GV group SIGIL allows students to be creative


GVL / Bethann Long

Isabelle England, Staff Writer

The Student Interest Group for Illustrators (SIGIL) is an on-campus student group that’s open to all majors, including university alumni. The focus is on facilitating a creative environment for everyone that’s interested in the field of illustration. 

“We welcome artists of any background to join our club and participate in fun illustration events and meetings and bond together over our artistic hobbies,” said Kri Hackos, the group’s social media manager. “If a prospective student is even a smidge interested in art, even as a hobby, they are totally welcome.”

The group meets every Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. in Calder Art Center, room 1510. SIGIL aims to create a space for illustrators of all skill levels and interests to have a creative outlet each week.

In addition to the weekly meetings the club holds, they also participate in activities across campus. Last week, on Feb. 13 and 14 the club set up a table in the Kirkof lobby to sell Valentine’s Day cards. 

Other themed weekly meetings have focused on “life drawing night” or “draw from memory night.” In the past year, the group also did another work day while they attended a LinkedIn panel about being an intern hosted by Adobe and moderated by SIGIL’s then Vice President. The panel was full of four current and recent interns at companies like NASA, Nike, Tesla and Apple.

“Usually we do different art-related activities every week that all the club members can participate in no matter your skill level,” Hackos said. “Our group of artists are very talented and love the work they create. They make for a great environment to push your own creative boundaries and have fun at the same time.”

The group also has a discord where members can get to know each other and share current work, receive opinions and ideas from others and trade drawing prompts amongst other art-related discourse.