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Recent Publications by Professor Enrica Lovaglio Costello

Oct 2, 2021

Professor Enrica Lovaglio Costello recently published several articles in peer-reviewed journals.

2021 Graphic Design Senior Showcase

Jun 9, 2021

The Graphic Design Senior Showcase website features the work of our graduating seniors, who faced the unimaginable challenge of finishing their degrees during a global pandemic.

Congratulations Class of 2021

Department of Art and Design Spring Commencement 2021

Jun 4, 2021

2021 Graduation Celebration

About the Event

The Department of Art and Design warmly invites students, friends, and families to an online Zoom graduation celebration for our graduating seniors on Friday, June 11th, at 2:30 PM.

The ceremony will include a welcome from the Department Chair, awards, the reading of the names of graduating seniors, and the turning of the tassel tradition. We look forward to seeing you on zoom as we celebrate this momentous accomplishment.

Congratulations Class of 2021!

2021 BFA Virtual Exhibition: Strength In Vulnerability

May 28, 2021

View the work of our impressive class of 202​​​1

This event is free & open to the public. No Registration Required.

About the Event

The BFA exhibition consists of work from eight individuals, who have navigated through an entirely virtual school year. Due to recent events, this has led to both growth and struggle in their personal and artistic lives, which is evident in this body of work.

Identity Collage Digital Workshop

May 20, 2021

Join us for the Identity Collage Digital Workshop!

Monday, May 24th & Wednesday, May 26th from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

This event is free & open to the public. No Registration Required.

Click here to join the event now!
Meeting ID: 212 156 6364



Mar 9, 2021

PLATFORM presented by ConSortiUm presents:



Thursday, March 11, 2021, 5:30 PM (PST) - FREE

Webinar Registration link:


Shortcuts: Cal Poly Student Shorts Premiere at SLO International Film Festival

Mar 2, 2021

Shortcuts: Short Films by Cal Poly Students at SLO International Film Festival

Please join us for a special limited outdoor screening of the films at the SLO Brew Rock! If you cannot make the event in-person you can access the films virtually from March 9th-14th!

Outdoor Screening March 11, 2021, 6:30pm at SLO Brew Rock

Virtual Screenings available March 9 -14, 2021

Program details and website:

.RAW Journal of Art & Design Winter Submissions Now Open

Feb 19, 2021

SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO .RAW Journal of Art & Design
Winter 2021

FREE to Submit
Submission Form Here

Submissions due
Sunday February 28, 2021, at midnight.

Work from students in all concentrations and all media welcome.



Established in 2017, .RAW Journal of Art & Design is a student-run quarterly digital and print magazine published by the Art & Design Department students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo showcasing current student work in photography, video, graphic design and studio art. .RAW’s mission is to inspire, inform and facilitate a collaborative opportunity for students to self-publish their work and create portfolio building materials and experiences. Annual issues are published with the support of the College of Liberal Arts Department of Art & Design and University recognition for Instructionally Related Activities at Cal Poly.

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Team led by Dr. James Werner awarded PIT-UN Grant

Feb 10, 2021

An Interdisciplinary Team of Cal Poly Researchers Led by Associate Professor Dr. James Werner Receive Public Interest Technology Grant to Utilize Virtual Reality in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Trainings

An interdisciplinary group of faculty members has been awarded a $45,000 Public Interest Technology University Network(PIT-UN) Challenge grant to further support the critical new field of public interest technology. This funding will go toward a project that incorporates immersive virtual reality (VR) components into sexual and gender harassment, and LGBTQ+ affirming training. Working with partners, including Cal Poly Saferthe Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast(GALA) and the San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Department, the researchers hope to understand where VR can be added to existing trainings in order to improve inclusion and equity at Cal Poly and in the community. The project will be led by James Werner, associate professor of media arts; Christine Hackman, associate professor of kinesiology and public health; Coleen Carrigan, associate professor of anthropology and science, technology, and society; and Jay Bettergarcia, assistant professor of psychology and child development. The project also will involve several student research assistants, who will help develop scenario scripts, conduct research activities and serve as liaisons between researchers and community partners.

More about PIT-UN:

from the Cal Poly Report

Ava Werner Profiled in SLO Life Magazine

Feb 8, 2021

Art and Design lecturer and artist Ava Patterson Werner's paintings were profiled in SLO Life Magazine this month.


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