Written by Celeste Brooks
The School of Visual Art and Design’s (SVAD) annual Senior Gallery Show opened on March 10. According to SVAD Professor Joe La Com, this year’s theme is “Off the Grid.”
Berly Hernandez Ortiz, senior graphic design major, explained the backdrop for this year’s theme.
“As graphic designers here, when we first arrive, we don’t really know anything about design,” she said. “We’re instructed by professors and begin to learn. Eventually, your junior or senior year, you start to get out from what is known to be ‘right’ in graphic design, like the rules.
“ As designers, we kind of go off the grid, because we begin to do our own thing,” she continued. “We’re our own self. We do our own style of pieces. The event will also be showcasing how people are different.”
According to Ortiz, the theme was decided by the senior class. Growing from the students own experiences, the theme of the gallery became personal and allows guests to walk through the walls of art following each student’s passion.
“For us, it’s because every single person has a different style,” Ortiz said. “You’re going to be able to see that when you walk through the show. You’re going to be able to tell what makes each of us different. We’re going to have an entrance where people are going to see a concise theme. [But] when you get to like the art pieces you can see the differences.”
Ortiz said the event is an opportunity for senior graphic designers to showcase their best designs that they did over all four years. Ortiz described the showcase as a gallery-style event with an opening night where the artists will stand with their pieces and answer questions or speak with potential employers.
“We’re going to be placed in our section, where we’re showcasing our work,” Ortiz said. “And we’re just going to be talking to people, like if people have questions about our work, or if there’s a potential employer who is going to come in to look at our work and try to hire us. It’s a way to make connections for us as well as to showcase our talents.”
La Com said the showcase is a requirement for senior graphic design majors. The students were in charge of planning, promoting and organizing the event.
According to La Com, the show opened at 6:30 p.m. on March 10. Ortiz said the event is open to students and anyone else who would like to view the gallery.