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Announcing the 2022 Art and Design Student Scholarship Recipients

May 31, 2022

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

Congratulations to all!


American Foundation for Arts Education Scholarship in Honor of Carol Channing & Harry Kullifian
Maggie Paren

The Kurt O. Brown Scholarship
Jacqueline Espitia

Kodak Professional Photography Scholarship
Carlos Zarate

John Mendenhall Memorial Scholarship
Elise Coatney

Burt & Virginia Polin Visual Arts Scholarship
Siena Kuhn & Ellery Lewark

Denise Waters Art Award
Wyatt Foster, Emma Van Zuthem & Cameron Jamison

R.W. Andrews
Audrey Siu & Sarai Devi Dasi

William B. Turner  
Emma Fisher & Julia Neils

J.W. Van Dyke   

Greg Chan

Laura Krifka's Solo Show "Still Point" Opens at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles

Apr 18, 2022

painting of a baby by a windowLuis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce LAURA KRIFKA: Still Point. The exhibition will be on view from April 16 through May 28, 2022. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 16th, from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Laura Krifka carefully constructs intimate narratives that deftly employ the power of the gaze. This new series of paintings delves into psychological realms of the self, navigating the relationship between shifting identities. Krifka holds multiple moments in each painting, both acknowledging and mourning the loss of a former identity, while at the same time relishing the radicalization of change.

image: Dawn, Oil on Canvas, 5 X 4 ft, 2021-22

The 2022 Juried Student Exhibition

Apr 18, 2022


The 2022 Juried Student Show

The exhibit opens at 5:00p.m. April 21 in the University Art Gallery in Dexter (Bldg. #34) on campus. Awards will follow at 5:30p.m. Gallery will be open until 7pm.

Juried by artist Toni Scott, runs April 21 to May 13.

About the Show

The 2022 Juried Student Show represents an impressive grouping of artwork from many different mediums, all carefully selected from a larger pool of submissions.  All work in the show was made in Cal Poly Art and Design classes.

About the Juror

This year’s juror was Toni Scott, whose exhibitions and installations weave together artistically powerful stories presented through installations, multi-media, photography, painting, sculpture and digital ingenuity, often referencing fraught histories.  She holds an MFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, 2018. She is a Citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, and part of a global traveling exhibition of Muscogee Creek Artists.

View her full bio and work here:

The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

.RAW Journal of Art & Design Annual Issue 2022

Apr 1, 2022

RAW Annual 2022 Cover

We are happy to share the latest Annual Issue of .RAW Journal of Art & Design!

The 2022 Annual Issue is comprised of selections of work from the previous five quarterly issues - Fall 2020 - Winter 2022 (no Annual was printed in 2021 due to the pandemic). Since its founding, as a class project in Professor Lana Z Caplan’s Editorial Photography class, fourteen quarterly issues have been entirely student published. This is our third Annual printed publication, comprised of 64 pages with contributions from 42 artists and designers. Printed copied can be picked up in the Photo/Video Lab (34-222) or the Art and Design Department office.  The issue can be accessed digitally on Cal Poly's Digital Commons.

.RAW Journal of Art & Design 2022 Annual Issue designers Arthur Waidhofer & Josie Doan on left and Editor-in-Chief Lela Brody on right at the 2022 Annual Issue Launch Party at Linnea's Cafe.

.RAW 2022 Annual Launch Party photos

Packaging Design Students Win Top Awards

Mar 25, 2022

Image of Project Sweet Pea
Students in ART 437 Win Packaging Awards

Students in ART 437 won a number of awards from the Paperboard Packaging Alliance's 2021 Student Design Challenge and World Packaging Organisation's International Packaging Design Student Competition 2021.


Paperboard Packaging Alliance's 2021 Student Design Challenge Winners

  • Second Place & The People's Choice (Top 3): Shahla Prouty (ART, CLA), Adi Saaf (ART, CLA), Runar Schmidt (ART, CLA)
  • Honorable mention (Top 5): Cayley Nickerson (ART, CLA), Allison Munden (ART, CLA), Ian Myers (ART, CLA)
  • Shout-Out (Top 9): Joey Marshall (ART, CLA), Mady McNeill (ART, CLA), Natalie Mitchell (ART, CLA)


World Packaging Organisation's International Packaging Design Student Competition 2021 Winners

Project Sweet Pea in ART 437 Received World Packaging Organisation's WorldStar Bronze Star and Marketing Appeal Awards.

Congratulations to the team: Shahla Prouty, Adi Saaf and Runar Schmidt, as well as their teammates Avery Johnson, Maia Nelson, and Stephanie Tang.

Odunze Oguguo

Feb 10, 2022

Odunze Oguguo

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit manga artwork by “Odunze Oguguo,” from Feb. 24 through March 18

Gallery opening reception set for Feb. 24, 5-7pm

SAN LUIS OBISPO Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery presents “Odunze Oguguo,” to run Feb. 24 through Mar. 18. The exhibit will open with an artist talk on Thursday Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in Dexter, building 034 room 150, proceeded by a reception in the University Art Gallery, which is located in Dexter (Bldg. #34) on campus.


Odunze Oguguo


Odunze is a comic/manga artist, storyboard artist, character designer and a writer, originally from Nigeria, now living and working from Texas. He is the author and illustrator of Apple Black comic and Co-Founder of Saturday-AM, home of the most diverse Shonen manga anthology since 2013.  He tackles social and political issues such as diversity representation, access, and equality through revolutionizing the light-hearted, high-action tradition of the Shonen manga style. He has brought a new generation of international fans and scholars to manga with a refreshed perspective in the genre as an art form.

Oguguo was formally recognized by SYFY Wire’s Indie Comic Creator spotlight, NEO UK, Apple’s Mac Directory Magazine. Most recently, he was selected as a participant by Facebook “We the Culture” program for black creators striving in their respective fields. Being one of only two successful, independent Black-owned manga companies here in the U.S. He has garnered a popular following online under the name "Whyt Manga" on most popular social media platforms like Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and more.

Oguguo holds an MFA in Visual Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington. He teaches ART 4392-005 Manga Art at the University of Texas at Arlington, which focuses on digital comic/manga creation. He emphasizes both comics creation and studies as a broadly interdisciplinary area, often applying the scholarly literature of literary studies, communication and mass media, art, and sociology.


Illustration courtesy of the artist.  Poster designed by Angela Chawla.

*This artist talk and exhibition are paid for with Lottery funds.

The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


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About the Cal Poly University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nurture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling, and big-picture thinking by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. Providing a venue for five exhibitions each academic year, the University Art Gallery serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area. The gallery showcases nationally and internationally known artists, as well as student, alumni and faculty artwork.


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ART 334/434 Illustration: Student Work (Instructor Nick Bockelman)

Feb 9, 2022

Book How do you Feel? What do you Do?

A selection of student work from ART 334 / 434 Illustration (offered Spring & Fall)


Julia Morgan Exhibition

Jan 12, 2022

Julia Morgan - TKTKTKTK

Exhibition and Reception Spotlights Pioneering California Architect Julia Morgan

“Julia Morgan, Architect: Challenging Convention” will open at Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (34), Room 171 on Saturday, January 15, and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through February 11, 2022. An interactive virtual tour mirrors the exhibition online and will also be open through April 30.

Those interested are invited to a lecture preceding the opening, which will be given by Dr. Karen McNeill, an expert on Morgan and her work, via Zoom on Friday, January 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. (Zoom ID: 838 0432 1753). The campus community is also invited to a closing reception of the exhibit on Friday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Morgan was the first woman to be accepted to and graduate from the prestigious architecture program at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1904, she became California’s first female licensed architect and continued to break gender barriers throughout her career. As one of America’s most prolific architects, she designed more than 700 buildings, including Hearst Castle. She was the initial woman to receive the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the profession’s highest honor, bestowed posthumously in 2014.

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Lana Z Caplan at Everson Museum

Jan 10, 2022

Lana Z Caplan Installation view Everson Museum

No Emoji for Ennui:
Lana Z Caplan, Ross Meckfessel, Alison Nguyen, Matt Whitman
January 27 – March 26, 2022
Everson Museum
401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY
Light Work’s Urban Video Project presents No Emoji for Ennui, a group exhibition featuring the work of filmmakers Lana Z Caplan, Ross Meckfessel, Alison Nguyen, and Matt Whitman. The installation will be on view from January 27 thru March 26, 2022, at UVP’s outdoor projection site on the north facade of the Everson Museum of Art, Thursday through Saturday, from dusk until 11 p.m.
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June Edmonds Exhibition

Nov 12, 2021

June Edmonds Exhibition Poster
The Department of Art and Design and the Cal Poly University Art Gallery are thrilled to welcome June Edmonds to campus. 

June Edmonds is an American painter, teacher, and public artist. Edmonds’ work is notable for its colorful, layered surfaces that draw on meditative practices to explore the relationships between color, repetition, spiritual contemplation, the power of archetypical systems, and interpersonal connection. She is an active and prominent contributor to the Los Angeles area art scene, and is a member of both the Artist’s Alliance of Southern California and the Women’s Caucus for Art. 

Opening Reception on Wednesday November 17th in the Gallery at 5:30pm followed by an artist talk at 6:00pm, also in the gallery. Gallery closes at 7pm.

For more information please visit the University Art Gallery website.

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