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BFAs Get Down and Shirty at the Annual T-Shirt Show

Text by Nadia Haile and Jessica Peng • Photos Contributed

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BFAs organize the annual T-Shirt Show, which required postering and screenprinting before the big day. Shirt designs were submitted by students, faculty, and alumni, and the shirts (and tote bags!) were sold to raise money for the design program.

Printing out all the designs (at the time) to see them in actual size. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Printing out all the designs (at the time) to see them in actual size. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Bryan Gelderbloom and Joe Suh hanging the first poster. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Bryan Gelderbloom and Joe Suh hanging the first poster. Photo by Jessica Peng.

The first poster, finished at 2 a.m. Photo by Jessica Peng.

The first poster, finished at 2 a.m. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Oona Lei and Jessica Peng filling in the gaps in the type on the second poster. Look at those knee pads! Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

Oona Lei and Jessica Peng filling in the gaps in the type on the second poster. Look at those knee pads! Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

The finished second poster. Photo by Jessica Peng.

The finished second poster. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Chandler Sutton, Jessica Peng, and Oona Lei hanging additional promo materials. Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

Chandler Sutton, Jessica Peng, and Oona Lei hanging additional promo materials. Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

Setting up the file for the next poster. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Setting up the file for the next poster. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Ethan Östling proudly poses with a new invention—”The Östlong”, aka two brayers duct taped to a broom. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Ethan Östling proudly poses with a new invention—”The Östlong”, aka two brayers duct taped to a broom. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Accidental magic with a frustrated Bryan Gelderbloom and gleeful Joe Suh. Photo by Jessica Peng.

Accidental magic with a frustrated Bryan Gelderbloom and gleeful Joe Suh. Photo by Jessica Peng.

The process continues… Photo by Jessica Peng.

The process continues… Photo by Jessica Peng.

Finishing touches with Ethan Östling, Joe Suh, Jessica Peng, and Chandler Sutton (out of frame at the very top!). Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

Finishing touches with Ethan Östling, Joe Suh, Jessica Peng, and Chandler Sutton (out of frame at the very top!). Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

Dream team, 4 a.m. Bryan Gelderbloom, Chandler Sutton, Ethan Östling, Jessica Peng, and Joe Suh. Photo by Ethan Östling.

Dream team, 4 a.m. Bryan Gelderbloom, Chandler Sutton, Ethan Östling, Jessica Peng, and Joe Suh. Photo by Ethan Östling.

The only photo of screenprinting taken. Photo by Oona Lei.

The only photo of screenprinting taken. Photo by Oona Lei.

The first prints, designed by the Office of Communications. Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

The first prints, designed by the Office of Communications. Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

Prints designed by Bryan Gelderbloom. Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

Prints designed by Bryan Gelderbloom. Photo by Bryan Gelderbloom.

Preparations for the big day! Photo by Jessica Peng.

Preparations for the big day! Photo by Jessica Peng.

Sales crew Oona Lei, Marshall Wang, Tiana Li, Melody Ou, Jaimey Shapey, and Alex Cheng ready to go! Photo by Jessica Peng.

Sales crew Oona Lei, Marshall Wang, Tiana Li, Melody Ou, Jaimey Shapey, and Alex Cheng ready to go! Photo by Jessica Peng.

The glorious T-shirt spread. Photo by Nadia Haile.

The glorious T-shirt spread. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Ready for a close up. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Ready for a close up. Photo by Nadia Haile.

The crowd storming to get their shirts. Photo by Michael Worthington.

The crowd storming to get their shirts. Photo by Michael Worthington.

The design options were viewable on the wall… Photo by Nadia Haile.

The design options were viewable on the wall… Photo by Nadia Haile.

…and on conveniently available printouts (investigated here by Colin Frazer). Photo by Michael Worthington.

…and on conveniently available printouts (investigated here by Colin Frazer). Photo by Michael Worthington.

Chandler Sutton overseeing the row of boxes that contained previous years’ shirts, sorted by size and waiting to be discovered. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Chandler Sutton overseeing the row of boxes that contained previous years’ shirts, sorted by size and waiting to be discovered. Photo by Nadia Haile.

If the question was about pricing, 2019 shirts and totes were $10, while previous years’ shirts were $5. Photo by Nadia Haile.

If the question was about pricing, 2019 shirts and totes were $10, while previous years’ shirts were $5. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Tiana Li and Oona Lei quickly sort through shirts to fill waiting orders. Photo by Michael Worthington.

Tiana Li and Oona Lei quickly sort through shirts to fill waiting orders. Photo by Michael Worthington.

Alex Cheng tries to reorganize amidst the search. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Alex Cheng tries to reorganize amidst the search. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Options are weighed. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Options are weighed. Photo by Nadia Haile.

This purchase decision required careful inspection. Photo by Nadia Haile.

This purchase decision required careful inspection. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Benjamin Macias looking for the right shirt and size. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Benjamin Macias looking for the right shirt and size. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Ed Fella drops by to investigate his shirt design. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Ed Fella drops by to investigate his shirt design. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Grace Rosenman, happy to oblige a customer who needed a temporary dog holder while looking for shirts. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Grace Rosenman, happy to oblige a customer who needed a temporary dog holder while looking for shirts. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Bryan Gelderbloom in high demand during the show as the owner of a Square that could take card. Photo by Nadia Haile.

Bryan Gelderbloom in high demand during the show as the owner of a Square that could take card. Photo by Nadia Haile.

A special thanks from T-Shirt Show 2019 organizers Jessica Peng and Bryan Gelderbloom:

“Even though T-Shirt Show is traditionally a BFA3 run event, this year it was made possible only by the collaboration of the entire department. The biggest thank yous to Trey Brothers and Megan Kim for printing with us until the sun was up and securing our event. Thank you to Chandler Sutton, Ethan Östling, and Joe Suh for helping us achieve the most ambitious poster we’ve ever made and sticking with us until the end. Thank you to Chandler, Ethan, Trey, Megan, Oona Lei, Gian Montes, Tiana Li, Marshall Wang, Melody Ou, Jaimey Shapey, Benjamin Macias, Alex Cheng, Es Youn, Grace Rosenman, Alejandro Cerutti (and anyone else we are forgetting!) for helping sell our shirts day of. Thank you to the near fifty students, alum, and faculty who supported our event by submitting a design. And, finally, thank you to everyone who stopped by and bought something to help support our program!”