Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

University Art Gallery

Art is Magic

Photography Now?

October 3 through November 1

Alternative process photography exhibition, featuring the work of seven exciting artists: Daniel Herrera, Niniane Kelley, Margo Duvall, Kathleen McDonald, Brittney Cathey-Adams, Eliana Cetto and Hedwig Heerschop.

The exhibition opens Thursday Oct 2 at 5pm with a lecture by Dan Herrera followed by a reception in the gallery at 6pm. These artists combine modern digital technologies with historical processes to make unique and powerful images, crafting their images in ways that have been done since the beginning of the medium. The results are on-of-a-kind handmade images.

The term alternative process refers to any non-traditional, or non-commercial photographic printing process. Alternative processes are often called historical, or non-silver processes. Most of these processes were invented over 100 years ago and were used by early photographers.

Heather L Johnson

November 6 through December 5

For nearly two years now, artist Heather L. Johnson has been exploring the landscape on her motorcycle, connecting to places and people through her project In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful.

Last year she rode roughly 10,000 miles around the United States looking for "grand gestures made by humans in the landscape": strip mines, oil refineries, oversized architectural projects, and other sites where evidence of humanity's impact on the land is palpable. At each location she left behind a hand-embroidered work of art for anyone to find, collect and keep.

Aaron Draplin

January 9 through February 6

Draplin Design Co. does it all: print, identity, web development, and illustration. Clients include: Nike, Wired, Burton Snowboards, Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Hughes Entertainment, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration.

“We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.”

Sheila Pepe

February 20 through March 13

Making Place of Free-Play is an installation and collaboration with students, to create a place for inspiration and exploration. Audience-turned-participants “unravel” the art, transforming the drawing into raw materials for making their own scarves, hats, socks, etc.

Annual Student Exhibition

April 16 through May 15

The very best of graphic design, studio art, and photography compete for prizes and bragging rights.

BFA Exhibitions

May 29 through June 14

The final event. The big send off. The last hurrah. The culmination of a career at Cal Poly. Featuring illustration, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture from Art and Design's graduating Fine Art and Photography Seniors.