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Department of Visual Arts Office
(209) 946-2241
Brett DeBoer, Daniel Kasser
Department Co-Chairs
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Outstanding Students

Congratulations to our 2015 Outstanding Graduates2015 Visual Arts Outstanding Senior

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

  • Alexis Ortega - Studio Art
  • Micaela Todd - Graphic Design

Outstanding seniors were recognized at the College of the Pacific Annual Awards Ceremony May 8, 2015.  Learn more about the Outstanding Seniors from the class of  2015. >>

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Graduates

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

  • Morgan Andre
  • Dana Shiroma

2014 Outstanding Graduate Morgan Andre

Morgan Andre
receives her B.F.A. in Studio Arts, with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. In addition to serving as a department student representative, Morgan is also the 2014 Department of Visual Arts Outstanding Senior for Studio Arts. She graduates with a 3.80 GPA and has been a member of the Dean's Honor Roll since her freshman year.

Morgan has remained quintessentially steady in her commitment to her professional goals. She has demonstrated a strong work ethic, artistic courage, and devotion to a spirit of inquiry. As an emerging artist, Morgan has begun to accrue a record of achievement with exhibitions and publications featuring her work.

Morgan's artworks have been featured in eight juried exhibitions, both regionally and here at Pacific. Her artworks have also been included in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Calliope, Pacific's literary and Arts magazine. Upon graduating Morgan will pursue exhibiting and residency opportunities as she prepares application to graduate school.

2014 Outstanding Graduate Dana Shiroma

Dana Shiroma
graduates from Pacific with a B.F.A in Graphic Design with an overall GPA of 3.75 and 4.0 in her major classes, she was accepted to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. As a native of Maui, Hawaii, Dana became interested in ocean conservation, a recurring theme in her design work, and created award winning design works while still in high school.

She subsequently decided to study Graphic Design and joined Pacific in 2010. Dana has been a Department of Visual Arts student representative since 2012, introducing prospective and incoming students to the inner working of the Graphic Design and Studio programs. You have seen her designs brighten the campus during her years as a designer for ASUOP and for the Office of Undergraduate Research. She served as an art editor and co-designer of the student run Calliope magazine in 2013 and oversaw the production of the publication. She is currently the Vice President for the Pacific chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts). After graduation, Dana plans a career in graphic design by seeking work in an advertising agency or a design studio.

Congratulations to our 2013 Outstanding Graduate

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

2013 Outstanding Graduate Jessica Fong
2013 Outstanding Graduate Jessica Fong (center) with faculty mentors, Professors Trent Burkett and Merrill Schleier

Jessica Fong graduated from Pacific with a double major, a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a self-designed major in Visual Studies. As well as receiving the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Award, Jessica has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including the Pacific Undergraduate Research Fellowship Grant, Central Methodist Art Award, Carla Malone Ceramics Award and the Department of Visual Arts Senior Award.

Among her accomplishments while at Pacific, Jessica exhibited her artwork nationally, served an awarded assistantship in Gatlinburg, TN and an internship in San Jose, CA. She presented a paper on the photographer Sally Mann at the National Council for Undergraduate Research and her poster on paper making and sustainability was featured at this year's Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor's Society, served as the Visual Arts Department representative, president of the Ceramics Club and participated in the CIP One Word Film project and the Pacific Film festival. Jessica now moves forward to seek a career as a practicing artist, an educator and an art administrator.

Upon graduation, Jessica accepted an artist in residence program at the Sonoma Community Center. As well as teaching printmaking and intermediate ceramics, Jessica is presenting a solo exhibition of her work. Starting in early 2014 Jessica will be interning in New York as the top choice for the Women's Studio Workshop's Winter Ceramics Internship. Congratulations Jessica, we can't wait to see what comes next.

Meet Our Outstanding 2012 Graduates

  • Amanda Zimmerman
  • Zac Bates

Zac Bates graduated from Pacific Summa Cum Laude with his B.F.A. degree in Visual Arts majoring in Graphic Design. In addition to outstanding work in the classroom and studio, Zac has excelled at applying his knowledge and skill as a member of the student design team at ASUOP producing a variety of promotional design for ASUOP-sponsored campus events.

Zac's research paper "Behavioral Change Through Graphic Design" was accepted for presentation at the National Undergraduate Research Conferences this past spring at Weber State University. This project explored the influence that design has upon resolving cognitive dissonance when one is presented with visual images of equally compelling, but opposing, points of view.

Amanda Zimmerman transferred to Pacific from San Joaquin Delta College where she began her studies in the arts, with an interest in photography. In her junior year, under the direction of Dr. Merrill Schleier, Amanda produced an elegant series of still life photographs. She also collaborated with Professor Daniel Kasser on a commission from Arcadia Publishing to produce a second pictorial narrative on the history of Stockton. Stockton: Then and Now was released in January 2012.  An accompanying portfolio of twenty-five plates was exhibited at the Kress Legal Center in Downtown Stockton and is reappearing in an expanded form at the San Joaquin County Museum this summer.

Off to Grad School!

  • Robin Lee, who graduated in 2010 with a self-designed Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Studies, is completing her Master's degree in Global Media at the American University of Paris.

  • Harrison Inefuku, who graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and a self-designed Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Culture, has completed Master's degrees in Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. He completed a research project on university archival repositories in South Africa and was invited to attend a dialogue forum hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, dealing with silences, secrets and taboos. Additionally, Harrison has presented papers at professional conferences in Chicago, Honolulu, New Orleans, Toronto and Vancouver. He is currently the Digital Repository Coordinator at Iowa State University.

  • Lauren Gallow received her Bachelor of Arts in 2007, with a double major in Visual Studies and Film Studies. She is currently enrolled in the History of Art and Architecture program at UC Santa Barbara where she completed her M.A. in 2010, and is also completing her Ph.D. coursework. Since arriving at UCSB, she has presented at numerous conferences including the National Popular Culture Association Conference and the Getty Center Architecture Research Workshop. She was also the co-organizer in 2011 of the annual UCSB Art History Graduate Student Symposium, which featured graduate student presenters from across the US and the globe.

  • Eliana Cetto, who graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and a self-designed Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Culture, is attending San Jose State University, Digital Media Art MFA program.

  • Suzanne Shenk, who graduated in 2006 with a self-designed major in Visual Studies, just finished her Master's degree in Communication, Visual Culture and Technology at Georgetown University, where she is a Senior Writer and Editor for Alumni Communications.

Off to Work!

  • David Mayman (B.F.A. Graphic Design '10)
    During David's junior year he created a new design-related position with ASUOP for broadcast and video media. As a senior he led his senior class through the development of a way finding system for Pacific's Stockton campus, presented the project at NCURR and received Pacific's distinguished Hoefer Prize for Undergraduate Research. Upon graduation David joined Gensler and Associates, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm, where a new position was created for him in the company's San Francisco office. www.gensler.com

  • Robin Lee (B.A. Visual Studies '10)
    Robin Lee works for an online journal called Paris Cherie, which is devoted to the women of China who admire Parisian fashion. Robin writes about fashion, beauty, and living in Paris, the city of lights, while maintaining her personal interest in ethical and sustainable design. The online magazine is in its launch phase and will go live in December at www.parischerie.com.

  • Nancy Ladd-Owang (B.F.A. Graphic Design '04)
    In 2006, designer Nancy Ladd-Owyang made the decision to build her own design business from the ground up, and thus Eye 2 Eye Graphics was born. Nancy creates unique, sophisticated and memorable identity brands that get businesses noticed by their ideal clients. Nancy was awarded the BPW Washington State Young Careerist (YC) and in 2004, the Department of Visual Arts distinguished her with an award of professionalism. She is currently lives in Everett Washington and is the principle designer of her company eye2eyegraphics.com.

  • Stephen Eakin (B.F.A. Studio Arts '03)
    After graduation from Pacific, Stephen pursued his Master's of Fine Arts degree in media arts at the University of Minnesota on a full three-year scholarship. Stephen's current work is autobiographical and presented in an installation format using mixed media and film. In 2009, he returned to Stockton as an adjunct faculty at Pacific, teaching ceramics, three-dimensional and two-dimensional design. Stephen is currently living and working as an artist in NYC. He continues to exhibit nationwide. www.stepheneakin.com.

Spring 2010 Calliope

Calliope Wins APEX Award Third Year in a Row

The 2010 issue of Calliope,"Memento Musa," (remembering the muse), has received the 2011 APEX Award for Publication Excellence, continuing the Calliope winning streak. The 2009 issue of Calliope, titled "Five Minutes to Madalyn," received the 2010 APEX Award for Publication Excellence, earning the distinction for "One-of-a-Kind Publications." The APEX awards are sponsored annually by Communications Concepts, Inc. Calliope, Pacific's literary and arts magazine, is designed, illustrated and written by students. It was the only winning entry from a university and the only student-led publication to win in this category. In 2009, the previous year's issue of Calliope received an APEX Award of Excellence. For further information visit the Calliope website. http://pacificalliope.wordpress.com

Graphic Design student Movie Poster

Graphic Design student a finalist in poster competition

Graphic Design student, Mark Radanovich, was one of seven finalists in the international movie poster competition for the upcoming film "Animal Charm." Voting for the  competition, sponsored by Talenthouse, was via their website. The poster was created as part of the Visual Arts Illustration course, taught by visiting lecturer Micheal Leonard.

Graphic Design student's  winning design


Graphic Design Student Wins "Bling our Truck" Contest

 Graphic Design student, Aaron Davis submitted the winning design for the mobile café from Bon Appetite. The new “café” is a truck which brings snacks, sandwiches and other refreshments to South Campus. A contest “Bling Our Truck” was held to select a look for the truck and Aaron’s eye-catching and unique citrus design was selected to wrap the new truck.

Student-Developed Wayfinding System Is Being Adopted at Pacific

Professor Brett DeBoer with Students create Pacific WayfindingRecognizing that campus signage was out of date and inconsistent, a team of four senior graphic design students decided to establish a new wayfinding system for the Stockton campus as a class project in 2009-2010. With guidance from Professor Brett DeBoer, Ivan Rocha, David Mayman, Glynnis Koike and Lauren Friedrich worked together to create the Pacific Lantern wayfinding system, which covers everything from signage and campus maps to iPhone applications and website information.

In May 2010, the student team presented their proposal to President Pamela Eibeck and otherPacific Lantern Link university executives. The administration has agreed to adopt the system, and plans for implementation are underway.


Art Student wins Label Competition Award

Graphic Design Student Wins Wine Label Competition Award

Glynnis Koike had her label design for Cor Sanare win a bronze medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition this past June.Art Student Award Winning Label Cor Sanare (Heal the Heart) is the initial vintage from local wine makers at The McDonald Estates. Graphic Design students partner with the McDonalds in designing visual identity materials for their vineyard and labels for their wines and also, soon to be released, olive oils. Glynnis' exceptional design was selected amidst 1290 wineries submitting wines and their labels from 27 countries and 28 states for this prestigious honor.

Meet Our Outstanding Seniors for 2010!

Lauren Friedrich: Graphic Design  Outstanding Senior Lauren Friedrich

Lauren earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a very strong academic record, and she served as the department's Student Representative for two years. She has been an active member in AIGA, Mortar Board Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. Lauren won the AIGA Blue Ridge Merit Award for one of her Richard Meier book covers. While at Pacific she gained significant practical experience by working as a graphic designer at ASuop (student government) and serving as the art director for the 2009/2010 issue of Pacific's award-winning literary and art magazine, Calliope.

Christine Strain, Outstanding Senior 2010


Christine Strain: Studio Arts

Christine earned her B.F.A. in Studio Arts with an emphasis in illustration and painting. She distinguished herself among her peers with national and regional recognition for her illustrational and fine art artworks, including:
•    Finalist entry in the "How Do You See Green?" contest by the Strathmore Paper Company
•    Cover illustrations for the United British Sports Car Club
•    A successful debut of her monotype prints of water birds at the Knowlton Gallery

Christine has been commissioned to produce a 4 ½' X 33' mural for the newly opened Patient Pavilion of St. Joseph's Medical Center. This is a fortuitous assignment for a talented young graduate. Her mural, titled "A Star is Born," will bring to the Maternity Center the spirit of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta environs.