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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. 

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University Art Gallery exhibits Victoria Fu Photo/Video Installation Jan. 17 – Feb. 8, 2019

Jan 14, 2019

Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Télévoix,” an art installation featuring photos, videos and sculptures by artist Victoria Fu to run Jan. 17 through Feb. 8.The exhibit will open with a talk by Fu at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in Dexter (Bldg. 34), Rm. 159. A reception will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building.

Kurt O. Brown Retirement Celebration

Jan 10, 2019

Kurt O. Brown, the Art and Design Department’s beloved, award-winning instructional support technician III for photography and video — a dear friend, mentor, and confidant to so many — retired at the end of December 2018. A retirement celebration will be held Feb. 23.

University Art Gallery exhibits ‘New Nature’ Nov. 15 – Dec. 7, 2018

Dec 11, 2018

The University Art Gallery will present “New Nature,” a one-take, 24-hour-long video that captures a day and a night in the life of a wild place, by artist Mark Tribe to run Thursday, Nov. 15, to Friday, Dec. 7. Shot in a single take on a stationary digital cinema camera, these pictures of Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest in New York are meant to be exhibited on large ultra-high-definition screens with immersive sound systems. The gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34), is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tribe will also give a talk about his work at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Room 149 of the Dexter Building. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the gallery. Tribe is interested in the traditions of Western landscape painting and photography, and how they are reflections of the ideologies that were prevalent in the societies that produced them. If, for example, the paintings of the Hudson River School and the frontier photographs of Carlton Watkins and his peers are expressions of the idea of manifest destiny, what kinds of landscape images might flow from the ideology of environmentalism in an age of climate change and mass extinction?

2018 Art and Design News in Brief

Nov 9, 2018

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Art and Design Students Create Frankenstein Display

Nov 1, 2018

On Halloween, Cal Poly students, faculty and staff joined in a public reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in Kennedy Library’s 2nd floor Exhibit Commons. Cal Poly’s student readers came from thirty-seven different majors. The reading was part of the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s Frankenreads, a worldwide marathon reading, with 700 institutions across the globe participating in this historic undertaking. Cal Poly students from the Department of Art and Design and the College of Architecture worked with faculty advisor, Charmaine Martinez, and Kennedy Library curator, Catherine Trujillo, to create the backdrop for the Frankensreads event and a Dia de los Muertos altar for Mary Shelley. The installation will be on view in the Kennedy Library through November 2, 2018.

Art & Design Faculty Research Triennial Opens Oct. 4, 2018

Oct 1, 2018

2018 Faculty Triennial

The University Art Gallery will have an opening reception for The Faculty Triennial exhibit Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit, running Oct. 4–26, will demonstrate the high caliber of work that can be achieved with time and practice as Cal Poly’s Art and Design faculty showcase the work they create outside the classroom as professional artists. Eighteen professors and lecturers will display pieces in the practices of sculpture, painting, video, photo, digital media and graphic design. The University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34) is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

University Art Gallery exhibits the work of 2018 Graduates Until June 16, 2018

Jun 18, 2018

The University Art Gallery will present “This Must Be The Place,” featuring multi-disciplinary works by students graduating from the Art and Design Department until June 16, 2018. Works by the following artists will be featured in the University Art Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34): Carter Broad, Vivien Cheung, Ally Evans, Lauren Goldenberg, Mallory Harris (pictured), Julia McClintock, Noelle Merrihew, Carlie Meyers, Amanda Parra-Settles, Vianca de la Parra, Chloe Plant, Alana Primes, Thomas Stoekinger, Anna Teiche, Lela Welch, Olivia Witt, Roslyn Yeager and Solstice Zaranski. The gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Art and Design Student Magazine .RAW Expands Production

May 26, 2018

For its second issue, .RAW took a step further by collaborating with Club 34, Cal Poly’s Art and Design club. The original plan was to publish 35 copies of the magazine through the Art and Design Department in winter 2018, but with fundraising and merchandise sales, enough money was raised to print 150 copies through UGS.


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