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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


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.

For links to the artists' websites and more about the exhibition see:

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Free and open to the public with a reception for the artists to follow.


Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery presents:
Beyond the Surface: The Photograph as Object
an exhibition curated by Aline Smithson
January 9 - January 31, 2020

Beyond the Surface: The Photograph as Object

Beyond the Surface includes eleven artists using photographic interventions and investigations that include sewing, cutting, and weaving, to interrogate the material qualities of a physical photo and create new realities.


Cal Poly University Art Gallery is located on the first floor of building 34, next to the Kennedy Library.

image above: Adrienne Hughes, Wildfires

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

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)

The annual CSU Media Arts Festival is a film competition for students in the 23-campus California State University system. The festival gives students an opportunity to present their work for critical review and bridges the gap between students and working professionals in film and media. The competition was a part of the Digital Hollywood media conference, which had workshops and events meant to prepare CSU students to work in entertainment and media.

In addition to Wieber's first place award, Cal Poly Journalism major Shanti Herzog placed first and third in the Screenwriting category for two original screenplays and Cal Poly English major Matthew Lam placed second in Screenwriting for an original screenplay. All of these screenplays were written and produced in two classes available to Art and Design students and media arts, society and technology (MAST) minors: Media Arts and Technologies: Storytelling (ISLA 340) and Media Arts and Technologies: Cinematic Process (ISLA 341). Under the guidance of Instructors Randi Barros and James Werner, in ISLA 340, students work on their writing and storytelling skills and produce screenplays throughout the quarter and in ISLA 341, students pitch their screenplays and work in teams to produce short films with Digital Video 2 (ART 483) students.  


- CSU Media Arts Festival Winners:
- Media Arts, Society and Technology Minor:
- CSU Media Arts Festival YouTube page:

In photo at the top, from left, Cal Poly students Matthew Lam, Shanti Herzog and Casey Wieber with their awards at the CSU Media Arts Festival.

Packaging and Graphic Design Students Win Gold at National Competition

Nov 21, 2019

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

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.

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

Past Creative Jams can be seen on Facebook:

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. His team of photographers, videographers and editors curate the images and push out content to various press, marketing and social media in real time. 

Follow his team's work at Cochealla here:

His team's work for Camp Flog Gnaw 2018 can been seen here:

photo credit: @campfloggnaw

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.

Graphic Design Student is a Finalist in the 28th Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition

Jan 18, 2019

Art and Design student Kyle Branch has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Imaginations Design Competition. Walt Disney Imagineering created the competition to seek out and nurture the next generation of diverse and talented Imagineers. For this project, Kyle is collaborating with students from three different universities: Triet Nguyen (University of Southern California), Brooke Pandos (Savannah College of Art and Design), and Jessica Woody (University of Florida). Design teams were challenged to create an immersive experience that explores the Natural and Ancient Wonders of the World. In February, Kyle and his teammates will travel to Glendale to present their concept of Port Pharos, a resort formed by fleets of ancient ships traversing waters surrounding a reborn Lighthouse of Alexandria. The resort is designed to honor the history, architecture, and ecosystem around the Lighthouse of Alexandria. 

For more information about the competition and this year's finalists:


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