Creative Professional Travis Abels to Speak at Ball State

Travis Abels in his studio. Photo provided.Travis Abels in his studio. Photo provided.

By: Sheryl Swingley—

Muncie, IN—Travis Abels, a creative advertising professional, artist, editor and storyteller, who splits his time between Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles; and New York City, will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Ballroom of the Student Center at Ball State University.

The title of his presentation is “Throw Away Process and Just Play.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

His visit to Ball State is sponsored by the university’s Department of Journalism and the Ball State student chapter of the American Advertising Federation in connection with the Department of Journalism’s 50th anniversary.

Abels graduated in 2006 from Ball State with majors in advertising and art, and as a student, he was a member of Ball State’s student American Advertising Federation chapter.

Some of his work includes the trailers for “A Star Is Born,” “La La Land,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “I Tonya” and “Westworld”; transforming a piano into a puppet; and a community engagement project that involves building 7-foot-tall ear and mouth sculptures that connect across a city’s invisible boundary lines.