Photo courtesy of Port City Review

On Friday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m., “Port City Review” will celebrate the release of its third annual issue. “Port City Review” is the literary arts journal curated by the student-run online news source, District.

“It’s probably one of the largest student made initiatives at SCAD,” said Nicholas Lawrence, a fourth-year sound design major from Gloucester, Virginia, and the editor-in-chief of District. “It’s student-produced and student-curated. A student put the design of the ‘Port City Review’ journal together, and students voted on it.”

Lawrence said he hopes the event will be inspiring for students, regardless of their year or major.

“I think — especially for underclassman — that it’s empowering to see what upperclassman can do,” said Lawrence. “It can be pretty intimidating coming to an art school where everyone seems so talented. I hope they realize that they can do a lot more than they thought they could before.”

Gabby Manotoc, a fourth-year graphic design major from Manilla, Philippines, and the creative director of PCR, worked with seniors Eli Schneider and Jordan Wright to combine all 88 pieces into a solid book of work.

“This year, in particular, it was very difficult to curate the 563 results,” said Manotoc. “Only 15% of the entries got in.”

Manotoc and her team considered the theme and mood of each work of art as they take the reader on a journey through the different pieces.

“This year we went very thematic with the design,” said Manotoc. “We wanted to show work as if readers were on a journey. We transitioned the mood of each piece from dark to light, both literally and figuratively. It was a grueling process.”

The reception will include a new feature: screens to display some of the motion graphics, film and animation pieces. In addition, some of the authors will read their work aloud.

Candice Broersma, a graduate student studying illustration from Yucaipa, California, submitted an illustration called “Monocle Mantis” and is looking forward to sharing her work with the public.

“My hope is to first entice people to stop and look,” said Broersma. “A little initial shock is good to help them get that ‘double take.’ If people can connect to the character I’ve depicted and find a little joy in their understanding of him, that’s more than I can ask for.”

The reception will take place at Alexander Hall and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.