Weekly Announcements May 3 - 9

Student Advising    

Annual Advisement Appointments will continue taking place through spring quarter for all BFA students. Appointments with Major Advisor, Sara Frantz, can be made via Bookings.    

Additionally, our Dept. Chair’s office hours are Wednesdays: 11am -12pm 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

Mochitsuki 20-minute sneak preview with Q&A

Get ready for a taste of the upcoming Mochitsuki film at Palm Theatre! Join us for a special 20-minute sneak peek that will leave you wanting more. This in-person event will give you a glimpse into the traditional Japanese mochi-making process. Witness the pounding of rice to create delicious mochi treats right before your eyes. The film weaves together tales that highlight the Japanese American journey as told through this timeless tradition. Join in as intergenerational communities revel in the ceremonial pounding of the cooked rice, the forming of the warm Mochi cakes, and of course eating the yummy results! Older adults and kids alike reflect on what Mochi means to them, leaving not a cheek untouched by rice flour.
Mark your calendars and come join us for a unique and memorable preview with a Q&A with filmmaker, Sky Bergman and film star, Paul Mori.

Sunday, May 19th at 11 AM. At the Palm Theatre. The event will last one hour.
If you are a student, please use the code: student at check out and the ticket will be free, but you must register and get a ticket for admission to the screening. 

Spring 2024 Semester Exhibition Featured Artist: Ian Pines

Gavilan College Art Gallery

Ian Pines' solo exhibition is at Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA through August!

Juried Student Show

The Juried Student Show is now open at the Gallery!

Department News

Student filmmakers debut: Short films screened at the Fremont Theater

A program of short films written, produced, and directed by Cal Poly students that explore stories of friendship, laughter, conflict, and discovery. All shorts were made by students in Art 483 Advanced Digital Video (James Werner) and ISLA 341 Cinematic Process (Randi Barros) in collaboration. 

Read about the shorts here.

Professional Photography Studio Tours in Santa Barbara, CA

Photography + Video BFA majors in Senior Portfolio Project (ART 463) took part of a tour of three studios of professional photographers in Santa Barbara recently.

Professor Sky Bergman designed the studio tour to showcase Photographers at different stages of their professional career in photography.

ADRC Hours - Spring Quarter

Monday:            9:00am-12pm; 1:00-4:00pm

Tuesday:           9:00am-3:00pm

Wednesday:      9:00am-2:00pm

Thursday:         9:00am-3:00pm

Friday:             9:00am-3:00pm

Other Opportunities

Mustang Media Group is Hiring!

Applications are currently open and close on May 8th! To learn more and apply, visit our website!

Student Submissions Requested for The Roundup Daily E-Newsletter

The Roundup is Mustang News’ daily e-newsletter used to promote the latest Mustang News and KCPR headlines. Starting last quarter, we introduced a student spotlight section in our Friday newsletters, allowing students to showcase any creative works, including digital art, comics, photographs, poems, etc. to the student body. 

There will be a new addition of student submissions, we would greatly appreciate it if you follow the link below to submit your work.

Submission Link

2024 Design Competition Now Open

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our prestigious 2024 Design competition here at Communication Arts!

The winning entries, featured in our beautiful Design Annual, garner recognition from our expansive international audience of over 30,000 individuals, many of whom are leading creatives actively seeking fresh professional connections. Moreover, inclusion in Communication Arts magazine grants your work a place among the illustrious archive of visual communications excellence spanning over 65 years.

Mark your calendars—the deadline for the Design competition is Friday, May 3rd!

For comprehensive competition guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit:

Should you require further information, feel free to reach out to me directly at


The CSU Media Arts Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2024 competition. We look forward to seeing the amazing work your students have created this past year. 

  • Prizes: Trophies, certificates, and $500 for category winners
  • Categories: Animation, Documentary/Creative Non-Fiction, Narrative, Short Screenplay
  • Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • No Entry Fee!

Submission Information 


Art After Dark

Explore Art After Dark in SLO County

Art After Dark is a self-guided art walk on the First Friday of each month that allows the community to experience visual, literary, and performing art in SLO County in galleries, non-profit organizations, and other businesses. This event is free and open to all. We encourage people to explore the creativity originating on the Central Coast.

The next Art After Dark is Friday, May 3rd from 5pm to 8pm. See who’s participating.

Hearst Lecture Series

Friday May 03

Brooks + Scarpa_ Lawrence Scarpa

Friday May 10

5468796 Architecture_  Johanna Hume

**All lectures at 5:10 in the Business Rotunda

Click here for more information

Want your event or activity included in our Weekly Announcements?       

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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