ARC to reward designs for new STEM building


Art students will have a chance to submit their designs that will be displayed as a part of the new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics building. The contest deadline is Aug. 2, 2019. (Photo illustration by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Imani Smith

The Permanent Art Collection Committee at American River College, or PAC, is looking for three designs to be displayed throughout the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building, which has been under construction since 2018. PAC selects art to be displayed throughout ARC’s campus.

For each chosen design there is a $1,000 reward given out to the winning students.

According to PAC, the designs submitted should reflect and honor the main purpose of the building’s programs that include business and computer science, astronomy, mathematics, and physics and engineering.

According to Patricia Wood, the Kaneko Art Gallery director, student artwork should also embody the mission of ARC.

“Designs that represent and complement the broad mission of the college, student success, inclusion, diversity and environmental sustainability will also be considered,” Wood said.

According to Wood, all of the graphic designs must be black and white and will be printed on clear film and applied to the glass doors as well.

PAC is looking for a black and white graphic design that will eventually be printed out and displayed on a large-scale banner.

To submit designs, students must upload their design files and resume through the website, Artists and designers may apply for all three competitions.

The first area that students will be submitting their artwork for display is the STEM facilities stairwell area.

Students have the opportunity to submit their artwork to be displayed on the inside walls of the STEM building.

The final area that PAC is looking to enhance with students’ artwork are the faculty office doors throughout the building.

A selection committee will be judging all submitted designs and choose one design for each specific location throughout the STEM building.

All artwork will be judged from Aug. 12 to Aug. 21 and the winners will officially be announced Aug. 21, 2019.

Dru Wilson, architecture major, says he hopes his artwork will be displayed on the walls of the STEM building.

“I just think it’s such a cool opportunity to have my artwork up for everyone to see even when I’m long gone,” Wilson said. “I’ve just been working on my design since it was announced and I hope they consider it.”

Construction on the new three-story STEM building has been underway since the fall of 2018 and will replace the Liberal Arts wing that has been on ARC’s campus since the 1960s.

If students have any questions or concerns they can contact Patricia Wood via email at [email protected]