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Artwork by Outstanding Graphics Design Student on Display at RCC

Artwork by Outstanding Graphics Design Student on Display at RCC

Marven Laguerre's Artwork

Marven Laguerre creates vibrant images using Photoshop and Illustrator programs

DATE: November 14, 2018

RAMAPO, N.Y. – Rockland Community College student Marven Laguerre has been recognized by Adobe as a semifinalist in several online competitions for his artwork created with the Photoshop and Illustrator graphic programs. Ten of his colorful pieces of art are currently on display in the student art gallery in RCC's Student Union.

A graphic design major, Laguerre draws inspiration from music, technology and nature. His artistic talents soared after taking classes in the digital art tools that he would come to master, as well as other Art courses including Graphic Design. “I consider myself a born artist, but these were tools I didn't know about until I took the classes,” said Laguerre, a Haitian native who immigrated to the U.S. six years ago. “I was in love with these classes. I found that even if you learn something well, you still practice it. Every time I do it, I progress more.”

Laguerre earned an accounting degree from RCC in May 2016 but decided to re-enroll the following fall to pursue his passion for artistry. He is on track to graduate in December 2018 with an AAS in Graphic Design, after which he hopes to transfer to either Fashion Institute of Technology or The New School, both located in New York City. His dream job would be to work for the Disney Company, sketching character drawings.

“Marven is an amazing and dedicated artist,” said Eileen MacAvery Kane, Art Chair and Graphic Design Program Coordinator at RCC. “His work is always a refreshing surprise executed with technical excellence and a contemporary, pop-art aesthetic. He is continuously exploring digital art tools and looking for new and exciting ways to engage the viewer. As his professor, I am very proud and in awe of his abilities.”

Kane also noted that student posters have been installed in the Cultural Arts Center Atrium, crafted by Graphic Design students Helaina Lopez and Andrew Javier. The artwork, on display in the Atrium's upstairs exhibit cases, was produced as the final project for the students' Constructed Image class. They were asked to create a series of digital illustrations based on a mythological theme.

“The subject I chose to work on has to do with the planets, the sun, and the moon, and the Greco-Roman deities associated with them,” said Lopez. “I call the series Celestial Bodies, as I feel that this is a fitting title for both the ceaselessly orbiting masses of rock in space, and the cosmos-inhabiting gods believed in by many faiths.”

“I chose to do the Buddhist Fierce Deities because of the meaning behind their statues and images,” said Javier. “They are the destroyers of obstacles on the way to enlightenment to the Buddha.”

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