Student artists, graphic designers to showcase works in virtual exhibition
The Studio Art and Graphic Design class of 2021 at University of the Pacific will present a virtual exhibition of their art and design work, which opens at 6 p.m. on April 22 via Zoom.
The exhibition is titled “In Limbo.”
This is another in a series of Pacific virtual exhibitions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition by seniors and juniors will be composed of graphic designs and paintings created using the Art Steps online platform.
The featured senior graphic design students are Crystal Baltazar, Isabel Enriquez, Gavin Henderson, Emilie Jenkins, Shay Jones, Jennifer Nava, Brian Navarro-Medina, Mark Rodriguez, Marc Tom, Jasmine Torres and Mackenzie Wieland. The senior studio students include Crystal Baltazar, Erica Madrigal, Mariana Nunez and Kaelani Valdez-Nawatani.
There also are three juniors: Rosa Castillo, Emily Chen and Lisette Silva.
Graphics artist Jasmine Torres, who graduated from Bear Creek High School in Stockton, said all involved in the show tried to support one another.
“It was very difficult doing the art and design work online and remotely,” Torres said. “But we all made the best of it. We had to be creative.”
Torres designed labels for three flavors of the popular drink Kombucha – pineapple, mango and papaya. She gave the drink the brand name Olakino – which means the “state of health and wellbeing” in Hawaiian.
“I tried to design labels that would capture the meaning and essence of the word Olakino,” Torres said.
A press release for the exhibition sums up the challenges that were faced and met.
“They have adjusted to studio art classes held remotely, working from dining tables and bedrooms. They have done without large studios and the professional equipment available in the art building. Some of them have lost family members and friends. Yet they persevered and created an impressive body of work.”