Featured Student Projects about GLAS
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First Prize - "The GLAS Tree" by Celine Alonzo
Artist Statement: Based on previous art works and current graphics available, it was easy to note that the GLAS major’s visual identity is symbolized through the GLAS crane, waves, and color palette of the current logo. I decided to incorporate these elements alongside and within a bonsai tree, which, depending on theAsian culture- can be symbolic of harmony, balance, patience, and luck. These characteristics are meant to serve as gentle reminders for everyone in the GLAS and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, which is represented by the neutral figure studying underneath the tree, on how to carry on during hardships or when striving towards their goals.Celine Alonzo is a UIC student majoring in Industrial DesignInstagram: @cqndy_boii.
Second Prize - "Union Integrity" by Azadeh Ghalehnovi
Artist Statement: This design depicts some circles, following each other in pursuit of the the same goal. The different colors and sizes of circles represent the diversity among members of the GLAS department. Puzzles play a prominent role in this design to show support and integrity which will turn into one heart, beating for all members’ growth.
Azadeh Ghalehnovi is a graduate student at the UIC School of Design.
Facebook: Azadeh Ghalehnovi
Third Prize - Untitled - by Malien Tingpalpong
Artist Statement: A few themes I wanted to convey through my design are collective histories over generations, the importance of learning from our past, and moving forward as a community. To me, the GLAS program epitomizes all of these important forms of forward-movement in our communities. Additionally, through my own family history, I conveyed the boats that took them across the sea as refugees from Vietnam and just on the horizon were programs like GLAS that allowed them to make a home elsewhere in the same way that GLAS has become a home for me at UIC.
Malien Tingpalpong is a UIC student majoring in Communication and minoring in Global Asian Studies.
Facebook: Malien Tingpalpong
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GLAS Metro Wings/Art Exhibit
This artwork was created and gifted to GLAS by a GLAS Minor and 2017-2018 Co-chair of the GLAS Student Advisory Board, Elena Guzman.
Artist statement: This exhibit highlights the GLAS student experiences and the vibrant community that engages with and supports students in their college career. “GLAS Metro” showcases a place that welcomes the inclusion of a variety of students. The UIC campus is full of students with unique and diverse backgrounds, often passing each other without stopping. However, we can all come together and make a stop for a cup of ramen. Whether you eat it with a fork, spoon, chopsticks, or with limon, Tapatio, Sriracha, or Tabasco, all are welcome to come together to heat up a bowl and eat at our table. “GLAS Wings” chronicles both the academic and social milestones a GLAS minor needs in order to obtain their wings. Not only will a GLAS minor be exposed to knowledge about global Asia but he/she/they can join the GLAS crew, apply that knowledge elsewhere, and be able to spread their wings into the future.
Mentor: Anna Guevarra
This artwork was designed by Ada Tong, GLAS Minor and UIC alumna, class of 2016. Ada gifted it to GLAS in 2018.
Artist Statement: Peace Revelations is my journey through the known and unknown stories of WWII. Memory is fluid. It records both good and evil. It might be forgiving to some but unforgiving to others. I am the writer of my memories, I am the artist of my memories, and I am the listener of my memories. I wanted to be kind to my mind. Learning how to draw and write from my memories, I was able to stitch them together. Here I have traditional and non-traditional icons and images from WWII. There are 3 interconnected histories from the United States, China, and Japan. How did I get here? Well, I am a Chinese-American who traveled to China and Japan. The worldly powers wanted to hide their actions but I wanted to preserve and share them with you.
Mentor: Karen Su
The GLAS Wave
This artwork was designed and gifted to GLAS by Elizabeth Chang in 2018 by taking inspiration from Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave.”
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Student-produced videos about the Program