Small Morristown Design Studio Has Work Installed In Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Carolyn and Valerie Jackson, the wife of the late Maynard H Jackson, Jr. , the first African American mayor of Atlanta. Ms. Jackson spoke passionately during the dedication about the importance of the exhibit for Atlanta and the flying public.Photo from airport dedication ceremony.Being a small business doesn't Information reader rails designed by Carolyn Dean of Rice Dean Graphics accompany each of sixteen wall sections lining both sides of the concourse.Photo from airport dedication ceremony.mean you can't accomplish big things, especially when your business is graphic design. Local designer, Carolyn Dean of Rice Dean Graphics, recently completed work on “A Walk Through Atlanta History,” a unique, multimedia exhibit, permanently installed in the Transportation Mall between concourses B and C at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 92 million passengers annually.


Curated by the Atlanta History Center, the exhibit features large wall murals, brief videos and reader rails that highlight key periods, milestones and events from Native Americans to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The exhibit designed by Gary Lee Super Associates, includes almost 800 linear feet of high resolution images all composed and processed here in Morristown at Rice Dean Graphics before being sent to Atlanta for final printing and installation. Design and layout, photo color correction, masking, and restoration, were all delivered on time and within budget by one designer.


Unlike billboards, the airport concourse setting, with closer viewing distances, required higher resolution which meant huge image files. “Not too many years ago it would not have been possible to work on a project with those size specifications while working from a small office hundreds of miles away from my client,” explained Dean. However today, with a single computer and high speed Internet, it was a smooth operation to transfer a mind boggling amount of image data during the course of this project. For twenty five years and counting Rice Dean Graphics has been able to grow with a myriad of technological advances and enjoys the challenges involved with staying on the cutting edge.


Rice Dean Graphics along with exhibit designer Gary Lee Super Associates, videographer Gary Moss, and The Atlanta History center were honored for their work during a ceremony held by aviation officials to dedicate the exhibit, which highlights several prominent Atlantans — such as former mayors Shirley Franklin, Andrew Young and Maynard H. Jackson Jr. — who played important roles in shaping the city’s history.


“Hartsfield-Jackson is proud to present this visual time capsule to the world,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller.
“It allows travelers and art enthusiasts to trace Atlanta’s history from its humble beginnings to its emergence as an
international city.”


The exhibit covers eight time frames: the pre-Colonial era through 1840; the first train stop in Atlanta; the Civil War and the Battle of Atlanta; Reconstruction and the rebuilding of Atlanta into a commerce hub; the rise of the Sweet Auburn district; Mayor William B. Hartsfield’s achievements; Jim Crow and the civil rights movement; and Atlanta’s entry onto the global stage.


“It’s undeniable that ‘A Walk Through Atlanta History’ has transformed an ordinary corridor traveled by thousands of passengers each day into a historical, storytelling museum,” Miller said. “I believe this is one of the best airport art exhibits that travelers will discover.”


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