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Sheila Chambers Retires

INK would like to congratulate long-time Visual Art & Design full-time faculty member, Professor Sheila Chambers and wish her the best in her retirement. Have lots of fun Sheila!

A wonderful biography in Sheila’s own words:

“I studied and received my B.A. in Communications from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). I took nearly one-third fine art courses, but also studied video, film, informational design, and graphic design. After graduating, I worked nine years as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator in Los Angeles.  In 1991, with a move to Salt Lake City for graduate school, I took a full-time teaching position at Salt Lake Community College in the Visual Art & Design Department.”
“Over the years I have fulfilled a generalist position in the SLCC Visual Art & Design Department, teaching both traditional and digital media. I have taught diverse courses such as design, drawing, color theory, corporate design, package design, illustration, painting, portfolio preparation, computer art, and art history. I like variety!”  

“In my practice as an artist, I have loved combining words with images to create a more powerful message in my paintings, drawings, and digital posters. Over the years, I have also developed a keen interest in the meeting point of art and spirituality, and the influence of one’s own philosophy on their art practice. In my interactions with students I have always paid attention to their motives and their dreams and attempted to guide them to their niche in the varied art and design industry.”
“From 1996 – 98 I attended a low-residency M.F.A. program at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The studies enabled me to combine my love of both design and illustration, and ultimately wrote my M.F.A. Thesis on Poster Design, while also developing a manual for teaching illustration at the primary and secondary levels. I earned the M.F.A. in Art in 1998. Concurrently, I created a website to include work being completed for my degree:

“In 2003, I created http://www.16shrines.com
for my work completed for the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award (and art show) at Salt Lake Community College. I have participated in numerous exhibitions over the years, and take delight not only in traditional media, but in experimenting with new media as well.”

“I was granted tenure at Salt Lake Community College in 2000 and promoted to full Professor in 2004. Compelled to seek out ways to enlarge my understanding of multicultural and transhistorical art from many regions of the world, I began studying world art and craft. This led to admission to a doctoral program where I was in a one-year residency in London, England at The Prince’s School of Traditional Art where I studied manuscript illumination, gilding, tile design, sacred geometry, and contextual studies in the philosophy of traditional and sacred art. The fruits of that formal study are yet to be determined but will either be completion of the doctoral degree or contributions to scholarship about where art practice and philosophy converge in the art product. To that end I run perceptual experiments and make art at Poor Yorick Studios, a collective in South Salt Lake.”

Thank you Sheila for all your years of work and contribution to the Visual Art & Design Department at Salt Lake Community College.






South City Campus / Center for Arts & Media
School of Arts, Communication & Media
Multipurpose Room 1-030
1575 South State Street / SLC, UT 84115

The Visual Art & Design Faculty is proud to present the Guest Artist Series.

Angela H. Brown
Entrepreneur, Editor & Publisher – SLUG Magazine
While running SLUG Magazine for over 16 years, Angela launched the digital version which includes access to the magazine’s bi-weekly podcast. In 2009 Angela started Craft Lake City, an annual Do-It-Yourself Festival. In her spare time, Angela loves to print silver gelatin images in her photographic darkroom, run outdoors and volunteer for various local committees and advisory boards.

Talin Wadsworth
Senior Designer, ADOBE
A VAD Graphic Design graduate, Talin also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Design at the California College of the Arts. After graduating, Talin was hired as a senior designer at SF Volume Inc. He has worked on projects for Cal Academy of Sciences, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Rizzoli Publishing, 826 Valencia and is currently a senior designer at Adobe. Talin lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two children.

This Event is Free & Open to SLCC Students & Our Guests of the Community.

For more information contact Sheila Chambers:


Utah Travels Photo Exhibit

May 19 – June 22
Monday – Thursday  /  9 AM – 6 PM or by arrangement

VAD alumnus Traci Sue (above) has two photos in the Utah Travel Photo Exhibit. VAD faculty member Professor Sheila Chambers also has two photos showing. Kudos to both Traci and Sheila. Please visit and take a look!

From the UCCC:

The “Utah Travels” photo exhibit showcases the remarkable photographic images captured by Utahn’s during their diverse travel experiences. The exhibit allows an opportunity for professional and amateur photographers of all ages to publicly present their most distinct travel photos and to share the stories of their experiences with a short descriptive paragraph. Images may represent destinations thousands of miles away or a few miles from home. These photos reflect the beauty, richness and diversity of people, events, nature, culture and all that celebrates humanity and planet earth.



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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.