Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards provide an opportunity for ArtCenter to publicly recognize the talent, service and influence of its alumni.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

James Miho (BFA 55)

2018 Outstanding Service Awards

Paul Bielenberg (BFA 98)
Jahee Lee (BFA 90; MFA 92)

2018 Young Innovator Award

Kevin Bethune (MS 12).

Read more about this years honorees.

James (represented by Gordon Bruce BS 72), Paul, Jahee and Kevin will be celebrated at the 2018 Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, October 27 at the Chevy Chase Country Club. Alumni may register for the Reunion and Awards Dinner at artcenter.edu/reunion.

Past Award Winners (2007-2017)

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 1957 (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
  • 2017 - Kit Hinrichs BFA 1963

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
  • 2017 - Julian Ryder BFA 1972

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
  • 2017 - Jacques Perrault 2014