Coy’s "Perceptual Gratification" is an 18x24" print on cotton fabric – one of a series of 5 posters using quotes from her thesis document that summarize the ideas behind the paper.

Georgetown, KY – How apropos that Trista Thompson Coy, a 2004 art alumna of Georgetown College, will showcase her works on paper and fabric in the Cochenour Gallery for the next four months. Before pursuing a Masters at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and working her way into a graphic design position with fashion giant Ralph Laure, she was GC’s Director of Galleries (August 2004-October 2005).

Meet Trista the artist at Thursday’s opening reception, 5- 8 p.m., and hear her talk about her work at 6 p.m. in the Cochenour. Aesthetic Eclectic: Ornament, Aesthetic Pleasure & Design, which may be viewed during operating hours of the Ensor Learning Research Center, will be up Aug. 16-Dec. 16, 2012. On Thursday it is part of that evening’s Georgetown Antiques and Artwalk.

Trista finished her studies at SCAD In May ’09, however this show will complete all requirements for her Masters. (See more, BELOW.)

In the Summer of 2008, while at SCAD, she was selected for an internship at Ralph Lauren designing graphics for t-shirts, embroideries, garment embellishments – such as buttons, patches  and some packaging. After this internship, the company created a position for her on the team – bringing Trista and her husband, Jason Coy ’03, a Commerce Language and Culture major, to New York City to live.

In October 2010, the Coys welcomed their first son, Jack, into the world. After her maternity leave, Trista returned to RL for about three months before they decided it best for both their family and her long term career goals to resign and turn her part time freelancing into a full-time design company.  She continues to do some work for Ralph Lauren as well as work on projects for several other highly diversified companies and organizations.

Some of her most recent work includes repeat pattern designs for a baby and children’s accessory company, Bella Tunno (; album artwork and publicity materials for Risen Music Publishing in Tenn.; a variety of graphic design work for First Baptist Concord Church ( in Knoxville; and a handful of branding projects for boutique New York clients.

Jason and Trista Coy with son Jack

She also recently put together a collection of Georgetown College branded notecards for Lori Matthews, a Development Officer at GC.

Husband Jason  teaches physical education and coaches high school varsity soccer and baseball at The Dwight School (a K-12 private school on the Upper West Side of in Manhattan). They are expecting their second child in February.

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The show is to augment her thesis “Ornament, Aesthetic Pleasure & Design.” The following paragraphs from that paper give her thought process behind the show pieces:

Presented in partial fulfillment of my master’s thesis, I created a collection of stationery products and design ephemera. These cultural artifacts are both fleeting and yet retain a personal human connection through their purpose and emotional effect. A greeting card or personal note requires an intimate conversation that both enhance visual language in its sender’s aesthetic preference and the tactile nature for the recipient as he or she receives the artifact. This particular medium allows for choice in communication, requires an emotional connection and provides for unlimited options in creating special cultural artifacts.

The initial motifs were derived from: Finnish folk design books of my grandmother; patterns found in Kentucky quilts; Celtic knots and curves; and Native American symbols, jewelry and weavings. Upon examination, many of these images held similar qualities in shape and perceptual understanding. After narrowing my collection, I adapted the imagery to a personal style by redrawing the images. They were then scanned and the marks digitized for easy manipulation.

After researching source material for production and selecting color themes based on personal aesthetic preference and established trends in popular culture, my inspiration formed greeting cards, a desk calendar, journals, fabric yardage for ephemera items and tee shirts. These pieces are augmented in a solo exhibition by embellished wall hangings with poignant statements summarizing the ideas behind this thesis. As a whole the objects represent an eclectic assembly of imagery held together through formal elements and an aesthetic based both in personal experience and preference. Thus, Aesthetic Eclectic, a line of designed ephemera developed from this exploration. 

The final result offers an emotional association through visual language and an aesthetic connection to the imagery separate from historic and existing value or knowledge. In the context of this study, the designs and production of the pieces shows an attention to valuing creative influences while appreciating aesthetic experiences in connecting the viewer to the imagery and creating valuable visual communication.