Student Art Featured in CCAG Exhibition

This year our art students exhibited their self-selected best works for display in the student art show at the Cypress College Art Gallery. The exhibition ran from May 7–16.

Among the many featured were pieces by Juliana Montenegro, Phat Huynh, and Zimmo Mojica.

Montenegro submitted a photograph she took of Disneyland at night, which is part of a series she is doing for independent study. The series aims to show the theme park in a different light—revealing there is so much more to the park than the rides.

Artist: Juliana Montenegro

Huynh’s “Scoliosis” piece was his first-ever painting. He used acrylics to portray a personal aspect of himself.

Artist: Phat Huynh

Mojica’s anime artistry has been featured previously on campus. This time, he brought forth his favorite piece for the show.

Artist: Zimmo Mojica

Cypress College Art Gallery (CCAG) presents both professional and student exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and visiting artists’ projects. CCAG is located in the gateway area of the Cypress College campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment.

Love the Arts? Take Media Arts Design!

Are you artistic? Are you interested in learning more or fine-tuning your artistic skills? We encourage you to enroll in Media Arts Design-Mac (MAD 100, CRN 22555) or Media Arts Design-Win (MAD 101, CRN 22556).

Each class gives an overview of the many uses of electronic or digital; paint, drawing, digital imaging, video capture and output, animated gif’s, and page layout programs on the Macintosh or Windows, with an emphasis on traditional 2D design and digital publishing. Students create personal 2D images and video content for their portfolio.

Enroll today by visiting myGateway.

MAD 199 Open Lab Available to All Art Students

Are you looking for some extra units or to work on a special project? Did you know that the Art Computer Graphics Lab is open for use to all art students?

You can sign up for the MAD 199 open lab, CRN 20060 (1 unit), when you register for classes this semester. Enrollment is repeatable up to 10 units and you can use the lab anytime during lab hours. You do not need to be concurrently enrolled in any other class to enroll in MAD 199 Open Lab. You can use the lab equipment to develop and refine your portfolio. Instead of working at home, work in the lab and receive extra units. Develop a self-promotional website of your work. Use the lab and production equipment to work on current or self-assigned projects.

The lab offers the following software: entire Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Premiere, Dreamweaver, Muse, etc), SketchUp, Final Cut Pro HD, Motion, CINEMA 4D, Adobe Acrobat, Corel Painter X, and Maya. The lab is PC and MAC Friendly.

The semester starts January 28. Register as soon as possible! If you have any difficulty registering, please contact Professor John Bilotta at

Enroll in Intro to Electronic Media Today

Interested in electronic media? Our Multimedia program is offering a class for you!

MM 100, Intro to Electronic media, introduces the history, structure, function, economics, content and evolution of radio, television, film, the internet, and new media, including traditional and mature formats. This is an online class that begins January 28. To register, please visit myGateway. CRN: 23480

Preproduction for Filmmakers Class Available

Interested in becoming a filmmaker? Our Media Arts Design program is offering a class for you!

MAD 183, Preproduction for TV, Video, and Film, prepares students to make a film by teaching the necessary steps leading up to shooting the film in production. Topics covered include script, proposal, treatment, casting, crew, locations, financing, personnel, permits, unions and talents. This is an online class that begins January 28. To register, please visit myGateway. CRN: 23136


#CYProfessional: Michael Coronado, Instructor, Journalism

At Cypress College, we are proud of our employees and realize that recognizing personal and professional achievements, along with establishing a human connection between students, faculty, and staff, promotes a collegial atmosphere imbued with the Charger Spirit! Our employees always strive for excellence and make significant contributions to the campus and surrounding communities every day. We are pleased to feature distinguished #CYProfessional educators like Journalism instructor Michael.

What was your path to Cypress?
For two decades I worked as a professional journalist at The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise, first as a staff writer, then later as an editor. As a reporter I covered military affairs, the prison system, city and county government, and various beats. In 2003, I reported from Iraq as a war correspondent for nearly two months. In 2013, I was appointed editor of The Press-Enterprise, overseeing nearly 80 journalists at the Inland Empire’s largest news-gathering organization. I had the opportunity to teach part time in 2013 at OCC, and in 2016 discovered an opportunity to teach full time at Cypress.

Courtesy of The Press-Enterprise/David Bauman

What inspires you as a teacher?
I get inspired by students who learn about journalism and media in-depth for the first time and a light goes off. They realize that asking the right questions in today’s connected world is vital to understanding facts. I get inspired by students who understand why a free press is so important to our democracy. I get to talk about these things every day—and they pay me! How cool is that?

Courtesy of The Press-Enterprise/David Bauman

How do you balance your work as an instructor with your other professional/creative work?
My family keeps me busy. Along with my wife, Amanda, my family consists of our two girls, Gabriella, 6, and Alessandra, 3. Much of my career has revolved around journalism, learning, and teaching, so I’ve had to get used to figuring out a good balance, but it’s worked out pretty well.

Is there anything else you’re working on at the moment?

Our student newsroom in November put out its first edition of the Cypress Chronicle newspaper in many years. It’s great that we have the student voice back on campus. Now, we’re working on rebuilding our existing digital news platforms while creating new ways of telling stories and expanding our class offerings. In Spring, I recruited Michael Goulding, one of the finest photojournalists in California, to teach visual journalism and photography alongside our newsroom staff. I want to build the finest journalism program in the community college system and that will take time but it’s a lot of fun. Our student newsroom is a blast to be around. If you want to join us, sign up for JOUR 225.