AIGA Unidos presents Hispanic Heritage Talks 2020: The Student Panel

AIGA Atlanta is pleased to partner with AIGA Unidos, AIGA Gainesville, AIGA Jacksonville, and AIGA St. Louis to bring you Hispanic Heritage Talks 2020! Join us as we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Student Panel led by Assistant Professor Gaby Hernandez (University of Florida). Students Edwin Villalba (Art Institute of Atlanta), Erika Valenzuela (Maryville University), and Heidi Lopez (Pratt Institute) will share their Latinx student experiences and views. ¡Acompañanos!

This free event will take place over Zoom on October 3rd, 2020 at 7:30pm EST.

AIGA Unidos, a multi-chapter collaboration, creates a space to empower and celebrate the lives, work, stories, and needs of creatives with a Latinx and Hispanic cultural heritage. Our first event series, Hispanic Heritage Talks, will feature virtual talks with Latinx and Hispanic creatives of various backgrounds and disciplines, taking place all throughout Hispanic Heritage Month!

More about the Student Panel:

Gaby Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, at the University of Florida, who currently focuses on the connection of identity, heritage, horizontality, and decoloniality with design practice and design education. Her research and pedagogy explore methods and projects that aim to decenter traditional design canons and knowledge through visual storytelling, integrative design, creative toolkits, and community-based design. Gaby’s creative and research work has earned multiple awards and grants, and has been presented in the Design Research Society Conference, the College Art Association Conference, the AIGA Design Education Conferences, and many more.

Erika Valenzuela is a third year Interactive Design student at Maryville University. Her love for animated movies has inspired her to study and work towards having a career in the animation field.

Edwin Villalba is a Mexican-born, Texas-raised graphic designer living in Georgia. In 2010, he started his career as a self-taught freelance photographer and graphic designer. He is now finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Atlanta. He is the Communications Chair for the AIGA Atlanta Student Board and is a Freelance Graphic Designer for Miller Zell and as a Graphic Designer at Leap Creative.

Heidi Lopez is a Latinx designer and Illustrator, and grad student at Pratt Institute. Being a daughter of immigrants, it is very important to her to create artwork that analyzes negative societal perspectives and try to offer new viewpoints. When she is not trying to conquer social injustice through art, she enjoys creating colorful illustrations, creating logos for brands or businesses and spending time with her familia.

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When & Where
Sat, Oct 3, 2020 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT