Central Arizona College Graphic Design Club Visits New York

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing  

Six Central Arizona College Graphic Design students recently traveled to New York City to view works by artists and designers they studied throughout their time in the design program.

Four students who participated in the NYC trip were recent graduates from CAC. Each of them will be attending Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus in the fall, transferring in as juniors in the Graphic Information Technology Program.

The students, all members of the Graphic Design Club conducted multiple fundraising events during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Sue Tatterson, Creative Arts Department Chair and Professor of Digital Media explained, “The students worked incredibly hard to raise the funds needed. They sold raffle tickets and participated in Pence Center events, where they sold merchandise they designed.” Tatterson added, “I am incredibly proud of their hard work and dedication and I’m thrilled they were able to make the trip. We live in a digital age where many of them rent text books online, so their relationship to art is on a screen. For them to be able to interact with works by the great artists and designers is invaluable. The highlight for me was their excitement, for example, Quinton almost squealed with delight as he said ‘…I just saw a real Picasso, and then I saw a Pollock.’ I am certain this experience is one they will keep with them as they continue their studies.”

While in New York, students were able to immerse themselves in the exciting culture NYC offers. They visited The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. The group stayed in an AIRBNB apartment in East Harlem, which was in walking distance of Central Park as well as several museums, and they mastered the NYC subway so they could visit Times Square and other notable New York attractions.

Vann Lozano, Graphic Design Club Vice President described the experience, “The highlight of the trip for me was definitely seeing the museums in person. I've only seen them online, but seeing the scale of some of the art pieces blew me away. Seeing all the different types of art showed me that I don't have to narrow down what I can do. There will be someone out there who will appreciate my work and that really motivated me. This trip is something I will always cherish and I'm so grateful for the club and everyone's dedication and hard work. Without team work, we wouldn't have reached our goal.”

“Our trip to New York was one that I will never forget! I had the pleasure of experiencing things that I never would have the chance to see on the West Coast. The culture in New York and the scenery was beautiful to be around and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to be able to live through this with this great group of people,” stated Taylor Slaughter, Graphic Design Club Treasurer. “I got to see pieces of art in person that I've been learning about and had seen in textbooks a million times. I believe that travel opens the mind, and I'm so happy to have been able to visit such a beautiful historical place with such amazing people.”

“It was definitely an amazing experience to witness the place I've dreamed of going to. From the architecture, to the subways, museums, to the people themselves, I witnessed so many different types of art. I even heard people walking down the street talking about the design opportunities they've found there in New York,” said Marielle Ariete, Graphic Design Club President. “Each museum (Cooper Hewitt, the MET, and MoMa) were so distinctive in style, yet shared the same love and appreciation for art. My favorite museum was definitely the MET. I was so inspired by seeing some of my favorite paintings and other works by my favorite artists right before my very eyes. It was surreal!

Quinton Prunty, CAC graphic design graduate added, “I'd say the highlight of the trip was seeing the some of the most amazing modern art created. The trip inspired me to study more closely the work of others and immerse myself in their creative process, so that I may apply it to my own. Walking down the streets of New York and exploring its vast culture is an extraordinary experience I will never forget!"

The entire experience was summed up by Justyce Rodgers who will be attending ASU in the fall, “Overall, New York taught me to look for the beauty in everything.” 

graphic design students at cooper hewitt in NYC       Graphic Design students in front of MET  

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