Message from the Director

Annie Buckley

Dear friends, faculty, students, and supporters,

Happy fall! The School of Art + Design got off to a busy start this semester. It is exciting to see the cases throughout the building begin to fill with our students’ creations. From black-and-white op-art designs and collaborative paintings, to objects merged or taken apart and reconstituted into sculptural ways, our students’ creativity and innovation shine. We recently launched a call for art for a student exhibition in the Art + Design office and a faculty and student exhibition in the offices of President de la Torre, so we look forward to seeing more student work on the walls.

This was a time of meeting and connection:
• The new Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Peggy Shannon, organized a visit to the College by our new Provost, Dr. Hector Ochoa. He brought together faculty and staff to learn more about our College and toured the building.
• An exciting exhibition of the work of Luiz Gonzalez Palma opened at the SDSU Downtown Gallery, and the artist came to campus to conduct studio visits with our graduate students.
• I was fortunate to attend Slide Night for the first time, a wonderful SDSU tradition that brings students and faculty together for graduate students to showcase their work.
• I had the chance to connect with our wonderful Art Council Ambassadors at a meet-and-greet event.

I was particularly pleased that we were able to host our first student summits. Our awesome staff helped to ensure that students had lunch and a space to share ideas. I valued the chance to sit with undergraduate and graduate students to learn more about the needs and interests of our student body. I look forward to continuing to grow these vital conversations. I even got to squeeze time between meetings to visit a few classes and I look forward to visiting more.

The staff and I have also been busy collaborating with folks all across the university with the goal of improving our facilities. From meeting with administrators and contractors to conducting a survey among faculty about offices and classroom spaces, it is a priority of mine to ensure that our community and buildings are cared for, shared, and that needed improvements are made.

I hope you enjoy reading more about the accomplishments of our School! We welcome input and feedback

Thank you,

SDSU School of Art + Design