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Pittsburgh, Feb. 3, 2009 — La Roche College Graphic & Communication Design majors and the student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) are sponsoring “Unplugged,” a show that students plan and execute from start to finish. This year, the show will take place Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Cantellops Gallery at La Roche on the main campus in McCandless Township. Refreshments will be served during the show.

The admission fees of $1 for students with identification and $5 for the public will be completely donated to Gateway to the Arts (, a charity that supports K-12 school art programs in western Pennsylvania. The La Roche students also will sponsor a Chinese Auction that night that will benefit Gateway to the Arts.

In years past, “Unplugged” was an intimate show open only to La Roche College Graphic & Communication Design students. This year, organizers opened the show to fellow AIGA student chapters from West Liberty College in West Liberty, W.Va., California University of Pennsylvania in California, Pa., and Robert Morris University, in Moon Township, Pa. All students will exhibit art forms from various media, including drawing, painting, multimedia and graphic design. The theme for all submissions is “Creative Consequence” and provides a way for the students to showcase their talent to peers, graphic design professionals, prospective students from the area and the public.

The La Roche students who organized the show are part of Praxis, an organization run by the graphic design students. They and their faculty representative, interim Department Chair Rich Helfrich, sponsor events throughout the semester, all promoting art and design.

For more information, interested people may contact Praxis member Nicole Morgan at or Praxis President Anne Bemis at

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