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University Art Gallery Opening Reception - Dirty Canteen

Feb 13, 2018

Dirty Canteen Opening Reception and Artist Lecture - Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit the Work of a Collective of Veteran Artists Jan. 16 to Feb. 9, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Taking Place,” a self-selected body of work by current and former military members who comprise an artist collective, from Tuesday, Jan. 16 to Friday, Feb. 9.

Conversations with Cal Poly Authors: 'Lives Well Lived' with Sky Bergman

Jan 25, 2018

Sky Bergman, professor in Art & Design, and Debra Valencia-Laver, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, will engage in a lively exchange about Sky Bergman’s experience producing and directing the film. The conversation will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the ATL Keck Lab (No. 7). There will be time for audience questions and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Jean Wetzel to Retire in Spring 2018

Jan 25, 2018

Jean Wetzel announced she will retire in spring 2018.

Habib Placencia Adissi and Kate Meissner Receive Outstanding Senior Awards

Jan 25, 2018

At the end of the 2016-17 academic year, Habib Placencia Adissi (Art and Design, '17), who concentrated in graphic design, won Cal Poly’s University Senior Recognition Award for Contribution to the Objectives and Public Image of the University; and Kate Meissner (Art and Design, '17), who concentrated in studio art, won the Cal Poly Arts Award for Excellence in Original Work. 

Student's Photo Featured in Glamour Magazine's "50 States of Women"

Jan 25, 2018

Haley VanBaale, a junior in the photography and video concentration, had one of her photographs chosen to be published in the September 2017 issue of Glamour magazine. The article is titled “50 States of Women,” and VanBaale’s photograph of her roommate Emily Barbero was selected to represent California in the series. VanBaale is also a color guard member of the Mustang Marching Band and recently started working for Associated Students, Inc. as a photographer.

Art and Design Students Benefit from Generosity of Alumni

Jan 25, 2018

Alumni support and contributions in the form of monetary donations are invaluable to the Art and Design Department and directly enhance students’ educational opportunities. The generosity of our donors, including long-time donors like Joan Hughes, helps the department host guest speakers, purchase new equipment to ensure students learn and use the latest technology, and develop our program to maintain accreditation standards with National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), among other possibilities.

Three Teams from Cal Poly Placed at Paperboard Packaging Alliance Challenge

Jan 25, 2018

Three teams of Cal Poly students, including students from the graphic design concentration, received well-deserved recognition in the 2017 Paperboard Packaging Alliance 2017 Student Design Challenge, taking home second place, runner up and shout-out awards. The projects were generated in winter 2017 between IT 408 Paper and Paperboard Packaging in collaboration with ART 437 Graphic Design III. The challenge was to design an interactive package for a fitness tracker that allows customers to try on the product, which could be reused to store the product after purchase. The faculty mentors were art and design professor Mary LaPorte and industrial technology and packaging professors Javier De La Fuente and Irene Carbonell. 

Kurt Brown Wins Outstanding Staff Award for Career Achievement

Jan 25, 2018

Kurt Brown, the Art and Design Department’s photography and video technician since 1984, won the 2017 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Staff Award for Career Achievement.

portrait of Elizabeth Folk

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:


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