Student artworks are creative conduit at Intel facility

September 17, 2009

There’s more than just sand that connects the Silicon Valley with the Valley of the Sun. Artwork by ASU Herberger Institute School of Art students, faculty and alumni is hung on the walls of title="Intel's local Ocotillo campus">Intel’s local Ocotillo campus; serving as a conduit between creativity and innovation.

“We’ve enhanced the look and feel of the main building lobbies and high-traffic areas with unique and colorful pieces,” says Jethe D. Becerra, program manager at Intel. “We like the idea of displaying work from local artists and students as a way of supporting those living and working in our community.” Download Full Image

Intel teamed up with the" title="Herberger Institute">Herberger Institute in January 2009 to develop the Intel fellowship in art and community engagement. The first ASU representative named curator at Intel’s Ocotillo campus was Tricia Loscher, current School of Art Ph.D. student and a recent MA graduate.

“One of the goals of the exhibitions was to offer the Intel audience an immersive, visual experience and richness that is a feast for their eyes and senses,” Loscher says. “It was my hope that the artwork opened people’s eyes to the world they inhabit; to the things of the world that are animate and inanimate.”

The initial February 2009 show included mixed-media paintings by John Dawson, a School of Art MFA alumnus, whose paintings are influenced by his world travels. Michael Stevenson also is a School of Art MFA alumnus whose paintings have shown around the country in solo and group exhibitions. Stevenson’s work was showcased in May 2009 along with an exhibit by six" title="School of Art">School of Art printmaking students.

The exhibition that wrapped up at the end of July 2009 included more than 30 works of drawings, prints and paintings. Each piece was accompanied by a brief description about the Herberger Institute-Intel partnership that included a photo and an artist introduction.
During exhibitions, Loscher fielded queries about the pieces from Intel employees, who then expressed their feelings about how the works have been influential to them with Becerra.

“Several employees have commented about their appreciation of the color that the art has brought to the campus,” Becerra says. “We hope to engage employees’ interest in art and perhaps even expand their knowledge of different variations of artwork.”

The response from everyone involved is inspirational to Loscher. Her desire has helped to create more partnerships and programs that connect artists with their communities.

“It’s remarkable to see how the works of art that are filled with poetic feeling and life has made the Intel workspace extraordinary,” Loscher says. “It’s been very rewarding to help facilitate students’ exhibitions and provide encouragement for these young artists by exhibiting in a corporate community.”

The Intel fellowship in art and community engagement continues at Intel’s Ocotillo campus through December 2009. Upcoming exhibitions include works by School of Art faculty members Mary Neubauer and Mary Hood as well as sculptures by School of Art students created from copper donated by Intel. Joe Baker, Herberger Institute’s director for" title="community engagement">community engagement has been active in the fellowship’s development.

“Connecting students with the community through corporate partnerships like Intel’s provides them a vast learning laboratory, helping them evolve as artists and arts ambassadors,” Baker says.

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


Episodes from the Grab Bag of Life, an exploration in the crossroads of art, motherhood, and being single

September 17, 2009

Whitney Zamá is an MFA photography candidate in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art.

The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts presents Whitney Zamá’s Episodes from the Grab Bag of Life, an installation of photographic observations. The exhibition presents mishaps, thoughts, and conflicted observations on the uncanny crossroads at which she finds herself. The images are heartbreaking, insightful, vigorous and funny. Rodeo Sheep Ride is a featured work in Episodes from the grab Bag of Life, a photographic installation exploring the crossroads of art, motherhood, and being single, running through Oct. 2 at ASU's Step Gallery. Photo by Whitney Zamá Download Full Image

Zamá invites viewers to see life through the eyes of a single mother and artist. She addresses the ramifications and boundaries of her roles in an installation that includes photographs, sound, and performance. The performances, acted out by the artist, are dramatic interpretations of episodesdocumented in the exhibition.

ASU Herberger Institute School of Art Step Gallery, Tempe Center Ste. 74, Tempe. The gallery is on the northeast corner of 10th Street and University Drive (located just north of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center).

Sept. 21– Oct. 2; Artist’s reception, Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 7–9 p.m.; Performances, Monday Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.; and 8:30 p.m.
Step Gallery hours: Monday–Thursday, noon–5p.m.; Fridays noon–3p.m. Closed weekends and major holidays. 


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Whitney Zamá
Master of Fine Arts candidate
ASU Herberger Institute
School of Art

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

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Ryan Peter Miller
Gallery Coordinator
ASU Herberger Institute School of Art