Texas Graphic Designers DJ Stout and Jerry Herring to speak on books at Festival Hill in Round Top, Texas  Saturday, Sept 19th

Spend a day at Festival Hill exploring the people behind the publications of books on art and artists, the role of the artist and collector in that process, and how "being Texan" is such a significant part of it.

Hear three lectures by leading authorities in their field. Speakers include Jerry Herring, Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr. and DJ Stout. Participate in a Q&A session with the panel of experts. Visit the Book Signing in the Festival Concert Hall. $60.00 per person.

Forum participants will receive a complimentary copy of Houston Grand Opera at Fifty from Herring Press. (Original retail price, $75.00)

Complimentary lunch is included in the registration fee. Due to seating capacity, complimentary lunch is limited to the first 100 registrants. Lunch reservations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Overnight accommodations are available. Complimentary breakfast included. Please call the office at 979-249-3129 to check availability and make reservations.

Festival Hill Campus is in Round Top on State Highway 237


Variations on a Rectangle

DJ Stout, Graphic Designer & Partner, Pentagram
10:00 a.m.
The topic, presented by the author of Variations on a Rectangle, focuses on the art of publication design. Presenting a suite of images representing more than two hundred fifty major design projects, the book is a career retrospective and design primer by the internationally renowned graphic designer whose entire 35 year design career has been spent in the Lone Star State.

Before and After Rockefeller's Folk Art: A Curator's Tale

Marion Oettinger, Curator of Latin American Art, San Antonio Museum of Art
11:00 a.m.
The world started to learn about Mexican folk art in the earliest part of the 20th century, and the genre helped shape a national and international image of that country for over a hundred years. This presentation focuses on the 1990 publication of Folk Treasures of Mexico: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection and places it within the context of earlier publications on Mexican folk art, as well as later editions of the same book and subsequent publications on the same subject. Through images, the book explores evolving content as well as changing form.

Publishing Small, Personal Books

Jerry Herring, Designer & Publisher, Herring Press
1:30 p.m.
The books published by Herring Press, chosen for their interesting story, are personally produced and rely on an intimate knowledge of the people and subjects portrayed.


Jerry Herring

Jerry Herring formed Herring Design in 1973 in Houston. The graphic design, branding and communications firm, now owned and managed by his son, Stephen, has kept an international list of clients, including Merck, Schlumberger, The Kennedy Center, Saudi Aramco, MD Anderson and more energy companies than we can list here. Jerry has served on the national board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and still attends monthly board meetings in London for retail mall developer McArthurGlen.

In 1983, Jerry founded Herring Press to publish visually oriented books that he and his staff designed and produced. Santa Fe, Historic Galveston and Houston: A Self Portrait are examples of large, city-oriented photography surveys. For artists and the arts, Jerry has published books on Jésus Moroles, William Anzalone, Charles Schorre, Jerry Jeanmard, Mark Kohler, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and the art concept of Texas Children’s Hospital. www.herringpress.com.

Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr.

Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr. is a cultural anthropologist/art historian who specializes in Latin American art and culture. Between 2005 and 2011, he served as the Kelso Director of San Antonio Museum of Art, and returned to his previous position of Curator of Latin American Art in 2011. He is the author of numerous books and articles and has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. His most recent books include Folk Treasures of Mexico: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection, Second (Houston: University of Houston, Arte Público Press, 2010), Retratos: 2000 Years of Latin American Portraits (Oettinger, et. al., New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004) and The Folk Art of Spain and the Americas: El Alma del Pueblo (New York: Abbeyville Press, 1992).

Oettinger has taught at Cornell University, Occidental College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been the recipient of Fulbright, NEH, NEA, National Geographic Society and American Philosophical Society grants. In 2010, Oettinger received the Van Deren Coke Lifetime Achievement Award in Spanish Colonial Art and Folk Art.

DJ Stout

DJ Stout is one of twenty-one partners of Pentagram, a renowned design firm with offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Austin. He studied graphic design at Texas Tech University and began his career in 1981, working for Robert A. Wilson Associates in Dallas. In 1987, he moved to Austin, where he was the art director of Texas Monthly magazine for thirteen years.

At Pentagram, DJ specializes in the creation of brand identity and strategy, publication design, packaging and interactive solutions. He has done work for high-profile companies and institutions like Microsoft Windows, Popeyes, Walgreens, Lands' End, Southwest Airlines, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Austin, World Wildlife Fund, University of Colorado and University of Southern California.

In 2010 DJ was the recipient of the prestigious Richard Gangel Award, a lifetime achievement designation from the Society of Illustrators. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the author of two books. DJ’s design retrospective Variations on a Rectangle will be published this fall by the University of Texas Press.