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Cal Poly Art & Design Alumni Show

Mar 11, 2020


Jaqueline Sherlock Norheim Installation View

Alumni Show 2020

The Art and Design Department and the University Art Gallery are pleased to welcome back twelve of our alumni from a range of graduating classes for an exhibition in the University Art Gallery. The concentrations of graphic design, studio art and photo/video are all represented in the first Alumni Show to be presented by the University Art Gallery in 10 years.

The 2020 Alumni Show is on view February 20 - March 17, 2020.

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Cal Poly University Art Gallery presents Beyond the Surface: The Photograph as Object - Artist Talk 1/9, 4pm

Jan 6, 2020


Adrienne Hughes Wildfires 

The Art and Design Department and Cal Poly University Art Gallery are pleased to welcome curator Aline Smithson and seven of the eleven national artists featured in Beyond the Surface: The Photograph as Object for a presentation in the gallery this Thursday January 9 at 4pm.

Artists are traveling from NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego to be with us for this event.

Photography/Video Student Wins First Place at CSU Media Arts Festival Awards

Dec 10, 2019


Art and Design Photo/Video concentration student Casey Wieber won first place for his video “Danny Derrick: The Private Studio Experience,” in the Promotional Video category at the CSU Media Arts Festival. Wieber produced and directed the video, which is a portrait of a San Luis Obispo tattoo artist, as his final project for ISLA 340. (available for viewing on the CSU Media Arts Festival YouTube page - link below)

Packaging and Graphic Design Students Win Gold at National Competition

Nov 21, 2019


Professors Javier de la Fuente and Mary LaPorte work with packaging design students

With their focus on highlighting the joy and interactivity of unboxing a product, three interdisciplinary Cal Poly teams received first place, honorable mention, and shout-out awards at the Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) 2019 Student Design Challenge.

Jessica Bellamy, Designer and Social Justice Advocate, Will Visit Cal Poly Nov. 6–8

Oct 16, 2019


 The Department of Art and Design's University Art Gallery will present Movement Science / Creative Impact, an exhibition of Jessica Bellamy’s design work, opening on November 7, 2019. The exhibit will begin with a lecture by Bellamy at 5:00pm in Alan A. Erhart Agriculture, building 10, room 231. An opening reception will immediately follow the lecture. Jessica Bellamy will also be facilitating a hands-on design workshop for Art and Design students on Friday, November 8 from 10am until 3pm in Dexter, building 34, room 150.

CSU + Adobe XD Creative Jam

Oct 8, 2019


students work on creative projects at the CSU+Adobe Creative Jam

On October 11 –12, The Department of Art and Design hosted the CSU + Adobe XD Creative Jam, in which seven CSU schools will compete in a fast-paced tournament to complete an interaction design challenge in just two hours. Students were asked to address the CSU's Basic Needs Initiative in their work, which included: identifying an area of insecurity and then conceiving, designing,and building a mobile app experience that enables action within and/or outside of the educational system to stabilize and encourage student success.

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Cal Poly Graphic Design Students win First Place in Adobe XD Competition

Oct 1, 2019


On Friday September 27, 315 college students came together to compete at the IBM iX + Adobe Drop-In Creative Jam with Adobe XD. During the kick off, Billy Seabrook, Global Chief Creative Officer of IBM iX, presented the students with a design challenge around climate change. During the weekend-long Jam, 191 students designed and submitted team 52 prototypes. After an Sunday evening judging round by IBM iX, and agency designers, only 11 teams made it to the final round.

On Monday September 30, six top teams placed after an in-depth design review by Sabine Roehl, Chief Creative Officer for IBM iX North America, Gorham Palmer, IBM Distinguished Designer leading IBM’s enterprise design services practice, and Jessica Moon, Senior Design Manager at Adobe with the Adobe XD team during the evening finale session. The winning student team, Les Baguettes, included Cal Poly Art and Design students in the Graphic Design concentration (Amber Chiang, Sasha Menshikova, Cody Capella, and Sam Rogers) and one Business major with a concentration in Management of Information Systems (Tyler Rathod).

The challenge for this competition was to identify a critical area of need and then conceive, design and build an experience that enables individual or group climate action that is accessible, achievable and measurable. The students' concept—Loop—solves this problem by presenting these tasks in a way that is manageable, personalized, and rewarding. By delivering a customizable set of tasks each week and allowing users to level up, users will feel confident and motivated to do their part in reducing their ecological footprint. The inclusion of location-based tasks, such as beach clean-ups or climate rallies, in the user's area, as well as global challenges, serve to connect them with their communities and strengthen their ties with the environmental movement around them. Long term goals include helping users to develop and maintain environmentally friendly habits.

image of Loop app prototype designed by Cal Poly students

Want to see the replay? See what happened on here on Crowdcast.

Past Creative Jams can be seen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adobecreativejam/

Art and Design student hired by Coachella

Apr 18, 2019


Current Art and Design Photography/Video concentration student Everett Fitzpatrick has been working as freelance creative producer while attending Cal Poly. Working alongside an art director, he has conceptualized and executed creative content for music festivals. Last year he worked for music festival Camp Flog Gnaw as part of a team of content producers. This year he was hired by Coachella as one of two creative producers for the festival and. His team of photographers, videographers and editors curate the images and push out content to various press, marketing and social media in real time. 

Art and Design Department Hiring Photography/Video Technician

Mar 15, 2019


The Art and Design Department is hiring a Photography/Video Technician. Under the general direction of the Department Chair and in consultation with the Photography/Video faculty lead, the Photography/Video Technician is responsible for the independent execution of a variety of complex work tasks, including providing a full range of support services for both the lower- and upper-division Photography/Video Option classes. To view the full position description including all the Required Qualifications click here.   

Cal Poly students honored at State Capitol

Art and Design Student Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol

Feb 13, 2019


Nineteen students were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, February 11, 2019. Art and Design student, Kyle Branch, was among the honorees. Kyle, and his multi-university creative team, recently advanced to the finals of Walt Disney Imagineering’s 2019 Imaginations Design Competition.

Read more about the students in the full news release.

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