2021 Faculty Art Exhibition - Bonnie Barrett

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A round pinhole showing a palm tree.

It Used to Be, 2020
Digital Pinhole Photography
4.5 x 3.3 inches
Book Cover with Two Round Elements.

FAE/SAE Cerritos College Art Exhibition Catalog, 2019
Adobe InDesign, Digital Printing
8 x 10 inches



Words are images, and words are language. My background in traditional craftsmanship grounds my digital work in many ways. My early studies of manuscripts and calligraphy created the lens through which I viewed each new technical evolution and my participation in the computer graphics revolution.
My upcoming retirement inspires me to continue exploring ways to combine traditional and digital methods by expanding my Photography skills. I started with a pinhole camera constructed by hand out of a cardboard box, a tea tin, black tape and an old digital camera.

Bonnie Barrett has taught graphic design and computer graphics at Cerritos College for twenty three years, having previously taught Visual Communications at Northern Arizona University. Her graphic design work includes icon design, typography, publication, exhibition and packaging design, for which she has received numerous commissions and honors. Her publication design work for the Cerritos College Art Gallery received two awards for excellence by Graphic Design USA Magazine and her pinhole photography has been published in *82 Review. Barrett’s path to graphic design started with a childhood love of art and literature. She studied fine art and calligraphy at Immaculate Heart College before spending a year in London, studying calligraphy and book arts. She served the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as a Calligrapher for six years. When the Mac became a tool for artists, she expanded into computer graphics through the MFA program at California State University, Fullerton. Her graduate project was Arbor, a digital typeface design recognized for excellence by the Type Directors Club of New York and Print Magazine.

Bonnie Barrett began teaching at Cerritos College in 1998, including ART186 (Computer Graphics with Adobe Illustrator), ART188 (Design for Digital Publishing), and ART182A (Lettering and Typography).