ASI art program shines a light on campus-wide creativity


By Grace Johnson, April 20, 2021

For the first time in the history of the ASI art program, a new exhibition has emerged intended to celebrate innovation and creativity in all fields of study. Art submissions were accepted for “Motivational Creations” this month from students of all majors to showcase the talent of groups that are not generally recognized as artistic.

Cal Poly Pomona students were able to submit any artwork showing their motivation to pursue their major, which could include computer-aided designs, sheet music, programming, landscape architecture designs , plans or any other element demonstrating the creativity of the students.

“This exhibition stems from the fact that we usually only receive submissions from art majors,” said Annikka Rodriguez, student supervisor of the ASI art program, a third-year aerospace engineering student. “I really wanted to insist on more majors participating because I wanted to develop and emphasize that art comes in different forms and that these forms include architecture, landscape architecture, AMM and engineering. . “

According to Rodriguez, the program intends to encourage more students to participate in upcoming exhibitions so that the well-deserved recognition reaches those who work diligently and diligently in their fields of study.

ASI’s previous art exhibitions were reserved for art students, limiting the representation of other majors.

“I think a lot of people find it difficult to feel worthy in their majors or as creative beings,” said Jasmine Najarro, exhibition participant, fourth year visual communication student. “It gives me and other students the opportunity in their own school to feel appreciated and valued for their hard work. It is a wonderful thing to be able to share something that you have created with your peers and even your teachers without being rated or criticized.

Art submissions by Jasmine Najarro, fourth year visual communication student (photo left and right) and Brian Espinoza, fifth year landscape architecture student (middle photo). (Courtesy of Jasmine Najarro and Brian Espinoza)

The submission requirements for “Motivational Creations” were broad, allowing students to have full creative capacity when developing or choosing their work.

Each student was invited to submit up to two works of art per medium. For example, if a student wanted to submit two graphic design pieces and two paintings, they were able to do so, but were limited to submitting four graphic design pieces.

Submissions were accepted via email and once their work was accepted a form was sent out to fill out with questions about why each student chose their subject, what their piece meant to them personally and how it was. concerned his motivation within his subject.

“Any form of human expression can be art,” explained participant Brian Espinoza, a fifth-year landscape architecture student. “Anything a human being does to show an expression or an emotion is art to me. “

Understanding the program’s goal of highlighting the work of all students, the students were delighted with the creative freedom given to participants to exhibit their projects.

“It doesn’t matter what your specialization is,” Espinoza said. “As a major in landscape architecture, it meant a lot to me to be able to showcase the hard work that design takes, even though it is not traditionally categorized as art. It all comes down to what moves you and what moves others.

Other participating students appreciated that the exhibit rekindled their creative spirits during the chaotic and uncertain times of the pandemic.

“This exhibition made me excited because it gave me the opportunity to have the motivation to do something creative in the midst of chaos,” said Najarro. “I did and will continue to promote this because students should be pushed to create, especially those who are under-represented for their own art form. It’s amazing to see everyone coming together in one exhibit.

Program organizers, including Rodriguez, hope to encourage students to reach out to their creative classmates and peers so that this celebration of art can become a mainstream product on the PPC campus.

Art submissions closed on April 9 and all pieces accepted for “Motivation Creations” will be posted towards the end of the month on ASI BEAT Instagram and website.


Kayleen C. Rice