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Congratulations Graphic Design Class of 2023!

Jul 5, 2023

The Senior Showcase Website

The Graphic Design Senior Showcase website features the work of 24 graduating seniors, who faced the unimaginable challenge of having their college experience interrupted by a global pandemic. At long last, we saw a return to normalcy in the 2022–23 academic year: we could gather in large groups, mask-free. It's been amazing seeing the halls of Dexter come to life again. This group of seniors have been through a lot, but they haven't lost their optimism or joie de vivre. It's been so much fun working with them and watching their progress over the last few years.
Congratulations, class of 2023! The Department of Art and Design and the Graphic Design faculty are so proud of you. We can’t wait to see the wonderful things that you accomplish in the future.

Art & Design Faculty Members Receive Promotion and Academic Rank

Jun 14, 2023


We want to congratulate the following faculty after Cal Poly's announcements of promotions in academic rank and tenure:

Elizabeth Folk
Promotion to Associate Professor, Tenure

Sara Frantz
Promotion to Professor

Laura Krifka

James P. Werner, PhD.
Promotion to Professor

President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore announced the promotion of 59 faculty members and the award of tenure to 43 faculty members effective in the 2023-24 academic year. The promotions include 23 to the academic rank of professor and 36 to the rank of associate professor or associate librarian.

View the full list of Cal Poly Academic Promotions


Department of Art and Design's Senior Celebration 2023

Jun 13, 2023

2023 Senior Celebration

About the Event

The Department of Art and Design warmly invites students, friends, and families to our in-peroson Senior Celebration and awards ceremony in front of the Dexter Buidling on June 12th from 1:30-3PM for all our graduating BFA seniors.

The ceremony will include a welcome from the Department Chair, awards, the reading of the names of graduating seniors, and light refereshments will be served following the event. We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate this momentous accomplishment.

Congratulations Class of 2023!

Lana Z Caplan's "Oceano (for Seven Generations)" featured in SLO Tribune

Jun 13, 2023

New Oceano Dunes book aims to ‘bring people together,’ Cal Poly professor says

Original story by Lucy Peterson, Slo Tribune

Rachel Dyer Announced as Outstanding Senior in College of Liberal Arts Student Awards 2023

Jun 9, 2023

The Art & Design Department has nominated Rachel Dyer (Photo/Video, '23) for department 'Outstanding Senior Award' as part of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Awards 2023.

Dyer will be formally awarded at the Student Awards 2023 presentation, held on Friday, June 16th at JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture's Swanson Center of Effort Conference Hall.

Michael Aponte, Art & Design's Photography and Video Technician, will be provide an introduction to highlight Dyer's artistic and academic achievements.

The College of Liberal Arts has a long tradition of honoring students of excellence. In addition to university and other recognitions, the college instituted its own Outstanding Senior awards in 2013.

The full list of student awards can be found at College of Liberal Arts Student Awards 2023.

2023 BFA Exhibit event covered by Mustang News

Jun 9, 2023

"Yours Truly” art exhibit highlights innovative graduating student work

Announcing the Art & Design 2023-2024 Scholarship Recipients

Jun 5, 2023

We are pleased to announce the well deserved 2023-2024 Student Scholarship winners!

Burt & Virginia Polin Visual Arts Scholarship
Elise Coatney & Julia Neils

Denise Waters Art Award
Mreettika Prema Yousuf, Isabella Borda, Celeste Gutierrez

J.W. Van Dyke Scholarship
Audrey Siu

John Mendenhall Memorial Scholarship
Jacob Crock

The Kurt O. Brown Scholarship
Vivian Jameson

Kodak Professional Photography Scholarship
Fenn Bruns

R.W. Andrews
April Marshall & Sofia Rowley

William B. Turner  
Celeste Ibarra

Art Prom event covered by Mustang News

May 31, 2023

We need to celebrate art:
Cal Poly Students bring back Art Prom

Original story by Makayla Khan, Mustang news

Waterlinks postcards hang in Cal Poly’s art gallery (left) and in a park in New Plymouth, New Zealand (right). Images courtesy of Jim and Ava Werner.

Art & Design Faculty- Ava and James Werner featured in Cal Poly Magazine

May 25, 2023

Understanding Our Waterlinks

Original story by Robyn Kontra Tanner, Cal Poly Magazine

 “What water do you come from?”

It’s a question the Māori people of New Zealand ask instead of “How are you?” or “Where are you from?” when meeting someone new. Unlike those questions, which focus on the individual, the inquiry immediately grounds the conversation in one’s connection to the natural environment.

Disney park graphics and signage designed by Mark Panelli, Disney Imagineer and Art & Design Alumnus '94.

Take a Look Inside the Graphics Studio at Walt Disney Imagineering

May 15, 2023

Art and Design Department

Thursday, May 18th

5:00–6:00 PM

Baker Bldg. 180, Room 0114


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