for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

Visualizing Our Values: Signage Project

Visualizing Our Values is a call for submissions to redesign outdoor signage to reflect the valuable work we do inside the Hurt Hub. We are looking for creatives based in Mecklenburg County to submit up to three designs for our values: freedom, integrity, and inclusion.

We believe innovation is born out of Freedom, Integrity, and Inclusion.

  • Freedom to take risks. Freedom to fail and to succeed.
  • Integrity is our expectation.
  • Inclusion is the foundation of everything we do.

The jury selected three designs that will be reproduced in vinyl onto 5’x6’ signs outside the Hurt Hub (shown in photo). Each artist will receive $2,500 per selected design. Artists shared their design and process at the official unveiling event in the fall 2023.

Learn more about the selected artists below:

Brie-Yun Burrell ’23

She/her | Graphic Designer

Brie-Yun Burrell is a graphic designer and artist, who earned her B.S in Psychology and Studio Art from Davidson College ’23. Her career in graphic design has served as a byproduct of her love for illustration. She began working as a graphic designer in 2019 as a Gig Hub consultant at the Hurt Hub in Davidson, NC. Throughout her career, she has worked with multiple startups and helped them establish their brand guidelines and media presence. She spent the fall of 2021 studying graphic design and psychology in Copenhagen, Denmark. During her time there, she gained a more worldly perspective of design and grew personally and professionally. Most recently, she turned her internship with Lippe Taylor into a full-time role as a Junior Graphic Designer. She is currently pursuing both agency and freelance work, and will complete a residency with South End Arts at the beginning of 2024.

To Liberate a Butterfly, 2023

Digital painting

Words from another artist describe this piece better than my own. Listen to the song “Mortal Man” by Kendrick Lamar from 10:40 through end.

See more of Brie-Yun’s work on her website and Instagram.

Umayal Annamalai

She/her | Artist & Creative Coach

As an accomplished mixed media expressionist and creative coach, I am fiercely dedicated to conveying powerful narratives through my art. My creations serve as a reflection of my emotional journey towards self-discovery and healing.

Empowered Women, 2020

Mixed media acrylic painting on canvas

Integrity is being aligned in our values and taking inspired action from an embodied and empowered place that comes from nourishing our roots.

See more of Umayal’s work on her website and Instagram.

Ingrid Swanson

She/her | Public Artist

Integrating make-believe and the human experience, Ingrid Swanson’s work delves into the vulnerable whispers of the heart, shoving them into the hands of your attention. Something ignored will never heal or be empathized with. Her hands build a world where it is safe to wonder, possible to hope, and brave to feel.

Ingrid is a Latina multimedia artist, whose keen interest in the innermost parts of people’s hearts has led her to pursue fine art. From sculptures, to paintings, to mosaics, to murals, bold marks and color are signature in Swanson’s work. The extreme expressiveness of the human face and form highlight the pivotality of nuances. Her work inspects one story at a time, giving a place of importance to honor even the smallest experiences. Her public works all explore topics of mental health and spreading light! They are scattered across the state, from Novant Health Medical Centers to the Charlotte International Arts Festival, to Charlotte SHOUT! and more.

Seen, 2023

Acrylic and digital painting

This artwork depicts a collage of faces, overlapping each other in a collage of stories. Only one face looks directly at the viewer, with the expression of someone who is finally seen. It depicts how each story is different, unique, and yet surrounded by a greater context of countless moments and people.

It was inspired by the Doctor Suess quote, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” When that is the case, you could spot that person you love in a crowd of hundreds. And when your eyes meet, you see their soul, and in return are truly seen. Each person deserves to be valued and seen. That pillar of inclusion cannot be contested.

See more of Ingrid’s work on her website and Instagram.

LaunchCLT connects founders and mentors to catalyze a viable, sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in the greater Charlotte region. Recognizing that when like-minded people come together, great ideas are born, LaunchCLT has created opportunities to connect talented entrepreneurs, mentors, educators and community leaders to share knowledge and advance entrepreneurial success.

The Hurt Hub has been partnered with LaunchCLT for 5 years, providing exceptional mentorship for the entrepreneurs who walk through our doors. In the past year alone, 65 ventures were mentored through LaunchCLT.

We are grateful for LaunchCLT’s support of the Visualizing Our Values project and their dedication to supporting local entrepreneurs. Visit their website to learn more about LaunchCLT.

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