discuss your work. Keep in mind that reviewers will be asked to limit their critique time to 10 minutes, so be prepared to present your portfolio and get feedback within this time constraint. Dress appropriately—it is a creative field but make sure that you look professional. Although this is a non-competitive event, this Portfolio Review is designed to prepare you for the actual interview process. Be mindful of how you present yourself and your work.

What you should bring?

Come with 8 to 12 of your best portfolio pieces. These can be in a book, binder, individual sheets, on a laptop or pretty much anyway you think will best display your work. It’s not a fashion show, so there aren’t any awards for the fanciest case or computer, the focus is on your work. However, we encourage students to use their display space to express their full design personality, so don’t feel limited. If you have three dimensional pieces, promos, or creative “flair” (37 pieces, to be exact) to add to your space to reflect who you are as a designer (without impeding on your neighbor’s space), go for it.


When you are a member of AIGA, you are part of a growing network of designers that work together to increase design’s influence and to expand opportunities for designers worldwide. Your AIGA membership is critical to ensuring that your profession is strong, relevant and influential.

AIGA’s 20,000+ members share and promote a professional ethos. Opportunities for networking are plentiful through your local chapter, which offers a wide variety of programs and events locally and nationally. Your membership makes possible the activities of a national organization promoting design’s value on your behalf, and gives you access to professional development and exclusive benefits that can only be provided by an organization with the scale and reach of AIGA.

AIGA’s membership structure is flexible: Whether you’re an established designer wanting to give back to the profession or a design student just beginning your professional journey, you can choose the membership level that fits you best. Belong to AIGA at a level as high as your aspirations!

Annual Membership Levels:
  • Contributor - $50/yr
  • Supporter - $150/yr, 13/mo
  • Sustaining Member - $250/yr, 21/mo
  • Design Leader - $500/yr, 42/mo
  • Trustee - $2500/yr, 209/mo
Originally Designed & Developed by LaCroix Design Co.