Message from the Director

Annie Buckley

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and restful holiday.

You may have noticed something different upon returning to the School of Art + Design this semester. Both our buildings were beautifully cleaned over the winter break and the Art North building is being painted. It is still in process and will be completed soon! We are so grateful to our staff and to the staff at Facilities who have helped to make this happen to improve our School.

I am excited to share that we will also have new exhibitions of student and faculty work. To kick us off, you will find that the mural gracing the main corridor in Art North, designed by student Alexandra MacLeod, is now complete. MacLeod and a group of fellow students from Art 453 (Detail Design), worked against the clock to finish the mural before the start of winter break. In addition, we have put out a call for student work for an exhibition in the Art + Design office. We are currently making final selections and student work will grace the walls of our newly painted office. Each student selected will receive a $50 award and inclusion in the semester-long exhibition.

This semester, we have two exciting exhibitions to announce. In the Downtown Gallery, the School of Art + Design will honor the 50th anniversary of SDSU’s Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies with CHICANO/A/X PRINTMAKING: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism, opening on February 8. In addition, the School of Art + Design will hold its annual Student Award Exhibition (SAE), March 9 – 25 at the University Gallery. The SAE is a juried show featuring graduate and undergraduate art and design work. Selected students win cash awards and exhibition opportunities.

Finally, we would like to extend a warm welcome back to the School’s former director, Kotaro Nakamura. Kotaro will return to the classroom this spring teaching courses in interior architecture.

As always, thank you to our donors for supporting the School of Art + Design. Your enthusiasm for the school, our students, our faculty, and all that is created here is so appreciated! If you would like to find out how you can become a supporter of the School, please visit this link.


Annie Buckley
Director, SDSU School of Art + Design