2021 AIGA Student Portfolio Review

Annual Student Portfolio Review


AIGA Salt Lake City’s annual Student Portfolio Review was held on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The event was shown online for a second year due to Covid!

This was an opportunity to gain valuable advice, insight, and industry information from some of the top creative professionals in our local design community.

The virtual keynote presentation was given by the innovative Mick Champayne.


Speaker Bio

Mick Champayne is a designer by daylight and an illustrator by moonlight from Chicago. In a nutshell, she loves internet culture, navel-gazing about the future, and imagining how designers can support people’s values and intentions.

Currently an associate creative director at Instrument, she likes to create experiences that have beauty AND brains: making things look beautiful with smart strategy and a thoughtful user experience. From light-hearted memes to serious social commentary, she’s happiest when her work can spark a conversation.

For an almost-uncomfortable uptick of butt drawings in your feed, you can follow her on Instagram, or find her work at mickchampayne.com.


Congratulations SLCC GD&C Students!

The Visual Art & Design Department at Salt Lake Community College applauds our graduating Graphic Design & Communications students for showing their work at this year’s event.

Please visit their portfolios!


Sophia Araujo Jacobs

Sophi will graduate in May with a SLCC Visual Art & Design Graphic Design AAS degree and a Graphic Communications AS degree. Sophi will be transferring to the University of Utah in pursuit of a Graphic Design BFA.

“I love creative and purposeful solutions to a design project. I don’t wait for things to happen… I make things happen.” ~ Sophi



Sarena Boyd

Sarena will graduate in May with a SLCC Visual Art & Design Graphic Design AAS degree and a Graphic Communications AS degree. Sarena will be deciding between continuing her education with a SLCC scholarship in hand or employment.

“I’m currently looking at my future with rose colored lenses and filled with excitement for my next chapter.” ~ Sarena



Emily Paulson

Emily will graduate in May with a SLCC Visual Art & Design Graphic Design AAS degree. Emily has already accepted a job in Bend, Oregon as a Graphic Designer.

“I’m very grateful for my experience at SLCC, and how my time has prepared me to work in the field.” ~ Emily



Ashley Schaugaard

Ashley will graduate in May with a SLCC Visual Art & Design Graphic Communications AS degree. Ashley has decided to continue her education in Graphic Design at SLCC.

“I never considered a Graphic Design AAS degree as an option until this point. Yea!” ~ Ashley



Graphic Design & Communications faculty wish to extend their congratulations to Sophi, Sarena, Emily, and Ashley for their wonderful work!

It’s been a pleasure to have you in our classes!


Associate Professor Kerry Gonzáles
Associate Professor Jessica Curran
Assistant Professor Virag White
Professor Emeritus Lana Gruendell

Alumni Focus: Davin, Derek & Brighton, Sam, Mel, Katrina & Hudson, Erin, Em, Jazz, & Lauren

Davin Abegg

“Here’s some more drawings. Just hit 3,000 followers on the art Instagram page so that’s pretty cool.”

“I was eating pizza and found the pizza demon, so I drew it.”

Derek & Brighton Ballard

Derek Ballard

“Gotta show the boxes in context, for they were made to house a national treasure. Thanks @austinbowcutt for the photos and @pete_zereeya for the pizza mastery.”

Brighton Ballard

“What will the future hold for Chihiro, No Face and Yubaba? 🔮🔮🔮 Artist Brighton Ballard has designed six beautiful tarot cards inspired by the film Spirited Away.Each design comes as a mini risograph print, and all six prints are enclosed in a black envelope with metallic gold soy ink emblem.Get a closer look at all six designs in our online store: https://spoke-art.com/…/brighton-ballard-spirited-away…

Sam Loertscher

#process complete

Mel Maldonado

“Branding identity stationery I created for Fabrica Creative, a full-service advertising agency in Sandy, Utah. They specialized in growing relationships built on trust, accountability, and results. I was inspired by the engineering sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci.”

Katrina & Hudson Parkinson

Katrina Parkinson
Katrina Parkinson
Katrina Parkinson
Hudson Parkinson

“Hudson Parkinson and I submitted some of our artwork to Antonym, an online literary & visual arts magazine. We both got our work accepted into the March issue and one of my pieces was chosen for the front cover! Exciting! Click the link to check out the magazine.Thanks to Michael Ferry for encouraging us to submit our work!” https://pub.lucidpress.com/antonymmarch2021

Hudson Parkinson

“This video was inspired by Meg LaTorre’s The Cyborg Tinkerer.”

“Sticker making underway for the Sugar Space Community Market on the 17th! We love making new merchandise.” 🙂

Erin Salazar

“Cute little *ass.”

Em Veylupek

Digital sketch.

Jazz Vitale

“Designed these new @drinkbutter hoodies & they went live yesterday. More than half of them are sold out already! Thank you for all the positive feedback and kind words my friends. So fired up on how these turned out.”

Lauren Waters

“Make it pink… 💕 Make it blue…” 💙

“It’s always fun to see a collection come together. This is a Spring release I worked on with my team for @maggiehdesign . I figure if I can’t spend my afternoons in an English garden, I’ll just design the one in my mind.” 🌼🐰🌸🐓🌿

2021 SLCC Student Art Showcase

Online & Limited On-Campus Show!

Online Exhibit Dates:
April 1 through April 15, 2021



Award Winners Exhibit:
April 1 through April 15, 2021

SLCC South City Campus / East Entrance LED Wall
Center for Arts & Media
1575 S. State Street / SLC, UT

Monday through Friday / 10am to 6pm

Exhibit closes at 4pm on April 15.

For the past 36 years, the Visual Art & Design faculty has organized the Art Showcase to display the talents of SLCC students. Traditionally the art show has been displayed at the SLCC South City Campus Multipurpose Room. Due to the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Showcase is displayed via a virtual gallery.

This year the award winners have been displayed on the LED Wall in the east entrance to the South City Campus.

“Tie up your laces, why you trippin’?”
Bailey Rogers – Design

“Charcoal Floof”
Anna Lowe – Illustration

“Nighttime Thoughts”
Saul Flores – Photography

“How to Fit Into the Belly of a Wolf”
Ariel Martin – Design

The five independent judges for the Showcase were invited from the working artist community and represented a wide range of art disciplines.


Cassidy Demkov
Howard Lyon
Susan Makov
Jen Palmer
Steven Stauffer


President Deneece Huftalin – SLCC
Dean Richard Scott – School of Arts, Communication & Media

To see all award winners and pieces accepted into the show:


A big THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to all students accepted into the show for a job well done.

Sharyl Myers Adamson • Cindy Aguilar • Raja AIRabaan • Anita Albright • Paola Avanzo • Izzy Baker • Everest Barrowes • Elnora Brunson • Lynn Bright • Sylvia Bunker • Chuck Call • Ching-His Cheng • Aimee Cook • Clint Cox • Blair Daines • Nichole Devey • Sophia DeVincentis • Marla Duggins • Saul Flores • Jonathan (Jasper) Fox • Matthew Gervais • Concepcion Gonzalez • Jeanne Hansen • Regan Jackson • Alison Jensen • Ethan Jones • Leslee Knutson • Iris LaFontaine • Anamaye Lanayru • Ethan Larson • Amanda Long • Anna Lowe • Manping Lu • Ariel Martin • Ashley Mathena • Nancy Miller • Keianna Morgan • Deven Neider • Kati Nilson • Kaili Osai • Amanda Osborne • Elodie Payne • Zach Robertson • Bailey Rogers • Clayton Ryan • Alicia Sekiller • Jadzia Smith • Sydney Stansfield • Jaidyn Stone • Daniel DJ Tanner • Hanna Vance • Sarah VanHook • Paul Ward • Oliver Winegar • Abbi Wiscombe • Emma Zaugg

Poster Design by Sophi Araujo.

Art Showcase Committee

Robinson Valenzuela Art Showcase Chair
Don SeegmillerArt Showcase Co-Chair
Kerry GonzálesPoster Contest & Promotions
Andrew WilsonWebsite Submissions & Virtual Gallery

Also part of the Committee, these behind-the-scenes hardworking VAD Faculty listed below, helped jury the show and – had the show taken place in the Multipurpose room as originally planned – were already prepared to gather submissions, hang the show, provide signage, create animations, provide security, gather awards, tear down the show and return artwork.

Their dedication to our students, and preparation for the showcase, should be applauded:

Rob Adamson
Jessica Curran
Chad Erekson
Rick Graham
Whitney King Hyans
Terry Martin
Neal Reiland
Trudy Richardson
Ed Rosenberger

Virag White


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, Art Gallery & Event Coordinator Danielle Susi-Dittmore, and VAD Administrative Assistant Cindy Denos.

We hope to see you next year for the 2022 Showcase!

ALUMNI FOCUS: Derek & Brighton, Keith, Melanie, Helen, Amber, Anamaye, Mel, Matt, Austin & Lauren

Derek & Brighton Ballard

“New product in the @neuergeist shop: frosted acrylic Sego Lily Coaster sets! They come in a custom risograph printed, hand-folded box, and each set of 4 includes an embroidered patch.” neuergeist.com

Keith Beard

“Having some fun with this painting.”

“Is interesting to see the subconscious come out clearly on the surface when seeing work side by side. Or even a body of work. Seeing a theme hear for sure.”

Melanie Bunch

“I’m working on something a little different from my usual doodles tonight…”

Helen Cox

“I can now say I have designed a guitar pick!” 🤘@9thand9thbookandmusic @blackharborsound

Amber Giles

“Hey! That’s me! 🙂 Come see an original production of Anastasia this weekend!! Yep! All of the Meet the Cast posts I’ve shared over the last couple weeks were designed and headshots taken by me.”

Anamaye Sakura Lanayru

“Making graphics for the Utah Department of Human Services.”

“Just a quick little digital illustration for work.”

“One of my favorite projects I get to do every year for work is the Milestone Reel. Due to COVID-19 we didn’t have many photos or videos to use but this allowed me to practice my motion graphics skills. Check it out!”

Mel Maldonado

“Annual report I worked on for Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.” @businessutah

“Double your Impact marketing campaign for @evenstevenssandwiches. The Utah based sandwich shop previously promoted a “Eat to Give” business model which supported 80+ non-profit partners across 6 states. The process was simple: At the end of each month, they tallied sandwich sales and contributed funds for each sandwich purchased. Each restaurant would then donate to 4 selected local charities in need of assistance.The goal of the campaign was to promote the process of the Give Back program and highlight each of the individual non-profit organizations.”

Art Direction: @pavlovs__horse.exe Illustrations: @trentcall
Graphic Design: @visualdraft (Mel Maldonado)

“Grabber @grabberconstructionproducts is a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality products built for construction professionals. Their core line of products includes screws and fasteners for a variety of wood, metal, and drywall applications. The following are web design components for their UltraPro and SuperDrive line of building materials.”

Matt Page

“Members of the Future Day Saints Fan Club can expect a big announcement email tonight.”

Austin Record

“I designed and installed these (for) JKR Windows.”

Lauren Waters

“It’s coming, even if it’s coming slowly…” 🌸🌻🌷🌼

2021 SLCC Student Art Showcase

You are invited!

The Visual Art & Design Department would like to invite you to the 2021 Salt Lake Community College Student Art Showcase. See the wonderful artwork of our very talented students.

Online Awards Reception:
Thursday, April 1, 2021
5:30 – 6pm

Online Exhibit Dates:
April 1 through April 15, 2021

Award Winners Exhibit:
April 1 through April 15, 2021

SLCC South City Campus
East Entrance LED Wall
Center for Arts & Media
1575 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT

Monday through Friday / 10am to 6pm

Exhibit closes at 4pm on April 15.

For more information contact:
Robinson Valenzuela

ALUMNI FOCUS: Davin, Jordan, Vince, Keith, Cassidy, Rosalba, Anna, Amber, Melissa, Matt, Katrina, & Missy

Davin Abegg

“Another group of recent favs! Love drawing the gals, if you haven’t noticed.”

Jordan Bautista

“Kayaking river rafting lovers! New premium outdoors decal Now Available!” – Mount Olympus

Vince Bayless


Keith Beard

“Ooooh. I like.”

“My Own Rescue.”

Cassidy Demkov

“Want to know something extra exciting about Issue 49 of UPPERCASE magazine? Out of over 800 entries I’ll be one of 100 surface pattern designers featured in it!I decided to submit very last minute. In the middle of a project I took a break and gathered up a few of my patterns that best represented my work and hit submit. I figured it was probably a long shot with so many submissions but it never hurts to try. Nothing will happen if you don’t try, right? That’s my life motto lately, I’ve had a very “might as well go for it” attitude which has me going so many directions at once but I figure I won’t know if I can do it unless I just go for it.

Cassidy was featured in Uppercase Magazine’s All About You!“UPPERCASE publishes beautiful and inspiring books and a quarterly magazine about craft, design and visual art.”

Hello, I am a surface designer and illustrator from Salt Lake City, Utah. I have a passion for gardening and nature, which is where I feel most inspired. I love travelling and bringing home inspiration for new patterns and projects from my trips. I previously worked in the Interior Design industry but always had a passion for patterns and interior textiles. I currently have a small card line and love working with brands to create unique patterns, mostly for textiles such as dog bandanas, clothing and fabric. I hope to move more into the home decor, wallpaper and interior textiles industry which is where my original passion for pattern & design began.”

Dogs and flowers, my two favorite things. Put them together and you’ve got the cutest Spring launch from @thefoggydog. My Perennial Bouquet pattern on their bandana, might be my favorite one yet.Launching next week.

“Exciting to see one of my patterns on one of my first non-fabric or paper products. Loved getting these Lemon Zest candles in the mail. More products with this pattern are on their way.”

Rosalba Dominguez

Left to right: ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen, Murray City Council Person Rosalba Dominguez, and Sarah Vaughn, CEO and Founder of Melanin Squad.

“Thank you @rosiethereporter for the opportunity to chat tonight for #internationalwomensday2021 It was amazing to see you again @sarahvaughn_ I am inspired by you both and all women I will always strive to elevate each other now and always! ” #MurrayLife #VivaLaMujer

To read more and see the video: https://www.abc4.com/news/infocus/in-focus-discussion-international-womens-day/

Anna Florin

“Working on a few small paintings.”

Amber Giles

“It’s been a while since I’ve had some time to work on a personal project… Ever since the inauguration I’ve wanted to letter these two sections from The Hill We Climb by @amandascgorman.I’ve seen a lot of people focus on the very last section of the poem (second image) but I really loved this part about how we can make love become our legacy (first image). Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your talent!”

Melissa Hurd

Matt Page

“Daisy and her favorite toy.”

Katrina Flores Parkinson

“Getting back to the sketchbook. I successfully filled my whole sketchbook from last year and plan to do the same with my new one. Getting back to your own style is always so refreshing after finishing commissions. There will soon be prints available. I’ve also ordered this drawing as a canvas print that I will add gold leaf to.”

Missy Van Wagoner

“IT’S COMING!!!! Here is the start of my website (Click on link to see my babies). I’m adding more today, tomorrow and pretty much forever. I’m excited to see what I get to share and do with this little talent of mine. I feel blessed. It’s so fun to see it all come together and I can’t wait to reach out to those who I would love (and dream) to work with. It’s coming baby!” http://littlemissmissy.com/

Ed Rosenberger in Slug Magazine

Ed Rosenberger, 2019, large format, wet-plate image. Photo: David Hyams, Luminaria.

Ed Rosenberger, an Associate Professor in the Visual Art & Design Department at Salt Lake Community College was featured in this month’s Slug Magazine. The article “Making a Photograph with Ed Rosenberger” was written by Kia McGinnis Way.

From the article:

“The title ‘photographer’ is more of a verb than a noun for Ed Rosenberger. Beyond the act of taking photographs, it’s an epithet that also includes teaching, mentoring and a lifelong commitment to learning. Initially coming to Utah as a young college student ready to hit the slopes, Rosenberger has become an invaluable fixture in the local visual art community as both an educator and an artist. His cultivated and creative eye has resulted in an esteemed body of commercial and fine-art work, while his dedication to guiding others to the light, so to speak, has elevated the photography culture in Salt Lake City.”

To read more:

Congratulations Ed!

2021 SLCC Student Art Showcase Call for Entries

The Student Art Showcase Committee would like to congratulate Sophia Araujo Jacobs for placing first in the 2021 Salt Lake Community College Student Art Showcase Poster Design Contest. Sophia is a Graphic Design & Communications student in the Visual Art & Design Department. Be sure to look for her design on electronic signage and lab computer screens throughout Salt Lake Community College campuses. 

Call for Entries!

SLCC students submit artwork online:
March 3 – 9, 2021

Submissions will close at 11:59 pm on March 9th.

This Visual Art & Design Department invites all currently enrolled SLCC students to submit artwork to the annual Student Art Showcase.

Professionals or instructors are not eligible. Entrants must be able to verify student status.

Submission DOES NOT guarantee inclusion in the Art Showcase as submitted pieces will be juried first.

For Example:
Four (4) submissions per student are allowed. 1, 2, 3, and/or 4 – or NONE may be accepted for display in the Art Showcase.

For more information visit VAD / 2021 SLCC Student Art Showcase at: slcc.edu/visualart

Questions? Contact Robinson Valenzuela:

ALUMNI FOCUS: Malorie, Melanie, Jacqueline, Natalee, Ruben, Becky, Matt, Esther, Katrina, Dianna, Missy & Miriam

Malorie Baker

“After 5 amazing years at Franklin Planner, I’m happy to say that I’m now the Social Media Marketing Manager for CAO Group! 💫 I’m grateful for my past experiences and am excited (and grateful) to continue working in a field that I love and helping brands grow. Cheers to new beginnings!” 🥂

Melanie Bunch

“My catalogs for work are done! The top one is the old catalog, at the bottom of the photo is my updated version. The photos all came out much darker than the proofs we were shown, but other than that, I’m pretty happy!”

Jacqueline Campbell-Michels

“Lookie lookie!! My first spray paint art.”

Natalee Cooper Chilton

“Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished. There is always light if we’re only brave enough to see it, if we’re only brave enough to be it.” ~ Amanda Gorman

“I did (illustrate her), I was so moved by her that I had to illustrate her.”

Ruben De La Torre


Becky Larsen Pease

“B&W of my life, day #330” #TexasIceStorm

Esther Longmore

“This was kinda looking too similar to my inspiration, but I made a few adjustments and it now has its own life!”

Matt Page


Katrina Flores Parkinson

“Hey all! As some of you know I am the president of the Tooele County Arts Guild. I will be instructing a Virtual Valentines Paint Night for TCAG next weekend. TCAG is a non profit organization and I work with some amazing people to help support the arts here in Tooele County. All earnings will go directly to our Guild to help us to continue offering fun and engaging artistic opportunities to our community. Please sign up to participate in a super fun virtual event and to support a really great cause. You will have a blast!” 🎨🎨🎨

Dianna Totland

“Haven’t painted in a really long time. I’ve had this blank canvas for over 2 years because I have a fear of ruining a perfect blank board/page/any medium. Therefore I tend to never do anything. Sad really. I’ve already assumed I failed. What is wrong with me? I know I’m not alone in this. Anyways, I’m pretty happy with how she turned out. I know there was more I could do better for next time. I’m just happy I finally got around to painting this empty canvas I’ve held onto, and with something I am happy with. Thanks. P.S. if anyone wants to teach me how to oil paint, I think this style would look awesome in oil.”

Missy Van Wagoner

“The little lady, Amanda Gorman stole the show! She is goals! I loved her words (a long with Pres. Biden’s) and was memorized by her hands. I’m excited to follow and see what this lil lady does in her lifetime. Holy cow. Amazing!”

Miriam Volk

“A little illustration of my favorite ready-to-wear show and collection. SAINT LAURENT 2021” 🖤

Thank you Lana!

Professor Lana Gruendell Retires

“Professor Lana Gruendell, Artist and Teacher” by Eileen Johnston 2020

LANA GRUENDELL, Salt Lake Community College / Visual Art & Design Department Professor, began teaching in 1986 and retired at the end of 2020. Over the years Lana taught a wide variety of classes; calligraphy, typography, layout, computer, design, and general education among others. She most recently created the Creative Printmaking class.

In addition to being a wonderful instructor, Lana has worked on numerous committees, taught workshops, collaborated with other institutions, and has been the Coordinator of the Visual Art & Design department.

INK would like to congratulate Lana, long-time Visual Art & Design full-time faculty member and friend, and wish her the best in her retirement. Have lots of fun Lana! ~ Associate Professor Kerry Gonzáles

From Richard Scott,
Dean, School of Arts, Communication & Media:

Lana has been the consummate educator for years. Countless students have been taught, mentored and encouraged to explore their art. This regard and commitment to her students has been an inspiration for me and is a core value of an outstanding educator.

Lana, thank you and enjoy your retirement.

“Chloe” by Lana Gruendell.

From Bryan Griggs,
VAD Associate Dean:

In thinking about Lana, the first thing that comes to my mind is her fun-loving sense of humor. She is always quick to laugh and to find the quirky comedy in things. 

Another aspect of Lana that I appreciate is her sense of practical fairness. I’ve witnessed so very often that when Lana was being asked to judge a person or a circumstance… that she would carefully weigh and consider many variables, even audibly arguing with herself, to come to her comprehensive and careful determinations. I know her many friends and colleagues recognize this too; and put valued trust in her judgments regarding important considerations and decisions.

Lana is kind. Over my many years of interactions with and observations of Lana’s exchanges with humanity… there has always been a pervasive presence of her kindness. Lana wants to see people prosper and generously employs kindness to assist to such ends. I’ve been a grateful recipient of her kindness many times.

Lana Gruendell, Virag White, Kerry Gonzáles and Whitney Hyans.

From Kerry Gonzáles,
VAD Graphic Design Associate Professor:

“Lana was my first friend in the Visual Art & Design Department way back in 1997. She made me feel welcome as an adjunct, reminding me not to take things too seriously. I will always be grateful for the sound of her laughter from down the hall or outside a classroom. No matter what my day might be like, just hearing her laugh would make me pause and laugh as well. It is true that laughter is the best medicine and Lana’s laugh is by far the best.

I will always consider Lana a friend. She is always so thoughtful, kind, and inclusive. Lana takes time and care to make hand-made cards and shares her beautiful prints. Lana’s family is very important to her. But she also takes the time to ask about my husband and son, and even my fur babies!

Another quality I admire about Lana besides her kindness, her artistic ability, her humor – the list goes on – is her dedication to learning about other people and places. She and her husband Fred have traveled all over the world. Lana not only is a creative artist but is a civically engaged and responsible person.

I look forward to seeing both Lana and Fred after this crazy pandemic is over!”

Whitney Hyans, Jessica Curran, Lana Gruendell, Virag White, and Kerry Gonzáles.

From Virag White,
VAD Assistant Professor:

“It is tough to imagine VAD without Lana’s presence. Her passion for the students and her craft is infectious. She spearheaded many initiatives within our area. One of her latest accomplishments was building a creative printmaking lab and designing a brand new class around it. Her students won several awards in art shows from that class in a short period. 

As a colleague, Lana is fantastic. I remember when starting my full-time faculty career, a little nervous and feeling unprepared. She didn’t hesitate for a second to share class content and student examples with me to ease my anxiety — her guidance and example is long-lasting.

On a personal level, I will miss her even more. She is not only a colleague but a true friend. Always cheerful and just fun to be around. She remembers birthdays and holidays, and I find handmade cards in my mailbox. (I hope that doesn’t stop, and she will have even more time to do that.)

Lana’s legacy in our department will be evident. I wish her all the best, and I hope she can go to fun places and create art to her heart content.”

“Rocky” by Lana Gruendell
Professor Lana Gruendell and Professor Rick Graham.
Lana being Lana! Always smiling!

We love you Lana!