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Author: Lawrence Romorini

A Legacy of Leadership: Honoring the Presidents of ASCE

By , September 7th, 2016


When Pat Natale arrived at American Society of Civil Engineers as Executive Director in 2002, the Society honored their Presidents by displaying portrait photos in the boardroom during their lifetime. Natale hoped to find a more lasting way to acknowledge Presidents’ leadership and achievements. When he discovered One Of A Kind Art Studio at an ASAE Expo, Natale initiated a longstanding tradition unique to ASCE: 3-dimensional art commemorating the history of the profession and featuring Presidents’ portraits, photoengraved in metal, as the centerpiece. (more…)

Washburn University’s 150th Anniversary Story Inspires One Of A Kind Art

By , October 26th, 2015


Over the course of nine months, we’ve enjoyed collaborating with Washburn University to create 150th anniversary art for installation in their new Welcome Center at Morgan Hall in Topeka, Kansas.

The artwork chronicles Washburn’s history, milestones, traditions, accomplishments and their inclusive mission since the outset. Early graduates included African Americans and women, with vintage group photos of diverse classes, clubs and athletic teams. Washburn alumni participated in the momentous Brown v. Board of Education case.


Kennedy Health—Where Heroes Abound—A 50th Anniversary Celebration to Remember!

By , June 29th, 2015


It was our great fortune to commemorate Kennedy Health’s 50th anniversary with One Of A Kind art AND to attend their celebration in Stratford, NJ. Collage items came to life as we met the people they represented. Perhaps most memorably, I was able to speak with Dr. David Condoluci. Previously I’d sent him, in appreciation, a poster of my Names Project Quilt artwork after learning how he’d treated AIDS patients since the 1980s. The compassion he conveyed—even 30 years later–about those challenging early days was moving. (more…)

Remembering World AIDS Day Through Photos

By , December 1st, 2014


December 1st marks World AIDS Day, and each year it brings back memories of one of the last times the AIDS Quilt (The Names Project) was shown as a complete piece on 10/1992. It drew thousands of people to the National Mall in Washington to experience this memorial to those who had died from AIDS and help people to understand the disease’s overwhelming impact. (more…)

26th Anniversary of Our First Commission

By , September 13th, 2013


September 15th marks the 31st anniversary of USA TODAY’s launch. It also celebrates the 26th anniversary of One Of A Kind’s first commission. It was the Nation’s Newspaper’s 5th anniversary and Gannett’s President John Curley commissioned a major piece of 3-dimensional commemorative art to honor the founder, Al Neuharth. The collage featured an actual 1926 Royal typewriter—an exact duplicate of the one he began his journalism career with. Out of the carriage comes the first edition of USA TODAY. On the keys of the typewriter are faces of Mr. Neuharth’s key executives. (more…)

My Office

By , April 18th, 2013


My office of the past 25 years IS a collage. Every bit of it holds a quote, photo, a detail from a past commission. I sometimes catch myself dreaming about a Container Store or Ikea-worthy organized office, but I´ll stand by my office´s character. The good stuff is in what someone else might consider any old knickknack…and for me, tossing out just isn´t an option.

I look around and every part of it brings back wonderful memories.   (more…)

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