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UHD’s Arts & Communication Hosts Artist Talk & Exhibition

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences’ Department of Arts & Communication is hosting, “Making Hope Visual,” a talk and exhibition featuring graphic designer Matias Delfino at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (Third Floor, Academic Building).

Prior to Delfino’s talk, an opening reception for an exhibition of his work will be held at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Described by the Wall Street Journal as the “logo maker who thinks globally,” the multi award-winning designer believes in the power of design to improve the quality of life for all people. Since 2000, the Argentina native has served as a United Nations international civil servant and currently works as a lead brand designer at UNICEF (United National Children Emergency Fund). His understanding of cultural diversity is present in all his creations, which have been internationally recognized and translated into different languages to bring the message of the United Nations to life as an agent of social change by engaging diverse audiences in all corners of the world.

The “Making Hope Visual” exhibition features artwork raising awareness of major milestones in human rights, social justice and environmental issues distilled into eye-catching visuals, from posters and logos to book covers and social media visuals, depicting ideas and values that are timeless. Delfino’s designs have the power to bring messages to life. Using universal terms while communicating across borders, these images face the challenge of being equally understood by people of different cultures who speak different languages. These United Nations messages engage diverse audiences in all corners of the world and make a positive impact on their lives.Exhibited internationally, the “Making Hope Visual” exhibit will remain on display UHD through November 15.

The events are hosted in collaboration with the University of Houston-Downtown centers and organizations, including the Cultural Enrichment Center; the Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the Center for Latino Studies; and the United Nations Association at UHD​. Additional partners include the General Consulate of Argentina in Houston and design association, American Institute of Graphic Arts Houston.

The talk and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information contact, Natacha Poggio, assistant professor at poggion@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.