Special Events

Plática Series

Ever wonder about the career opportunities waiting for you post-SJSU? Each fall, we invite San José State alumni who graduated from our program to give a one hour talk about what they are doing post-graduation. This month, we welcome Adriana Arriaga!

Adriana Arriaga, who goes by the alias adriana la artista, is a Xicana designer that creates bold, provocative, and impactful illustrations. Arriaga’s work reflects her culture, community, and personal experiences. She describes herself as a Contemporary Xicana Designer, where she combines practices from the Chicano Movement of the 60’s with present-day applications to create and share her work. Her work consists of large-scale illustrations made up of copy paper and wheat paste. She received a B.A. in Art/Design Studies and a Minor in Chicano Studies from San Jose State University in 2017. She then received her Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Davis in Design in 2019 and continues her thesis work in the community.

Join us as she presents her work titled,  "Designing in Color: Graphic Design Through a Xicana Lens", looks at the role of Xicana posters through a contemporary perspective. Through this work, Arriaga uncovers the function of the poster from a critical lens and combines past and present-day methods of poster making to build community.

Join us on November 29, 2022 at 4:30 PM as Adriana discusses her thesis project and the work she does with the community!

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CCS Plática flyer featuring Adriana Arriaga as the guest speaker.