The ArtCenter Alumni Awards are an annual recognition bestowed by the College and the Office of Alumni Relations, with input from the internal ArtCenter community and global alumni community.

The Alumni Awards provide an opportunity for ArtCenter to publicly recognize the talent, service and influence of its alumni. The awards are presented at the Fall Graduation ceremony each December.

Please email alumni@artcenter.edu with your nomination.

Past Award Winners (2007-2016)

Lifetime Achievement


Recognizing a lifetime of professional and/or creative achievement
  • 2007 - Syd Mead BS 1951
  • 2008 - Frank Nuovo BS 1986
  • 2009 - Kenji Ekuan BS 1997 (d)
  • 2010 - Doyald Young BFA 1955 (d)
  • 2011 - Lou Danziger BFA 1948
  • 2012 - Bruce Burdick BS 1961
  • 2013 - Gordon Bruce BS 1972
  • 2014 - Shiro Nakamura 1981
  • 2015 - Drew Struzan BFA 1970
  • 2016 - Michael Reese BS 1974

Outstanding Service


Recognizing significant service to ArtCenter or realized humanitarian design impact
  • 2007 - Ramone Muñoz MFA 1990, BFA 1977
  • 2008 - Mikio Osaki BFA 1961
  • 2009 - Michael Osborne BFA 1978
  • 2010 - Stephanie Sigg MS 1998
  • 2011 - Wendy MacNaughton BFA 1999
  • 2012 - Gala Narezo BFA 2001
  • 2013 - Stan Kong BS 1983
  • 2014 - Patrick Kiruki BS 2005
  • 2015 - Gary Meyer BFA 1959
  • 2016 - Rob Ball BS 1983

Young Innovator


Recognizing a notable professional or creative innovation, bestowed on a recent alum of the past 10 years
  • 2007 - Nikolai Cornell MFA 2004
  • 2008 - Dustin Arnold BFA 2004
  • 2009 - Eric Benjamin Nyquist BFA 2007
  • 2010 - Geetika Agrawal MS 2005
  • 2011 - Jonathan Jarvis MFA 2009
  • 2012 - John Niero BS 2007
  • 2013 - Spencer Nikosey BS 2008
  • 2014 - Katie Dill BS 2007
  • 2015 - Mari Nakano MFA 2010
  • 2016 - Jessie Kawata BFA 2011