Sunday, September 18, 2016
SUNDAY REVIEW / SAN DIEGO’S LATINO ART SHOW
Platt College San Diego School of Digital Media Design will present "La Vida De Colores," a vibrant art show that explores the rich history, diversity, and spirit of Latino culture. The show opened Sept. 15.
Comprised of 17 fine art and graphic design pieces created by Platt College students and alumni, the show will run through November at the Spring Valley public library, located at 836 Kempton St. The show, which runs during National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15, is free to the public and can be viewed during regular library hours.
"Celebrating the diversity and cultural richness of both our region and student body is a core value at Platt College and we are delighted with the quality of work students have created," says Bob Leiker, chairman of the college, which has been in San Diego for more than 30 years. "The process of developing artwork for this show has been revelatory for students not only as they hone their technical skills, but also as they examine issues of Latino heritage, culture, and social justice."
Curators Nicole Lewis and Bianca Reyes agree. "We created an artistic landscape of work from students from varying backgrounds and asked them to express their understanding and appreciation of Latino heritage," says Lewis, head librarian and writing instructor at Platt College. "What we got was nothing short of spectacular, with pieces that are heartfelt explorations of universal experiences."
Reyes, who also submitted a graphic design titled "Maria Bonita," says that by creating art and exposing oneself helps both artists and viewers understand each other in a deeper, more meaningful way. "If art is thoughtful and well developed, people learn about each other in a very personal way," says the recent alumna. "With my piece, I wanted to capture the innocence of Mexican beauty along with representative designs of our culture."
Platt College invites the community to share in this celebration of Latino heritage. To learn more about future art shows and exhibitions, visit platt.edu.