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2020 SLCC SACM Commencement Honorees!

Excerpts from SLCC Today and SLCC website.

2020 COMMENCEMENT HONOREES

From the SCHOOL of ARTS, COMMUNICATION & MEDIA

Professor Craig Ferrin – Performing Arts, Music

Associate Professor Kerry Gonzáles – Visual Art & Design

Assistant Professor Jodie Jones – Communication

Student Kaori Schrank – Visual Art & Design


Distinguished Faculty Lecturer

The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer is a recognition of quality work by one of Salt Lake Community College’s full-time faculty and a charge to develop that work over an academic year into a public presentation. A committee chosen by the Associate Provost for Learning Advancement selects the faculty lecturer each year. The lecture takes place in the spring.

 

Craig E. Ferrin, PhD

Professor, Performing Arts, Music

The need for creative problem-solving and leadership has increased exponentially in our complex and mobile society, says Dr. Craig E. Ferrin, SLCC’s 2021 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. Students today must learn to be specialists and require formal training in creativity and leadership skills to be successful.

Craig’s faculty lecture, titled “Instructional Agility: A Framework for Teaching Creativity & Leadership in Content Rich Courses,” will adapt several “Agile” frameworks for instructional delivery. These are iterative development approaches that evolve incrementally through collaboration. They encourage research and experimentation in the creative process.

“The creative process is messy,” Craig says. “Without frameworks, creativity can spiral out of control to the point that little is accomplished within the required time frame.” The Agile approach provides structure to the creative process by emphasizing teamwork, organization, accountability, inspection and adaptation.

Craig’s presentation will seek to provide effective methodologies for improving productivity skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving; adaptability and flexibility; innovation and creativity; communication; and leadership.

Craig earned his undergraduate degree and his doctorate from the University of Utah and his master’s from Northwestern University in music education. After teaching in public schools for 12 years, he joined the faculty at SLCC in 2002, where he instructs students in performance and music business. Outside of the college, Craig performs regularly with the Murray Concert Band, the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble and Utah’s CityJazz Big Band.

 


Teaching Excellence Award

The Teaching Excellence Award is given by the Salt Lake Community College Foundation Board to recognize excellence in professional education at SLCC. There are three campus-wide annual Teaching Excellence Awards: two full-time faculty and one part-time faculty. The award reflects a cumulative body of teaching excellence rather than just a single year of exemplary work.

 

Kerry Gonzáles

Associate Professor, Visual Art & Design

Kerry Gonzáles was fresh out of high school when she began her two-plus decades career in graphic design, working as an intern while studying at the University of Utah. She was invited to join SLCC in 1997 as an adjunct instructor of graphic design and in 2002, she became a full-time faculty member.

Today, Kerry teaches seven different courses in SLCC’s Visual Art & Design (VAD) Department. She considers her work in maintaining strong, ongoing connections with alumni of the VAD program one of her greatest professional achievements. Kerry is in constant contact with more than 200 former SLCC students, and she often invites them to her classroom with a belief that current students benefit from seeing first-hand the connection between academics and career. Kerry is also a huge promoter of former students’ work and helps organize and promote the annual INK show, in which Graphic Design & Communications alumni display their art and design skills at the Center for Arts & Media at SLCC’s South City Campus.

With GD&C student Sophia Araujo Jacobs.
Photo: Whitney King Hyans

In addition to her focus on alumni, Kerry is dedicated to recruiting new students into the program. Once a student is on board, her main goal is to prepare them for entry into a work environment. One of the ways she does this is to develop projects that challenge students to think critically and to be self-starters and persistent while maintaining a good attitude. She believes this combination of perseverance and positivity often makes the difference between success and failure. “If I raise the bar, students will learn to fly over it,” she says.

 

Jodie Jones

Assistant Professor, Communication

For one of Jodie Jones’ students in her Conflict Management & Diversity course at SLCC, what she learned in the classroom, along with the help Jodie provided outside of school, was life changing. Other students and Jodie’s colleagues describe her as empathetic, helpful, kind, generous and patient, someone who makes learning fun and links theory to practice, making course materials relate to real events and situations.After teaching at Dixie State University, the University of Utah and Westminster College, Jodie began her work at SLCC in 2010 as an adjunct professor of Public Speaking and Conflict & Diversity. Since then she has taught three additional courses in communications and has become an assistant professor.

Jodie has a passion for teaching and helping students succeed by training them to think critically and introspectively. She views her teaching philosophy as a constant work-in-progress, and she is always considering ways to improve student engagement, incorporate diverse methodologies, build a collegial classroom community and develop robust curriculum. “I want students to leave each class with a sense that they can converse in course material with confidence, and I want students to feel they can call on the skill-sets they are learning because they are better communicators,” she says.

Jodie is also deeply committed to bettering her community. She holds a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Peacebuilding and since 2006, she has maintained her status as a volunteer mediator for victim-offender mediation in Utah Juvenile Court. In 2007, Jodie received the Victim/Offender Volunteer of the Year award, and she is currently a board member for the Restorative Justice Collaborative and the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution.

 


Provost’s Graduates of Excellence

This prestigious distinction recognizes hard work, commitment and selflessness. One student is selected from each school of the college and General Studies. These are students with excellent GPAs who typically have received scholarships and awards for their academic achievements. They have demonstrated leadership skills and a dedication toward serving others, in addition to other notable achievements related to the creative arts, athletic excellence or involvement in SLCC beyond the classroom.

 

Kaori Schrank

Visual Art & Design

“I am originally from a rural community near Kobe, Japan. Learning new concepts in my second language has been one of the most difficult tasks for me. In all of my classes at SLCC, the faculty members were so kind, caring and supportive. They were very willing to help me when I needed it. As a result of their help and my continuous effort, my GPA is 4.0, and I also received the Academic Excellence Award (Pride in Academics) for both 2019 and 2020. My artwork has also received awards and been on display in numerous shows and in printed materials for the college. Salt Lake Community College has given me many opportunities to excel, and I’ve strived to embody excellence during my time here.”

Kaori recently had these pieces accepted into the online 2020 SLCC Student Art Showcase gallery

“Mirai ( Future )”

 

“Vega’s Echo”

 

“Snow Life”

 

Go School of Arts, Communication & Media!


 

2020 SLCC Student Art Showcase

POSTER DESIGN WINNER!

The Student Art Showcase Committee would like to congratulate Leah Windley for placing first in the 2020 SLCC Student Art Showcase Poster Design Contest. Leah is a Graphic Design & Communications student in the Visual Art & Design Department. Be sure to look for her design to grace posters and electronic signage throughout Salt Lake Community College campuses. 

The Committee would like to also thank all those who participated in the Contest. And… encourage all SLCC students to enter the Art Showcase this year. 

STUDENT ART SHOWCASE

AWARDS & OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

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EXHIBIT DATES
April 3 – April 15 (Exhibit closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 15.)
Monday – Friday / 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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LOCATION
South City Campus
Center for Arts & Media / Multipurpose Room
1575 S. State Street / SLC

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SLCC students can submit artwork online March 4 – March 10.

Submit online at:
slcc.edu/visualart

Questions? Contact Virag White, Art Showcase Chair:
virag.white@slcc.edu

Note: 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 Showcase.


 

2020 SLCC Student Art Showcase Poster Design Contest

2020 SLCC STUDENT ART SHOWCASE POSTER DESIGN CONTEST

Submissions are Due:
Tuesday, February 4th, 9 AM to Noon
– or – Wednesday, February 5th, 1 to 3 PM.

Where to Submit:
Kerry Gonzáles • SCC 2-177 – The Green Room • SLCC South City Campus • North End  

The Visual Art & Design Department invites Salt Lake Community College students to participate in a poster design contest announcing the 2020 SLCC Student Art Showcase.

This contest is open to all currently enrolled SLCC and SLCC Concurrent Enrollment students. (Professionals or instructors are not eligible. Entrants must be able to verify student status.)

The winning poster design will be used to promote the 2020 SLCC Student Art Showcase on campus as well as other venues and media. In addition, a cash award of $200 will be given to the winner.

Only 1 SUBMISSION PER STUDENT will be accepted. The SLCC Student Art Showcase Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entry.

The student winner may be asked to alter elements of the design for all the various art show applications as needed. Keep in mind that both vertical and horizontal formats will be used as well as portions of the title. This will make changes easy to do.

Poster contest submissions will be hung in display cases located on the second floor, north end of the SLCC South City from February 5 through 14.

The SLCC Student Art Showcase Committee will make final determination as to winning entry.

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REQUIRED SPECIFICATIONS

Document Setup:
Tabloid 11 x 17 inches (tall) output at 100%. Set top, left and right margins at .375 inch. The bottom margin should be set at 1.5 inches. This will allow a white border around the design. Full bleed posters will not be accepted.

File Format:
File should be created in either Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator ONLY. Adobe Photoshop may only be used to alter photos or create effects. Type works best in InDesign or Illustrator. Remember this is a PRINT JOB. The actual file should NOT be sent, but if chosen will need to be in one of the required native file formats, and will need to be adapted for various applications.

Originality:
Any illustration, graphic or photo must be the original work of the poster designer – or – a signed release form (if using another SLCC student(s)’s work, as in the case of photo or illustration) must be presented if a poster is chosen as the winner. No stock photos. No public domain photos. If more than one SLCC student works on the poster, all must be credited and all must share in the winnings if chosen.

Color:
4 Color Process (cmyk) or Pantone Spot Color on white paper. NO RGB!

Submission:
ONE output of poster design MUST BE SUBMITTED. Do not mount.

Student Information:
Please CLEARLY PRINT your NAME, PHONE and EMAIL on the back, lower right hand corner of your poster. Posters will not be accepted if these three items are not listed.

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REQUIRED INFORMATION TO BE ON POSTER DESIGN

The Visual Art & Design Department Presents the 2020 Salt Lake Community College Student Art Showcase  (College name needs to be spelled out here! Abbreviations are okay after this.)

(Poster works two ways: 1 – As an announcement for the Awards Presentation and Exhibit Dates.)

Awards Presentation April 2 at 6 p.m.

SLCC South City Campus Multipurpose Room

Exhibit Dates April 3 – April 14 • Monday through Friday • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Multipurpose Room

SLCC South City Campus • Center for Arts & Media • 1575 S. State Street / SLC

(And 2 – Poster works as a call for entries.)

SLCC students submit artwork online March 4 – 10.

For more information visit VAD / 2020 Art Showcase at:   slcc.edu/visualart

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All other copy is optional but subject to approval by the SLCC Student Art Showcase Committee if chosen.

Questions? Contact:
Associate Professor Kerry Gonzáles
kerry.gonzales@slcc.edu

Where to Submit:
Kerry Gonzáles • SCC 2-177 – The Green Room • SLCC South City Campus • North End  

When to Submit:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 9 AM to Noon – or – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, 1 – 3 PM.

NOTE: Submissions will not be returned.


 

GD&C Students at Skills USA

2019 SkillsUSA Competition

From SkillsUSA:

SkillsUSA’s 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference — including the SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase of career and technical education students — was held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 24 – 28, 2019. More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, participated in the week-long event.

SLCC Visual Art & Design Department Assistant Professor Virag White accompanied three very talented Graphic Design & Communications students to this year’s competition. Sandra Castaneda, Maja Keefer, and Allen Muy took part in the week-long contest. All three placed!

Sandra was awarded Bronze in Graphic Imaging – Sublimation, and can be seen in the closing ceremony photo above.

Maja received 4th place in Advertising Design. And Allen received 4th place in Screen Printing.

L to R: Assistant Professor Virag White, Allen Muy, Maja Keefer, and Sandra Castaneda.

Below: Sandra Castaneda ready for Graphic Imaging – Sublimation competition.

Below: Maja Keefer ready for Advertising Design competition.

Below: Allen Muy’s entries in the Screen Printing Competition.

It wasn’t all work though! Virag, Maja, Allen, and Sandra took some time off to enjoy a Louisville Bats baseball game!

Many thanks to Virag for her time spent as an expert advisor!

We’re so very proud of Sandra, Maja, and Allen, and the exceptional skill they demonstrated at this competition. It’s a major coup that these three all placed in this prestigious national event.

Congratulations to all!


 

2018 SLCC Student Art Showcase Winners & More!

Best of Show Award “My First Drag Bag” by Hali Araneo.

Opening Reception
& Awards Presentation

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Center for Art & Media / Multipurpose Room
Exhibit runs through April 17

Another wonderful Student Art Showcase! We would like to thank all who participated. Without you, there would be no show!

Student Hali Araneo and Associate Professor Kerry Gonzáles.

Best of Show (above) was awarded to Hali Araneo / Design.

The President’s Award chosen by SLCC President Deneece Huftalin was awarded to Alex Martinez / Multimedia.

The Provost’s Award chosen by Provost Clifton Sanders was awarded to Sarah Baum / Fine Art.

The Dean’s Award chosen by SACM Dean Richard Scott was awarded to Daniel Sandoval / Illustration.

Art Show Poster Design winner was chosen by VAD Faculty and given to Maja Keefer.

Students’ Choice Award (below) went to Adam Berman / Photography.


INK Group Award
(below) was given to Hali Araneo / Design.

Art Showcase Chair Associate Professor Ed Rosenberger and Co-Chair Assistant Professor Virag White.Student Alex Martinez and Professor Whitney King Hyans.

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

ANIMATION (2)
Award of Excellence – Sam Martinez
Honorable Mention – Lauren Yancey

DESIGN (2)
Award of Excellence – Jessi Sauer
Honorable Mention – Victor Acosta Rodriguez

3D DESIGN (1)
Award of Excellence – Sarena Boyd

FINE ARTS (2)
Award of Excellence – Eileen Johnson
Award of Merit – Hailey Paine

ILLUSTRATION (4)
Award of Excellence – Gabrielle Teaford
Award of Merit – Mason Hall
Award of Merit – Daniel Sandoval
Honorable Mention – Alex Martinez

MIXED MEDIA (3)
Award of Excellence – Christina Stanley
Award of Merit – Daniel Sandoval
Honorable Mention – Kati Nilson

MULTIMEDIA (1)
Award of Excellence – Jessi Sauer

PHOTOGRAPHY (3)
Award of Excellence – Miguel Sanchez
Award of Merit – Adam Berman
Honorable Mention – Daniel Tanner

PRINTMAKING (1)
Award of Excellence – Marla Duggins

Student Maja Keefer with her Art Showcase promotional designs.

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

Stewart Craig – Imagine Learning / Illustration & 2D Animation

Chad Kirkland – Photographer & SLCC alumnus / Photography

Susan Makov – Weber State University Professor, retired / Design, Painting, Illustration, Printmaking, Bookmaking, Photography.

Chuck Penna – Creative Director & Owner Penna Powers, SLCC alumnus / Design, Web, Illustration, Photography

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And the Art Showcase Committee who made it all possible:

Ed Rosenberger Art Showcase Chair

Virag WhiteArt Showcase Co-Chair and Awards

Jessica Curran Signage

Chad Erekson Animated Video

Kerry GonzálesPoster Contest

Lana Gruendell Prizes

Trudy RichardsonShow Name Tags

Andrew WilsonWebsite Submissions

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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, Rick Graham, Whitney King Hyans, Terry Martin, Neal Reiland, Don Seegmiller, Robinson Valenzuela, Cindy Denos, and Alexa Jones.

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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 Danielle Susi-Dittmore.

Photos provided by Alexa Jones.

GREAT SHOW EVERYONE!


 

2019 SLCC Student Art Showcase Poster Contest Winner!

Maja Keefer

Maja Keefer’s design for the 2019 SLCC Student Art Showcase Poster Contest was chosen as the winner by Visual Art & Design Department Faculty. Maja’s work for the Student Art Showcase will be seen around campus not only as a poster but on electronic signs, banners and screens. Congratulations Maja!

And a very big thanks also to these talented students who also participated:

Hali Araneo
Sandra Castaneda
Miriam Chavez
Shaniah Eustance
Kayden Groves
Venissa Higginbotham
Cameron Howell
Alexa Jones
Sarah Landeen
Israel Alex Martinez
Lisa Hall Nord
Amanda Osborne
Alexander Perry
Kaori Schrank
Cynthia Shaw
Alexis Smith
Rachel Tonkovich

Thanks Everyone!

All SLCC students are encouraged to submit work online March 6 – 12 for the Showcase.

 

2018 INK SHOW ~ You are Invited!

THE INK SHOW RECEPTION

Friday, November 16 • 5:30 – 7 PM
Introductions at 6 PM

Exhibit Dates
October 30, 2018 ~ January 11, 2019

SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
South City Campus / Center for Arts & Media
Edna Runswick Taylor Foyer / East Entrance
1575 South State Street / SLC, UT 84115

In 2010, Salt Lake Community College Visual Art & Design Graphic Design students Nadya Bratt & Casey Kim created INK as a club for anyone interested in Graphic Design. After their graduation from SLCC, INK evolved into an online source for those passionate about the visual communication industry by offering access to news, resources, and networking.

VAD Associate Professor Kerry Gonzáles and caretaker for INK, is proud to share the talents and creative directions taken by Alumni & Friends of INK in this – the fourth annual – INK, an Alumni Art & Design Group Show.

Each piece showcases the design process from initial research and ideas to a completed product. And most importantly… how a good foundation in graphic design is used in a multitude of careers.

Graphic Designers Can Do Everything!

For more information contact Kerry Gonzáles:
kerry.gonzales@slcc.edu
(801) 957-3493

 

Brittani & Sarah Win!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018 • 3:00 – 7:30 PM
The Falls Event Center at Trolley Square
580 South 600 East / Salt Lake City, UT

As part of Design Week SLC, a national event, Spicers Paper & Kelly Paper hosted a unique design competition for local makers, printers, artists and designers. Multiple submissions from individuals, design agencies, colleges and universities showcased craftsmanship and the innovative ideas that take shape with paper. Wall hangings, formal art, sculpture, environmental structure and an element of fashion were displayed.

First Place winners were our very own Brittani Hodgkinson and Sarah Landeen, Graphic Design students in the Visual Art & Design Department at Salt Lake Community College.

Their piece depicted people riding a working(!) ferris wheel, a ticket booth, a cotton candy stand, all amid a woven quilt-like sea of green grass dotted with pine trees of many colors and patterns. A paper moon and paper sun adorned each side of the center of the wheel.

The amount of detail spent on each part of this sculpture is difficult to see in photos. Contest rules restricted each sculpture to at least 70% paper. Brittani’s and Sarah’s piece was at least 95% paper! Well done!

Congratulations Brittani and Sarah!

 

 

Maja & Jessica Win!

2018 PrintROCKS! Awards

PPI – The NW Visual Communications Industries Association

From PPI:

“We are a thriving non-profit membership based trade association serving members that design and produce print, visual and graphic products.”

“Our geographic reach is broad and includes the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington.”

“We believe that some of the BEST PRINT in the WORLD comes from the six states PPI serves! Our regional firms deserved a venue to showcase their talents to the buying world, and that’s where PrintROCKS! was born. Every spring we invite those who produce, create, design, print, finish, mail and in any way work with visual communications to enter our annual competition.

“PPI is committed to marketing the winning participants in both competitions throughout the year to their current and potential buyers, as well as community members near and far. When you participate in PrintROCKS! you’ve gained a powerful marketing tool!”


On September 21, 2018, Salt Lake Community College Associate Professor Jessica Curran accompanied VAD Graphic Design & Communications student Maja Keefer to Portland, Oregon for the 2018 PrintROCKS! – The Best of the West awards presentation.

Maja entered her design from the 2018 SLCC Student Art Showcase poster/banner and an infographic banner. She won Best of Graphic Design – Student.

Jessica was surprised with an award honoring her extensive work in education – promoting and teaching print production in the SLCC Visual Art & Design Department – the 2018 Printastic Educator!

 Congratulations Maja and Jessica!


 

SLCC VAD WINS BIG AT SKILLSUSA!

Left to right: Hali Araneo, Anna Marie Coronado, Virag White, Troy Koltemann, Sandra Casteneda in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

From Assistant Professor Virag White, VAD SkillsUSA Advisor:
“It’s been HOT in Louisville. Not just the weather, but it was sizzling for the SLCC VAD Department at the awards ceremony. We had 4 students competing: 2 gold medals, a silver, and a 4th place. They all did awesome!!!”

GOLD MEDAL
Photography
Troy Koltemann

GOLD MEDAL
Graphic Imaging – Sublimation
Sandra Casteneda

SILVER
Graphic Communications
Anna Marie Coronado

4th PLACE
Advertising Design
Hali Araneo

From INK:
“Congratulations Everyone! And kudos to Virag White for being the SLCC Visual Art & Design Department Advisor.”