Weekly Announcements February 23 - 29


Student Advising    

Annual AdvisementAppointments will continue taking place through winter quarter for all BFA students. Appointments with Major Advisor, Sara Frantz, can be made viaBookings.    

Additionally, our Dept. Chair’s office hours are Wednesdays: 11-12 and Thursdays: 12-1pm. To schedule an appointment email or reach out to Sara Frantz directly ( Drop-In appointments are also welcome.      

The CLA also offers virtual, drop-in advising appointments daily:CLA Advising.

Upcoming Events

Studio Art Club - Critique Workshop

We will be hosting a critique workshop this Friday in Dexter room 149 (Painting Studio)

This is a lowkey critiquing event! You can bring 1-2 pieces (from class or independent projects) in any medium. All majors are welcome and all levels of critique experience!

This can be as casual or as serious of a critique as you would like. We want our members to be able to practice their critique skills or begin to develop them if you’ve never critiqued before!





University Art Gallery winter show, “Reconstructing Ruins,” is a solo exhibition of sculptures by artist Alicia Piller through Friday, March 8. The University Art Gallery is on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). Piller is a Los Angeles-based artist working in sculpture and installation whose practice contemplates the intersections of climate change, shifting political climates and historical traumas. Entry to the University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 

Click here for more information

Internship Opportunities

Disney Internship Opportunity

Disney Corporate Creative Resources in Glendale just opened up applications for a design intern from June to next January. Our team works on a wide variety of projects for both internal and external clients, most notably special events for D23, the Official Disney Fan Club. If there is anyone interested in working on a wide variety of project types (branding, digital, environmental graphics, consumer products), this might be a good role for them. If you have any questions, contact Art and Design alum Melanie Lapovich at:


San Francisco, Kendo Brands

Photography and Retouching Internship
**Recruiter is looking for someone graduating in the spring ’24 but any upper level student could be a good candidate.

Other Opportunities

Fresh Voices is extending its deadline for art submissions. We need your artwork!

Do you have original artwork?​ 

Do you want thousands of students to see it?​ 

Would you like to tell future employers that you're PUBLISHED?​ 

Then submit your work to Fresh Voices! 

Fresh Voices is a publication of Cal Poly’s First-Year Composition Program. It’s an annual anthology of the best writing by students in ENGL 131, 132, 133, 134, and 145, reaching thousands of students each year.

Submissions must be received by March 15th to be considered for publication in our Fall 2024 edition. 

What to Submit 

  • We will consider any visual art that can be printed: photographs, paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings, etc. You may have created original work for a class, or you may have created a piece on your own! 
  • If you submit work created collaboratively, make sure all authors sign the publication release form found on our submissions portal. 

How to Submit 

  • The submission process is entirely online. To submit, click here! 
  • If you have any questions about Fresh Voices, please email Dr. Jason Peters, First-Year Composition Coordinator and Fresh Voices editor, at 
  • If you have technical questions about the online submission process, please email Celine Realica, English Department Administrative Support Assistant, at 


TH470 Ancestral Theatre


This Spring, Theatre and Dance is happy to host the Susan J. Currier Visiting Professor, Andrew Saito. Mr. Saito will be offering a Select Advanced Topics section: TH470 Ancestral Theatre.

About the Class

Students will research and engage with their ancestries, genealogies, families and communities to research their familial and cultural pasts and relate them with our present and future through creating plays.

For example, a student could relate their ancestors’ involvement in the Great Migration with the current and escalating climate displacement. What tools, experiences, wisdom, and strength in one's ancestral web could prove beneficial in today’s changing world?

No prerequisites beyond the consent of the department.

Spring Quarter 2024: Fridays from 10:10 am to 2 pm

About Andrew Saito

Andrew Saito is an internationalist playwright who focuses on indigenous and cross-racial stories, hybridity, and struggles against colonialism and its long-lingering footprints. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Seminal mentors in his formation include: June Jordan, Cherríe Moraga, Tiya Miles, Octavio Solís, Migdalia Cruz, Naomi Wallace, and Sherry Kramer.


Campus Beautification Initiative: Utility Box Art Application Deadline Extended

Applications are being accepted for the Utility Box Art Project, a campus beautification initiative transforming utility boxes into works of public art to enhance the vibrancy of the campus and showcase local talent. All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to email an application by Friday, March 1, to Selected artists will be notified in March and will receive a $250 VISA gift card to cover necessary materials.

Art and Design students have previously been selected to transform utility boxes.

SLO Happy by Emma LoNardo

Cal Poly and SLO Energy by Zoe McLaughlin

Mustang Band Brings Cal Poly Spirit by Melanie Woo

Always Moving by Andrew Larochelle

You Belong Here by Grace Bishop

Cows and Sunshine by Maya Benham


Rome Art Program Summer 2024

Launched in 2009, Rome Art Program (RAP) inspires students to develop their artistic vision through painting and drawing on the streets of Rome, expanding on the plein-air tradition of earlier generations of artists. Rome Art Program welcomes students pursuing their B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Fine Art, as well as students of Art History, Architecture, Photography, Design, and Filmmaking, who seek to expand their understanding of Fine Art by acquiring an understanding of studio practice. It is an intense program where participants experience another culture, find their own personal vision, and create artwork with passion.

Scholarships Available

Trips to Florence & Pompeii

Application Due March 15

For Program Dates & Tuition Fees please click here.


Study Historic Preservation and Conservation in Italy this Summer

Join our Conservation and Restoration Hands-on Field School in Italy.

we are now accepting applications! Application due by March 15th.

Do you want to get the most out of your summer? A great way to make the most of your summer, academically and socially, is to take an AICS summer course abroad.


Campus Events

Day of Remembrance 

Friday February 23rd


Chumash Auditorium


Blood Drive

2/29 @ Yakityutyu 1:30pm-5:30pm

Click here if you'd like to schedule an appointment


Therapy Dogs

March 14

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Health Center Lawn

PULSE is working with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and SLO Dog volunteers to bring you Therapy Dogs on the Health Center Lawn the following Thursdays from 

Questions: Contact Kimme Huntington -


Alumnus John Huân Vu on Authenticity and Nailing That Interview

February 23

12 - 1pm and 2 - 3pm

Bonderson Room 104

 Join the College of Engineering for an afternoon of presentations and industry insights with alumnus John Huân Vu. 

“Authenticity: Why It Is Important At Work, At Home, And In Our Community" — 12 - 1 p.m.

Being authentic can be very difficult — even in college! However, authenticity and vulnerability can also be a source of strength and growth. Join alumnus John Huân Vu as he shares his experiences on the diverse intersection as a first-generation, cis male, gay, Christian, Asian-American while leading each of us into a deeper understanding of how we can be authentic at work, at home and in the community. 

“Technical Interviews: How to Nail it!” — 2 - 3 p.m.

Interviewing is a daunting task. Just imagine how daunting a software engineering technical interview can be! Join alumnus John Huân Vu on the tips and tricks to nailing your technical interview and why it is so important to start as a software engineer. Hear about his growth starting as a software engineer, transitioning to program management and now as a product manager. 


SLO Food Bank Monthly Distribution

Tuesday February 27

3:30 - 5:30pm

Campus Health and Wellbeing Lawn in front of Building 27 (The Health Center)

FREE Grocery distribution on Campus Health and Wellbeing Lawn on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 3:30 – 5:30PM

  • In Partnership with the SLO Food Bank, all Cal Poly community members have access to FREE groceries.
  • Individuals can expect three (3) containers of food containing fresh produce, nonperishable food items and a meat-based protein.

Check out the schedule for San Luis Obispo County here in English and here in Spanish. 

Stop by the Food Pantry located in Campus Health and Wellbeing to learn more about food resources on and off campus! 

This month's Grocery Distribution will also feature a Basic Needs Resource Fair. Students who attend this event will leave with three bags of groceries, a ready-to-eat burrito, and new knowledge about the Basic Needs resources available at Cal Poly. A brief Basic Needs workshop will occur on February 27 from 3-3:30pm for those who are interested in learning about current food, housing and emergency financial resources available to students.


Cal Poly Arts: The Queen's Cartoonists - Open Soundcheck

March 8th

5pm - Q&A Session

7:30pm Evening Show


On March 8th we have The Queen’s Cartoonists visiting the PAC. They are able to do a Q&A plus open soundcheck for University students.



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Announcements are sent to members of the Art and Design Department each week while classes are in session. To submit an event or news item, please email information to Paula Rygg (, by Friday at 4:00 pm prior. Include title, date and time, participation information (Zoom link, registration, ticketing, fee, etc.), and a brief description. Small – email sized images may be included. Weekly announcements are approved by the chair before they are distributed.

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