The AIGA Edinboro Student Group, a registered chapter within the national AIGA (the professional association for design) is comprised of and run by ambitious young graphic and interactive designers focused on promoting design awareness and excellence. The group participates in programs and activities sponsored by the AIGA Pittsburgh and Cleveland chapters such as lectures, workshops, student retreats, portfolio reviews, competitions and mentoring. AIGA Edinboro also plans and organizes chapter meetings, lectures, workshops, exhibitions at Edinboro University as well as annual trips to museums and design studios in larger cities such as New York, Toronto, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
The Animation Club is one of the most active and robust student clubs on campus. In addition to sponsoring zoo trips, figure drawing sessions and an annual trip to the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Animation Club also hosts regular critique sessions and Skype interviews with successful alumni.
The Edinboro University Art Education club is a student-led organization for those interested in the professional field of art education in school and community settings. The club is a student chapter of the National Art Education Association and Pennsylvania Art Education Association. These are the professional organizations for art teachers and community arts professionals. Students in the club organize professional development and attend state and national conferences.
Edinboro University’s Center for Branding and Strategic Communication (The Beehive) works in collaboration with clients to align brand and marketing strategies. By using a mixture of graphic & interactive design and public relations, the center develops original and creative content that reflects the unique mission, values, and goals of our constituents while strengthening brand recognition.
Celebrate the Artist - the Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship was established by Michael’s family as a memorial, to not only honor and cherish his memory, but also to encourage the same commitment and passion to art that Michael demonstrated during his life. A juried award show is held each year in the Bruce Gallery at Edinboro University with eligible seniors competing for a cash reward.
The Chimera program has offered opportunities for students for over fifteen years. Every aspect of Chimera is student driven. Each year, a call for entries encourages students at every level to enter an art competition juried by fellow students entering the competition. The selected artwork is honored at an annual exhibition. The Chimera Soiree is a highlight of the regional gallery season. Graphic & Interactive Design students can apply to become a member of a promotion team or the design team. Each year, a team of design students create a publication that includes all of the juried artwork, film, and animation, as well as juried selections of prose and poetry for the literature component of Chimera. Chimera: A Journal of Literature and Art has been honored with over 25 regional, national and international awards for design.
Clay Club is a student-run organization that provides community service activities, conducts fundraisers, and brings in one Visiting Ceramic Artist every semester. Club members also attend regional and national ceramics conferences each year. The ceramics program awards two merit scholarships annually for current undergraduate students concentrating in Ceramics.
Egress Press and Research (EPR) is the fine art publishing and research component of the Printmaking area of Edinboro University’s Art Department. Over the past 20 years, EPR has been working to foster an environment of artistic/scholarly inquiry through faculty and student interaction with artists involved in creative projects and art production. EPR promotes artistic activity and inquiry through fine art printing and publication efforts and through our development of an ongoing series of visiting artist lectures, workshops, critiques and discussions on issues relevant to contemporary art and printmaking.
The Edinboro University Film Club anchors a community of students who are majoring or interested in film and video. Seasoned club members connect underclassmen with local filmmaking projects and other opportunities for networking and skills improvement. The Film Club also screens films for discussion and hosts the Fall Film Festival, a public showcase of student work.
There are two annual film festivals to showcase student work: the Fall Student Film Festival in the fall and the David Weinkauf Film Festival in the spring. These events showcase the best of student work produced that semester.
The Metals Club is an active organization that provides opportunities for students to network and learn about the broader field as part of a community. Trips to conferences and symposia, visiting artist workshops, fundraising sales, and social events augment classroom learning and offer professional experiences that build student success.
Student Art League is an organization determined to help the art community through promotion of their work in the on-campus Bates Gallery. The gallery is funded through a variety of events such as art auctions, fundraisers, and Bates jurying. The club encourages artists' growth through guest speakers, professional exposure, and artist-building activities.
During a recent study abroad trip to Tokyo, Japan, Edinboro art students visited the AMPS Animation School, Akihabara, Mount Fuji and the Ghibli Museum to explore how Japanese history and culture influences Anime.
The Wood Furniture Club provides a variety of exciting opportunities for students to learn more about the field of woodworking and furniture design. Students organize fundraising sales, hold exhibitions of their work, and host visiting professional artists each year. In addition, through travel to visit museums, tour professional woodworking studios, attend conferences, and to view exhibitions, students can make professional connections and gain experiences that expand upon their education in the classroom.