Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Portfolio Show Gives Glimpse of Students Artistic Talent

Chef Eyad Joseph, academic director for The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, with June 2009 Culinary Arts students Charles Coffman, Carlos Ambriz, Patricia Balderrama and Brittani White. Coffman and Balderama are June 2009 graduates, and with help from the underclassmen, prepared the spread of food before them so it could be sampled at the Graduate Portfolio Review held last week in Riverside.

(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) Every three months, The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire graduates a growing number of students who have the potential to change the world through art.

At the school’s quarterly Graduate Portfolio Review, held for the newest graduates on Tuesday, June 16 at Riverside Art Museum, the students show just how they may accomplish this artistic endeavor. Graduating students display the artwork they’ve done in class, and in some cases, work created for paid clients.

“It is the students’ unique artistic talents, coupled with the skills they have built as they studied for their degrees that will provide the foundation for them to become professional artists,” said Cindy Jones, director of career services for The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire and a former art gallery owner. “This show will give them additional exposure to employers in search of artistically talented people.”

Harry Bajwa of Q Vantage, a software development company, agrees.

“This show is perfect for us,” he said. “We need artistically creative people, which is one thing we lack. Here, I can see what these students are capable of, and obtain contact information from them to discuss our positions.”

Although, the Graduate Portfolio Review is an opportunity for students to network with potential employers, some students have already accepted positions with companies that need the skills they obtained in their studies.

Karena Pavon of Moreno Valley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design, and began work Wednesday as a graphic designer, t-shirt designer and fashion photographer for Privacy Wear, a fashion design company in Corona that sells its label to Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Dillards and many upscale fashion boutiques.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire held its first Graduate Portfolio Show in December 2008.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree program in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Fashion Design.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree program in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree program in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/), a system of over 40 education locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, and culinary arts professionals.