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Announcing the 2020 Art and Design Student Scholarship and Award Recipients!

Jun 30, 2020

We are pleased to announce the well deserved 2020 Student Scholarship and Award winners!

Congratulations to all!

Lana Z Caplan Featured on

Jun 13, 2020

Lana Z Caplan on

Lana Z Caplan's photographic series Postcards from the Hanging: Sites of Public Execution featured on the prominent Fine Art Photography Daily website

Watch Cal Poly Short Cuts on Zoom - 6/14/20

Jun 10, 2020

Cal Poly Short Cuts Poster

Please join us to watch
"Cal Poly Short Cuts - Zoom Edition"
Sunday June 14th from 5-8pm

Cal Poly Short Cuts are a collection of films made in collaboration between students in ART 483 Advanced Digital Video and ISLA 341 Cinematic Process during this quarter.

Art and Design BFA Exhibition Launching June 5, 2020

Jun 1, 2020


Cal Poly Department of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition 2020

- View the work of our impressive class of 2020​​​​ -
Launching Friday, June 5th

Sara Frantz Presents Solo Show at Left Field Gallery

Jun 1, 2020

Sara Frantz Presents Solo Show at Left Field Gallery

Sara Frantz will show a new body of work entitled, “Safety in The Shade” at Left Field Gallery, Los Osos, CA, opening June 6th, 2020.

Out of time and dislocated from the original space, Frantz’ latest series of paintings explore the false barriers that create more imagined than real distance between two points of view. Composed from the perspective of being inside a cave, the viewer looks up or out to the sky, unable to touch what the stars may bring.  Scenes of hope and want, but also powerlessness depicted in flat color and faux digital paint marks.  Alien and grand in their starkness, the result considers how technology simultaneously extends and amputates people’s senses – fragmenting experiences.  

Virtual Opportunities To See Lana Z Caplan’s Work

May 31, 2020

Video Still from Lana Z Caplan's Patches of Snow in July

Many of Lana Z Caplan’s works are currently being shown virtually on several platforms, including a few recently featured by MoMA's Department of Film.

Here are few of the links to view Caplan's works.

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art Features Art and Design Faculty and Student on Instagram

May 18, 2020

SLOMA Instagram Weekly Feature

May 11th - May 24th, 2020

Cal Poly Art and Design Faculty and graduating Seniors are being featured on the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art Instagram Feed. Each day showcases multiple works by each artist.

Go to @slomuseumofart to see their work and connect with our BFA graduates and faculty.

image caption: "Hope and Futility" by Studio Art faculty Tera Galanti

Elizabeth Folk Featured on The Conversation Art Podcast

May 2, 2020

Elizabeth Folk Featured on The Conversation Art Podcast

Southern California artist and professor Elizabeth Folk discusses the pros and cons of online higher education during the boom of Zoom. Folk also touches on performance art, being able to access it virtually through Instagram Live, as well as performing a little piece live on the Conversation Art Podcast with Michael Shaw.

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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Laura Krifka Included in Group Show at Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery

Jan 30, 2020

Laura Krifka Included in Group Show at Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery

In “Un/Raveling: A Collective Mourning” at the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery January 30 – February 27, 2020, artists address how their contemporary practices wrestle with grief and mourning—both personal and collective. Through their distinct practices, this diverse group of artists weaves a collective response to these narratives of loss. They ravel and unravel their own experiences with each others’ - culminating in an exhibition where anyone can find a place to enter, sit, and not feel alone.


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