Matias Alvial is a second-year student, originally from Santiago, Chile, concentrating in The Aesthetics of Commerce: the Visual and Creative Aspects of Business. His studies focus on the relationship between creativity, innovation, money, and the role artists play in a capitalistic society. His works are often characterized by the use of vibrant hues and surrealist elements. These characteristics emulate the eccentricity of his experimental and curious mind. The artist has previously participated in the Gallatin Arts Festival and has had his work featured in magazines and online blogs. More of his artwork can be found at www.alvial.squarespace.com. Metro-Manhattan, a depiction of the map of Manhattan, repurposes over 2,000 MetroCards found in subway stations in New York City. Through this project, Matías seeks to inspire others to think of “waste” and “garbage” as a new artistic medium. He aspires to raise awareness for the vast amount of wastefulness around us and to rethink the way we utilize resources. Ultimately, Matías wants to foment sustainable art practices and encourage others to up-cycle undesired materials.