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New Art and Design Faculty - Elizabeth Folk

Jan 25, 2018


The Art and Design Department would like to introduce a new faculty addition in the studio art concentration with a specialty in sculpture: Elizabeth Folk.

Program Review and Reaccreditation

Jan 25, 2018


In May 2017, the Art and Design Department hosted site visitors for our comprehensive program review and reaccreditation with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Among the strengths of our program, the Visitor’s Report cited the following:

Bob Howell Retires After 43 Years at Cal Poly

Jan 25, 2018


When Robert (Bob) Howell (B.A., Brooks Institute, 1973; M.A., Pepperdine University, 1976) arrived at Cal Poly in 1974, there was no art major and the department was scattered among several old Quonset huts in a former baseball practice field. As a professor of photography with interests that ranged from studio art to design to programming, Howell was instrumental in developing the art and design program and overseeing its initial accreditation with National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Prior to coming to Cal Poly, he taught at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. A beloved professor over the past 43 years, Howell taught Cal Poly students from all majors. Students benefited from his teaching and mentoring in both professional and general education courses in photography. He also taught courses in the Computer Science Department at Cal Poly and at the Institute for Computer Technology in Sunnyvale. In 1975 Bob developed a campus-wide computer-assisted learning program available to all students, and in 1990 he presented his work at the International Conference on Technology in Paris.

Sky Bergman's "Lives Well Lived" Upcoming Film Festival Screenings

Jan 25, 2018


Three upcoming film festival screenings

Lives Well Lived is continuing our film festival journey. After the success of our world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, we are happy to announce that Lives Well Lived will be screened at the following upcoming film festivals:

Maine International Film Festival, Waterville, Maine: July 14 - 23, 2017

The Legacy Film Festival on Aging in San Francisco, September 15 - 17, 2017

The Lunenburg Doc Fest, Nova Scotia, September 21 - 24, 2017

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Feature time[scape]lab’s ‘Confabulatores Nocturni’ Exhibit Nov. 16 to Dec. 16

Nov 9, 2016


Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Confabulatores Nocturni” — an exhibit featuring theoretical designs by time[scape]lab, a group whose work considers architecture in terms of its representation and its physical existence — from Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Dec. 16.

Henry Horenstein: Life in Pictures

Oct 14, 2016


Noted Photographer, Filmmaker Henry Horenstein to Speak Oct. 25 at Cal Poly

Distinguished American photographer and filmmaker Henry Horenstein will speak at Cal Poly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Constructions Innovations Center (No. 186), Room C303.

Cal Poly Students Sweep National Packaging Design Competition

Jun 22, 2016


Four teams of Cal Poly students took home first-, second- and third-place awards and an honorable mention in this year’s Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Student Packaging Awards Competition.

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Host Student Show ‘Gallimaufry’ June 2-11

Jun 2, 2016


Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will showcase student artwork in the “Gallimaufry” exhibit from 5 p.m. Thursday, June 2, until 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

2016 BFA Show Thursday June 2nd 5pm

May 31, 2016


Please join us in the University Art Gallery for the opening reception of the 2016 BFA show, titled “Gallimaufry (a confused mixture),” on Thursday June 2nd from 5-8pm.

Cal Poly to Showcase Student Films May 24-27

May 17, 2016


Cal Poly student films will be showcased in the University Art Gallery (Bldg. 34) Tuesday through Friday, May 24-27. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 24 in the gallery.

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