Since 2003, First Night Monterey staff has collaborated with CSUMB professor Bobbi Long and the Service Learning class for Graphic Design students, engaging the students into a creative competition to design the annual First Night Monterey Poster and Buttons. FNM artists work with the design students from theme concept "Light Up the Night!" to design for five weeks in class until selection of the final poster design. Congratulations to this year's winner Viridiana Gallardo!CSUMB Class Poster FNM 2020 Contest
Viridiana Gallardo is the designer of the First Night Monterey 2020 poster and buttons. Born in Mexico City and emigrating to Hollister as a teenager, she completed an AA at Gavilan College and transferred to CSUMB where she has met many people including student mentors who have helped her to realize her goals. Her major in Communication Design with an emphasis in Visual Design is amplified by graphic design work experience with on-campus jobs, and she plans to dedicate herself to her life-long passion for art and design by pursuing the career she loves. Viridiana enjoyed the First Night competition because of the critique and revision process, which helped her to perfect her abilities.