Art collective’s exhibit aims to talk up student debt

Artists (left to right) Nic Sanchez, Ramon Tejada and Tom Ahn form the Us Collective, exhibiting now at Brandstater Gallery.
Artists (left to right) Nic Sanchez, Ramon Tejada and Tom Ahn form the Us Collective, exhibiting now at Brandstater Gallery.

Oct. 3, 2012

Darla Martin Tucker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ( A three-artist collective is exhibiting graphic design works at La Sierra University’s Brandstater Gallery, with an overall goal of stimulating conversation about student loans and debt.

Us Collective is a decentralized design collective involving artists in Los Angeles, Austin, Texas, and New York City. The group works on projects that engage communities and start conversations. The artists’ show at Brandstater, titled “HA$ CONFERRED UPON…” aims to stimulate discussion on topics surrounding student loans and debt, an increasingly difficult issue for students and their families.

The artists, Ramon Tejada from New York City, Tom Ahn from Austin and Nic Sanchez from Los Angeles created new artwork for the Brandstater Gallery exhibit. The show runs Oct. 4 – Nov. 1, with an opening reception Oct. 8, 6 – 8 p.m.

Gallery hours are Mon. – Thurs., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun., 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery is located at the Visual Art Center 112, Building 1. For further information call 951-785-2170. La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside.

Tejada’s professional credits include a logo and brand identity for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, logo and collateral material for Hug Realty Group in New York City, design for collateral pieces for The Shakespeare Society and many other projects. He also served on the faculty of the New York School of Interior Design and taught graphic design and web design courses at Queens College-The City University of New York. He completed courses for a Master of Fine Art from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Ahn’s artistic projects include poster design for a Harvard Graduate School of Education food drive, a mailer/poster for Austin Achieve Public Schools, a poster for George Fox University’s production of “Euripides,” and a collaboration on a visiting artist lecture poster for Otis College of Art and Design. His interests include media perception, design-based education reform and graphic surrealism.

Sanchez, a graphic designer and 2010 graduate of La Sierra University’s art department also holds a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from Otis College of Art and Design. He has worked as a design intern for Adam Lee Design in Corona and Monster Media Inc. in Riverside. His past projects include compact disc artwork for guitarist Rusty Perez, poster designs for visiting artist lectures at Otis College of Art and Design, and a visual diary of a visit to Amsterdam under mentorship of COMA Amsterdam/New York. His design awards include gold, silver and bronze Student Addy awards from the Inland Empire Ad Club and two Katchmakoff student portfolio scholarships from La Sierra University.?

He served in La Sierra’s public relations department as a student designer, as the student association’s publications editor/art director and as publications vice president for the Student Association of La Sierra University.

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