ART DIRECTION - Prof. John Paul
3:00 p.m. in Honsey Hall 129

Although his first love is theatre, John has designed for opera, dance, themed entertainment, trade shows, commercials, retail spaces and feature films.

His film credits include: Assistant Art Director for the feature films Fargo and Grumpier Old Men; Set Designer for Jingle All the Way, The Cure and Feeling Minnesota; initial development for A Simple Plan; and Scenic Painter for Overnight Delivery.

As the Art Director and Design Manager for Scenery West in Los Angeles, John supervised the Art Direction for numerous national release commercials such as Nescafe, KIA, Dove and Budweiser. He has advised and assisted graduate students at CalArts, USC, UCLA and Chapman University with thesis film projects such as: Burl’s; The Killer, the Wounded and the Liar; Clara’s Wings and Vortex. He has also taught a Production Design course at Chapman University.

Some other notable credits include: Scenic Designer for the premiere musical Reefer Madness in Los Angeles for which he won the LAWeekly Award for Best Production Design; Scenic and Lighting Designer for Ping Chong for the original adaptation project Persuasion at the University of Minnesota; Art Director for the “Oceans” Exhibit at COSI in Columbus, OH which garnered a Best Guest Experience Award from the Themed Entertainment Association and was featured in Time magazine; and Art Director for Cirque de la Mer at Seaworld, San Diego.

John is the immediate past Chair of Design, Technology and Management for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V. He is currently the scenic design professor at Minnesota State University - Mankato. John was recently awarded an Andreas Faculty Development Grant which he used to study the Art of the Renaissance in Italy.

LOCAL VIDEO NEWS - Joe Spear, Mankato Free Press
7:00 p.m. - Honsey Hall 129

Editor Joe Spear oversees a newsroom of 20 full-time employees publishing seven-day a week daily newspaper, a monthly lifestyle magazine and a monthly business magazine. He is the primary online editor for

Joe has been at The Free Press 25 years starting as a business reporter, then moving on to city editor before being named Managing Editor in 2005. He is a member of the board of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists, president of the Minnesota Associated Press Association and on the education committee of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. He is also on the board and executive committee of the Mankato YMCA and on the board of the Mankato Martin Luther King Jr. memorial committee.

The Free Press was judged Newspaper of the Year in 2011 and was judged Website of the Year in 2014 by the Free Press parent company Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.