Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘Infographics for Social Change’

Artist lecture and gallery opening reception set for Nov. 7

Photo courtesy of Jessica Bellamy

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Infographics for Social Change” by artist Jessica Bellamy, to run Nov. 7 through Dec. 6.

The exhibit, featuring the artist’s design work in both printed and projected form, will open with a talk by Bellamy at 5 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 7, in Room 107 of the Baker Center (Bldg. 180) on campus. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34).

Bellamy tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. Her creative work is rooted in diversity, inclusion and community-building. As a design justice advocate, Bellamy started her design career working with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling explanations that break down complex service and policy information.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisville with bachelor’s degrees in drawing, graphic design and Pan African studies (with a minor in communication). In 2015, as a neurodevelopmental science research analyst, Bellamy created GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio, a business that combines grassroots organizing, research and information graphics. GRIDS works solely with nonprofits and community groups and provides courses that teach infographic design, data equity, and more.

In 2017, Bellamy was an Adobe Creative Resident and created a hands-on workshop called Infographics for Social Change: A Graphic Ally Hackathon. Since then, she has given Graphic Ally Hackathons at several conferences and at Carnegie Mellon, UCLA and Yale. The hackathon focuses on teaching how to make information graphics in partnership with nonprofits. 

Bellamy also has a YouTube social journalism series called “Designing from the Margins.” She also created the Infographic Wheel, a handheld design tool that helps designers select a visual layout for any dataset.

Admission to the University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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About the Cal Poly University Art Gallery
The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nurture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling, and big-picture thinking by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. Providing a venue for five exhibitions each academic year, the University Art Gallery serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area. The gallery showcases nationally and internationally known artists, as well as student, alumni and faculty artwork.

Contact: Garet Zook

October 18, 2019

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