CBU opens doors to the world

Courtesy of Kristine Lippire

Eight artistic, interactive doors were displayed around Stamps Courtyard during Parent and Family Weekend Nov. 10 and 11. The doors were part of a student project that brought visibility to the College of Visual Art and Design.

Kristi Lippire, associate professor of visual art, had students in the Advanced Art, ART300, and Drawing 2, ART314, classes begin this project on the first day of class in the fall semester.

Lippire said each student created two ideas, pitched them to their group, picked the best idea and individually presented their interpretations of it.

Lippire was contacted by California Baptist University’s Office of University Advancement and asked to participate in the Doors to the World project this year.

The project was meant to draw attention to the art program at CBU amid other events on campus. Lippire said most of the doors opened, and the project was created to be an interactive and visual display on campus.

“Students could take this (theme) any direction they wanted. Some connected it to a Bible quote or a biblical passage referring to doors. Some took it to mean travel and exploration,” Lippire said.

The project was created to be interactive and visually engaging for students on campus as most of the doors opened. Doors had scenes of monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Mount Rushmore and Big Ben.

One design centered on a rocket with a see-through window on the door, and another said, “Greetings from Lancer Nation,” and had images of different countries.

Each of the eight doors was completed by a group of three or four students. Lippire said her students will likely complete an engaging art project for Parent and Family Weekend each year. The project gave students more experience with collaboration.

“Working in groups is really hard,” said Lauren Sankey, senior visual arts major. “There’s certain pieces of the puzzle that you fit in, and you learn that in group projects because one person might not bring something to the table, but another person can.”

Sankey said her group was making changes to their plans throughout the entire process, which lasted about a month and a half.

Hannah Yokoo, senior visual arts major, explained how working in teams affects the overall project.

“Working in teams is definitely a challenge because you have to remember that everyone has to be a team player and share the workload and learn how to, when you hit a conflict, peacefully resolve it and move on and continue to work as a group,” Yokoo said.

More artwork from students in the CAVAD program can be seen at the annual senior exhibition.

The event is an art gallery located at the CBU Gallery in downtown Riverside starting Dec. 7—Jan. 7.

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