4 RunnerupsCONGRATULATIONS to Erin Salazar, Anastasiya Bobrova, Kim Jeppson, and Kerry Gonzales!

2016 SLCC Graduate of Excellence Nominees

Three very talented Visual Art & Design students were nominated for the SLCC Graduate of Excellence Award. Erin Salazar, Anastasiya Bobrova, and  Kim Jeppson were invited to attend a luncheon for all nominees with Dean Richard Scott of the School of Arts, Communication & Media. All three students will be graduating with an AAS in Graphic Design. Although not chosen this year, we are all very proud of their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in their careers!

Congratulations to Trung Tram from the Fashion Design Department for having won this year’s SLCC Graduate of Excellence Award.


2016 SLCC Teaching Excellence Nominee

SLCC VAD Associate Professor Kerry Gonzales was nominated a second time in her career for the Teacher of Excellence Award given to a full-time faculty member. Nominees and guests were honored at the Faculty Convention Dinner on April 8th. Kerry holds the distinction of winning the 2000 Teaching Excellence Award as an adjunct faculty member, making her the first to win this award in the Visual Art & Design Department.

Congratulations to Jane Drexler, Associate Professor of Philosophy for having won this year’s SLCC Teaching Excellence Award.



2016 AIGA Student Portfolio Review
Adobe Campus, Lehi, UT
Saturday, April 9, 2016

“The Annual AIGA Student Portfolio Review is designed to serve undergraduate students from Utah State University, Weber State, University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University.” ~ AIGA SLC

AIGA Salt Lake City’s 2016 Student Portfolio Review is always a great event for students to gain advice, insight and industry information from SLC professional designers as well as design and illustration faculty from Utah colleges.

SLCC VAD Associate Professor Kerry Gonzales and Adjunct Instructor Virag White, both in the Graphic Design program, joined their advanced students at this year’s event. Kerry and Virag were able to review students from other institutions. Both said they were very proud of the VAD Graphic Design and Illustration students who showed their portfolios and were reviewed by creative directors and faculty from other institutions.

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Clockwise from top left: Todd Erickson, Missy Healy, Trevor Quong, Anastasiya Bobrova and Erin Salazar.

Graphic Design students Anastasiya Bobrova, Todd Erickson, Missy Healy, Erin Salazar, and Illustration students Trevor Anthony Quong, Jennifer Mellen, and Ryan Winward were among those showing portfolios. Their student peers in the VAD Department cheered these students on.

Kolbie Carver, a former and now returning VAD student, and VAD Graphic Design Alumnus John Paul Brantly, now finishing his BFA at Utah State University, were also spotted showing portfolios.

Adobe, the Official Sponsor for Design Solutions, hosted this event at their Lehi campus.


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2016 SLCC Student Art Showcase
Center for Arts & Media
South City Campus / Multipurpose Room
Exhibit Dates: April 1st – 13th

It was a GREAT night for VAD Graphic Design students!


Lauren Waters, won Best in Show at the 2016 SLCC Student Art Showcase on Thursday night, March 31st. Her winning piece was “Queen Bee,” a zine project Lauren produced in the Advanced Type & Layout class. Lauren also received an Honorable Mention in Fine Art for her piece, “Muscle Anatomy.”

To see more of Lauren’s zine “Queen Bee”:


Missy Healy, who designed the winning 2016 Art Showcase poster (see above) used to advertise this show, won an Award of Excellence for her zine project, also from the Advanced Type & Layout class. And… an Award of Merit for her cookie bag project from the Package Design class . Both pieces were in the Design category. An Award of Merit for “To the Moon” in the Illustration category was also garnered by Missy.

New Karli Duisen

And to round out “The Rule of Threes” for major awards to Graphic Design students, Karli Duisen, won the INK Award for her poster contest design entry “2016 Art Showcase Poster.”

We are so very proud of our INK Friends and Graphic Design students Lauren, Missy and Karli as well as the many, many, many Visual Art & Design students who entered the show.

In addition to Best of Show and the INK Award, these major awards were also given: The President’s Award chosen by SLCC President Deneece Huftalin went to Ryan Winward in Illustration. SACM Dean Richard Scott gave the Dean’s Award to Leisha Lord in Fine Arts. And, the Student Life & Leadership Award went to Jessica Findlay in Fine Arts.

Over 250 pieces were accepted into the show. More awards given:

FINE ARTS2 Awards of Excellence, 3 Awards of Merit and 4 Honorable Mentions
PHOTOGRAPHY2 Awards of Excellence, 4 Awards of Merit and 2 Honorable Mentions
ILLUSTRATION3 Awards of Merit and 1 Honorable Mention
DESIGN1 Award of Excellence and 1 Award of Merit
MULTIMEDIA1 Award of Merit
MIXED MEDIA1 Award of Merit
OTHER1 Award of Merit
ANIMATION1 Honorable Mention

The esteemed judges for whom we thank their time and expertise:

Heather DixonAnimation & Multimedia
John Collins Fine Art & Illustration
Jordan Gough
Design & 3D
Scott PetersenPhotography
Julianie Spookie McCrayINK Award

And the Art Showcase Committee who made it all possible:

Rick GrahamArt Showcase Chair
Jessica Curran Banners & Signage
Chad Erekson
Animated Video
Kerry Gonzáles
Poster Contest
Lana Gruendell Awards & Prizes
Neal Reiland Past & Present Video
Andrew WilsonWebsite Submissions

In addition to the above, these behind-the-scenes hardworking VAD Faculty and staff also helped gather submissions and hang the show. And… will provide security, tear down the show and return artwork:

Rob Adamson,  Sheila Chambers, Whitney King Hyans, Terry Martin, Dan Haring, Matthew Jones and Cindy Denos.

And last but not least we would like to thank the School of Arts, Communication & Media Dean Richard Scott, VAD Associate Dean Bryan Griggs, Center for Arts & Media Coordinator Josh Elstein, and Art Gallery & Event Coordinator Carolyne Chronister.



Diana photoGallery Stroll
Dianna Totland at Abyss Body Piercing
Friday, April 15th / 6 PM
Exhibit Dates April 15th – 30th

Dianna Totland, a Salt Lake Community College VAD Graphic Design alumni, currently works as an in-house graphic designer for Silen6 Commercial Arts, Muster Media and freelances for SLUG Magazine. Always staying busy, Dianna also runs her own shop on ETSY called Prints 4 Hue where she creates posters inspired by typography and illustration. In the little free-time that remains, Dianna works with other mediums of art such as watercolor and acrylic paintings.

Dianna’s passion for art and the community has led her to be a part of Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. For the entire month of April you can find Dianna’s work on display throughout Abyss Body Piercing located on 245 East 300 South in downtown Salt Lake City. Join her there on Gallery Stroll night Friday, April 15th at 6 PM where she will be presenting her work.

“I’ve always wanted to have my art in Gallery Stroll, and I am really excited to finally have the opportunity to share my work.” ~ Dianna Totland


Wizard World Comic Con in Las Vegas

Magen & NIck in LV

“The cast of the ‘Evil Dead The Musical’ in Las Vegas took a photo with us! They were a really nice group and we don’t usually take selfies so everyone walked away happy.” ~ Magen Mitchell 

Meanwhile at the FanX Comic Con in SLC…

Alissa Hicks

“I had fun meeting everyone at the fallout group photo, seeing George Takei as he passed by us in the hall and seeing new/old friends.” ~ Alissa Hicks

Matt Page

“It was a bust. I lost money. I am filled with regret.” And later that same day… “It wasn’t the most successful show I’ve done, but I came away inspired and have a lot of ideas to make the rest of the shows I do this year even better. But most importantly I had a lot of fun and bought some awesome new toys for my collection.”~ Matt Page

Austin Record

”Erica Carroll was an amazing person to meet. She is very sincere and loved getting answers about what I thought of ‘Supernatural.’” ~ Austin Record

Keith Beard

”First time going to a comic com with my family. (Jonas– Halo sword, Liam – Blue Mask, and Gram – Halo costume) Unsurprisingly, no one knew who All-mighty Glob was.” ~ Keith Beard and sons

Eliz Brown's kids

“My kids, Kyle Peterson and Josaphine Green. We had a great time. These events get better every time. Artist Alley is where it’s at for merch. There are so many talented people! Also if you get your kids hooked on being a geek they will never have money for drugs!”~ Elizabeth Brown

SLC Library Call for Entries

The City Library hosts art exhibitions at all of our locations to expose residents to new art forms and ideas, to foster creativity and inspire curiosity, and to provide exhibition opportunities for the artistic community. Exhibits are chosen by a staff committee according to the needs and interests of the community, the variety of shows, the artistic quality of the works, and the suitability of format for each Library’s physical space. If you wish for your art to be considered for exhibition at one of our libraries, please read the following information and instructions.

Please submit your portfolio within the two weeks prior to the deadline. Artists will receive notification of acceptance or rejection within four weeks following these deadlines. Artists who have exhibited at a City Library location will not be considered for exhibition within two year of their previous exhibition.

The City Library accepts portfolios by physical and electronic application. Only submit one application per call for entries period.

For more infroamtion or to sumbit your portfolio please visit:

Enter the 9TH Annual International Design Awards!

Extended Deadline is March 31st, 2016.

Architects and designers of interior, product, graphic and fashion are invited to submit their work for the IDA design competition and a chance to present their creations to the internationally renowned panel of experts, thereby competing for the title of the Designer of the Year. The winners enjoy international attention with our major PR campaign plus inclusion in IDA book of designs, press campaign, directory, certificate of achievement, seal of winning design, online exposure and the IDA trophy.


Categories: Residential, Commercial Building, Urban Design, Renovation, Sustainable, Landscape, Conceptual, Institutional, …

Fashion Categories: Haute Couture, Textile and Materials, Pret-a- Porter, Avant-Garde, Intimates, Sportswear,…

Print Categories: Annual Reports, Advertising, Books, Corporate Identity, Logos, Trademarks and Symbols, Packaging, Posters,…
Multimedia Categories: Animation, Broadcast Design, CGI, Key Art, Interactive Media, Interface Design, Website,…

Categories: Residential, Office, Institutional, Commercial, Renovation, Conceptual…

Categories: Office Equipment, Home Interior Products, Life Science Design, Material Design, Media and Home Electronics, Outdoor and Exercise, Sustainable Living, Transportation…

More information:

Betsy Brunner at Creative Mornings SLC

March 25, 8:30am – 10:00am MDT. Hosted at Odd Fellows Hall

A self-proclaimed “academic mutt,” Betsy Brunner has a BA in English literature, a dual MFA in painting and art history, and an MA and PhD in communication— all to examine their shared role and influence in social movements. As a scholar-activist, she was the organizer for the Beijing-SLC Connect project, which brought artists from Beijing, China to Salt Lake City, Utah to collaboratively explore the issue of air pollution, a challenge which the two cities share. She has also spent a substantial amount of time in China researching the country’s contemporary environmental movement and how it relates to art, images, and social media to trace the ways in which the people of China are deploying creative resistance to protect their environment.

Come join the conversation as Betsy brings her unique local/global perspective to discuss “Change”—what prompts it, what keeps us from it and how the ways we create and connect influence that process and affect the community around us. Don’t miss it!

To Register for your seat:



The Mountain West Arts Conference (MWAC) is an annual, statewide conference for those working in – or connected to – Utah’s arts sector. Its goal is to connect arts/museums administrators, individual artists, college students, and arts educators, in addition to providing professional development opportunities. We believe this conference is a unique opportunity for members of the arts community to gather together to network, learn practical tools, and be inspired.

We are excited to announce that we are providing scholarships for university and college students to attend this year’s conference. The scholarship would cover the cost of the registration fee and the Governor’s Award Luncheon. If you know any students who would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please send them this email. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and preference is given to first time attendees. Art Works for Kids! has generously provided support for these scholarships.

Our keynote speaker will be Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. She will share her work around art, design, game design, and technology–featuring her own game “The Metagame”.

For additional information and links to the scholarship forms, please visit:

Mountain West Arts Conference

We look forward to seeing many interested and engaged students at the conference!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your assistance spreading the word about this scholarship opportunity.

Racquel Cornali
Community Arts Coordinator

617 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102


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