Lauren Graf

Lauren Graf drew inspiration from movies, books and tabletop games to create pieces for the upcoming “Escapism” exhibition. This mixed-media book cover combines acrylic paint and digital art.

Carpinterian and Cal Lutheran University senior Lauren Graf will show several of her mixed-media artworks in the upcoming virtual show “Escapism,” which explores the outlets that Cal Lutheran’s graduating art majors sought to escape their isolation under the pandemic.

“I found myself turning to movies, books and tabletop games to transport to other worlds during a time where I hardly even left my house,” Graf said. “I realized just how much these stories were sustaining me and helping me cope with everything going on. I then started making art to dive deeper into these stories I cherished, drawing my favorite characters from Shakespeare or creating imaginary book covers to use my art as a tool of escapism.”

The virtual exhibit opens April 12 and will run through September 30. The featured students will discuss and answer questions about their work during a webinar on Friday, April 23 at 2 p.m. Cal Lutheran’s art department and Rolland Gallery are sponsoring the free exhibit, which can be found at To attend the April 23 Artist Talks, go to

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