Last Wednesday, May 23rd, Chavón School of Design officially opened their end of year exhibition ” Chavoneros 2018 ”, which presents the final works and portfolios of the thirty-fourth graduating class in the areas of Fine Arts, Visual Communication and Fashion. Walking through the exhibition it is clear with each year the School of Design cements itself among the highest art and design institutions, graduating the most talented students.
The projects are a sample of the rigorous program which seeks to train individuals to become a high-quality professional in the art and design related field. As the rector Stephen D. Kaplan stated during the graduation ceremony back on May 19th, “Chavón graduates are prepared to meet the challenge of solving both intellectual and pressing, real-world problems. Our two campuses transform raw ability, spirited interest, daring curiosity, and pure drive into honed skills and focus intentions.”
Since its foundation in 1983, the School has an affiliation with Parsons School of Design, an educational institution founded in 1896, one of the oldest in the United States, internationally recognized for its academic offer, avant-garde approach and global impact in the field of art and design. As a result of this affiliation, Chavón students can complete the 2 + 2 program, which allows qualified graduates to transfer to the third year of Parsons in order to continue their specialization and obtain their degree. In addition, this academic relationship facilitates the opportunity for scholarships for outstanding student students.
This year the school sent out a total of 93 Chavoneros to the world. The number of graduates has grown steadily over the last few years with 24 students graduating in the field of Fashion Design, 41 in Communication Design, and 28 in Fine Arts. An impressive number of these students earned honors, and notably, Pedro Rogelio Troncoso from La Romana, who also was awarded this year’s full scholarship Parsons the New school of design, graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the valedictorian.
The exhibition will remain open to the public throughout the month of May and June of the current year.
The following pictures were taken by Alfredo Padrón on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Altos de Chavón School of Design’s final exhibition “Chavonero 2018”:
THE ALTOS DE CHAVÓN CULTURAL CENTER FOUNDATION
The Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation, located in Dominican Republic, is a non-profit cultural and educational institution. Since 1983, it has been dedicated to the creation of a multifaceted arts community that includes visual arts, crafts workshops, performing arts and teaching programs.
With its other components—The Regional Museum of Archaeology, the Artists in Residence program, The Gallery, and The School of Design—The Foundation has contributed to the enrichment of the intellectual, artistic, and cultural panorama of the Dominican Republic for more than 30 years.
The Foundation’s work has reached many, with impressive results. Its diverse educational and arts programs, gives Altos de Chavón the cultural dynamism that nourishes and stimulates the creativity of the designers and artists of today and tomorrow.
In 2013, The Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation celebrated 30 years of continuous and invaluable contributions to art and culture in the Dominican Republic giving each artist the opportunity to find their individual expression through constant research and development.
CHAVÓN | SCHOOL OF DESIGN
Founded in 1983, The Altos de Chavón School of Design offers careers in applied arts in the areas of Fine Arts, Visual Communication, Fashion and Film. This type of intensive two-year program provides the graduates with an associate degree at a technical level, which provides them with a solid education that enables participants to compete as professionals in the field of design and arts both locally and internationally.
Graduates of the School of Design are eligible to transfer directly to Parsons School of Design in New York. More than 2,000 Dominicans and students from around the world have graduated from the School of Design, demonstrating that a solid background in design, parallel to an emphasis on the development of the industry is the best formula for a successful career.
The highly practical and market-oriented curriculum, provides students with a unique set of skills that allows them to be easily inserted into the work environment.