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PITTSBURGH, June 20, 2013 – Graphic Design professors from La Roche College will introduce a student-designed exhibit to other Pittsburgh artists during PechaKucha Night at the WYEP Community Broadcast Center on Thursday, June 27.

Sponsored by AIA Pittsburgh and AIGA Pittsburgh, PechaKucha Night is an event that challenges local designers, artists and architects to share their work, products and experiences in six minutes and 40 seconds of matched words and 20 images. Drawing its title from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation, the creative format keeps presentations moving at a rapid pace.

Neha Agarwal, La Roche’s graphic design department chair, and Assistant Professor Beth Shirrell will present “Shared Border, Shared Dreams,” an exhibition created by La Roche students in their Design for Social Impact course. Unveiled in the spring of 2013, the display facilitated dialogue about immigration and the U.S. and Mexico border by simulating the experience of living as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.

“The project was a sign of the Design Division’s continuous efforts to evolve with the future of the industry. We hope to continue the dialogue beyond La Roche in order to build momentum within the community,” Ms. Agarwal said. “Ultimately, we would like to promote the project in the hopes of soliciting help in converting ‘Shared Border, Shared Dreams’ into new formats such as an online simulation and a traveling exhibition.”

Ms. Shirrell and Ms. Agarwal will promote the “Shared Border, Shared Dreams” exhibit by presenting the project in an informal and engaging manner that lends itself well to the PechaKucha format and local design audience.

“As of now, we plan to briefly present the initial challenge, outline our process, show the final outcome, and solicit help from community members and professionals in order to take the project further,” Ms. Shirrell said.

The event will begin at 7:20 p.m. and include food and drinks, as well as networking opportunities for local artists. The cost of admission is $5 for AIA and AIGA members and $10 for non-members. More information is available at

To learn more about the “Shared Border, Shared Dreams” exhibit, visit the La Roche College Design Division website:

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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