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Dania Sayvongsa, an accounting major, has installed her art throughout Miller Hall, Campus Center and the Coffeeberry across the street from the University. The art will remain up until May 11, excluding those displayed in Campus Center that will remain there on a permanent basis. The artwork in the foreground includes the names of department chairs at the University. / photo by Cameron Barr

Dania Sayvongsa, an accounting major, has installed her art throughout Miller Hall, Campus Center and the Coffeeberry across the street from the University. The art will remain up until May 11, excluding those displayed in Campus Center that will remain there on a permanent basis. The artwork in the foreground includes the names of department chairs at the University. / photo by Cameron Barr

Veronica Orozco
Staff Writer

Miller Hall has been transformed into a colorful La Verne-inspired gallery from its otherwise formal, bleak interior.

The pieces for the “La Verne Inspired” art exhibit were done by Dania Sayvongsa, a third year accounting major in the CAPA program.

Sayvongsa’s pieces are not like those in other galleries because she uses stencils to create her art. This gives all the pieces a common theme, along with the fact they were all inspired by her time at the University.

“I came up with the ideas to my pieces by just walking around and appreciating the architecture of the University’s buildings and the sculptures around campus,” Sayvongsa said.

Her pieces range from a long canvas listing every president the University has had, to a square canvas listing the courses she is currently taking and even a piece with a stencil of Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” with the inscription, “There’s no place like home.”

“(The Dorothy piece) is my favorite one because La Verne is home to many students and is where we build not only friendships but family,” Sayvongsa said.

The most familiar looking part of a few of Sayvongsa’s pieces are the ones that used the stencil of her interpretation of the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion.

These images were used in several of the pieces with different backgrounds and were also used for the exhibit’s flyers.

“I think the pieces are great, it really livens up the room and is a good replacement for the blank walls or old pictures that were there before,” Melanie Brown, an administrative assistant in the humanities department, said.

Brown’s office overlooks one of Sayvongsa’s pieces, and Brown said that the work has created a lot of conversation with people wondering what it is and stopping to look at it.

“I think it captures La Verne pretty well,” Brown said.

Sayvongsa’s pieces are not only hanging on the walls of Miller Hall; they have also been placed in the Campus Center as well as at Coffeeberry, a coffee shop located across the street from the University.

“I like the colors and its simplicity,” Nick Tondee, manager and barista at Coffeeberry, said. “When I first saw it I instantly knew what it was.”

“Before there was nothing in its place and now it adds more color and culture to the room,” Tondee said.

“A lot of people have mentioned it in conversations even though it has only been up for a week and has gotten a lot of positive feedback,” he said.

Sayvongsa’s pieces will be displayed in Miller Hall and Coffeeberry until May 11. The Campus Center pieces are a permanent installation.

The reception for “La Verne Inspired” will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 18 in Miller Hall.

Veronica Orozco can be reached at veronica.orozco@laverne.edu.

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