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21
JUL
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF SOUTH ARROYO PARKWAY PROPERTY AT GATEWAY TO PASADENA AND FUTURE PLANS FOR STUDENT HOUSING

Largest Transaction in College’s 84-Year History Made Possible by Vision and Generosity of Peter and Merle Mullin

(Pasadena, Calif.) July 21, 2014  — Art Center College of Design continues to expand its educational reach and resources with the acquisition of 1111 South Arroyo Parkway and plans to build student housing on South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, President Lorne M. Buchman announced today.

The largest transaction in the College’s history, the $27.4 million purchase of the building at the gateway to Pasadena was made possible in large part due to the reallocation of an unprecedented $15 million gift to Art Center from Southern California philanthropists and classic car enthusiasts Peter and Merle Mullin. The generous donation, announced last fall, was originally restricted to the construction of a new industrial and transportation design facility to be built on the corner of Glenarm Street and Raymond Avenue. The College will finance the remaining cost of the South Arroyo property by way of a state bond issue, with plans to repay the debt through a capital campaign.

A prominent feature of the new Mullin Building will be a street-level gallery, open to the public, showcasing work created by students along with vehicles from the Mullins’ extensive vintage automobile collection. The facility will include classrooms, a “making” workshop and studio spaces, as well as administrative offices. The expansion of the College’s facilities will not only relieve overcrowding on the Hillside Campus but also, more importantly, allow Art Center to improve the experience for faculty, students and staff. The purchase provides much needed square footage for the transportation and industrial design shops and programs to grow at the Hillside Campus, located on Lida Street above the Rose Bowl.

“Acquiring this new building would not have been possible without the generosity of Peter and Merle Mullin,” said Buchman. “The reallocation of their $15 million gift—the largest in the College’s history—exemplifies true leadership. We’re indebted to their understanding, vision and support of Art Center’s mandate to provide the finest art and design education anywhere.”

“It’s about great education,” said Peter Mullin, an Art Center trustee. “We want to help provide first-rate facilities for what is clearly the leading institution of art and design higher education.  

“While the idea of an entirely new facility showed great promise, we could not let the opportunity to purchase this property pass by, especially since it is contiguous with the College’s existing South Campus,” Mullin continued. “It doubles the space a newly built facility would have afforded the College and it is simply in the College’s best interest—and in the best interest of Art Center students—to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

“Expanding and developing new spaces for learning is a central element of the College’s ambitious five-year Strategic Plan created with input from throughout our community,” said Fred Fehlau, provost. “The unprecedented growth of our undergraduate and graduate programs since 2009 not only signals an increase in demand for the quality of education we provide but also illustrates the growing importance of the creative professions to the economy and our world.”

“Extending our reach further into the city and beyond provides important opportunities to deepen our engagement with diverse communities,” said George Falardeau, senior vice president of Real Estate and Operations. “The close proximity of South Campus to public transportation enables the College to invigorate art and design learning for all ages through continuing education and public programs that help enrich our culture and society.”

Planned student housing offers increased access and affordability

President Buchman also announced Art Center’s plan to provide students with housing. The College hopes to break ground in 2017 to build its first residential complex for approximately 250 to 300 students.

“We’re thrilled with the idea of offering students a place to live on campus, which will dramatically enhance campus life and contribute to our students’ overall success in class, on campus and in the world,” said Ray Quirolgico, associate provost for Student Affairs.

 “The Center for the Student Experience is committed to developing new student housing to be a truly residential educational experience while providing an affordable and attractive place to live and work with peers, mentors and colleagues in a seamless supportive environment where ‘home’ and ‘work’ can be intertwined,” said Quirolgico.  

San Diego-based Studio E Architects will design the student housing facility, and local urban planners, Symphony Development, will build the complex. In 2012, Studio E Architects won praise for designing the University of California, Davis West Village housing complex, which was recognized as the largest planned Zero Net Energy project to date in the nation. Specializing in developments for urban communities, Symphony Development has built sustainable student housing for the University of Southern California, Southwestern Law School, California State University, Northridge and San Jose State University.   

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Teri Bond
626.396.2385 office
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12
JUL
SCREENING OF MIKE KELLEY'S MOBILE HOMESTEAD VIDEO AND PANEL DISCUSSION SATURDAY, JULY 12 AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

WHO:
Film aficionados, community members, students, industry professionals and the general public interested in the work of artist and former Art Center faculty member, Mike Kelley. 

WHAT:
Art Center College of Design presents a screening and panel discussion of Mobile Homestead, a video series documenting Mike Kelley’s large-scale public art project. Mobile Homestead is a full-scale replica of the 1950s Westland suburban home where Kelley grew up designed to operate as a community gallery with a removable façade on wheels that Kelley imagined would travel and dispense ‘public services.’ The videos document the remarkable journey through Detroit’s urban and suburban landscapes reflecting Kelley’s interest in its socio-economically diverse communities, as well as themes of biography, history and memory.

Bennett Simpson, curator of MOCA's current "Mike Kelley" exhibition; Patti Podesta, Graduate Art department faculty member at Art Center and Mary Clare Stevens, executive director of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and Kelley’s studio manager from 2003 until 2012 will speak about the late artist throughout the July 12th program. The screenings and remarks will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jason Smith, prolific contemporary art scholar and associate chair of the Graduate Art department at Art Center. 

WHERE:
Art Center College of Design | Hillside Campus | Ahmanson Auditorium
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena CA 91103

WHEN:                       
Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHY:              
“Mike was one of the most important professors in Art Center’s MFA program from its inception in 1986 until 2006,” said Diana Thater, chair of the Graduate Art department. “His 20 years of dedicated teaching had a lasting impact on his many students. We’re grateful to have this special opportunity to screen Mobile Homestead– to honor him as an artist and ensure his legacy at Art Center lives on.”

HOW:             
The event is free and open to the public.

* Speaker lineup subject to change.

20
JUN
ROBERT C. DAVIDSON, JR. RE-ELECTED TO THIRD TERM AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Alumnus and lynda.com Co-founder Bruce Heavin Joins Board

(Pasadena, Calif.) June 20, 2014 — The Board of Trustees of Art Center College of Design announced today that Robert C. Davidson, Jr. has been re-elected to a third term as board chairman. The unanimous vote of confidence by his peers represents an endorsement of his exceptional leadership, deep commitment to the strategic growth of the College and unwavering dedication to delivering the best education possible to each individual student.

Davidson is the first African-American to serve as board chairman at Art Center, and among the first African-Americans to assume Board leadership of a member institution within the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

“It’s abundantly clear that the College—and the Board itself—has thrived under Bob’s leadership,” said Dr. Lorne M. Buchman, president of Art Center. “The Board and I unanimously voted to re-elect him to ensure the forward momentum he has so thoughtfully facilitated.”

“My guiding principal in every decision we make is always to ask how will this strengthen student learning,” said Davidson.  “It is paramount that we provide our future creative leaders with resources to maximize their long-term success.”

Davidson has served on the Board since 2004. As chairman since 2010, he has contributed significant guidance and oversight to numerous committees, including Executive, Advancement and Lead Gifts, Audit, Governance and Compensation. During his Board chairmanship, the College initiated a five-year strategic plan already realized, in part, through the launch of four new degree programs, thoughtful campus expansion, Board growth and engagement, and record-breaking financial support from Board members and alumni. 

The Board also announced today the election of Art Center alumnus and lynda.com co-founder Bruce Heavin as a Trustee. Heavin, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, will serve on the Board’s Academic Affairs and Facilities committees.
   
“I’ve realized that everything the College has achieved in recent years is in direct support of its students,” Heavin said. “I’ve been a staunch advocate and longtime supporter of my alma mater, and now it’s especially rewarding to join the Board during this important era of growth and advancement in Art Center’s history.”

“Bruce’s knowledge and expertise will be extremely valuable as the College builds a robust curriculum in the virtual space online,” said Fred Fehlau, provost at Art Center. “The goal is to make our unique brand of rigorous art and design education available to the global community of students who desire to become the culture makers, professional influencers and leaders of the creative economy.”

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design (artcenter.edu) is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts as well as industrial design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College's long and storied history, Art Center alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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Images:
Images of Davidson and Heavin are available for download here.

Contacts: 
Jered Gold
Acting Head, Marketing and Communications
626-396-2251
jered.gold@artcenter.edu

Teri Bond
Director, Media Relations
626.396.2385 office
310.738.2077 mobile
teri.bond@artcenter.edu

12
JUN
FOLDED: THE ORIGAMI ART OF ROBERT J. LANG

Exhibition at Art Center College of Design’s Williamson Gallery Celebrates One of the World’s Foremost Origami Artists
June 17 through August 30, 2014

(Pasadena, Calif.) June 12, 2014 – Robert J. Lang, one of the world’s foremost origami artists, and his intricate work is celebrated in a new exhibition opening at Art Center College of Design on June 17 and continuing through August 30, 2014. Folded: The Origami Art of Robert J. Lang, is co-curated by Meher McArthur, Asian art curator, author and educator, and Stephen Nowlin, director of the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center. Folded opens on June 17 and continues through August 30, 2014.  The opening night reception on Thursday, June 19 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://williamsongallery.net/folded .

Lang, a former physicist, is recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art, with more than 600 designs catalogued and diagrammed. His work is noted for its great detail and realism and includes some of the most complex origami designs ever created.

The exhibition, featuring more than 50 of the artist’s works from his own collection, museum and private collections, is the first overview of Lang’s work as an origami artist and will demonstrate how he has been pushing the boundaries of this art form.

After graduating from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Lang worked as a physicist, engineer and R&D manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and at private companies and laboratories in Silicon Valley. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 technical publications and holds 50 patents on semiconductor lasers, optics and integrated optoelectronics. After 30 years of studying origami as his passion, Lang gave up his day job as a laser physicist to focus on both the art and science of origami.

His work combines aspects of the Western school of mathematical origami design with the Eastern emphasis on line and form to yield models that are at once distinctive, elegant and challenging to fold. His models have been shown in exhibitions in New York (Museum of Modern Art), Paris (Carrousel du Louvre), Salem (Peabody Essex Museum), San Diego (Mingei International Museum) and Kaga, Japan (Nippon Origami Museum), and featured in documentary films, television commercials and as a Google doodle.

As an origami artist, Lang has pushed origami in several different stylistic directions such as super-complex models of living creatures, intricate geometric forms and patterns, paper structures inspired by ceramic vessels, wall pieces created using crease patterns of his designs, and large-scale installation work. He has pioneered several new methods for creating artwork from folded paper using computer software to produce folding designs, laser scoring machines to mark folding lines, and writing computer codes to render origami designs using 3D printing. For example, he cast some of his origami forms in bronze in collaboration with a sculptor. He also teamed up with a photographer to fold floral photographs into 3D sculptures of flowers.

The Williamson exhibition will feature some of Lang’s rarely seen super-complex models, including Snack Time, which depicts a female praying mantis devouring her mate (all folded from a single square of paper), as well as examples of his wall-mounted crease patterns and his recent cross-media innovations.

Co-curator Meher McArthur is the former curator of East Asian art at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, where she curated more than 15 Asian art exhibitions. She is currently an independent Asian art curator, author and educator. Her recent traveling exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami is touring the United States with International Arts & Artists (www.artsandartists.org) through 2016 and a sequel exhibition, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami, will begin a tour in 2015. Her publications include Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols, The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles, An ABC of What Art Can Be, Confucius: A Throneless King, and Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (co-authored with Robert J. Lang). She is also a regular contributor to KCET Artbound, writing about Asian artistic influence in Southern California.

Co-curator Stephen Nowlin is director of Art Center’s Williamson Gallery, where he has emphasized the intersection of art and science. Exhibitions include PAGES, examining the book page as a space for communicating as well as forging new ideas; WORLDS, an art-based perspective on earth and the solar system; ENERGY, a composite of objects and artifacts addressing the poetry of natural forces; TOOLS, focusing on artifacts from the artificial extension of human biology; OBSERVE, a collaboration with five contemporary artists and the NASA/JPL Spitzer Science Center; In the Dermisphere, surveying the art and natural history of skin; EAR(th), a sound installation with artist Steve Roden and Caltech geophysicist Mark Simons; and NEURO, a collaboration with the Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering at Caltech. Nowlin was the subject of a recent interview in the national SciArt in America magazine.

The Williamson Gallery is located at Art Center’s hillside campus, 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena; hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours on Fridays, until 9 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and holidays. For more gallery information, call (626) 396-2446.

About the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design opened in 1992, and has since represented a unique voice in Pasadena and beyond, engaging art and ideas of both local and international significance. Pasadena is unequalled worldwide for its convergence of the arts and sciences, and the Williamson Gallery has embraced the exploration of that core identity as one of its primary programmatic goals. Offering students and the public an opportunity to form authentic and critical insights based upon first-hand experiences with the arts, the Williamson Gallery seeks out projects that will resonate deeply with the tenor of our times, provoke intellectual dissonance, and conjure unexpected pathways of thinking.

About Art Center College of Design Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts as well as industrial design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College's long and storied history, Art Center alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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Images: Images are available for download from this online press kit.
Contact:
Teri Bond, Art Center College of Design
626.396.2385 office
310.738.2077 mobile
teri.bond@artcenter.edu

16
MAY
ART CENTER SHOWCASES STUDENTS' INNOVATIVE AND INSPIRING DESIGNS AT 26TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR, MAY 17-20, 2014

At WantedDesign, Faculty Members Lead International Design Schools Workshop as Part of Juried Competition

MAY 16, 2013, Pasadena, Calif.—With New York Design Week in full swing, the city is teeming with design professionals seeking the hottest talent and trends. Art Center is featured at two major events, the high-profile International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign.

Attracting nearly 30,000 tastemakers in the worlds of interior design, architecture, retail, manufacturing, distribution and developers, ICFF is considered North America’s premiere showcase for contemporary design.

Leading the College’s presence at the influential summit is David Mocarski, chair of graduate and undergraduate Environmental Design.

Art Center President Lorne M. Buchman joined Mocarski and Product Design Chair Karen Hofmann, along with industry leaders, alumni and students at a kick-off party May 15 at Spice Market in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

Art Center’s Booth 1176 at the show’s main venue, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (11th Avenue at 38th Street), presents an exhibition featuring full-scale pieces created for The Future of Work: The Collaborative Office, a sponsored project with ATU, Ecuador, a leading producer of contract furniture in Latin America. While investigating what defines a productive workspace, students explored components of the new flex office, identifying and analyzing current market trends and needs. The studio included a one-week trip to the ATU factory in Ecuador.

Furniture designs featured in the 2014 ICFF Art Center exhibition are:

Zara Vardanyan’s MOSO is a modular sofa that consists of six pieces: five sofa modules and one coffee table. All of the pieces can be mirrored to achieve the most perfect combination for each customer. Born in Armenia and raised in Russia, Vardanyan focuses on designs for luxury lifestyle specifically furniture and the hospitality industry.

You Min Kim’s Stitch is a stackable lounge chair offering mobile comfort to amplify intimate connection with the user in any space, for any occasion. Born in Seoul, Korea, Kim is developing design practices with the goal of deepening his understanding of human needs and merging them with his fine art experience.

Subtle in its gesture, Cohe, created by Lawrence Kim, is a playful yet sophisticated design, engineered to be supremely light yet#structurally stable. Cohe is sized to promote a comfortable, studious environment, whether for an individual or a group setting. A California native, Kim makes sure that there is a reason for every move other than beauty. He does his best to find a balance between function and aesthetics because, he says, “who doesn’t fall for beauty?”

John Imus Clark’s Next Chair was created as an answer to a question. “In an ever-changing office environment, how are people working in the office space of today?” People work much more quickly, and technology allows us to learn in a day what it used to take months to absorb. In this fast-paced work environment, the need for efficiency and collaboration is higher than ever. The era of pre-planned meetings is on its way out. This is where the Next Chair comes in, creating both a comfortable personal work environment, and the means of a collaborative workspace. A Southern California native, Clark is about to launch Imus Design, a firm combining creative art and commercial design with experimental technologies.

With a classic turn and a clear look, Good Cheer created by Jenny Chen invites you to celebrate the moment of gathering together. Good Cheer is inspired by the form language of pouring wine into a glass. Its shape is meant to create the feeling of lightness, of being cupped in a glass. Discovering the smallest detail in our lives and being able to transform it into something meaningful is a direction that inspires Chen and her designs.

Hines Fischer’s Brisa, named after the Spanish word for “breeze,” is a lightweight task chair designed for reception areas and collaborative spaces. Inspired by the migratory habits of Ecuador’s native albatross, the design takes many cues from the seabirds. One of the 10 members of the very first Graduate Environmental Design degree earners at Art Center, Fischer looks forward to starting his job at Yabu Pushelberg, an international design firm with studios in Toronto and New York.

The form of the Gala chair designed by Austin Yang is inspired by the fashion of a man’s tuxedo and a woman’s backless dress. To sit in the Gala is to feel like one is wearing a fine and luxurious coat. Born and raised in China, Yang believes that good design can change the quality of people’s lives.

Inspired by the beautiful coastline of Ecuador, Tide designed by Angel Wang is a modular sofa system that brings people into a more casual working environment. With the 13 pieces of furniture in the Tide sofa system, the combinations are virtually infinite. Raised first in southern China and then immigrating to Canada, Wang says the design language of her work is influenced by a blend of Western and Eastern cultures.

Art Center work is also showcased at the prestigious ICFF Studio, a platform that matches selected emerging designers and their prototype products with potential manufacturers. The Studio is presented by ICFF and Bernhardt Design, a frequent corporate partner and collaborator with Art Center. After submitting portfolios, hundreds of hopefuls waited for the judges’ decision on who would occupy the coveted spots at the event. This year, three Art Center students were chosen for that honor: Zara Vardanyan, Austin Yang and Yingting Jiang.

At the concurrent confab WantedDesign, Art Center Environmental Design faculty team of Penny Herscovitch and Dan Gottlieb will lead the WantedDesign NYC 2014 Design Schools Workshop on “The Future of Paper.” The workshop challenges international student teams to re-envision the expressive qualities of paper in the context of ubiquitous computing, much as painting was reinvented after the camera was popularized. They will collaborate to explore paper as a material for expression in the design of lighting, furniture, home goods, wearables and spatial environments.

The duo, who combine their talents at Padlab, a Los Angeles-based design studio, recently sat down with Design Milk to discuss this unique creative opportunity. “We’re passionate about creative collaboration across cultures, languages and disciplines,” said Herscovitch. “We believe this is at the heart of innovation and the future of design.”

Art Center student workshop participants include Jon Kim, Mariko Higaki Iwai, Junyong Park, Jenny Ting Cheng Chen and Connie Bakshi.

Among Art Center alumni showcasing work at ICFF are John Ford (Booth 1551), Minh Nuyugen of Popkorns (Booth 811) and Nolen Niu of Nolen Niu, Inc. (Booth 1400).

Both ICFF and WantedDesign take place during NYCxDesign, a city-wide design celebration continuing through May 20.

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Images: High-resolution images are available for download from this online gallery.

Contacts:
Teri Bond
626.396.2385 office
310.738.2077 mobile
teri.bond@artcenter.edu

Christine Hanson
323.578.4834 mobile
christine@christinehanson.us

12
MAY
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN CHOSEN FOR INTEL DESIGN SCHOOL NETWORK

Names first-ever Technologist-in-Residence to focus on wearable tech innovation

(Pasadena, Calif.) May 12, 2014 – Art Center College of Design was recently chosen to join the Intel® Design School Network, a consortium of leading art and design schools around the world. As part of the initiative, Art Center has named Syuzi Pakhchyan as the first Technologist-in-Residence in the Graduate Media Design Practices Department, who will develop symposia and curricula around wearable tech innovation.

“Art Center is recognized as one of the top design schools worldwide, and we are excited to have them be a part of the Intel® Design School Network,” said John Somoza, Higher Education Program Manager at Intel® Corporation. “We look forward to collaborating with Art Center to encourage the next generation of designers to look at technology in new and innovative ways – especially in the area of wearables.”

“As wearable tech explodes among consumers, we’re imagining how a wearables-saturated world will change our behavior as human beings,” said Anne Burdick, chair of Art Center’s Graduate Media Design Practices Department.  “We’re happy to be a part of this industry partnership since Art Center has always been where new technologies are brought to life and design brings both a social agenda and innovation to this new domain.”

Art Center is one of five international institutions asked to join Intel’s inaugural Design School Network—a group that also includes California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and the Royal College of Art in London.

Intel’s goal in partnering with Art Center—along with all of the schools in its design school network—is to enhance students’ learning environment by promoting creative thinking in areas where technology and user experiences collide.

The partnership creates a truly symbiotic relationship—students and faculty benefit by gaining access to Intel’s latest technological innovations; Intel® benefits by gaining access to the creative and unconventional thinking of the graduate students and the design expertise of the faculty. 

The partnership is also part of Intel’s larger “Make it Wearable” global initiative to inspire ideas and fuel innovation that will evolve personal computing in new ways.

As Technologist-in-Residence, Pakhchyan, an alumnus of the Media Design Practices Department who runs the influential couture and circuits mashup blog Fashioning Technology and consults with consumer electronics companies, is spearheading a series of dialogues exploring wearable technology.

The first in the series was a symposium titled Connected Bodies: Imagining New Wearables that took place in February in conjunction with a four-week Intel-sponsored studio called Wearable Ecologies in which students came up with prototypes for human applications of technologies that can lead to expressive wearables. The class examined what it would mean for society if all the connected devices were talking to one another, in what experts call “The Internet of Things.”

The course, co-taught by Media Design Practices Professor Philip van Allen and Associate Professor Ben Hooker, was designed to explore intriguing issues surrounding the complex nature of autonomous digital transactions (e.g., paying for a fast food meal versus a wedding dinner), the ability of wearables to adapt to different contexts (e.g., sharing medical records with a doctor’s office versus an insurance agency) and how this new wave of interactions should behave aesthetically (e.g., visual cues, emitted sounds).

Pakhchyan is now working on plans for a Wearable Tech Designathon coming up in June where designers compete for a chance to present their work to the industry at the L.A. Wearable Tech conference at the Pasadena Convention Center.

About Syuzi Pakhchyan:  
An experience designer, Pakhchyan investigates the intersection between code, cloth and culture. Her design and research interests include wearable technologies, physical and soft computing, and interactive textile design. Her book "Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting" explores the emerging creative practice of soft circuits and soft technologies. Her projects have been exhibited at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York, the Fashion Future Event in Pisa, SXSW Festival, Maker Faire and Emerging Technologies Conference. She received her BFA from the University of California, Berkeley in literature and her MFA in media design from Art Center College of Design. 

About Media Design Practices:  
Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design offers an interdisciplinary design MFA grounded in media and technology through a curriculum that features two intentionally divergent tracks. Each track—Lab and Field—prepares students to work in emerging roles and contexts for design. Lab students explore the cultural impact and possible futures of new ideas from technology, science and culture. Field students mix
ethnography, design and technology to address social issues in a developing world context. More at mediadesignpractices.net.

About Art Center College of Design:
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts as well as industrial design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College's long and storied history, Art Center alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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Images:
Images are available for download from this online press kit.

Contact:
Teri Bond, Art Center College of Design
626.396.2385 office
310.738.2077 mobile
teri.bond@artcenter.edu

4
APR
CONTEMPORARY ARTIST, CURATOR, SCHOLAR DIANA THATER NAMED FACULTY CHAIR OF GRADUATE ART AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Internationally respected pioneer of immersive video installation art

(PASADENA, Calif.) April 4, 2014 — Art Center College of Design has named internationally renowned contemporary artist Diana Thater as the next faculty chair of the Graduate Art department, it was announced today by Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau. Widely recognized as one of the most innovative and diverse graduate art programs in the nation with many influential alumni, the department has grown significantly under the 11-year leadership of painter and critic Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, who will continue teaching in the program.

“Art Center’s Graduate Art program is one of the best in the country, if not the world,” said Thater. “I’m proud to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe as its chair and look forward to working closely with our distinguished faculty to produce a new generation of internationally practicing artists.”

Thater is known for exploring the unpredictable relationships between culture and nature, human and animal, and science and magic. A dedicated activist in the movement to protect dolphins from slaughter, Thater with T. Kelly Mason and Rick O’Barry, made the film Welcome to Taiji, which served as the basis of the Academy award-winning documentary The Cove. She co-founded the artist lead group, MOCA Mobilization, calling for changes at the Museum of Contemporary Art when it was at the height of its financial crisis and about to close. In 2015, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will present a mid-career survey of her work. 

Prolific contemporary art scholar and faculty member Jason E. Smith will serve in the position of associate chair when Thater takes the helm as faculty chair in May. He is currently a fellow in the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.

“Diana and Jason together represent the Graduate Art department’s strong focus on practice and discourse, in which we lead students through a rigorous program of studio work and theory,” said Fehlau. “I can think of no better next step in the program’s trajectory.” 

Art Center’s Graduate Art department stands out among its top-ranked peers for attracting internationally known artists and theorists who teach in a concentrated and intense environment which is responsive to the needs of the individual student.

Among the many influential Graduate Art alumni are Lynn Aldrich, Lisa Auerbach, David Bailey, Olivia Booth, Mason Cooley, Aaron Curry, Kevin Hanley, Nate Hylden, Melissa Kretschmer, Sharon Lockhart, T. Kelly Mason, Rebecca Norton, Steve Roden, Sterling Ruby, Frances Stark, Jennifer Steinkamp, Alexis Teplin, Diana Thater, Pae White, Jennifer West and T.J. Wilcox.

“We are deeply grateful for Jeremy's leadership and look forward to his return as a full-time faculty member in 2015, following a well-earned sabbatical,” said Fehlau.

"I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished,” said Gilbert-Rolfe. “Together, with the core faculty, we continue to strengthen our program’s depth and range reinforcing the identity established with help from two extraordinary artists and student mentors, Mike Kelley and Stephen Prina.”

Gilbert-Rolfe helped transform the program from a small department of 10 students to a full cohort of more than 30 students housed in facilities designed specifically for the Graduate Art program at 950 South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, in the recently expanded Art Center South Campus complex. He was instrumental in launching the department’s international symposium series and established exchange programs with institutions in Berlin, Cologne and Paris. 
   
About Diana Thater: An exhibiting artist since 1992, Diana Thater has received international acclaim for her pioneering film, video and installation-based works. During the past decade, her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions including the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2011); Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Natural History Museum, London (both 2009); Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany (both 2004); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (2001); and the Secession, Vienna (2000). In 2011, she was honored with an award for artistic innovation from the Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles. Additional notable awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the Phelan Award in Film and Video. A mid-career survey of her work is set for 2015 at LACMA. A prolific writer, educator and curator, Thater lives and works in Los Angeles.

About Jason Smith: Jason Smith’s writing and research is largely concerned with contemporary art and aesthetics, modern continental philosophy and post-1968 political thought. His work has appeared in ArtforumCritical InquiryDiacriticsGrey RoomSAQ and Theory & Event, among other places.

About Art Center: Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 84-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Images:  A high-resolution image of Diana Thater is available for download from this online gallery.

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4
APR
MARIO ASCENCIO NAMED COLLEGE LIBRARIAN AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

High-visibility leader among professionals and promoting libraries to Latinos

(PASADENA, Calif.) April 4, 2014 — Art Center College of Design has named Mario Ascencio—a dedicated, nationally recognized leader among library professionals—as the college librarian and managing director of the library, it was announced today by Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau. Following an international search and with broad support of the entire academic community, Ascencio returns to his hometown of Los Angeles to begin his tenure at Art Center’s James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library on May 12, 2014. 

Previously, during his visionary leadership as library director at the Corcoran Gallery of Art / Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., Ascencio revolutionized library operations. The addition of new educational technologies, social media and digital repository systems created new efficiencies that dramatically improved the user experience for the Corcoran’s wide variety of patrons.

As a leader, Ascencio is keenly aware of the important big-picture issues faced by institutions and how vital libraries are in supporting overall goals and objectives. As co-chair of the Corcoran’s Self-Study Steering Committee, he was key in preparing the institution for its upcoming reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In 2008, Library Journal named him a Mover & Shaker in recognition of his commitment to improving and promoting library services at the national and international level.

"I’m excited to return to my native city of Los Angeles,” he said, adding that, throughout the years, when asked by friends if he would ever come home to the Southland, he always responded positively—with the stipulation that it would happen only if the ideal position was offered by the ideal organization.

“After almost 15 years living in D.C., I’m thrilled to join Art Center because of its mission, ‘Learn to Create, Influence Change,’” he said. “It’s at the core of my personal beliefs that the library and the staff have the power to help students explore and discover themselves as artists and designers, and to ultimately create a positive impact on their learning.”

Looking ahead as the College continues its South Campus expansion close to downtown Pasadena, Ascencio envisions engaging with his new colleagues to discover new opportunities to better serve the Art Center community.

Innovation has long been part of his portfolio. In 2006, he was elected president of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. In this role, he led the organization’s 40 board members, more than 800 association members, and 26 chapters throughout the U.S.

Previously, he worked as the visual arts liaison librarian at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia, and as a librarian for Latino research at the Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. He has also held positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the UCLA Arts Library, the Getty Research Institute Research Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Watson Library in New York.  In 2008 he served as a member of the honorary committee for the UCLA Department of Information Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration.

He received his masters of library and information science from UCLA, and his BA in art history with a minor in Italian from California State University, Northridge.

Ascencio’s appointment follows the retirement of Elizabeth Galloway who stepped down in July 2013 after 35 years of devoted service and commitment to the Art Center community.

The James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library at Art Center offers a comprehensive collection of resources in art and design for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public. The Library’s resources include more than 100,000 volumes of books and periodicals; subscriptions for more than 400 magazines; 13,000 DVDs of feature films, animation, documentaries and more; expanding collections of zines and video games; plus subscriptions to dozens of online databases. A reference librarian is available for research assistance and online resource instruction. Photographs, papers, digital records and ephemera documenting the history of Art Center are housed in the College Archives.

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 84-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Contact for more information and images: 
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21
FEB
RAY EAMES: IN THE SPOTLIGHT EXHIBITION AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN CELEBRATES A DESIGN ICON

February 25 through May 4, 2014

(Note to editors: Images will be provided upon request.)

(Pasadena, Calif.) February 21, 2014 – The lifelong pursuits of 20th-century design icon, Ray Eames—design partner in the famous husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames—are celebrated in a new exhibition opening at Art Center College of Design on February 25 and continuing through May 4, 2014. Ray Eames: In the Spotlight, is a unique collaboration between Eames Office, the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design and the A+D Architecture and Design Museum. The opening night reception on Friday, Feb. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. is free and open to the public. 

The exhibition, curated by Carla Hartman, an Eames granddaughter, traces the connections between each of Ray’s interests—interests that, while developed in childhood, continued throughout her lifetime. A rich array of letters, notes, sketches, paintings, photographs, process drawings, furniture, film and collections focuses on Ray’s interaction with key people, places and institutions. The exhibition explores the time periods from her youth in Sacramento, California, and time at Bennett College, to her studies with Hans Hofmann and work at Cranbrook Academy of Art, as well as in her home state of California, where she returned to live, work and play for nearly 50 remaining years of her life. The show will examine her partnership with husband and collaborator Charles Eames.

An intimate study of Ray’s world, Ray Eames: In the Spotlight concentrates on the iterative, hands-on process that the Eameses are known for, as well as the “way-it-should-be-ness” that defined the way they worked and lived. The exhibition encourages visitors to make their own connections with Ray’s work, to explore their own creativity and to apply Eames tools to their lives.

Williamson Gallery exhibitions are made possible in part through the generous support of the Williamson Gallery Patrons and a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance. Additional support for this installation was provided by Eames Office, Herman Miller, Vitra and Fab.

The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design is located at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena; hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours on Fridays, until 9 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and holidays. For more gallery information, call (626) 396-2446.

About the Exhibition
Ray Eames: In the Spotlight, is a project of Eames Office: Carla Hartman, curator, designer, and educator; Eames Demetrios, producer for Eames Office; Eames Office team David Hertsgaard, Marlow Hoffman, Llisa Demetrios and Genevieve Fong.

The photographs and films presented in the exhibition are courtesy of the Eames Office/Library of Congress, The Work of Charles and Ray Eames. The vast majority of objects in the exhibition have been loaned by the Eames family.

The organizers of the exhibition would like to express deep gratitude to Lucia Eames, Byron Atwood, Lucia Atwood, Jackie Atwood, Ross Atwood, Shelley Mills, Xander Demetrios, Guthrie Demetrios, Dan Ostroff, Shane Zaier, Jeremy Hansen, Ric Keefer, Kit Gray, Danielle Elliott, Tim McQuaide, Roz Walker, Digital Grange, Christopher Gray Post-Production, and all of Ray and Charles’s family, friends, employees and associates for their contribution to this show.

About the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design has established a broad reputation for its ongoing series of exhibitions exploring the boundaries, relationships and perspectives of art and science. Recent exhibitions in the series include WORLDS, a medley of objects, images, sounds and videos that explored celestial phenomena and our Earthbound perspectives; HYPERBOLIC: Reefs, Rubbish, and Reason, an exhibition of mathematics, ocean ecology and crochet handicraft; ENERGY, a composite engagement with art, science, history and poetry around the theme of natural forces; OBSERVE, a collaboration between invited artists and scientists at the NASA/JPL-Caltech Spitzer Space Telescope; In The Dermisphere, a look at the art and natural history of skin; and TOOLS, an exploration of the art and science of extensions to human biology.  

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 83-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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22
JAN
CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY'S DRUCKER SCHOOL AND ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN LAUNCH DUAL DEGREE IN INNOVATION SYSTEMS DESIGN

Graduates will Fuel Innovation Through “Design Thinking” to Create the Future

(Claremont/Pasadena, Calif.) January 22, 2014 – Art Center College of Design and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) today announced the new Innovation Systems Design (ISD) MS/MBA degree program launching in fall 2014. 

The ISD dual-degree program marries Art Center’s renowned design and innovation curriculum with the Drucker School’s acclaimed business and management acumen to meet the needs of early- to mid-career level professionals who see the value in applying design-thinking methodology to business strategy.

Students who graduate from the rigorous program will earn a Master of Science (MS) degree in Industrial Design from Art Center and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Drucker School.

“One of the many differentiators of this program is that it’s a truly immersive experience to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of both business and design culture,” said Hideki Yamawaki, co-executive director of the ISD program and Ito Chair of International Business and Professor of Management at the Drucker School.  “Ultimately, our graduates will be MBAs who have a robust portfolio that shows examples of their ability to create the future.”

The rapid advance of new technologies continues to heighten competition and accelerate the rate of change in the global marketplace. Companies have to reinvent their business models at an ever-increasing pace to remain competitive.

“The ISD program will prepare graduates to take on these types of complex and unstructured problems by merging the curricula of two distinct disciplines that have not traditionally been combined,” said Andy Ogden, co-executive director of the ISD program and chair of the Graduate Industrial Design Department (Grad ID) at Art Center.

“What we see going forward is that, if you are going to be able to create the future, you need to have knowledge and understanding of business dynamics, an ability to think strategically and the skills and knowledge of a designer to realize a vision,” Ogden said.

Individuals best suited for this program are those who have a deep desire to be involved at the front end, to look forward, to dive into the analysis of trends, and to figure out the best strategy in order to make a company successful. Students will tackle real-world design projects that allow them to practice and apply new skills, theories and methods.

About the Drucker School
One of five outstanding schools in CGU, the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi M. Ito Graduate School of Management offers a variety and full range of professional and doctoral degrees, including the MBA, PMBA, EMBA, and the MS in Financial Engineering. It has expanded the traditional path in business education, offering innovative transdisciplinary programs and partnerships.  Among these are the MA in Arts Management, an MA in Art Business in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a JD/MBA in partnerships with Southwestern Law School.

The Drucker School is named for the father of business management education and world-renowned author and consultant, Peter F. Drucker, and accomplished global business leader and philanthropist, Masatoshi M. Ito. It is global, diverse, and rich with resources while being intimate and flexible. Drucker graduates value the cultivation of human potential as a company’s most valuable resource, and they have a strong sense of social responsibility to make a difference by doing well while also doing good. 

Claremont Graduate University was founded in 1925. It a founding member of the prestigious and world-renowned Claremont Colleges Consortium located in Claremont, California.

About Art Center
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in design and art education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of design and art disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 84-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, on the way we live and on important issues in our society.

Art Center’s Graduate Industrial Design (Grad ID) Department is consistently ranked at the very top by the Design Futures Council in its Design Intelligence survey for America’s best architecture and design schools, and at the top of U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Graduate Schools rankings. Grad ID alumni occupy top strategy positions at innovative organizations such as LEGO Concept Lab, Second Road, Toyota, Microsoft and Nokia Research Center.

The Grad ID faculty, most of whom are internationally renowned working professionals, have played key creative and leadership roles at firms such as The Walt Disney Company, S. G. Hauser Associates, Henry Dreyfuss Associates, RTKL Associates, bioDesigns, Roundarch and Human Code. Students have collaborated with clients such as Herman Miller, Avery Dennison, GUESS, Warner Bros. Records, Empire-Berol, Hewlett-Packard, Honda, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, LEGO, Yahoo!, Volvo Trucks, and many other companies.

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Images:
High-resolution images are available for download from this online gallery

 

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5
DEC
AUTODESK DONATES INDUSTRY-LEADING 3D SOFTWARE AND TRAINING TO ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Students gain competitive edge as they launch professional careers;
joint research projects will explore cloud modeling potential

(PASADENA, Calif.) December 5, 2013—Art Center College of Design and Autodesk have recently finalized an agreement that provides a sizable donation of Autodesk software and training services to the school. The agreement represents Autodesk’s commitment to helping shape the future leaders of the innovation economy who graduate each year from Art Center, which has been at the forefront of art and design education in Los Angeles and internationally for more than 80 years.

“We are deeply grateful to Autodesk for putting these extraordinary products in the hands of our talented students,” says Lorne M. Buchman, Art Center president. “These generous gifts-in-kind play a vital role in advancing our educational mission. They are key to preparing our creative leaders to make an impact in the world.”

Under the agreement, students gain access to Autodesk’s leading 3D design software#from industry design and media and entertainment, to digital editing and data management—as well as technical support and training, thereby giving Art Center students hands-on experience with the same technology that is used by professionals in industry. Art Center will also participate in joint research projects around Autodesk’s innovative cloud modeling product, Autodesk® Fusion360. 

“Autodesk Education is committed to helping fuel a lifelong love of design in students and supporting educators so that the next generation of architects, engineers and designers can seize opportunities created by the new global environment,” says Peggy Snyder, director of Mature Markets, Autodesk Education. “We also look forward to providing industry-relevant training and support to Art Center to give its students a competitive edge to achieve career success.”

Autodesk software is currently installed on Art Center’s 500 Macintosh and Windows personal computers accessible to all undergraduate and graduate students on both of the College’s Pasadena campuses. The donation benefits students in every program, and those in the departments of Environmental Design, Film, Product Design and Transportation Design are particularly intensive users.

“Autodesk software has been the industry standard in Environmental Design for some time, whether for advanced visualization, such as Autodesk 3ds Max® and Maya® 3D, or construction documentation, such as AutoCAD® and Revit®,” says Emil Mertzel, an Environmental Design instructor at Art Center and partner at Lookinglass Architecture and Design.

“As the world becomes exponentially more competitive, it is critical our students enter the workplace proficient in the same software used throughout the industry,” he continues. “This agreement makes it possible to expose our students to the most up-to-date versions of these programs so their education truly becomes the bedrock for excellence in their careers.”

“Autodesk Flame® Premium and Smoke® are the leading industry solutions for visual special effects (VFX) and editorial finishing,” says Ross LaManna, chair of Art Center’s undergraduate and graduate Film departments. “Artists who use Flame and Smoke for 3D visual effects and compositing truly are limited only by their imaginations. Competency with these tools is an invaluable skill, whether for students who aspire to a career in VFX or color grading, or for visual storytellers who want to do as much post-production work as possible themselves.” 

“It’s incredible to have these tools available to the students and invaluable for teaching them while they work at their own individual stations,” explains Dan Bartolucci, who teaches special effects with the Flame and Smoke products. An alumnus of Art Center’s undergraduate film program, Bartolucci has been busy working in the industry since he graduated in 2010. He has created complex special effects such as making Chris Evans small and skinny in Captain America, aging the lead actors at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and making Bella look emaciated in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

About Art Center Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 83-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Contact: 
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15
OCT
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN RECEIVES LARGEST GIFT IN ITS 83-YEAR HISTORY

$15 Million Donation from Peter and Merle Mullin will Enhance Industrial and Transportation Design Programs, Fuel Campus Growth and Support Future Creative Leaders

(PASADENA, Calif.) October 15, 2013—Today Art Center College of Design announced an unprecedented $15 million gift to the College from Southern California philanthropists and classic car enthusiasts Peter and Merle Mullin. The donation is the largest ever to the college in its 83-year history. The commitment will help fund construction of a new industrial and transportation design facility, fuel campus growth and support future creative leaders. The proposed site of the new facility is on the five-acre Art Center South Campus located on the corner of Glenarm Street and Raymond Avenue, near the entrance to the historic Arroyo Seco Parkway.

The couple’s gift, says Peter Mullin, an Art Center trustee, is “a chance to make a difference. I’ve been luckier than I ever expected in business and in my life. Los Angeles has been a great place for me. I was born here, stayed here, never left and I don’t have any intention of leaving. So our gift is also an expression of gratitude to a great city that provided me with great opportunity.”

He notes the robust concentration of talent in Southern California, where every major carmaker in the world has established a design studio. “The fact that all of these studios are populated by graduates of Art Center is impressive and really means that Art Center is a jewel,” he says, “a worldwide center of elegance and excellence.”

“We are extremely grateful to Peter and Merle for their extraordinary philanthropic investment,” says Art Center President Lorne M. Buchman. “Their gift will make a transformational impact at the College for generations to come.”

Peter Mullin is chairman of M Financial, a national reinsurance company, and chairman emeritus of MullinTBG, the nation’s largest independent executive benefits services and solutions provider. He co-founded the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif., with his wife Merle and serves as chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The Mullin Automotive Museum pays homage to the machine age and the art deco era; its renowned collection features historic French automobiles from the Bugatti to the Voisin, as well as decorative arts from the 1920s and 1930s. At the Petersen Automotive Museum, a permanent exhibition is dedicated to Art Center’s legacy of leadership in transportation design education.

How does an investment of such magnitude improve an industrial design program already renowned for graduating many of the world’s top vehicle, furniture and product designers?

In recent years, the scope of industrial design projects has become significantly constrained by lack of space on the Hillside Campus. The Mullins’ timely gift will create strategically important new studios and shops for the College’s undergraduate programs in Environmental, Product and Transportation Design, enabling students and faculty to create and simulate the scale and quantity of projects that will be demanded over the coming decades. The Mullin donation will also contribute to the creation of studios, labs and prototyping facilities needed by the College’s current graduate programs in Environmental, Industrial and Transportation Design.

All of which, says Buchman, will reinvigorate the College educational experience and reinforce Art Center’s place at the cutting edge of design education.

“Expanding spaces for learning is a central element of the College’s Strategic Plan,” says Board Chairman Robert C. Davidson, Jr. “This generous gift from Peter and Merle will help make our dreams a reality.”

A Legacy of Support to the College

The Mullins have funded scholarships for Art Center students since 2005, including the Peter W. Mullin Endowed Scholarship, which provides financial support to students majoring in Transportation Design. 

Fourth-term Transportation Design student Christian Christensen del Rello received the Mullin Scholarship in Summer 2013. Along with financial assistance, the scholarship provided Christensen del Rello with an invaluable sense of affirmation. “Learning that there is someone who believes in my effort was one of the most motivating experiences I have had at Art Center,” he says.

“I’m fascinated with the brain, how art students think, their commitment, their curiosity—how they explore an idea, put it on paper and then turn it into a real object. That’s what Art Center students do so well, ” says Peter Mullin. “Having an opportunity to help with the development of this new building dedicated to industrial design and knowing the tremendous impact it will have on the future of transportation design is an exciting project for both me and Merle.”

“Peter has a real love affair with art and design, and he’s endlessly curious,” says Stewart Reed, chair of the College’s Transportation Design Department. “He absolutely views cars as functional objects that are really works of art, a beautiful marriage of aesthetics and function.”

“I’m grateful the Mullins care so deeply about our students who, thanks to this incredibly generous gift, will now have more of the resources they need to continue developing their talent and skills to make a difference in the world,” Reed continued. 

A Lifetime of Passion for All Things Fast

The son of a chemical engineer, Peter Mullin first fell in love with fast cars and boats at events sponsored by his father’s employer, Mobil Oil Company. As a young boy, Mullin got hooked on the thrill of speed while enjoying boat races with his dad at Long Beach Marine Stadium and meeting Indianapolis 500 racecar driving champion Ralph DePalma. 

He remembers the solid steel of the family’s ’34 Cadillac because he and his five siblings would jump from the top of the car onto the hood without making a dent, until they got caught. 

When he had his driver’s license and had saved up the cash, he bought his dream car, a ’54 Chevy.  The vehicle needed an overhaul, so Peter and his best friend’s brother became after-school and weekend grease monkeys. “That’s really how I learned how engines worked,” says Mullin. Meticulously numbering and labeling every part removed from the engine, he proudly recalls his surprise, after putting it all back together, that it ran “like a top.”  “We had a box full of leftover parts. Neither one of us could figure out what they did or where they went,” he laughs. 

Mullin, today a vintage car racer, drove the rebuilt Chevy convertible painted Sierra gold through high school in Pasadena and college at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “I had a great time cruising down Pacific Coast Highway and looked pretty cool with my surfboard sticking out the back.”

In addition to serving on the Art Center College of Design Board of Trustees, Peter Mullin serves on the Guggenheim Foundation Advisory Board; Occidental College, St. John’s Hospital and The UCLA Foundation Boards of Trustees. He is chairman of The Music Center Foundation of Los Angeles, as well as past chairman and current member of the Board of Visitors of the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and chairman of the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation. He is also president of the American Bugatti Club.

About Art Center College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 83-year

history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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Images:  A high-resolution image is available for download from this online gallery.

Contacts: 
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Art Center College of Design
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Erin Bronner
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4
SEP
ANNENBERG FOUNDATION SUPPORTS ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN'S RESEARCH ON GRADUATE STUDIES IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Grant funds inquiry examining opportunities for innovation in higher education

(PASADENA, Calif.) September 4, 2013—The Annenberg Foundation has awarded a grant of $75,000 to Art Center College of Design’s Photography and Imaging Department for an ambitious examination of the current state of the medium, the profession, emerging cultural and technical issues and the opportunities for innovation in photography education.

“We are honored that the Annenberg Foundation, a leading advocate for and supporter of the field of photography, has recognized the timeliness of our investigation into the future of photography education,” says Lorne M. Buchman, president of Art Center. “We share a deep commitment to the profession and the art form. We are grateful for the Foundation’s invaluable support.”

Photographic images dominate our culture as the most ubiquitous art form of the 21st century. But seemingly overnight, the field and its related professions have been transformed by digital technologies and social media. Educators of the field’s next generation must keep pace with these rapid and profound shifts, as many traditional methods of teaching photography may now be obsolete.

“Due to dramatic changes in our field and in the world, graduate studies in photography require a new examination,” explains Dennis Keeley, chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at Art Center. “Strategies within the higher education photographic community need deep rethinking, and we are committed to the goal of investigating possibilities for reinvention, in order to help create future leaders.”

Keeley has served on both the regional and national boards of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) and is currently on the board at Angels Gate Cultural Center. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Committee, works with the Los Angeles Music Center on the Spotlight Awards and is a founding partner in Acuity Press, a new digital publishing platform.

“Based on preliminary research,” says Keeley, “it’s our belief that few existing graduate-level fine art degree programs offer a logical and innovative approach to the most pressing issues and future challenges facing the photographic profession. Art Center is uniquely positioned to lead the rethinking in this area in part because of its rich transdisciplinary environment.”

Last year, despite the slow economic recovery, Art Center received the largest number of applicants across all disciplines in its 83-year history. The College currently offers an undergraduate degree in Photography and Imaging. Keeley has chaired this department for 10 years, and graduates of the program move into professional practices, graduate school, tech industries and education.

The Annenberg grant will fund a planning and feasibility study, to be conducted during the next 12 to 24 months, focusing on the development and effectiveness of a new graduate program. The study will explore and evaluate a potential program structure whose elements may include a hybrid business/education model, partnerships to expand teaching resources and flexible course schedules responsive to work/education integration.

“Art Center is poised to take photography—and photographers—into the future,” says Keeley. “A global leader in art and design education, we have strong relationships with industry, a long tradition of integrating photography with other design disciplines, and deep experience designing new technologies and applying creative solutions to social impact problems.”

This groundbreaking study will be guided by a panel of diverse expert advisors who represent a wide range of fields including higher education, business, nonprofits, media, marketing, brand development, user experience, digital strategy and the arts.

About the Annenberg Foundation The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with several projects that expand and complement its grant support to nonprofits. Among them are innovative nonprofit capacity building initiatives, Learner.org, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Explore, GRoW and the Metabolic Studio. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

About Art Center Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 83-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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AUG
ARTIST, WRITER AND SCHOLAR VANALYNE GREEN NAMED CHAIR OF ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN’S UNDERGRADUATE FINE ART DEPARTMENT

PASADENA, Calif. August 13, 2013 – Art Center College of Design has named Vanalyne Green chair of its Undergraduate Fine Art Department, it was announced today by Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau. Green’s art has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the Guggenheim Museum and in galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Europe. Most recently she was a professor at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Green starts in the position in November.

“Vanalyne is an artist, scholar, and most importantly an educator with a keen understanding of the relationship between pedagogy, curriculum and student success,” said Fehlau. “She is uniquely qualified to continue the work of the department and its faculty toward addressing new opportunities in the fine arts including the Artmatters concentration and opportunities for collaboration with other disciplines.”

Fehlau added, “I’m extremely pleased she is joining the college and especially happy to have her in place as we prepare to create greater synergies between the Fine Art and Illustration departments as they move in to the soon-to-be renovated 870 Raymond Avenue building adjacent to Art Center’s South Campus.”

“This is an especially optimistic moment for education programs such as Art Center because of the unusual flexibility it offers to students to cross disciplines,” Green stated in her application for the position. “My goal is to support young artists to recognize their inherent interests and to strengthen their commitment to work through a program of experimentation and exposure to an international art world.”

Regarding the role she will play at Art Center, Green stated, “For some, making art and administrative leadership within an educational institution are inimical. To the contrary, I find pedagogy and program development to be intrinsic to the project of being an artist: they involve narrative, composition, architecture and art as a form of social energy. This idea of a porous boundary between practices originates in the unorthodox programs I was privileged to experience.”

Launching this fall at Art Center is the Artmatters concentration, an interdisciplinary course of study that parallels the Designmatters concentration. Artmatters explores the shift from individual expression toward collective experience, breaking down the traditional separation between artist and audience with an emphasis on collaborative projects in the public sphere.

Art Center's Designmatters Department leads a decadelong commitment to making an impact on our society through socially conscious design.

Green was one of 15 students in artist Judy Chicago’s pioneering first feminist art program at California State University, Fresno. Later, Green studied with Sheila Levrant de Bretteville in her yearlong feminist design program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Green earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from CalArts.

Prior to teaching at the University of Leeds, Green was the chair of the Department of Film, Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; she also taught at Temple University and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

A respected researcher and writer, she is widely published on the subjects of art, theory, criticism, single-sex education, experimental pedagogy and feminism. Her recent publications include “Beyond Authority,” What Do Artists Know? (Penn State University Press, 2013) and “An Argument for the Web in the Equally Messy Realities of Life, Democracy, and Teaching,” Learning Through Digital Media Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy (Institute for Distributed Creativity, the New School, 2011).

Interviews with Green and articles about her can be found in M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory and Criticism, edited by Susan Bee and Mira Schor; Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties, by Linda M. Montano; Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video, by Alexandra Juhasz; and “In Search of the Centaur: The Essay Film” by Phillip Lopate (The Threepenny Review), among other publications.

Green was a founding member of the pro-choice, pro-sex agitprop group No More Nice Girls in New York and the collaborative group Feel Tank Chicago. Her documentary “A Spy in the House That Ruth Built” is listed among the 1,000 best films ever made by critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum.

She can be seen in a video in connection with the exhibition Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building at Otis College of Art and Design, which was part of “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” a fall 2011 citywide initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation.

Green comes to Art Center following an extensive international search conducted by a committee of faculty, alumni, students and staff.

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Caption: Artist, writer and scholar Vanalyne Green has joined Art Center College of Design as chair of the undergraduate Fine Art Department.
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AUG
"LYNN ALDRICH: UN/COMMON OBJECTS" AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN’S WILLIAMSON GALLERY

ARTIST USES EVERYDAY MATERIALS TO CREATE SCULPTURES THAT CRITIQUE CONSUMERISM, ARTIFICIALITY

Exhibition Dates: October 11, 2013 – January 19, 2014
*** Opening Night Reception: Thursday, October 17, 7 to 9 p.m. ***

NOTE TO EDITOR: Images are available here.

(PASADENA, Calif.) August 2, 2013 – Transforming the known into something curious and unexpected, Los Angeles-based artist Lynn Aldrich offers a critical consumerist spin on the assemblage tradition. An alumna of Art Center College of Design, Aldrich is known for scouring hardware stores such as Home Depot for materials she refabricates into colorful new constructions reflecting playfully on domestic architecture. Lynn Aldrich: Un/Common Objects, the first comprehensive midcareer survey of the artist’s complex and influential body of work at the Art Center’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, opens October 11, 2013 and continues through January 19, 2014.  The opening night reception on Thursday, October 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The show traces Aldrich’s growth as an artist and the major themes that have governed her artistic practice. Guest co-curators of Lynn Aldrich: Un/Common Objects are Christina Valentine, faculty member at Art Center College of Design and G. James Daichendt, Ed.D. associate dean and professor of art history at Azusa Pacific University.

“By re-examining Aldrich’s oeuvre of twenty plus years these Un/Common objects address a myriad of subjects, themes, and concepts, said Daichendt. “ Viewed in a linear fashion there is a development from the earliest rudimentary pieces to the plasticity and wholeness the most contemporary works evoke.”

A catalog will accompany the exhibition with essays provided by the curators and by Howard Fox, curator emeritus of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), as well as an introduction by Stephen Nowlin, director of the Williamson Gallery.

Aldrich uses everyday materials (from rain gutters to toilet plungers) with a wry wit that acknowledges issues beyond the physical limits of the media. For her latest group exhibition, Death and Life of An Object, in spring 2012 Aldrich converted drainage spouts into manic, menacing trees and grouped old inkpads and stamps into abstract formations. Precise in their arrangement and construction, her objects and installations offer a visually and socially critical take on industrial commerce.

"Lynn’s work reframes the visual white noise made by the ubiquitous presence of mass produced objects and turns it into an aesthetic, art experience," said Valentine.

Former LACMA curator Fox writes in his catalogue essay that Aldrich is an artist of deep exploration, reflection and conviction. “Her creative practice draws on multiple disciplines,” he says, “multiple methodologies and multiple desires for knowledge,” he said. “She weaves them into a coherent and allusive body of work that attests to the power of the human imagination in its inborn quest for truth.”

“My thinking is grounded in Realism, or what is actually present, influenced by scientific empiricism, but open to the Romanticism of a spiritual or sacred longing for revelation and authentic transcendence --what I would call ‘hyper-desire,’” said Aldrich. “This is the profound paradox at the core of all true religion and artistic activity.”

Throughout the past 20 years, Aldrich’s work has been collected and represented by major museums and galleries including LACMA, L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Calder Foundation in New York.  She is represented in Los Angeles by Edward Cella Art + Architecture.

“Lynn’s heterogeneous works fuse and defuse Duchamp, Pop, and Minimalist influences, at once respectfully and irreverently, measuring the dimensions of contemporary existence by their use of a consumer’s palette,” said Nowlin. “An amalgamation of hardware store products, colloquial beauties, and a search for spiritual yearnings among vernacular icons, her work rises to not only novel effects but to those contemplative, troubling, uplifting and nuanced.”

The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design is located at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena; hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours on Fridays, until 9 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and holidays. For more gallery information, call (626) 396-2446. Williamson Gallery exhibitions are funded in part by the Williamson Gallery Patrons and a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.

About the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design has established a broad reputation for its ongoing series of exhibitions exploring the boundaries, relationships, and perspectives of art and science. Recent exhibitions in the series include WORLDS, a medley of objects, images, sounds, and videos that explored celestial phenomena and our Earthbound perspectives; HYPERBOLIC: Reefs, Rubbish, and Reason, an exhibition of mathematics, ocean ecology, and crochet handicraft; ENERGY, a composite engagement with art, science, history, and poetry around the theme of natural forces; OBSERVE, a collaboration between invited artists and scientists at the NASA/JPL-Caltech Spitzer Space Telescope; In The Dermisphere, a look at the art and natural history of skin; and TOOLS, an exploration of the art and science of extensions to human biology.  

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers eleven undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its commercial focus, ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status in recognition of the College's emphasis on the social and humanitarian impact of design. During the College's 80+year history, Art Center alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

 

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JUN
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN PARTNERS WITH CALTECH, TEAMS WITH IDEALAB TO LAUNCH FIRST DESIGN-FOCUSED INCUBATOR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

“The Design Accelerator” Will Develop Design-Driven Startups

June 24, 2013, PASADENA, Calif.—Art Center College of Design and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) today announced the launch of The Design Accelerator, an incubator aimed at helping startups grow by merging great design, cutting-edge technology and business strategy to create innovation. The Accelerator initially will be housed within Idealab, which is well known for creating and operating pioneering companies in its own right.

“In today’s economy, artists and designers play a vital role as creative leaders and catalysts for innovation and change,” said Art Center President Lorne M. Buchman. “Integrating technology, design and business, The Design Accelerator creates an opportunity for Art Center and Caltech alumni to expand on what they learned as students and provides a stimulating space for their concepts to become viable businesses.”

The Accelerator is an integral part of Art Center’s 2011–2016 Strategic Plan. Understanding students’ concerns about employment prospects following graduation, The Accelerator fills a critical gap by giving students and alumni the opportunity to develop their concepts into sustainable and commercial ventures—a bridge between academic and professional life.

Fred Farina, Caltech’s chief innovation officer, adds, "We know that making connections across different areas fuels innovation, and that's why we're excited about this collaboration. The combination of our complementary but very different perspectives in a startup team promises powerful results."

The Design Accelerator benefits from its prime location in Pasadena, Calif., which has become a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship with vibrant creative, technology and business communities, enriched by the presence of Art Center, Caltech, angel investors and venture capitalists.

“By virtue of their respective international leadership positions in design and technology, Art Center and Caltech are ideally positioned to establish a groundbreaking model with tremendous influence in the business and higher education sectors,” said Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.

After an extensive application process, The Accelerator has selected promising early stage, design-driven technology companies from the Art Center and Caltech communities to participate in the intensive three-month program. During that period, the fledgling companies will be located in the Pasadena offices of Idealab, a technology-focused incubator.

Idealab CEO Bill Gross sits on the boards of both Art Center and Caltech and is thrilled to be part of their partnership. "Having started more than 100 companies,” Gross said, “Idealab is excited to help bring The Design Accelerator to life, further growing the Southern California startup community. We look forward to sharing with young entrepreneurs the lessons we've learned from 17 years of starting companies."

Businesses are selected for The Accelerator based on their ability to demonstrate the value of human-centered design in support of advanced technologies, and the potential to disrupt the marketplace. Startups in the first class include a foldable electric bike company, a healthcare company focused on using 3D scanning and printing to provide custom-fit medical products and a web-based company that allows consumers to custom design their own household products.

Leading The Design Accelerator are co-founders Mark Breitenberg and Erik Hovanec. Breitenberg is the special assistant to the president of Art Center College of Design and was hired by President Buchman to develop the initiative. He was formerly the provost at California College of the Arts and was president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design until 2011. Hovanec has extensive startup experience. He has been the CEO of LeisureLink, Inc. and was an early executive at both Green Dot Corp. and GoTo.com/Overture Services, Inc. He also advises and is an investor in early stage companies in Los Angeles.

"Great design creates emotional bonds and a seamless experience between technology and users," said Breitenberg. “Both startups and the venture community are beginning to recognize the competitive advantage that design brings to business.”
The Design Accelerator is the first among Southern California incubators to focus on design. According to Hovanec, “We are focused on using the power of great design to create market disruption, and we believe that markets reward disruption. It's the same phenomenon we see with Apple's smart phones or Pinterest's website.”  

Teams in The Accelerator’s immersive environment will be provided with seed capital from a related investment fund, as well as professional mentorship in design and technology drawn from the world-class faculties of Art Center and Caltech. Mentors in marketing and business strategy from the local community have also joined the initiative. The companies will employ low-cost startup methods and have access to Art Center’s preeminent rapid prototyping and 3D modeling facilities. The goal by the end of the three-month term is that each startup will be positioned to raise larger rounds of funding from angel, strategic or venture capital investors.

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future.

Caltech’s scientific, engineering, and technological contributions have earned national and international recognition, including the 32 Nobel Prizes awarded to its faculty and alumni. Caltech offers a rigorous science and engineering curriculum for approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate students. Caltech’s 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, California. The Institute also manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, and owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as its world-renowned seismological laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories that includes the Palomar Observatory and the W. M. Keck Observatory. Caltech is an independent, privately supported university.

Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

The Design Accelerator and its seed-stage investment fund are for-profit entities created by Art Center College of Design in partnership with Caltech.

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MAY
ART CENTER PRESIDENT SIGNS NEW FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT

Board Praises Lorne M. Buchman’s Leadership During Time ofUnprecedented Growth, Record Enrollment and Extraordinary Fundraising

May 14, 2013, PASADENA, Calif.—The board of trustees of Art Center College of Design announced today that visionary leader Lorne M. Buchman has renewed his contract as president and chief executive officer through 2017. 

Board Chairman Robert C. Davidson Jr. praised Buchman for bringing about growth and change, citing the many significant achievements at the College since his appointment in fall 2009.

“Dr. Buchman has demonstrated extraordinary passion and commitment to Art Center, to building our community and strengthening our values,” said Davidson. “His proven track record of recruiting a diverse group of trustees, achieving consensus with key initiatives and expanding the campus both physically and programmatically, shows without a doubt he is accomplishing the goals of Art Center. His visionary leadership going forward is integral to our continued growth.”

Buchman is the fifth president to lead the College since it was founded in 1930.

Since Buchman took office on Oct. 1, 2009, the College has experienced record enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs.  During the same period, Art Center has received more than $40 million in new charitable gifts and pledges.

“I work very closely with an exceptional executive cabinet and an extraordinary team of colleagues at all levels who are dedicated to Art Center’s future, and I am deeply gratified by the work we’ve accomplished together,” Buchman said. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to witness and support the work of brilliant artists and designers who take on problems that can and do lead to real change.”

During Buchman’s tenure, philanthropic investments in the College have grown significantly. In this past year, the College more than doubled the average gift totals of preceding years.  Buchman first turned his attention to increasing support for students, launching a scholarship initiative in January 2010 that secured more than $3 million in endowed and current use funds and marked the College’s 80th anniversary.  Charitable gifts and grants totaling more than $6 million fully funded the 2012 acquisition of a former U.S. Postal Service property in Pasadena directly adjacent to Art Center’s current South Campus at 950 S. Raymond Ave.

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation awarded $1 million to Art Center in support of the South Campus expansion. Foundation president and CEO Wendy Garen explained that her organization’s philanthropic focus is to help create the best possible Los Angeles. 

“Art Center College of Design is both a part of the Los Angeles area and a part of the bigger world. It has impact and reach much larger than our community,” she said. “The Parsons Foundation began its grant making in 1978. Since then, we have given 5,000 grants, but only 33 of this size. These are very rare investments—our acknowledgment that the recipient institutions are really cornerstone institutions. They demonstrate excellence in all that they do.”

Art Center alumni also responded to expansion plans in an unprecedented manner, donating $5 million for the acquisition of the new property. Donations include seven-figure gifts from three major donors with longstanding ties to the College: Art Center alumnus and award-winning environmental designer Richard Law (Graduate Industrial Design ’58); alumnus and kinetic sculptor Steven Rieman (Product Design ‘74) and his wife, Ruth; alumnus Bruce Heavin (Illustration ’93) and his wife, former Art Center faculty member Lynda Weinman, owners of the innovative online learning company, lynda.com.

The College selected award-winning firm Michael Maltzan Architecture as its partner to reimagine Art Center as a campus with three centers of learning—an expanded South Campus, a renovated Hillside Campus (1700 Lida Street, Pasadena), and a virtual campus—each optimized for the particular needs of artists and designers while also fostering new collaborations among disciplines.

In 2012–2013, Art Center also launched several new academic programs, adding graduate programs in Environmental Design and Transportation Design, and an undergraduate program in Interaction Design.

These developments are a direct outgrowth of an ambitious five-year strategic plan called “Create Change,” spearheaded by Buchman. He successfully rallied the community in a visioning process that addressed the challenge of securing the College’s legacy while ensuring that its distinctive education remains cutting-edge and pertinent into the future.

The plan identifies three pillars intended to elevate Art Center to become the nation’s pre-eminent art and design college: embracing a conservatory spirit, convening diverse communities and disciplines, and developing new spaces for learning.

“The funds raised to help realize our strategic plan would not have been possible without the confidence our alumni and the entire Art Center community have expressed in Lorne’s leadership,” said Davidson. “He is tremendously talented at fostering unity and finding agreement among diverse constituencies.”

Davidson points to the significant diversification of Art Center’s leadership as an important shift that has occurred under Buchman’s direction. Since Buchman’s appointment, Art Center has added 13 distinguished leaders to its board of trustees.

“Our shared vision is underway,” said Buchman, “and yet this is just the beginning. The launch of this new chapter depends on our continued commitment to be a premiere college of art and design, not only in terms of the faculty and students we attract, but also in terms of our collective impact.

“As our nation’s policy makers and business executives seek ways to speed up our country’s economic recovery, they are increasingly looking for attributes that Art Center’s educational model cultivates: innovation, transdisciplinary collaboration, problem solving, social responsibility, adaptability and design thinking.

“These attributes position our graduates as key players on the global stage,” said Buchman. “Our alumni have both the ability and the opportunity to create new economic value.”

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About Art Center   Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College’s 80-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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APR
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN’S INITIATIVE “UNCOOL: THE ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE PROJECT” LAUNCHED IN LIBRARIES THIS MONTH

Designmatters' pilot project with Pasadena Public Library promotes dialogue and prevention, engages children through hands-on creative workshops

NOTE TO EDITORS:  The last of several “Uncool” workshops hosted by the Pasadena Public Library is set for Tues., April 30 (3:30–5:30 p.m. at the La Pintoresca branch).

APRIL 26, 2013, Pasadena, Calif.—This month, Art Center College of Design, through a partnership with the City of Pasadena Public Library, is taking its gun violence education and prevention initiative into local neighborhoods. Uncool: The Anti-Gun Violence Project, supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation,provides vital new resources for educators and prevention advocates in the form of a series of original illustrated children’s books for six- and seven-year-old readers.

Through research, advocacy and action, Art Center’s internationally renowned Designmatters program—integrated across all of the College’s educational departments—engages, empowers and leads an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society. The “Uncool” initiative was initially developed by Designmatters over several academic terms, involving two dedicated studio courses.

“Though the initiative was started well before December’s tragic shootings atSandy Hook Elementary School, that event has given special urgency to our collective efforts to address the scourge of gun violence through innovative educational platforms and compelling messaging designed to resonate with youth,” says Mariana Amatullo, Art Center Vice President, Designmatters. “The ‘Uncool’ initiative being piloted in Los Angeles and Pasadena offers a potent course of action that we hope will contribute to ending senseless gun violence—one middle-school classroom, and one public library reading at a time.”

Next month, the campaign will roll out a multimedia middle school curriculum titled “Where’s Daryl?” that will reach more than a thousand students during a pilot phase in local middle schools. Through a partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District Health Education Programs division, Art Center students conducted youth focus groups and consulted at-risk youth experts to develop the campaign.  More information on that initiative will be available in the coming weeks. 

Partnership with Pasadena Public Library

During the month of April, the Pasadena Public Library has offered a series of free public programs for children and their families—hands-on creative workshops inspired by the “Uncool” children’s books and led by an Art Center faculty member and other educators, including some of the designers and storytellers who created the books. The event series was curated by Helen Cahng for Designmatters at Art Center.

Ariel Lee’s book Mark and the Jellybean Monster was the centerpiece of the first workshop on April 6. Lee led 10 children in a watercolor painting workshop after kindergarten and first-grade teacher LaShawn Moore read the book aloud to them.

Moore says age six or seven is not too young to begin a conversation about guns. “It’s not too young because of the world we live in,” she says, adding that having colorful, fun books like these really helps. “It starts raising awareness without raising fear.”

Libraries play an important ongoing role in creating safe space and activities for children. “We all know that students who are involved in after-school activities, like those offered by the library, are less likely to be involved in dangerous or non-productive pastimes,” says longtime Pasadena Public Library Director Jan Sanders. “If libraries, schools and interested adults do their work with children, we are much less likely to see these children get into trouble later. We are delighted to partner with Art Center College of Design in the ‘Uncool’ project. The process of creating a book, comic book or poster helps young people develop an appreciation for literature and its production.”
 
Research led by the class revealed a dearth of popular print media that creatively engage children’s imagination while offering an alternative to the glamorization of guns. For lead faculty member, Illustration Department Associate Professor David Tillinghast, “Finding a way to speak directly to the sensibilities of six- and seven-year-olds was simultaneously a challenge and an inspiration. We avoided themes that might seem ‘too scary’ while tailoring messages to fit this age group’s level of cognitive development.”

Nearly every child has experienced the joy of illustrated children’s books, but few have had an opportunity—as they did with Ariel Lee and Vivian Shih—to meet an author-illustrator in person. With strong visuals balanced by imaginative narratives, these books address the topic of guns with subtlety and originality. Fresh, relevant, eye-catching stories introduce messages countering the perception of guns being “cool.” In addition to Mark and the jellybean monster he befriends, other characters in the series include a bullet who dreams of a different life and an interplanetary visitor who sets out to try and understand Earth.

“Uncool” is dedicated to the memory of Norm Schureman, one of Art Center’s most beloved teachers and a tragic victim of gun violence.

About Designmatters

Designmatters is Art Center College of Design’s social impact department with the mission to utilize art and design education as a catalyst for change, imagining and building a more humane future for all. Through Designmatters, students, faculty and alumni from across disciplines are engaged in an ongoing exploration of the role of art and design in effecting large-scale sustainable change through innovative partnerships locally and around the world. It is through the impressive outcomes generated by Designmatters that the College became the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. The award-winning and social innovation outcomes of Designmatters during the past decade are providing a key foundation for the framework of Media Design Practices: Field, a new graduate track in the College’s Media Design Practices program which focuses on communication design at the intersection of new technology and social engagement.

Images and links: 

High-resolution images, book covers and PDFs of the children’s books are available for download from this online gallery.

Uncool 2 offers more background on the creation of illustrated children’s books as a viable vehicle for anti-gun messages in children ages 6-7 years old.

 

About Art Center College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Media Contact: 

Teri Bond
310.738.2077
teri.bond@artcenter.edu

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MAR
ZACK SNYDER OPENS DOT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, Tom Kuntz and Matthew Rolston speaking at March 16 event honoring student films from around the world

March 12, 2013, Pasadena, Calif.—Visionary director and Art Center College of Design alumnus Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300) is set to open DIFF | LA, the Dot Independent Film Festival, the premiere student-led film festival on the West Coast taking place Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. on the Art Center College of Design Hillside Campus at 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, Calif., 91103.

In addition to screening official selections in the categories of Directing, Cinematography, Writing and Editing, the event will feature presentations by Snyder and the critically acclaimed directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks), Emmy-winning commercial director Tom Kuntz (Old Spice, Skittles), and legendary photographer and filmmaker Matthew Rolston (Kelly Rowland, Christina Aguilera).

DIFF | LA has been organized by students from Art Center College of Design for film students from a vast number of schools to unite, form collaborative relationships and inspire one another. Originally conceived of as a U.S. film school competition, the awards competition quickly went global with more than 150 entries submitted from as far away as Egypt, France, Pakistan, Great Britain, Canada, Czech Republic and more—all generated by word of mouth and social media.

DIFF | LA is completely comprised of and led by a collection of students from Art Center College of Design, including not only Film majors, but also students from Advertising, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, Illustration and Product Design. Showcasing student expertise in each of these fields, DIFF | LA offers a fresh and young approach to the creative landscape while encouraging the next generation of filmmakers to unite and share their stories with the world.

Tickets are $10 for a full day of distinguished speakers, screenings, and access to a diverse, talented group of dedicated, young filmmakers. No host luncheon and reception scheduled. Register online at http://diffla.org or in person the day of the event. Speaker line up is subject to change. Visit http://diffla.org for more information.

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Media Contact:
Teri Bond (teri.bond@artcenter.edu)
Mobile – 310.738.2077
Office – 626.396.2385

22
FEB
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN PRESENTS M/M (PARIS) | M/MANIFESTATION

Art Center College of Designis pleased to announce the first ever West-coast exhibition by M/M (Paris), the celebrated Paris-based art and design partnership created by Mathias Augustyniak and Michaël Amzalag in 1992. The exhibition M/MANIFESTATION runs March 8–April 28 at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center’s Hillside Campus. The free opening night events on Thursday, March 7th begin with a conversation with M/M (Paris) at 7:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Auditorium, followed by a book signing and reception in the gallery. Please R.S.V.P. to events@artcenter.edu.

M/M’s close associations with the art, music and fashion worlds have led to their becoming one of the most distinctive and acclaimed creative voices of their generation, within graphic design and beyond. As design historian and curator Alexandra Midal stated, “M/M (Paris) holds a unique position in the international landscape of graphic design. In addition to developing a subtle political analysis of everyday signs and practices, Augustyniak and Amzalag engage in self-reflective research into the capabilities of graphic design. Their work extends beyond conventional borders while reimagining graphic design through their practice and their collaborations. M/M are ‘shifting experts:’ they make graphic design shift from a mediation status to becoming a work of art in itself.”

The exhibition M/MANIFESTATION has been conceived as the first in a series of events to coincide with the release of the 528-page monograph celebrating Amzalag and Augustyniak’s 20th anniversary,M to M of M/M (Paris), published by Rizzoli.

M/MANIFESTATION will feature a selection of more than 100 M/M posters uniquely displayed against the new “Double Agent” poster, creating a metaphoric representation of their practice. The “Double Agent” posters will cover the walls of the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery from floor to ceiling.

The monograph M to M of M/M (Paris), edited by Emily King, presents hundreds of projects arranged alphabetically from ‘M’ to ‘M’ and features collaborations with the finest from a spectrum of creative worlds, including fashion works with Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and Yohji Yamamoto; music works with Björk, Kanye West and Madonna; magazines such as Vogue Paris, Arena Homme+ and Interview; plus art projects and international exhibitions. Interviews with some of the duo’s closest collaborators — such as Björk, Nicolas Ghesquiêre, Pierre Huyghe, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Sarah Morris and Glenn O’Brien, and conversations with Amzalag and Augustyniak who reveal their specific areas of interest and define their creative positioning.

M/M’s works are held in the collections of the Tate Modern, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam;Centre Pompidou, Paris and the MMK/Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. In October 2012 the exhibition ‘The Carpetalogue,’ a series of elaborate rug designs acting as a condensed catalogue for M/M’s practice, was presented at Gallery Libby Sellers, London.

ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena

Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery

March 8 — April 28, 2013

Opening reception, presentation and book signing

Thursday, March 7, 2013

 

Williamson Gallery

Art Center College of Design (Hillside Campus) | 1700 Lida Street — Pasadena, Calif. 91103

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 —5 p.m. | Friday, 12—9 p.m. | Closed Mondays and Holidays

 

M/M (Paris) M/Manifestation at Art Center College of Design is partially funded by Ceci n’est pas…, a project initiated

by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in collaboration with the Institut Français, with the support

of the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the participation of many local institutions,

held in cunjunction with the release of the 528-page monograph M to M of M/M (Paris) edited by Emily King and published by Rizzolli.

About M/M (Paris):

Michaël Amzalag(b. 1968) and Mathias Augustyniak (b. 1967) originally established M/M (Paris) as a graphic design studio in 1992 after meeting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1989. They have enjoyed solo exhibitions in the following institutions: Drawing Center, New York (2008); Akbank Sanat, Istanbul (2008), Galerie Air de Paris and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008); Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2006); Haunch of Venison Gallery, London (2006); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2005); Ursula Blicke Foundation, Kraichtal (2004); Rocket Gallery, Tokyo (2004); Cneai, Chatou (2004); Le Rectangle, Lyon (2003): Festival de Chaumont, Chapelle des Jesuites, Chaumont (2003); Rocket Gallery, Tokyo (2003); Y-1, Stockholm (1999); Le Consortium, Dijon (1996). M/M’s works are held in the public collections of Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’Art moderne, Paris; Design Museum, London; Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich; Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Tate Modern, London.

In January 2012, Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag were awarded Chevaliers des Arts et des Lettresby the French Ministry of Culture.

About the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery

The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design has established a broad reputation for its ongoing series of exhibitions exploring the boundaries, relationships and perspectives of art and science. Recent exhibitions in the series include WORLDS, a medley of objects, images, sounds, and videos that explored celestial phenomena and our Earthbound perspectives; HYPERBOLIC: Reefs, Rubbish, and Reason, an exhibition of mathematics, ocean ecology and crochet handicraft; ENERGY, a composite engagement with art, science, history and poetry around the theme of natural forces; OBSERVE, a collaboration between invited artists and scientists at the NASA/JPL-Caltech Spitzer Space Telescope;In The Dermisphere,a look at the art and natural history of skin; and TOOLS, an exploration of the art and science of extensions to human biology. For Google links to the Williamson Gallery art/science programs, visit williamsongallery.net/google.

About Art Center College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education and the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Art Center offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, entertainment design, environmental design, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interaction design, photography and imaging, product design and transportation design. A graduate program of study can lead to a master’s degree in art, film, industrial design and media design. The college also offers a series of programs for the general public, including Art Center at Night for continuing studies; Saturday High for high school students; Art Center for Kids for children in the fourth through eighth grades; and the Design-Based Learning program for K-12 educators.

Press Contacts:

General requests | Teri Bond | art center college of design | 310 738 2077 | teri.bond@artcenter.edu

International requests | Renate Janner | janner+wagener | +49 40 533 083 46 | info@jannerwagener.de

‘M to M of M/M (Paris)’ requests | Brisa Robinson | rizzoli new york | 212 387 3425 | brobinson@rizzoliusa.com

Images:

A gallery of high-resolution images is available here

29
JAN
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN STUDENT WINS PASADENA ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MEMORIAL COMPETITION

Public Artwork Designed by Catherine Menard Will Be Completed in Time for 100th Anniversary Commemorations in 2015

January 29, 2013, Pasadena, Calif.—Today Art Center College of Design and the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee (PASAGMC) jointly announced the winning design concept for a new memorial whose planned dedication in 2015 will coincide with 100th anniversary commemorations of the Armenian Genocide. The concept by Art Center Environmental Design student Catherine Menard was developed in 2012 as part of the College’s social impact design program, Designmatters. The proposed site for the public artwork is Memorial Park in the City of Pasadena.

Menard’s concept was one of 17 submissions the committee received, and one of three finalists chosen by an independent panel of judges in December. The three-judge panel included Stefanos Polyzoides, a principal of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists; Ruben Amirian, an architect/artist who has served on the design review board and historic commission in Glendale; and Neshan Peroomian, a contractor and prominent Armenian-American community leader.

In all, six Environmental Design students at Art Center developed memorial proposals last fall during an intensive Design Topic Studio class and submitted them to the competition. Two of the students—Menard and her classmate J.D. Clark—were selected as finalists, a particularly impressive achievement in a field of competitors that included many seasoned professionals.

Earlier this month, Board members of PASAGMC voted unanimously to move forward with Menard’s proposal.

“This was a competitive process, and we considered a number of very fine proposals,” says Committee Chair William M. Paparian, Esq., an attorney and former Mayor of Pasadena. “But our final decision was unanimous. We were deeply impressed by Catherine, who developed and presented an emotionally compelling design for a historical event that she initially knew nothing about. We hope that this memorial will inspire a similar emotional connection in those who encounter it, for generations to come.”

“With tremendous pride, we congratulate Catherine Menard on her creative and inspiring memorial design that will have profound and lasting impact in the community,” says Art Center President Lorne M. Buchman. “The extraordinary talent and commitment of our students and faculty continue to find meaningful expression locally and globally through a remarkable range of social impact projects.”

Greater Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Armenians in the United States, many descended from families persecuted and killed between 1915 and 1921.

Menard, 26, is a seventh-term Environmental Design major at Art Center and expects to graduate this year. Of French Cajun heritage, she was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and moved with her family to Los Angeles at age four. She currently resides in Pasadena.

“I’m a Southern California girl with a Southern heart,” she says with a smile.

Initially invited to join the project by Environmental Design Professor James Meraz, Menard came into it with little knowledge of Armenian history. “But I have always felt drawn to history and heritage,” she says, “drawn to anything with any semblance of meaning.”

Menard immersed herself in accounts of the Armenian Genocide as well as the recent history of memorial art, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, designed by Maya Lin who, like Menard, was a student at the time she won the competition.

“It all started to permeate my mind and my heart,” says Menard. “At first I felt unworthy—who am I to respond to such loss? But art lends itself to the deepest, darkest parts of human experience. It can create sympathy, empathy, understanding. I wanted to pair this horror with something uplifting and beautiful, to create a way to remember. I developed three different ideas and settled on the one that I felt most terrified and most moved by.”

The central feature of Menard’s minimalist design—a carved-stone basin of water straddled by a tripod arrangement of three columns leaning into one another—is a single drop of water that falls from the highest point every three seconds, each “teardrop” representing one life lost. Over the course of one year, 1.5 million tears will fall into the pool, the estimated number of victims of the Armenian Genocide.

“It was an honor to lead this most extraordinary challenge,” says Meraz. “In just seven weeks—half the time of our typical studio—our students worked passionately to design a memorial that has the power to provoke an emotional and contemplative response to a horrific event. In turn, this educational experience has given them new perspective, with compassion, sensitivity, remembrance and hope for the human condition.”

Polyzoides, one of the competition jurors, will work with Menard to bring her concept to fruition. An associate professor of architecture emeritus at the University of Southern California, he is an architect, urbanist and partner of Moule & Polyzoides, a Pasadena practice that has completed many distinguished projects locally, in other parts of the U.S. and abroad.

“All of the Art Center student submissions were extremely well done and stood out for their seriousness. But Catherine’s design struck the perfect balance between abstract and representational,” says Polyzoides. “It’s very beautiful, very poetic, and I want to make sure that it’s as well constructed as it was conceived.”

Although he was the only non-Armenian juror, Polyzoides has many Armenian friends and the history of the Armenian Genocide has personal resonance for him. “My grandparents were from Istanbul and I grew up in Greece,” he recalls. “For as long as I can remember, I heard about the actions taken by the Ottoman Turkish government against the Armenian minority. It was devastating.”

Details regarding the project’s budget and construction will be developed over the next several months, with official groundbreaking anticipated in 2014 and dedication of the completed memorial on April 24, 2015.

 

PHOTOS:

Caption: Art Center College of Design student Catherine Menard, winner of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Competition, presents her proposal.
Credit: Courtesy Art Center College of Design/Alex Aristei
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Caption: Art Center College of Design student Catherine Menard, winner of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Competiton.
Credit: Image courtesy Art Center College of Design/Alex Aristei
http://www2.artcenter.edu/designoffice/Catherine-Menard.jpeg

 

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CONTACT:

Teri Bond
Director, Communications
Art Center College of Design
310.738.2077 mobile
teri.bond@artcenter.edu

 

About Art Center College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

 

10
JAN
RENOWNED GRADUATE ART SEMINAR AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN WELCOMES DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ART WORLD

January 10, 2013, Pasadena, Calif. – The Graduate Art Seminar at Art Center College of Design welcomes internationally recognized artists, critics, art historians, architects, filmmakers and writers to Pasadena to share their insights into the world of contemporary art. The seminar—a core component of Art Center’s Graduate Art program—takes place Tuesday evenings throughout every Spring term and is free and open to the general public.

Graduate Art Seminar
Tuesdays | 7:30 PM
Art Center College of Design | Hillside Campus
Los Angeles Times Media Center
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
626.396.4222 | 626.396.2200

Richard Tuttle, the Getty Research Institute’s current Artist in Residence, kicks off the 2013 series (January 15), with a roster of distinguished artists to follow, including sculptor Robert Gober (January 22), social theorist Alberto Toscano (January 29), performance artist Andrea Fraser (February 19), French artist and filmmaker Philippe Parreno (February 26), American artist and filmmaker Ryan Trecartin (March 5)*, Daniel Birnbaum, the director of Moderna Museet, the museum of modern art in Stockholm (March 12), abstract painter Mark Grotjahn (March 19), “anti-authoritarian” artist Raymond Pettibon (March 21)**, multi-media artist Kerstin Brätsch (March 26), artist and 2005 Guggenheim Fellow Paul Sietsema in conversation with art critic and educator Alex Kitnick (April 2), American painter Laura Owens (April 9) and art historian Thomas Crow (April 16).

* Ryan Trecartin – closed seminar for Graduate Art students only
** Raymond Pettibon—seminar will take place on a Thursday evening

Support for the Spring 2013 Graduate Art Seminar series was generously provided by The Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, Blum & Poe, and Alan Hergott. The speaker line-up is subject to change. For updates and additional information, visit http://www.artcenter.edu/gradart.

About Graduate Art (MFA)
The Graduate Art program (http://www.artcenter.edu/gradart) at Art Center College of Design is based on intensive studio practice and rigorous academic coursework. The success of the program is made possible by an extraordinarily low faculty-to-student ratio that provides students with the assistance and feedback they need to refine and achieve their artistic goals. Faculty and students are artists of all genres—film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. A significant number of alumni have achieved national and international acclaim, and many return to share their insights and expertise as visiting faculty and guest lecturers.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design (http://www.artcenter.edu/) is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers eleven undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to produce design-based solutions and creative works for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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Contact:
Jered Gold
Director, Promotion and Public Affairs
Department of Marketing and Communications
Art Center College of Design
626.396.2251
jered.gold@artcenter.edu

22
OCT
NBC TONIGHT SHOW HOST JAY LENO INTERVIEWS LEGENDARY AUTOMOTIVE DESIGNER RON HILL AS ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN CELEBRATES “INSPIRED DESIGN” AT ANNUAL CAR CLASSIC

1955 Siata 208S Owned by Jim & Nancy Utaski Awarded People’s Choice

October 22, 2012, Pasadena, CA – Art Center College of Design celebrated the vehicles and individuals that have inspired past and future transportation designers at its annual Car Classic event. A series of vignettes throughout the day showcased the stories behind the design—interviews with designers and car collectors about why we love the cars we do. The highlight of these vignettes featured Tonight Show host Jay Leno interviewing legendary automotive designer Ron Hill.

Speaking to an audience of more than 1,300 attendees, Leno said, “I like Car Classic because it is not a lot of cars, it’s just really important cars and the people who come are all car people, enthusiasts.” 

Leno called Hill’s impressive life work “the apex of American automobile design.”

While discussing how technological and regulatory requirements impact car design, Hill explained that design constraints often lead to more creative solutions because they test the ingenuity of the designer.

Leno asked Hill how a young designer right out of Art Center could go to Detroit and within a year design the tail fin for the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, the top-of-the-line model for GM's flagship division. Hill answered that he was in the right place at the right time.

When asked for the story behind the Biarritz tail fin, Hill said his team was trying to develop form three-dimensionally instead of two-dimensionally, and he found specific inspiration in jet fighters, which influenced the way the fins meet the rounded form of the lower bodywork and are set inboard from the sides of the car.

Nearly 100 carefully selected vehicles were on display at the seminal event, with a 1955 Siata 208S owned by Jim and Nancy Utaski awarded the People’s Choice award. Ten “Inspired Design” awards were issued Best in Class by a jury of alumni, faculty and industry leaders. The judges issued an additional ten Designer’s Choice awards, with a trio of awards issued for Student’s Choice. Art Center student Jonathan Peace won the Meguiar’s Best Finish Award for his 1955 Ford Thunderbird Custom Roadster, which he exhibited at the event with his father, Dwayne Peace.

“The theme of inspiration makes our car show unique,” said Stewart Reed, chair of Art Center’s undergraduate and graduate Transportation Design programs. “While other Concours d’Elegance events showcase the world’s most historic and luxurious vehicles, Car Classic draws a parallel between the vehicles on display and the people who created them, and who in turn are inspired by them to create their own unique transportation solutions.”

To underscore the show’s emphasis on the relationship between people and design, this year’s Car Classic organizers surveyed Art Center’s Transportation Design alumni—more than 2,500 skilled and talented designers who themselves have significantly influenced the automotive industry—to identify the vehicles that most inspired them at Art Center and throughout their professional careers, many of which were on display at the event.
 
Ron Hill was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award. After graduating from Art Center in 1954, Hill spent 30 years at General Motors, eventually serving as chief designer at Chevrolet, Pontiac and Buick. He returned to Art Center as chair of the Industrial Design Department, then chair of the Transportation Design Department before retiring in 2000. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Hill earned the IDSA’s Industrial Design Excellence Award and membership in the American Watercolor Society (AWS).

Sponsors of the event include The General Motors Foundation—which kicked off the program with a donation of $100K toward scholarships and programs for undergraduate and graduate Transportation Design students—as well as Ford Motor Company, Honda R&D, and Nissan Design America. Meguiar’s and Hagerty Insurance provided additional sponsorship.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education, offering 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its faculty of working professionals, strong ties to industry and rigorous curriculum, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.

Art Center’s legendary undergraduate Transportation Design program continues to serve as the best educational environment for designers seeking transportation design careers. Additionally, the College now offers a graduate program in Transportation Design focused on sustainable solutions for those seeking to revolutionize the broader field of transportation and mobility systems. It is estimated that Art Center has produced nearly half the world’s car designers, with many alumni having held top design positions at the studios of all the major automotive companies, as well as many innovative companies in the realm of transportation design.

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The following are captions and links to hi-rez images for your use. 
Photo credit:  Chris Hatcher for Art Center College of Design 

Comedian Jay Leno arrives in an EcoJet at Art Center’s Car Classic. 
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Art Center President Lorne Buchman with Car Classic special guest Jay Leno and Transportation Design Chair Stewart Reed. 
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Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ron Hill with Jay Leno and Stewart Reed, chair, Art Center Transportation Design.
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Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ron Hill on stage with Jay Leno at Car Classic.  
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Comedian Jay Leno interviews Ron Hill, honoree at Art Center's Annual Car Classic. 
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Art Center Transportation Design Chair Stewart Reed with Honoree Ron Hill, Art Center President Lorne Buchman and Jay Leno.  
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Media Contact: Teri Bond
   Director, Communications
   Art Center College of Design
   310.738.2077 cell
   teri.bond@artcenter.edu

 

ART CENTER CAR CLASSIC 2012 INSPIRED DESIGN AWARDS

ATTENDEE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

People’s Choice Award
    Owner: Jim & Nancy Utaski
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1955 Siata 208S
Student’s Choice Award
    Owner: Bob Cohen
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 2003 Ferrari Enzo
Student’s Choice Award
    Owner: Riverside International Automotive Museum
    Year/Make/Model/Type: Maserati MC12
Student’s Choice Award
    Owner: Robin Blench
    Year/Make/Model/Type: Leela Spyder
Meguiar’s Best Finish Award
    Owner: Jonathan and Dwayne Peace
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1955 Ford Thunderbird Custom Roadster

BEST IN CLASS

Inspired Design - French
    Owner: Po Shun Leong
    Class: French
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1972 Citroen DS-21 Pallas
Inspired Design – Hot Rod + Custom (Tributes)
    Owner: Bruce Meyers
    Class: Hot Rod + Custom (Tributes)
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
Inspired Design – Big Bold American
    Owner:  Aaron Weiss
    Class: Big Bold American
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Inspired Design – Big Bold American
    Owner: Joseph Parkinson
    Class: Big Bold American
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1963 Buick Riviera
Inspired Design - Classics
    Owner: Paul Colony
    Class: Classics
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Inspired Design - Classics
    Owner: Justin Pinchot
    Class: Classics
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1950 Tatra T600 Tatraplan
Inspired Design – Sports + GT
    Owner: Dick Messer
    Class: Sports + GT
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1949 MG TC
Inspired Design – Sports + GT
    Owner: David Sydorick
    Class: Sports + GT
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato
Inspired Design – Innovation in Motorsports
    Owner: Peter and Merle Mullin
    Class: Innovation in Motorsports
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1923 Voisin C6 Laboratoire
Inspired Design – Innovation in Motorsports
    Owner: Peterson Museum
    Class: Innovation in Motorsports
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1947 Curtis Indy Car

DESIGNER’S CHOICE

Designer’s Choice
    Owner: Tony Rackley
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1933 Duesenberg J Torpedo
Designer’s Choice
    Owner:  Bruce Meyers
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1963 Jaguar Lightweight “E” Type
Designer’s Choice
    Owner: Chuck Swimmer
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1933 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron
Designer’s Choice
    Owner: James Powers
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1961 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop Coupe
Designer’s Choice
    Owner: Ray Sherr
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1957 Buick Caballero Wagon
Designer’s Choice
    Owner: Rick Adams
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1930 Bugatti Type 46 – Petite Royale
Designer’s Choice
    Owner: Michael Kunz – Mercedes-Benz Classics Center, Irvine
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1934 Mercedes-Benz 150 Roadster
Designer’s Choice
    Owner: Peter Brock
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 2004 Superformance Brock Daytona Coupe
Designer’s Choice
    Owner: Bob & Pat White
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1937 Cord 812SC Phaeton
Designer’s Choice
    Owner: Jerry Rosenstock
    Year/Make/Model/Type: 1956 Osca 1500S

11
OCT
SAFE AGUA PERU TEAM HONORED AS GLOBAL INNOVATORS USING TECHNOLOGY TO BENEFIT HUMANITY

Art Center’s Designmatters Team Wins Prestigious Tech Award

October 11, 2012.  Pasadena, Calif. – The Art Center College of Design team behind Safe Agua Peru has won The Tech Award in recognition of their commitment to developing technology that benefits humanity and initiates global change. Presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Awards is the signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation in association with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University.

“The Tech Awards represent Silicon Valley’s most prominent acknowledgement of social innovation leaders,” said Mariana Amatullo, vice president, Designmatters at Art Center.   “We are very proud of our student laureates, and honored to be participating in this exceptional project that highlights the potency of design as a field of knowledge and practice that, at its best, creates deeply humane innovation.”

“Through their outstanding creativity and conviction, this year’s laureates are providing innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most urgent problems,” said Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO of Applied Materials. “In many ways, The Tech Awards embody the spirit of Silicon Valley and the belief that technology can improve people’s lives and make the world a better place.”

Selected from more than 1,000 nominations sent from all over the world, the Safe Agua Peru Designmatters project is being recognized with the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award.  This year, two cash prizes, $75,000 and $25,000, will be awarded in this category.  The team will find out which amount they win on November 15, 2012, in front of an anticipated audience of 1,400 gathered in Silicon Valley for The Tech Awards 12th Annual Gala. 

In a partnership with the Latin American NGO, Un Techo para mi Pais and its Innovation Center, the Designmatters team co-created innovative and cost-effective product solutions to overcome water poverty with families living in Cerro Verde, a 30,000-person slum [asentamientos] perched on the hillsides surrounding Lima, Peru. The products that are being recognized are GiraDora, a human-powered washer and spin dryer designed by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You, and Balde a Balde, a portable faucet that delivers running water from any bucket designed by Kim Chow.  Together, these two designs empower families and communities through responsible design to conserve water, reduce illness and generate social, cultural, and economic change.

Representing the project as Tech Awards laureates 2012 will be Mariana Prieto di Colloredo and Kimberly Chow from Art Center with Jonathan Beckhardt from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. 

During their week-long stay in Silicon Valley, the Tech Awards laureates are engaged in specialized business and media training, networking with leading tech companies and venture capitalists, as well as learning about the experiences of fellow laureates. 

Safe Agua Peru is a collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design and the Innovation Center (now Socialab) of Un Techo Para Mi Pais team led by Julian Ugarte. The laureate student lead team are Mariana Prieto di Colloredo, Kimberly Chow, Alex Cabunoc and Jonathan Beckhardt.  The Safe Agua Peru lead faculty are Penny Herscovitch, Dan Gottlieb (Environmental Design Department), Liliana Becerra (Product Design Department) and Julka Almquist (Humanities and Design Sciences Department).  Lead advisors on the project for Art Center are David Mocarski, chair of Environmental Design,  Karen Hofmann, chair of Product Design and Mariana Amatullo, vice president, Designmatters. They worked closely with Adlai Wertman, founder, Society and Business Lab, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.

The Safe Agua products have won numerous awards including the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards, the James Dyson Award, the 2012 Core77 Design Awards, the Industrial Designers Society of America International Design Excellence Awards and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance E-Team grants. 

About Designmatters
Designmatters is Art Center College of Design’s social impact department with the mission to utilize art and design education as a catalyst for change, imagining and building a more humane future for all.  Through Designmatters, students, faculty and alumni from across disciplines are engaged in an ongoing exploration of the role of art and design in effecting large-scale sustainable change through innovative partnerships locally and around the world.  It is through the impressive outcomes generated by Designmatters that the College became the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. The award-winning and social innovation outcomes of Designmatters during the past decade are providing a key foundation for the framework of Media Design Practices: Field, a new graduate track in the College’s Media Design Practices program which focuses on communication design at the intersection of new technology and social engagement.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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Director, Communications
Art Center College of Design
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                             teri.bond@artcenter.edu

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CONTEMPORARY ART, SCIENCE, LITERATURE, AND HISTORY COMBINE IN "PAGES" AT ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN'S WILLIAMSON GALLERY

Exhibition Dates: October 13, 2012 – January 13, 2013

* * * Opening Night Reception: Friday, October 12, 6 to 10 p.m. * * *

 (Pasadena, CALIF.) October 1, 2012 – Throughout history, the human ethos has been revealed and preserved, protected and revered on pages.  Pages, whether untethered, rolled, or bound into a book, are a form of collective human memory – the sum of thoughtful endeavor over time.  PAGES, the exhibition at the Art Center College of Design’s Williamson Gallery, opens October 13, 2012 and continues through January 13, 2013.  The Opening Night reception on Friday, October 12, from 6 – 10 p.m., during ArtNight Pasadena (artnightpasadena.org) is free and open to the public.  

The co-curators of PAGES, artist and writer John David O’Brien and Williamson Gallery Director Stephen Nowlin, spent the last 18 months excavating for artifacts in the diverse and often segregated domains of artists’ studios, scholarly libraries, contemporary galleries, and science archives, assembling a heterogeneous array of objects, books, and papers that luxuriate in the page and honor its seminal role in the progression of culture and knowledge over time.

Usually the repository of fully formed and established knowledge, pages are also vessels for evolving memes, spaces for the process of working out, wrestling with, and forging ideas, and then, as well, the places for rejecting, correcting, and re-structuring those ideas. In a non-linear, non-academic manner, PAGES probes the terrain of the page, reaching into distant time as well as exploring the most contemporary of expressions, revealing jewels, surprises, and provocations along the way.

The evolution of any set of ideas: whether mathematical, visual, literary or poetic, is generally done in stages. In order for those stages to develop, there must be a site where the creator's risk is minimized, pleasure is allowed and play is uninhibited. It has to be a place where there is the freedom to backtrack, contradict one's self, re-write, overwrite, underline and cross out. Where the norm is in flux. Sketches, drafts and notebooks - pages - are precisely on that order.
-- John David O’Brien

PAGES includes contemporary art, sculpture, books, and orphaned leaves that scan the domains of art, science, literature, and history.  Artifacts and objects in the exhibition have been drawn from artists’ studios, as well as major repositories of books and pages including The Huntington Library, Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Doheny Library at the University of Southern California, The Caltech Archives, and private collections. Artists in the exhibition include Cara Barer, Hans Burkhardt, Steven Cortright, Claire Falkenstein, Suvan Geer, Alexandra Grant, Simon Johnston, Gloria Kondrup, Robert Kushner, Andrew Leicester, Peter Liashkov, Michael C. McMillen, Rebeca Méndez, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, George Nama, Echiko Ohira, Pierre Picot, Harry Reese, Ed Ruscha, Owen Schuh, and Susan Sironi.

Reportedly threatened by the economics of the dwindling newspaper business and the rise of the blogosphere, supplanted and relegated to metaphor by fleeting electrons of the e-book and transformed by digital magic into the faux surfaces of websites and cyberspaces, pages – physical paper pages -- nonetheless continue to occupy a special niche in the psyche of human beings, and are essential to the long tale of our endeavor as imaginers, rememberers, and recorders of thought.
-- Stephen Nowlin

PAGES is accompanied by a 20-page book that includes illustrations and essays by the curators.

The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design is located at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena; hours are noon to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 9:00 p.m., Friday; the gallery is closed Mondays and holidays.  For more gallery information, call (626) 396-2446.  Williamson Gallery exhibitions are funded in part by the Williamson Gallery Patrons and a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.

About the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design has established a broad reputation for its ongoing series of exhibitions exploring the boundaries, relationships, and perspectives of art and science.  Recent exhibitions in the series include WORLDS, a medley of objects, images, sounds, and videos that explored celestial phenomena and our Earthbound perspectives; HYPERBOLIC: Reefs, Rubbish, and Reason, an exhibition of mathematics, ocean ecology, and crochet handicraft; ENERGY, a composite engagement with art, science, history, and poetry around the theme of natural forces; OBSERVE, a collaboration between invited artists and scientists at the NASA/JPL-Caltech Spitzer Space Telescope; In The Dermisphere, a look at the art and natural history of skin; and TOOLS, an exploration of the art and science of extensions to human biology.   For Google links to the Williamson Gallery art/science programs, visit williamsongallery.net/google.

 

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education and the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Art Center offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, entertainment design, environmental design, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography and imaging, product design, and transportation design. A graduate program of study can lead to a master’s degree in art, broadcast cinema, industrial design, and media design. The college also offers a series of programs for the general public, including Art Center at Night for continuing studies program; Saturday High for high school students; Art Center for Kids for children in the fourth through eighth grades; and the Design-Based Learning program for K-12 educators.

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Contact:
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Art Center College of Design
310-738-2077
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SEP
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN STUDENTS USE RECYCLED MATERIALS AND CREATIVE ENERGY TO REDESIGN THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT GOODWILL OF ORANGE COUNTY'S RETAIL STORES

-Goodwill Plans to Implement Selected Designs in All 20 Retail Locations- 

PASADENA, Calif. – Sept. 5, 2012 – Fourteen bright and eco-minded students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California accepted the challenge to redesign the spatial experience for Goodwill of Orange County’s retail stores, and recently unveiled their final design concepts to Goodwill management and Art Center faculty advisors.  The Re-purposed Shopping project, dubbed “Upcycle Lifestyle,” was a vital collaboration between education, nonprofit and business, centered on themes of social responsibility, environmental awareness and making a positive impact on the community.

“Upcycling” is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.  The student and faculty team took on the assignment of using recycled materials such as wood, computer parts, textiles and other industrial items found in Goodwill’s stores, recycling, salvage and processing areas to create a whole new visual and tactile experience for shoppers at Goodwill retail stores, reflective of Goodwill’s reuse and repurpose model.  The project showcased the talents of students from the College’s Environmental Design, Product Design, Graphic Design and Illustration departments.

Students came up with some colorful theme ideas to enhance the retail experience including rockabilly and surf motifs to reflect the local beach culture for coastal stores; billowing waves of upcycled fabrics that will not only direct customers within the store, but extend the experience beyond the store to the exterior; and mobile do-it-yourself workshops that fold out in to the store to offer hands on craft making experience.  Several of the ideas are being considered for implementation at a future date.

Goodwill of Orange County recently rebranded their stores with the help of world-class Santa Monica design firm Geyrhalter & Company. The agency’s principal, Fabian Geyrhalter, an Art Center alumnus and former instructor, made the match between the College and Goodwill.

The Goodwill project is a partnership with Designmatters, the College’s social impact department. Designmatters engages students, faculty and alumni from across disciplines in an ongoing exploration of the role of art and design in effecting large-scale sustainable change through innovative partnerships locally and around the world. 

“Once we saw the variety of interesting objects the students could work with from Goodwill, our creativity really kicked in and the whole team became engrossed in the project,” said James Meraz, Art Center College of Design faculty member.  “We made several trips to Orange County and not only entrenched ourselves in an intense design experience, but also learned so much about the inspiring work of Goodwill.  Their mission was an important catalyst that drove our creative process forward.” 

Throughout the three-month project, students gained experience in re-branding, upcycling budgeting, repurposing, practical design applications, and a deeper appreciation of Goodwill mission services. 

Students learned that Goodwill provides quality training and employment services to empower individuals with barriers to be more productive and independent. Goodwill stores, donation processing centers and donation sites also serve as training grounds to provide supportive work experience and on-the-job training that can then open doors and opportunities for higher paying jobs within the community.  These programs and services strengthen the community because they place fewer demands on public resources.

“When Goodwill approached us, we immediately knew the project would be a great fit,” said David Mocarski, chair of the Environmental Design department.  “Goodwill’s powerful work helping individuals lead successful lives is closely related to Art Center’s mission of ‘learn to create, influence change,’ and the class gave the team a unique opportunity to do both.”

Students interested in spatial experience, historic preservation and urban design were all drawn to the project and contributed a variety of perspectives and skill sets. “Their level of enthusiasm was electrifying,” said Mocarski. “This was exactly the type of project we strive to expose our students to.”

Following multiple visits to OC Goodwill stores, the students developed concept drawings and materials studies, culminating during the final class when students presented design boards, models, mock-ups and full-scale constructs.

“This partnership between an educational institution, a nonprofit business, and renowned business leaders demonstrates how collaboration can turn innovative student ideas into reality, while focusing on social responsibility, environmental awareness and having a positive impact on the community,” said Corrine Allen, vice president, retail operations, for Goodwill of Orange County. “We are thrilled with the outcome and can’t wait to start implementing these amazing design concepts into our stores.  We can’t thank the students and faculty enough for offering an outside perspective, and breathing new life and creativity into our retail program.”

To view photos and video of the Art Center College of Design project for Goodwill, please visit
Photos:
http://j.mp/GoodwillArtCenterPhotoSet
Video:
http://j.mp/GoodwillArtCenterVideo

Goodwill has stores throughout Orange County and their website, www.ocgoodwill.org/shop/retail-stores provides a convenient store locator. Fans can also subscribe to an e-newsletter that offers special promotions, information about new stores and discount offers, in addition to compelling stories about individuals they serve.

About Goodwill of Orange County
Goodwill of Orange County is a nonprofit organization with its main campus located at 410 North Fairview in Santa Ana. Now in its 88th year, Goodwill of Orange County has provided thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers the opportunity to achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence through competitive employment. You can also shop from the comfort of your own home on Goodwill’s online auction site, shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill of Orange County, please contact Katherine Ransom, Sr. Director, Marketing and Communications at (714) 547-6308 ext. 308 or katheriner@ocgoodwill.org. Information can also be found at http://www.ocgoodwill.org/ 

About Art Center College of Design
Art Center College of Design is a private college located in Pasadena, California, and was cited by BusinessWeek as one of the 60 best design schools in the world. The college’s industrial design program is consistently ranked number one by both DesignIntelligence and U.S. News & World Report, and BusinessWeek regularly features Art Center among the world’s top design schools. U.S. News also ranks Art Center’s Art and Media Design programs among the top 20 graduate schools in the U.S.

About Designmatters
Designmatters is Art Center College of Design’s social impact department with the mission to utilize art and design education as a catalyst for change, imagining and building a more humane future for all.  Through Designmatters, students, faculty and alumni from across disciplines are engaged in an ongoing exploration of the role of art and design in effecting large-scale sustainable change through innovative partnerships locally and around the world.  It is through the impressive outcomes generated by Designmatters that the College became the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. The award-winning and social innovation outcomes of Designmatters during the past decade are providing a key foundation for the framework of Media Design Matters, a new course of study in the College’s Graduate Media Design program which focuses on communication design at the intersection of new technology and social engagement.

About Environmental Design
Art Center’s Environmental Design program is focused on brand driven retail, hospitality, office, dining and exhibition design from a “spatial experience” point of view. The program looks at spatial experience as scenography, “the staging of spaces.” Scenography enhances our ability to make meaningful connections in all that is designed. Working from compelling narrative content, designers shape total environmental experiences in multiple scales, which reflex, engage and interact with users. The design approach is human centered with a deep understanding of how to frame projects from the inside out. With a strong industry emphasis, environmental designers investigate projects with rich conceptual rigor linked to a keen awareness of materials and manufacturing standards. Practitioners use research to define the design potential and inform creative exploration. Through involvement with spatial experiences, these professionals become leaders in the design of furniture, lighting and interior components. Environmental designers aim to address the needs of a design driven future, rich in meaning, use and function.

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AUG
ESKO DONATES STUDIO ARTIOSCAD SOFTWARE TO ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Students benefit from using advanced technology for package and brand design

Miamisburg, OH (USA), August  2012 – Demonstrating its steadfast commitment to promoting education in the graphic arts industry, Esko has donated multiple seats of industry-leading Studio and ArtiosCAD technology to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. This donation, marking Esko’s first gift to a design college, underscores the pivotal role graphic designers play in package and brand development.

Art Center College of Design, which offers Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Science degrees, is consistently ranked among the world’s top design schools by U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and DesignIntelligence.

A reputation by design
Founded 82 years ago by Edward A. “Tink” Adams, the College enjoys an international reputation for its rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry and a commitment to socially responsible design. Art Center’s alumni include many of the world’s leading designers, contemporary filmmakers, ad makers, concept illustrators, artists, automotive and product designers and others who have shaped culture with their talents and vision.

Esko’s technology is a perfect complement to the curriculum within the graphic design track, as students are challenged to develop design solutions for product packaging and branding while experimenting with a wide range of media.

“While Esko is more widely known for packaging production tools, we also have a critical understanding of new challenges facing the design community — particularly when designing complex shapes,” notes Larry Moore, Esko Director Software Services, North America. “Our commitment to education is as strong for the design community as it is for the core packaging community.”

Since joining the College in 2007, Gerardo Herrera, Art Center’s Director of Packaging, was intent on bringing Esko technology to the campus. Well-versed with Esko’s products from his previous job as Design Director/Brand Experience Designer for Nokia, he understood how critical it was that students gain hands-on experience using advanced technology to create package and brand design.

“Esko is the global industry leader in the area of packaging product software, visualizing and CAD,” says Herrera.“ Late in 2011, he began a dialogue with Esko on the virtues of bringing its technology to the College.

Students began using the software in spring of 2012. “The true value of this donation is that the students will develop skills working with the leading industry software in the packaging world,” says Herrera. “They will develop a comprehensive understanding of the workflow from start to finish.”

Working closely with Art Center instructor Dan Hoy, who has established a strong educational packaging program at the College, Herrera wanted to create a solid marriage between the software side and the analog side for incoming students. “I wanted them to have a significant background on the various properties of the different materials used, and to understand the inherent differences between corrugated board and shrink wrap for instance,” he says.

For the fall 2012 and spring 2013 terms, Esko Studio and ArtiosCAD are poised to become an integral part of the foundation for the Packaging Design 1 class, ensuring students learn the basics of packaging design. “One of the things they learn in this course is how to make a box,” explains Herrera. “Now, they can see it on the computer using the Studio Visualizer tool in real-time, add specialty finishes, and see how that impacts their designs.”

Adds Herrera, “Studio delivers real-time visualization while you create a package design. When you make a box, you can see how it folds; you can see in 3D how the design works. It lets you see the printing effects and embossing.”

Herrera plans to use the Esko technology during the program’s Packaging 2 course, in which students learn to push the boundaries, as well as in the Packaging 3 course, which provides students with real-life working environments.

“This is the way the industry is heading,” says Herrera. “Designers can quickly visualize what they create for the brand owner, making changes on the spot if necessary. Then, at the artwork level, everything is laid out as it is supposed to be. You can do the artwork and see the build in real-time in 3D.”

No time like the present
In the meantime, excited to put the technology to use, Herrera developed an Esko Package Design Workshop for the summer program that ran for seven weeks. It was taught by Kimberly Anne Yu, Esko Application Engineer.

In the beginning of the workshop, students develop new skill sets. One of the goals is to have the students build a basic box and apply graphics, creating concepts for a cube or a tissue box. For the second part of the workshop, the students go into greater depth, learning how to use Studio Toolkit for Flexibles, for packaging design. The curriculum digs deep into the different types of packaging applications that this software can render, such as stand-up and drink pouches, candy bar wrappers, snack bags – even diaper bags. A tutorial exercise will demonstrate how to create a bag from scratch, taking full advantage of Studio’s tools palette, including pan/rotate, zoom, fold line, mesh, puller, freeze, align graphics and visualization, allowing settings for contents of air, liquid, material stiffness and rounding. The course will also review the concept of spot versus four-color, showing results in Studio. Students will explore putting graphics onto the bag, with second and third previewing. As the workshop comes to completion, students will work on an exercise to create a quick bag or pouch using Studio Toolkit for Flexibles.

“Esko’s software is designed for visualization and production, and the realization of true packaging,” says Herrera. “It takes you from start to finish so you can see a realistic version of what you’ve created.”

Although the Esko technology is still fairly new for most of the students, the excitement is evident. “Our students are already trying to push the envelope with the software,” says Herrera. “We predict by the end of next term to see some unexpected results. When our design students get their hands on the software, you will start seeing some surprising things.”

About Art Center College of Design (www.artcenter.edu)
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its professional rigor, ties to industry and social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Both DesignIntelligence and U.S. News & World Report consistently rank Art Center’s industrial design programs as #1 and BusinessWeek regularly features Art Center among the world’s top design schools. U.S. News also ranks Art Center’s art and media design programs in the top twenty Grad Schools. Throughout the College's 82-year history, Art Center’s alumni – a network of more than 18,000 artists and designers – have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

About Esko (www.esko.com)
Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing. Esko products and services help customers raise productivity, reduce time-to-market, lower costs and expand business and improve profitability.

Portfolio
Esko is the worldwide market leader with software for artwork creation, structural design, pre-production, workflow automation, quality assurance and online collaboration. Esko solutions support and manage the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers and packaging manufacturers.

CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and Kongsberg digital finishing systems complete the portfolio for the packaging, label, signage and display industries.
Enfocus, with its suite of PDF tools for graphic designers and print production professionals, is part of Esko.

Facts & Numbers
Esko employs around 1200 people worldwide. Its direct sales and service organization covers Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific region, completed by a network of distribution partners in more than 50 countries.

Esko is headquartered in Gent, Belgium, and has R&D and manufacturing facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India.
For more information, visit http://www.esko.com/ or contact:
 
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Tim Zula
Director, Mktg. Communications
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All press releases, as well as corresponding product pictures, are available at the press section at http://www.esko.com/.

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AUG
ADVERTISING INDUSTRY LEADER GARY GOLDSMITH NAMED CHAIR OF ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN’S ADVERTISING PROGRAM

Veteran Creative at Global Agencies such as Lowe Worldwide, DDB and Chiat/Day

August 1, 2012. Pasadena, Calif. – Art Center College of Design has named Gary Goldsmith as chair of its Advertising Department, it was announced today by Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau.  Bringing more than three decades of experience as a top creative at such firms as Lowe Worldwide, DDB, Chiat/Day and Young & Rubicam, Goldsmith will lead the program as the industry continues to undergo revolutionary change.

“Ever since influential adman Edward A. ‘Tink’ Adams founded Art Center in 1930, the Advertising Department has been at the heart of our school,” said Fehlau. “Historically, the program has played an important role in shaping the advertising industry and in that time contributed to its creative leadership. Today, much of that industry has changed, and Gary has led that change by utilizing social and digital media to build new strategies for branding and messaging.”

Goldsmith graduated from Art Center in 1981 with a B.F.A. in Advertising with honors.  Previously, he earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career at DDB in New York, working on campaigns for Volkswagen, IBM and Hershey.  In just four years, he became the firm’s senior vice president and creative group head.

“The landscape of advertising has changed drastically, and the redefinition of our business is only just beginning to accelerate,” said Goldsmith. “In five years most of the current sources for jobs won't exist. But I believe that Art Center, with our strong parallel programs in entertainment, digital, film, photography and environmental design, is positioned to build not only the first truly modern advertising program in the world, but one that will prepare our students to tap into broader sources for careers than ever before.”

Goldsmith is the co-founder of Underhead, a network of creative resources and companies. Founded in 2009 with Robert Reiser, Underhead brings together global talent in every discipline, including advertising, digital and social media, package design, and film.

He was the co-founder of Goldsmith/Jeffrey, a top New York agency in the 1990s that produced award-winning work for clients such as Everlast, J.P. Morgan, ESPN, El Al Israel Airlines and Barneys New York. In 1997, Goldsmith/Jeffrey was acquired by Lowe Worldwide and the Interpublic Group.  At Lowe, Goldsmith rose to the level of chairman and chief creative officer of North America, and worked with clients that included Mercedes Benz, Sony, The Coca Cola Company, Heineken, Saab, GMC and Macy’s. During his career he also held the positions of co-creative director of the Chiat/Day New York office and chief creative officer of North America for Young & Rubicam.

Goldsmith has received many international awards, including Cannes Lions, One Show, Clios, Art Directors Club, Andys, Communication Arts, Graphis, New York Film Festival, London International Film Festival, D&AD and Association of Independent Commercial Producers. His work is part of the permanent collection of MoMA. He is a past president of The One Club in New York City, and is one of the few creative leaders to have represented the United States on both the film and print juries at Cannes.

He was the founder of Adhouse; a former faculty member of the School of Visual Arts in New York; and a guest lecturer at NYU Stern School of Business. For the last few years he has taught a 10-day course entitled “Crashvertising” at Art Center.

Goldsmith comes to Art Center as a result of an extensive international search conducted by a committee of faculty, alumni, students and staff.

Advertising is one of several programs undergoing new leadership and redesign in response to the College’s strategic plan, Create Change, which lays the groundwork for Art Center not only to retain its competitive edge, but also to become the foremost art and design college of the 21st century.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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JUL
CATHY KARRY NAMED DIRECTOR OF ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN’SOFFICE OF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 July 9, 2012, Pasadena, Calif. – Art Center College of Design has named Cathy Karry as the new Director of its Office of Career & Professional Development, it was announced today by Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau.

“Having worked in recruitment for art and design professionals for many years, Cathy has a deep knowledge of our student’s talents and aspirations, our alumni and our disciplines,” Fehlau said. “Career and professional development is an important aspect of our students’ education, I am confidant that Cathy will bring new ideas and opportunities to the college.”

“It is an exciting time to be in career development as our role has become increasingly more vital in relation to recruiting, retention, student services, alumni relations, corporate partnerships and curriculum development,” said Karry. I have always respected Art Center’s reputation as a progressive institution, so the opportunity to grow this department is a challenge I welcome.”

Karry previously held the position of Director of Career Services and Educational Partnerships at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, where she lead a team focused on global recruiting, strategic relationships with industry leaders for student employment and sponsorship opportunities, as well as student internships.  She oversaw professional development events including portfolio reviews, roundtable discussions and industry panels.  She brings a wealth of knowledge about our students' specific career trajectories, and is acquainted with many Art Center alumni who recruit and hire graduates. Her arrival coincides with an increased commitment by Art Center to better serve all of our undergraduate and graduate students with a more expansive program of career counseling, industry outreach, and networking strategies.

Karry is a member of AIGA, IDSA and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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Media Contact:
Teri Bond
Director, Communications
Art Center College of Design
626.396.2385
teri.bond@artcenter.edu

Jered Gold
Director, Promotion and Public Affairs
Art Center College of Design
626.396.2251
jered.gold@artcenter.edu

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JUN
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN'S "DESIGNMATTERS" VICE PRESIDENT HONORED WITH DELL SOCIAL INNOVATION EDUCATION AWARD

June 13, 2012, Pasadena, Calif. – Mariana Amatullo, vice president at Art Center College of Design and co-founder of Designmatters, the College’s social impact initiative, has won the inaugural Dell Social Innovation Education Award.  The honor recognizes outstanding leadership in teaching and supporting student social innovators.

Designmatters engages students, faculty and alumni from across disciplines in an ongoing exploration of the role of art and design in effecting large-scale sustainable change through innovative partnerships locally and around the world.  It is through the impressive outcomes generated by Designmatters that the College became the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.

“Art Center aspires to redefine and expand the role of the artist and designer into one who is a catalyst for social change and innovation, ” said Lorne M. Buchman, president, Art Center College of Design.  “Designmatters allows us to harness the power of creative imagination to effect that change.

“I’m very proud of what Mariana has created over the last decade and we congratulate her,” Buchman continued. “We consider this endorsement as renewed encouragement to continue our commitment to contribute to, and learn from, our engagement in the social innovation space.”

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the inaugural recipient of this award,” said Amatullo. It has been my personal privilege and joy to be in a position of mobilizing the collective energy and creative talent of the Art Center community with an educational agenda for social impact through Designmatters. 

“This award serves as a wonderful tribute to the body of work by our students, faculty, and staff during the last decade, and more broadly speaks of the growing recognition of the value of art and design in effecting consequential societal change,” she explained. 

“We had many outstanding nominees for the Social Innovation Education Award,” said Dell  Challenge Executive Director Suzi Sosa, “however, Mariana stood out because of her ability to inspire institutional support for applying design solutions to social problems."

Amatullo was chosen for her exemplary leadership and holistic approach in building new modes of engagement for art and design education with social impact, promoting broad collaboration through cross-sector partnerships with non-profit organizations, development agencies and industry. The award-winning and social innovation outcomes of Designmatters during the past decade are providing a key foundation for the framework of Media Design Matters, a new course of study in the Graduate Media Design Program at Art Center. Amatullo is co-leading Media Design Matters, which focuses on communication design at the intersection of new technology and social engagement.

The award was presented to Amatullo during a global ceremony on June 12th in Austin, Texas.

As part of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, several Art Center student projects from the award-winning Safe Agua initiative, a Designmatters partnership with the Innovation Center of Un Techo Para Mi Pais, were named semi-finalists.  The projects focused on innovative design products and systems to overcome water poverty with families of slum-dwellers in Lima, Peru. 

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is recognized as a United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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Caption: Mariana Amatullo, Vice President and Co-Founder Designmatters, Art Center College of Design, recipient of inaugural Dell Social Innovation Education Award

Credit: Courtesy Art Center College of Design

9
MAY
PENSOLE FOOTWEAR DESIGN ACADEMY CELEBRATES OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING WITH EVENT MARKING CULMINATION OF ART CENTER MASTER CLASS

Art Center Portland-Based Alumni to Join Footwear Industry in Celebration

Portland, Ore. – PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy will celebrate its official grand opening on Wednesday, May 9, coinciding with the end of a collaborative class with Art Center College of Design, that includes a reception for Portland-based Art Center alumni, according to PENSOLE founder D’Wayne Edwards.

The event, to be held at PENSOLE’s Old Town/Chinatown studio, is the culmination of an intensive two-week master class for Art Center students, who will present the footwear designs they created during the program to footwear industry professionals. Directly after the students’ presentations, Portland Art Center alums will hold a reception at PENSOLE.

“I wanted our grand opening to coincide with this class because Art Center was one of the very first colleges to collaborate with PENSOLE,” Edwards said. “And Portland has one of the strongest Art Center alumni groups in the nation.”

This Art Center/PENSOLE collaborative program is sponsored by adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Vans, Disney Consumer Products, and OluKai, all of which currently employ Art Center graduates.

Art Center graduates play a large role in the Portland area sportswear industry, with alumni holding senior design positions at companies including Nike, adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and ID Workshop among others.

“There is no better place than Portland, the creative center of footwear design, to have our students learn from the best in the industry, be mentored by inspirational leaders such as D’Wayne, and be immersed in this creative culture,” said Karen Hofmann, Chair of Product Design at Art Center. Hofmann pointed out that this Pasadena-Portland educational partnership represents her department’s commitment to building its concentration in wearables and soft goods—an area of growing interest for Art Center and an industry in which the College’s alumni are leading the way. “We are grateful to our generous sponsors for their continuing support and for D’Wayne’s commitment to delivering such a meaningful program for our students, and we’re thrilled to celebrate the opening of the PENSOLE Academy.”

The students, who traveled from Art Center’s Pasadena, Calif., campus to attend the program that began in Portland on April 26, have been immersed in PENSOLE curriculum, introducing them to the entire footwear design process: design brief development, design process, problem solving, concept development, material design, visual and verbal communication skills development, storytelling and branding. At the end of the two weeks, each student walks away from the experience with an exceptional project that is ready to be shared with potential employers, manufacturers, fellow designers, and the world.

D’Wayne Edwards, a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 22 years, founded PENSOLE to give talented young design students—regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, and to provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers. “Growing up my dream was to become a footwear designer but there were no schools that taught that curriculum, and even if there had been, I could not afford to attend design school,” Edwards said. “I created PENSOLE to provide students the opportunity I never had.”

In less than two years since the first PENSOLE class, there are more than 30 Academy graduates working professionally, full-time or as interns for footwear companies worldwide such as Bluehaven, Anta, North Face, New Balance, Wolverine, Under Armour, Stride Rite, adidas, JORDAN and Nike.

Art Center College of Design is widely recognized as one of the most preeminent schools of art and design in the world today. Founded in 1930 and based in Pasadena, California, Art Center has achieved an international reputation for its rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry, and commitment to socially responsible design. The College’s undergraduate Industrial Design programs were ranked #1 in the nation in 2011 for the seventh year in a row by the respected trade publication Design Intelligence, which recognizes the schools that are best preparing students for success in their professions.

26
APR
USER EXPERIENCE PIONEER MAGGIE HENDRIE NAMED INAUGURAL CHAIR OF ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN’S NEW INTERACTION DESIGN PROGRAM

Art Center College of Design has named user experience pioneer Maggie Hendrie as chair of its new Interaction Design program, it was announced today by Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau. Formally launching in Fall 2012, Art Center will be the first school in Southern California to offer an undergraduate degree in Interaction Design.

“Both as a teacher and founder of multiple user experience and interaction design departments in industry, Maggie has a proven track record for weaving cross-departmental, multidisciplinary programs that leverage human-centered design,” Fehlau said. “We’re confident in her ability to drive the complex institutional, technical and design factors needed to deliver those skills and vision to our students.”

Hendrie said, “Interaction designers must be prepared not only for multidisciplinary projects and work environments but for a medium that can range from gestural sensor driven networks to gameplay and wired cities. As new platforms supporting interactive mediums emerge, others become obsolete. What would the world look like without the screen? We need to develop core, transferrable skills, processes and a creative vision at the undergraduate level. I am thrilled at the opportunity to join a world leader like Art Center to educate the next generation of visionaries in this new field.”

She is the principal of Maggie Hendrie Design, a cross-channel business and service solution firm providing iPhoneapps, social media campaigns, and consumer-facing online tools and marketing for such Fortune 500 companies as Allstate, PepsiCo, Sears, Mattel and Toyota Motor Company.

In 2004, Hendrie founded Sony Pictures Entertainment’s User Experience Competency Center and as director was responsible for working with Sony divisions worldwide to integrate usability, information architecture and interaction into all Sony-produced devices and cross-platform projects. Prior to that she was creative director for user experience at WhittmanHart/MarchFIRST, Inc., director for user experience at Caresoft, and senior user interface designer at Cybermedia.

As a senior lecturer at Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Art and Design, she played an integral role coordinating and teaching curriculum in Strategic Design and Entrepreneurial Studies between the Graphic Design department at Otis and the Business Studies department at Loyola Marymount.

She received her MA in Liberal Arts from Edinburgh University, her MS in Communication+Information Sciences from the Nouvelle Sorbonne University, and her Diplôme D'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) from the Paris VII University in Multimedia Design and Communication.

Hendrie comes to Art Center as a result of an extensive international search conducted this year by a committee of faculty, alumni, students and staff.

Interaction Design is one of several innovative new programs being launched by Art Center in response to the College’s strategic plan, Create Change, which lays the groundwork for Art Center not only to retain its competitive edge, but also to become the foremost art and design college of the 21st century.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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Caption: User experience pioneer Maggie Hendrie has joined Art Center College of Design as Chair of its new Interaction Design program.
Credit: Art Center College of Design/Four Eyes Photography

27
MAR
ART CENTER OFFICIALLY DEBUTS WORK AND IDEAS FROM NEW GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT ITS ANNUAL “4 HOURS SOLID” SHOWCASE

Environmental Design, Transportation Design and Media Design Matters Join Renowned Graduate Programs in Art, Broadcast Cinema, Industrial Design and Media Design Projects

As part of its annual showcase, 4 Hours Solid: Work & Ideas from the Graduate School at Art Center College of Design, the College will officially debut representative projects and emerging themes driving its new graduate programs in Environmental Design, Transportation Design and new MFA track in Media Design Matters. The new curricula will join existing graduate programs in Art, Broadcast Cinema and Media Design Projects to offer four intriguing hours of exhibitions, film screenings, discussions and presentations.

In making the announcement, Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau said, “4 Hours Solid gives Art Center a chance to showcase what really makes our Graduate programs unique. It’s not just about the study of a given discipline, but the desire to advance those disciplines through the invention of new formats, processes and forms. Our new offerings build on the school’s core competencies to further position the College’s graduate school firmly in the center of the discourse surrounding the future of art and design.”

This event is free and open to the public. Taking place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 6:00—10:00 p.m., 4 Hours Solid will offer an array of programming throughout the evening. Visit the 4 Hours Solid website for a complete schedule and more information as the date approaches. In addition to the array of activities surrounding Art Center’s graduate programs, a no-host bar will be open and a number of Los Angeles’ ubiquitous mobile food trucks will be staged outside the building.

“Art Center’s Graduate programs are wildly different in areas of study, method of instruction and curriculum—and our new offerings add yet another layer of diversity,” said Anne Burdick, Chair of Graduate Media Design. “At the same time, the friction between our programs creates a highly energized dialogue around higher education, art, design, business and the world around us. 4 Hours Solid is one way we encourage members of the global art and design community to join the conversation.”

Art Center’s new programs were launched in response to the College’s strategic plan, Create Change, which lays the groundwork for Art Center not only to retain its competitive edge, but also to become the foremost art and design college of the 21st century.

The event, coincides with Experience Art Center at Night, an open house featuring information about many of the non-degree, continuing studies classes Art Center offers the public.

Further information about Art Center’s Graduate programs can be found online:

About Art Center’s South Campus
A dynamic venue, South Campus is an historic 100,000-square-foot former supersonic wind tunnel located in downtown Pasadena. The building was redesigned by Daly Genik architects in 2004 and is among the first in Pasadena to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. This award-winning structure houses Art Center’s Graduate Art and Media Design programs as well as Public Programs, serving the greater Los Angeles area with open enrollment classes in art and design. Additional highlights of South Campus include Archetype Press, the largest letterpress printing facility of its kind; a printmaking studio; Design-Based Learning Lab; the Judy Slasky Memorial Rooftop Garden with Texlon® skylights; and The Agency, a select group of Art Center students who develop advertising campaigns for real-world clients. The campus is conveniently located next to the Metro Gold Line (Filmore Station), connecting Greater Los Angeles to Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.

8
MAR
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN STUDENTS CREATE NATIONWIDE COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED THIS MONTH BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

More Than 60 Organizations Utilize “Family PLZ!” Campaign To Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

A mixed media campaign to promote colorectal cancer screening, spearheaded by Art Center College of Design, The American Cancer Society and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, has been adopted by more than 60 organizations affiliated with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and launched in conjunction with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it was formally announced today by Mariana Amatullo, Vice President of Designmatters at Art Center.

"Art Center is pleased to develop this national effort to increase colorectal cancer awareness and promote the importance of family history and screening. It’s a testament to the work of our superb faculty and talented students and our emphasis in rigorous design research methodologies and close collaboration with scientific experts that this campaign has been so well received by the American Cancer Society and its partners," said Ms. Amatullo.

Art Center Provost, Fred Fehlau, added, "Family PLZ!, a collaboration between our Designmatters and Graphic Design Departments, specifically promotes the work of our students in the realm of interaction design. The project is an example of Art Center's commitment to expanding the role of design in culture and our lead in developing new practices as technologies become available and ubiquitous. The success of this campaign, the recent Interaction Design Award received by our students, and other significant recognition underscores the value of the new Interaction Design program we’re launching in the Fall." 

Initially launched in Fall 2011, with renewed support during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month that is being observed throughout March 2012, the Family PLZ! campaign uses contemporary media channels and social networks to promote family history as a key factor in the need for colorectal cancer screening. The campaign targets people ages 18 to 45 with a message about understanding family health history, and focuses on the goal of increasing screening adherence.  The campaign encourages young people to start talking to family members about their family history of colorectal cancer or polyp and spurs young people to take the action step of "searching and sharing their family's health history," while reiterating the message that colorectal cancer screening should begin at 50 for those without a family history. For more information about the campaign, visit familyplz.org

Family PLZ! was designed by Graphic Design, Advertising and Graduate Media Design students in a transdisciplinary studio class led by faculty members Dirk-Mario Boltz, Jason Brush and Allison Goodman. Students and faculty worked with the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and the American Cancer Society with communication research support by scientists from the University of Southern California School for Communication and Journalism, under the guidance of Art Center’s distinctive social impact department, Designmatters, and the College’s Graphic Design department. 

About Designmatters at Art Center
As an educational department and Concentration at Art Center, Designmatters partners with every discipline to focus on art and design education with a social impact agenda and "real-world" outcomes. The work is implemented through a series of unique partnerships and alliances with global development agencies, government groups, academic institutions, local and national non-profits and leading industry. Through Designmatters, students are invited to apply their talent, creativity and toolbox of skills to address some of the most critical humanitarian and social challenges of our time with empathy, discipline, and unwavering optimism to effect change.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its professional rigor, ties to industry and social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Both DesignIntelligence and U.S. News & World Report consistently rank Art Center’s industrial design programs as #1 and BusinessWeek regularly features Art Center among the world’s top design schools. U.S. News also ranks Art Center’s art and media design programs in the top twenty Grad Schools. Throughout the College's 80-year history, Art Center’s alumni—a network of more than 18,000 artists and designers—have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

6
MAR
ART CENTER ACQUIRES NEW PROPERTY AND PARTNERS WITH MICHAEL MALTZAN ARCHITECTURE TO EXPAND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Acquisition Made Possible By Alumni Giving in Support of Future Generations of Art and Design Students

Art Center College of Design will expand its educational reach and resources with the acquisition of a former U.S. Postal Service property in Pasadena, Art Center President Dr. Lorne M. Buchman announced today. The purchase of the vacant property was made possible through gifts from alumni. President Buchman further announced that the College has selected award-winning firm Michael Maltzan Architecture as its partner in fulfilling and expanding its academic plan through the re-imagining of existing spaces, and the forward-looking design of new ones, at both of the College’s campuses.

Dr. Buchman said, “This is a pivotal moment not only in Art Center’s history, but in art and design education, given the growing impact of the creative professions on the economy and on our world. This new property enables expansion and development of our programs and infrastructure and enhances our capacity for teaching, learning, creating and collaborating to ensure that we are able to fulfill our mission to educate students, now and into the future.

“The overwhelming support of alumni for this acquisition signals their commitment to future generations of Art Center students. They want these students to have access to the same opportunities they had— opportunities afforded by rigorous, professional instruction in a supportive, creative, cutting-edge environment,” Dr. Buchman continued.

Art Center Board of Trustees Chair Robert C. Davidson, Jr., added, “The availability of the property adjacent to the College’s South Campus was serendipitous, and it came on the market just as we finalized our strategic plan. The Board and I are exceedingly proud to be part of setting the vision for Art Center and its leadership at this time of transformation. Thanks to thoughtful planning and the generosity of our alumni, the College now renews its commitment to providing the finest education for our students. Further, we are poised to expand to meet future challenges and even higher standards of excellence.”

George Falardeau, Sr. Vice President of Real Estate and Operations for Art Center, stated that the new property is at 870-888 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, immediately adjacent to the College’s existing South Campus at 950 S. Raymond. The acquisition will allow the College to create three centers of learning—an expanded South Campus, a renovated Hillside Campus (1700 Lida Street, Pasadena) and a virtual campus—each optimized for the particular needs of promising artists and designers, while at the same time fostering new collaborations among disciplines. This expansion also includes opportunities to strengthen engagement with and connection to diverse communities because of the proximity of South Campus to public transportation and the continued presence of Art Center’s Public Programs at that location.

Commenting on the selection of Michael Maltzan Architecture for the project, Dr. Buchman said, “Following an intensive, year-long process, Michael emerged as the best partner for Art Center as voiced by our students, faculty and alumni, especially given his deep understanding of the way artists and designers learn, think and make. We couldn’t be more enthusiastic to have him on board to fulfill our vision for tomorrow’s classrooms and studio spaces.”

Michael Maltzan added, “Art Center’s continued leadership in art and design education comes from the culture of innovation and inspiration that thrives there. An important part of that legacy is the innovative and useful architecture that the school has built over the years to help foster and sustain that culture. It is enormously exciting to be able to participate with Art Center in developing buildings and spaces that will continue to capture the spirit of the school, provide for changing and emerging programs and help imagine its future.”

Art Center alumni responded to the possible expansion in an unprecedented manner, donating $5 million for the acquisition of the new property. Significant gifts include three, seven-figure irrevocable bequests, one made by Art Center alumnus and award-winning environmental designer Richard Law (Graduate Industrial Design ’58). Another gift was from Art Center alumnus and kinetic sculptor Steven Rieman (Product Design ‘74) and his wife, Ruth, and a third was from Art Center alumnus Bruce Heavin (Illustration ’93) and his wife, former Art Center faculty member Lynda Weinman, owners of the innovative online learning company, lynda.com.

“This is exactly what Art Center should be doing,” Mr. Law said. “The property, in an urban environment on the edge of Old Pasadena where all the action is, as well as public transit, is a great example of renewing older areas, creating a vital, energetic place. In today’s culture, this is exactly how a campus should be.”

“We aren’t as interested in a new building as we are in the education inside that building, and in recognizing the excellence of Art Center students and the critical importance and impact of what they do,” the Riemans said of their bequest. “The type of work that could happen there, such as full-scale prototyping, is just one way students would benefit. It’s clear to us that Art Center is serious about broadening students’ opportunities and experience by embracing new technologies and new ways of collaborating and creating in new spaces.”

Mr. Heavin said, “When I first visited the property, I immediately saw a great natural extension of the South Campus that would accommodate students’ educational needs.”

Ms. Weinman added, “As a former faculty member, it has been great to reconnect with Art Center’s high standard of excellence and quality and to commit to upholding it through thoughtful expansion.”

The College’s expansion plans are in direct response to Create Change, a five-year strategic plan that reflects the collective vision of the entire Art Center community in shaping the College’s core values into a new model for art and design education in the 21st century. The plan identifies Art Center’s “conservatory” approach to education, wherein students undergo intense and practical career preparation guided by expert faculty, and the role that rich intercultural and transdisciplinary collaborations play in providing students a contextual understanding of the world around them. The plan identifies the need to enhance and improve its physical spaces and educational technologies in order to foster and extend such collaboration.

About Michael Maltzan Architecture
Michael Maltzan Architecture is an architecture and urban design practice committed to the creation of progressive, transformative experiences that chart new trajectories for architecture, urbanism, and the public realm. Led by Michael Maltzan, FAIA, the practice is dedicated to the design and construction of projects which engage their context and community through a concentrated exploration of movement and perception. Through a shared belief in the role architecture can play in the contemporary city, this work has created new connections and catalyzed change across a range of scales, programs, and contexts from MoMA Queens to Skid Row.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society. For current news and events about the College, visit Art Center’s blog, Dotted Line.

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OCT
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN ROLLS OUT NEW GRADUATE MEDIA DESIGN MATTERS TRACK FOCUSED ON NEW MODELS OF COMMUNICATION DESIGN FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

Principals to discuss program at Design, Social Innovation, and Graduate Design Education Panel sponsored by AIGA’s Design for Good initiative
being held at U.S. Fund for UNICEF in New York on October 19, 2011

October 13, 2011, Pasadena, CA ….. Art Center College of Design has launched the Media Design Matters Track (“MDM”), an innovative curriculum housed in the Graduate Media Design program, it was announced today by Anne Burdick, chair, Graduate Media Design, and Mariana Amatullo, vice president of Designmatters, the College’s social impact educational initiative. The program commenced in September 2011.

The new MDM curriculum builds upon the successful integration of design and social/humanitarian engagement found in Art Center’s Designmatters initiative, coupled with the emphasis on communication technologies, an interdisciplinary approach, and design research in the Graduate Media Design Program.

Ms. Burdick and Ms. Amatullo will discuss Art Center’s pioneering work over the past 10 years in communication design for social impact, and how it led to establishing the new MDM program at the upcoming Design, Social Innovation, and Graduate Design Education Panel being presented at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF offices in New York on October 19, 2011.

In making the announcement, Ms. Burdick stated, “In Grad Media Design we are dedicated to developing new models of design practice. The Media Design Matters track allows students to learn about issues of social relevance by working hands-on with the design of communication in constrained real-world circumstances: with a team, on the ground, with direct community involvement, and typically with limited resources, whether political, financial or otherwise. It is built upon our core belief that design is many things—from a way of understanding the world to a method for creating the raw material of everyday life.”

The team of core faculty for the program will be comprised of experts in the fields of design research, computing and civic media, and anthropology and social justice. The core faculty includes Sean Donahue (principal of Research, an L.A.-based design practice, and former Director of Research for Humanities & Design Sciences at Art Center College of Design), who will be joined by new faculty Chris Csiksentmihalyi (cofounder and director MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media [C4] and the Computing Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab), and Elizabeth Chin (award-winning anthropologist and author). (Please see below for additional biographical information on the principals.)

Ms. Amatullo noted, “For ten years the Designmatters platform has enabled us to push the boundaries for social impact design education with numerous partners across sectors and disciplines. With the Media Design Matters Track, we are stepping up our engagement and commitment to unleash human potential through design. I anticipate deeply consequential outcomes.”

“A key component of the program, and the core of the student experience, is an immersive project conceived around one large systemic issue that will be sustained over the course of one year and include field research in partnership with an international development agency, NGO, national non-profit or local community partnership,” Amatullo continued. “Art Center is pleased to have the U.S. Fund for UNICEF as its initial partner, and to be working with the UNICEF Innovation Team and their new Innovation Lab in Kampala, Uganda.”

"UNICEF Uganda is excited to be working with Art Center's Media Design Matters program. We believe that bringing the private sector, academia and development together with those in need can help us design systems and solutions for some of the world's most pressing challenges," stated Dr. Sharad Sapra, the UNICEF Representative in Uganda. "Collaboration with end-users in Uganda around product and system technology design transforms the development process. Co-creation of sustainable last-mile and equity-focused solutions ensures that poor and unreached populations participate as the solution finders rather than simply as problems to be solved."

The MDM will launch in September 2011 (Fall term) with the first cohort of students participating in a “design immersion” curriculum for two terms. A second cohort will join the program in May 2012 (Summer term) and together they will continue for four consecutive terms. The student/faculty team is scheduled to arrive on-site in Uganda at and work with UNICEF’s Innovation team in country in Fall 2012. (For compete information about the program see http://artcenter.edu/mdp/matters/index.html.)

Burdick added, “Our aim is to create a robust model of practice that is applicable across a variety of situations and problems. Our graduates will have first-hand experience communicating across cultures, developing empathy, working inventively with the resources at hand, and understanding the power of communication technologies—from oral storytelling to mobile infrastructure—in politics, culture, and people’s everyday lives. These are critical skills for any designer working in the 21st century.”

“Design matters. It always has, and always will. But the nature of how design matters, to whom and to what end, constantly evolves. The new MDM track is an example of how we are finding innovative ways to ensure that all of our programs maintain a leading edge within their fields and connect to collective social needs,” concluded Fred Fehlau (provost, Art Center College of Design).

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Biographical information on principals

Mariana Amatullo (vice president, Designmatters, Art Center College of Design) founded the college-wide initiative Designmatters at Art Center College of Design, based in Pasadena, California in 2001 with a task force of faculty, chairs, staff and students. In her capacity as the lead of the program, and at the helm of the Designmatters Concentration in art and design for social impact, she develops strategic educational partnerships and oversees a portfolio of research collaborations, communication campaigns, exhibitions and publications that enhance Art Center’s commitment to be at the forefront of international design education and contribute solutions to humanitarian issues of critical urgency. Through her leadership, Art Center is the first design institution to be formally affiliated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO); and a civil society organization member with the Organization of American States (OAS/OEA). The award-winning and tangible outcomes of the student projects that are developed under the mantle of Designmatters have established the program as an exemplary effort within the landscape of social impact design–uniting educational objectives with highly effective advocacy and action-oriented outcomes.

Amatullo serves on a variety of advisory boards and networks engaged in the arts, design education and social activism, including IDEO.org, Design 21 (in partnership with UNESCO), Tassmeem Journal, and Intelligent Mobility International (IMI); she is a founding member of the University of Southern California International Museum Institute. Amatullo is an active essayist and lecturer internationally about design education in the humanitarian sphere.

Prior to joining Art Center in 2000, Amatullo pursued a variety of research and curatorial projects and held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1992-1996) and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1991). Amatullo is a Nonprofit Research Fellow at the Doctor of Management Program, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, and holds an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California (1994) and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris (1990). Her undergraduate studies included two years at l’Ecole du Louvre, Paris. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Amatullo was brought up internationally through the Argentine diplomatic corps,

Anne Burdick (chair, Graduate Media Design, Art Center College of Design) is a regular participant in the international dialogue regarding the future of graduate education and research in design. Her influential essays, “Graduate Education: Preparing Designers for Jobs that Don’t Exist (Yet),” and “Design without Designers” identify the challenges of design education and theory in the 21st century. Her research is centered on new modes of scholarly production in the Digital Humanities. She designs experimental text projects in diverse media, for which she has garnered recognition, from the prestigious Leipzig Award for book design to I.D. Magazine’s Interactive Design Review for her work with interactive texts. Burdick has designed books of literary/media criticism by authors such as Marshall McLuhan and N. Katherine Hayles and she is currently developing electronic corpora with the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Burdick’s writing and design can be found in the Los Angeles Times, Eye Magazine and Electronic Book Review, among others, and her work is held in the permanent collections of both SFMOMA and MoMA. Burdick studied graphic design at both Art Center College of Design and San Diego State University prior to receiving a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in graphic design at California Institute of the Arts.

Elizabeth Chin has a BFA from NYU where she double majored in Drama and Anthropology. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the City University of New York. Her research has covered a wide range of areas including children and childhood; consumption; autoethnography; and dance.

Her book Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture (Minnesota 2001) was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Prize, and in 2007 she was awarded the American Anthropological Association prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching. An incurable multi-tasker, she is at work currently on several projects, including an analysis of child-produced Barbie sex videos on YouTube; a collaborative reassessment of the work of African American dance innovator Katherine Dunham; and an autoethnographic account of her consumer life. She was recently elected to the board of directors of the Congress of Research on Dance. Chin has contributed commentary to the Tavis Smiley show on NPR and is active in community work in Los Angeles through partnerships with youth-oriented nonprofit organizations.

Chris Csikszentmihalyi cofounded and directed the MIT Center for Future Civic Media (C4), dedicated to developing technologies that strengthen communities. While there he oversaw projects like Sourcemap, betweenthebars, extrACT, Cronicas de Heroes, and other public-spirited and activist projects. He also founded and directed the MIT Media Lab's Computing Culture group, which worked to create unique media technologies for cultural and political applications. Trained as an artist, he has worked in the intersection of new technologies, media, and the arts for 16 years, lecturing, showing new media work, and presenting installations on five continents and one subcontinent. He toured museums and nightclubs with his mechanical hip hop device, DJ I, Robot, which was nominated for the Best Artistic Software award at Berlin's Transmediale, while a previous piece, Natural Language Processor, was commissioned by the KIASMA Museum in Helsinki, Finland. The catalog for his large-scale installations, Skin and Control, is published by Charta and distributed by DAP. In the fall of 2011 he will be the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Design Research at Parsons New School for Design. He was a 2005 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2007-2008 fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has also taught at the University of California at San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at Turku University.

Sean Donahue is principal of Research, a Los Angeles-based design practice. Before joining the Media Design Program as a core faculty member in the Media Design Matters track, he was Director of Research for Humanities & Design Sciences. Outside the classroom, Sean’s work consists of professional commissions, self-initiated research, design advocacy, education and publishing. Sean's projects range from media impact studies for city development to hybrid languages for low and no-vision communities. Sean has lectured and published internationally on the practice of media design, design research and social practice. He has lectured and held workshops at Harvard, Cal Arts, IDEO, The Royal College of Art and North Carolina State University where he was also the 2004 Designer-in-Residence. Sean’s recent work has been included in the 2010 Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial “Why Design Now?” The 2011 California Design Biennial “Action/Reaction.” The 2011 AIGA Design Educators Conference "New Practices/New Contexts." Metropolis Books ““Design as Advocacy”, as well as The Journal of Biomedical Informatics and most recently acquired for inclusion in the Smithsonian's Permanent collection.

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About the Graduate Media Design Program
Art Center’s graduate program in Media Design offers a two- or three-year Master of Fine Arts curriculum that helps ambitious designers from a variety of backgrounds become design leaders and researchers in emerging fields. Graduate Media Design prepares designers for a world in which virtually anything—from a new material to a global network—may be the next medium or platform of communication.

About Designmatters at Art Center
As an educational department and Concentration at Art Center, Designmatters partners with every discipline to focus on art and design education with a social impact agenda and "real-world" outcomes. The work is implemented through a series of unique partnerships and alliances with global development agencies, government groups, academic institutions, local and national non-profits, and leading industry. Through Designmatters, students are invited to apply their talent, creativity and tool-box of skills to address some of the most troubling humanitarian and social challenges of our time with empathy, discipline, and unwavering optimism to effect change. #

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society. For current news and events about the College, visit Art Center’s blog, Dotted Line.

About UNICEF
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in more than 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress: the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.1 million in 2009. But still, 22,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.

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FIRST-EVER "FORWARD MOTION: ADVANCING MOBILITY IN CALIFORNIA AND QUEBEC" SYMPOSIUM EXAMINES SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION

A convergence of circumstances, including energy security, climate change and air quality concerns, have led to a rapid push toward sustainable transportation. Experts from across North America will present solutions and ideas related to sustainable transportation at the first-ever Forward Motion: Advancing Mobility in California & Québec symposium organized by Art Center College of Design, the Québec Delegation in Los Angeles and the Université de Montréal.

Earlier this year, the Quebec government unveiled its 2011—2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles, intended to transform Québec into a North American leader in the field of sustainable mobility. Similarly, in 2009 California became the first state in America to mandate carbon-based reductions in transportation fuels in an attempt to cut the state's overall greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

In support of these larger sustainable mobility goals, Forward Motion will feature experts in the fields of electric vehicles and public transit as selected by the three partnering organizations. The experts will discuss the experimental programs, groundbreaking initiatives, new technologies and advanced materials developed in California and Quebec that are rapidly driving North America forward.


In advance of the half-day symposium, taking place on September 21, 2011 at Art Center’s Hillside Campus in Pasadena, attendees have the option of attending a special keynote luncheon during which award-winning transportation designer Jean Labbé, founder of Labbé Designers & Associates—and a graduate of both Art Center College of Design and Université de Montréal—will address "How Design Is Shaping Public Transportation."

In addition to Mr. Labbé, panelists include:
 
  • Sylvain Castonguay, General Director of Québec’s Centre National du Transport Avancé (CNTA)
  • Renaud Cloutier, Vice President of Business Development at TM4
  • Edward Kjaer, Director of Southern California Edison’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness program
  • Catherine Morency, Chair of Mobility and Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Mining at Montreal’s ÉcolePolytechnique
  • Simon Pastucha, Principal Designer at the City of Los Angeles Urban Design Studio
  • Pierre Rondeau, Director of Product Design, Advanced Concepts and Design Services at Bombardier Recreational Products
  • Chelsea Sexton, Consulting Producer, Revenge of the Electric Car, and Senior Advisor to VantagePoint Capital Partners’ CleanTech portfolio
 
“Our collaboration with the Quebec Delegation and the Université de Montréal comes at an exciting time for Art Center,” said Geoff Wardle, Director of Advanced Mobility Research at Art Center College of Design. “We are developing a new program in Graduate Transportation Design, which will expand the College’s already significant impact on the automotive industry and the broader field of transportation design. As symbolized by the Forward Motion symposium, the curriculum will be heavily influenced by our relationships with outside partners from a diverse community of industry, government, urban planners, manufacturers, think tanks and other educational institutions.”
 
Philippe Lalande, Chair, School of Design of Université de Montréal, said, “We are pleased that our friends at Quebec Delegation partnered us with Art Center College of Design to create a green transportation design symposium. In Quebec, our School is the main source of talent and expertise in design, providing extensive knowledge to the transport industry. There are many similarities between our two educational institutions and we look forward to many more successful collaborations.”
 
“In our efforts to highlight Quebec’s own expertise in design and sustainability as part of Quebec in Hollywood, there was no better choice than Art Center,” Charles Gauthier, Director of Economic Affairs for the Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles, added. “Art Center College of Design is an amazing, vibrant place and their students and faculty have shown a deep understanding of the future of transportation design. It’s exactly this type of partnership that underscores both the commitment and creativity that are common to both California and Québec for accelerating real world solutions for clean transportation.”
 
The cost of attending the keynote luncheon, half-day symposium and networking reception is $55.00. Tickets for the half-day symposium and networking reception (without the luncheon) are $35.00. To register to attend Forward Motion, and for additional information about the program and speakers, please visit http://www.artcenter.edu/forwardmotion.
 
The symposium is part of Québec in Hollywood, a three-week celebration of Québec's unique brand of creativity and flair in the arts, circus, cuisine, comedy, design, fashion, film and music. All performances and events will take place in and around Hollywood in a variety of exciting venues. For more info on the Quebec in Hollywood festival, visit http://www.quebecinhollywood.com.
 
About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and rigorous curriculum, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.
 
About Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles
Since 1970, the Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles has worked to foster the long tradition of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship that Québec and California share. In our respective corners of North America, Quebecers and Californians have laid the cornerstones for extremely successful design, entertainment, high-tech and transportation industries. From cinema to aerospace, fashion to IT, cleantech to life sciences, our companies, universities and institutions have long reached out to one other for partnerships, R&D collaborations and shared prosperity.
 
About Université de Montréal
Université de Montréal enjoys an enviable position as a leading research institution both in North America and Canada. The university's role as a hub between these spheres enables it to develop unique and dynamic research networks driven by world-renowned scientists, drawing collaboration with the world's most innovative organizations. At an international level, it is consistently placed within the top 150 institutions in major world research rankings.

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NUMEROUS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS COLLABORATE TO DEVELOP A "TEEN ART PARK" FOR AT-RISK YOUTH

Teens, Artists, Educators, Youth Advocates and Community Members are Invited to Attend the Unveiling of Large-Scale, Interactive Installations at Art Center College of Design on Thursday, August 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Art Center College of Design, Armory Center for the Arts, Flintridge Center, Learning Works! Charter School and more than two dozen other community-based organizations have collaborated to develop the installation and creative programming of a "Teen Art Park" that fosters safe, artistic expression for at-risk youth in Pasadena.

Large scale, interactive installations designed under the guidance of Art Center’s Designmatters and Environmental Design Departments will be unveiled at a fun, open house-style, community event on Thursday, August 18 at 4:00 p.m. Educators, youth advocates, artists, community members and especially teens are encouraged to attend the event, which—in addition to the unveiling of the Teen Art Park structures—boasts graffiti battles, a live DJ, pizza, art projects and more.

Beyond a safe-haven for at-risk youth to practice their craft, creative programming developed as part of the Teen Art Park seeks to provide workshops in a variety of visual, applied and performing arts; develop skills that easily transfer into the classroom and the workplace; deepen connections with community resources; and serve as a public space for performances and exhibits. Detailed information about the Teen Art Park collaboration, installation concepts and creative programming can be found on the Designmatters website.

Designmatters Vice President Mariana Amatullo said, "Teen Art Park has been a deeply transformative project for all of us at Art Center—an opportunity to engage with our partners, Flintridge Center, the Armory and Learning Works! in a bold vision that sets forth new creative spaces for learning and community."

"I cannot thank Art Center enough for envisioning what teens might want when searching for safe places to hang out, be with friends and express themselves as individuals," said Mikala Rahn, Executive Director of Learning Works! Charter School. "With community involvement and support, Teen Art Park would transform Pasadena into a better, youth-friendly city."

Scott Ward, Executive Director of the Armory Center of the Arts, said, "Teen Art Park is capable of transforming the lives of local teens by presenting them with safe, creative outlets and programs that explore new career and educational opportunities. It’s a win-win for all participants, the City of Pasadena and—most importantly—our at-risk youth."

The Teen Art Park unveiling will take place at Art Center’s Hillside Campus, located at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena, California. Complimentary valet parking and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, please email Elisa Ruffino, Director of Designmatters, at elisa.ruffino@artcenter.edu.

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ART CENTER EXCEEDS "80 FOR 80" SCHOLARSHIP INITIATIVE FUNDRAISING GOAL WITH MORE THAN $3 MILLION RAISED

Art Center College of Design proudly announces the successful completion of its "80 for 80" scholarship initiative with more than $3 million raised to support students in the College’s undergraduate, graduate and public programs. At the conclusion of the 18-month long "80 for 80" initiative, the College raised a total of $3,121,730 for annual and endowed scholarships, exceeding its $2 million goal by 56%.

On the occasion of its 80th anniversary in 2010, the College launched the “80 for 80” fundraising initiative to secure the equivalent of 80 $25,000 scholarships. By its completion, the initiative had raised the equivalent of 124 $25,000 scholarships. The College’s commitment to ensure access to students through scholarships and other forms of financial aid continues to be a priority and is outlined in Create Change: Art Center’s Strategic Plan (2011-2016).

"I am delighted with the level of support generated by the '80 for 80' initiative," said Art Center President Dr. Lorne M. Buchman. "We launched 80 for 80 in direct response to the pressing financial needs of our students and we are grateful to the broader Art Center community for helping us exceed our goals. It’s an important step as we strive to make Art Center accessible and affordable to talented artists and designers regardless of their socio-economic background."

Phil Hettema ILLU '81, Art Center alumnus and founder of The Hettema Group, an award-winning theme park and museum design firm, said, "These are difficult economic times for everyone and Art Center students are not exempt, but I have a sense that the College is responding to these challenges in a forthright way. The energy and sense of vision at Art Center feels stronger than ever and the strategic plan exemplifies this. There's a real investment and passion in the students with a focus on dynamic learning and initiatives that are meaningful in today’s world.

"Creating a scholarship assures me that my contribution is going to make a direct impact on students for many years to come," Mr. Hettema continued. "It’s an opportunity to give back to Art Center, with the hope that the recipients of my scholarship will do the same when their turn comes."

Tony Award® nominee and Art Center alumna Valerie Gordon-Johnson FILM '78 said, "As a producer in both film and theater, whenever I have found myself faced with a challenge, I could trust the skills I learned at Art Center and concentrate on the work at hand. Through our scholarship, my husband and I want to nourish the next generation of Film students and give them the same sense of confidence."

Of her husband, fellow theatrical producer and graphic artist Doug Johnson, Mrs. Gordon-Johnson added, "As someone who received scholarships when he attended school, Doug understands the significance they hold. He believes anyone who has ever been the beneficiary of an educational scholarship should, upon their achieving some success, do what they can to return the favor."

An important part of Art Center’s "80 for 80" fundraising efforts was a lively anniversary gala, Art Center at 80: Celebrating the Creative Spirit, the proceeds of which supported scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and public program students. More than 250 guests were on hand to honor four extraordinary alumni—industrial designer Yves Béhar, automotive designer Frank Stephenson, blockbuster filmmaker Zack Snyder and artist Pae White. In accepting their Creative Spirit awards, the alumni underscored the difference Art Center made in their creative paths and the importance of ensuring that the next generation of students have the same opportunities.  

Wayne Herron, Senior Director of Development, said, "The success of '80 for 80' is a direct result of Lorne’s leadership. Upon Lorne's arrival he immediately prioritized the needs of our students and launched '80 for 80' at his inauguration to generate scholarship support. The positive response we’ve received from the Art Center community—especially so many alumni—is a sign of trust in the College’s direction and belief in its strong future.

"It’s our hope that this sense of trust and belief carries over into support of Art Center’s strategic plan, the entirety of which is built on the desire to give our students the skills and resources they need to realize their dreams and for Art Center to secure its position as a great art and design college of the 21st century."

All money raised for scholarships from January 2010—June 2011 was counted toward the final total. For more information about ways to donate to Art Center, visit artcenter.edu/giving or call 626.396.4216.

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"FORMULA E" PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ART CENTER INDUSTRIAL DESIGN STUDENTS AND PASADENA CITY COLLEGE SUPPORTS LOCAL NON-PROFITS

“Formula E Race” Emceed by Television Personality Matt Gallant with Expert Panel of Judges on Thursday, August 11, 2011

Community Members Invited to Watch “Formula E Race” and Award Their Favorites

In preparation for this year’s annual Formula E Race at Art Center College of Design, Graduate Industrial Design students partnered with industrial design students from Pasadena City College (PCC) to not only design and build Formula E racecars, but to raise money for six local non-profits.

The efforts of the students’ work will be realized on Thursday, August 11 at 4:00 p.m. when the Formula E Race takes place at Art Center’s Hillside Campus. More than a race, the event showcases design ingenuity, with students applying the theory E=mh into a functioning, rubber band-powered racecar that transforms potential energy into kinetic energy.

Engaging television personality Matt Gallant will emcee Art Center’s Formula E Race. Most recently, Gallant hosted ABC’s primetime reality show American Inventor. Additional television hosting gigs include The Planet’s Funniest Animals, Like We Care and Hangin’ with MTV.

This year, in support of the College’s continuing efforts to strengthen its ties to the community, Grad ID faculty member and Art Center alumnus Stan Kong reached out to a number of students at Pasadena City College, where he also teaches, to connect them with Art Center students. Ultimately, eight PCC students and 14 Grad ID students formed seven different teams to tackle the Formula E challenge.

Andy Ogden, Chair of Art Center’s Graduate Industrial Design Department, said, “In Grad ID we place high value on the aspect of team building. Building Teams with PCC has been a great experience for everyone. A mentoring relationship has developed organically between Grad ID students and their peers at PCC, and in some teams the PCC students have taken leading roles. The students are from a diverse set of backgrounds and have brought new energy and dimensions to the whole project.”

Art Center’s Grad ID program seeks to prepare students for leadership roles throughout creative organizations, oftentimes fueling their entrepreneurial ambitions. As part of this effort, each team—in addition to designing a Formula E racecar—was tasked with identifying a local non-profit, for which they would use the race as a fundraising opportunity.  

“The Formula E race is an opportune project to have students work with local non-profits as an extension of their team efforts, and the students have been developing creative ways to engage with and benefit their charities,” said Mr. Kong. “As a result, the students become better citizens of the city while contributing to enrich the cultural experiences of the Pasadena community.”

The non-profits include:
  • The Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust, which encourages the personal and emotional development of disadvantaged Pasadena children and youth through an experience in the visual arts.
  • Kidspace Children’s Museum, which provides creative environments that inspire learning through self-directed, interactive experiences and play in the arts, sciences and humanities to enrich children, families and the community.
  • KPCC Southern California Public Radio, which seeks to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service through radio and other interactive media.
  • Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, a top-quality professional venue, which encourages community spirit and promotes respect for diversity by providing free public access to the performing arts.
  • SideStreet Projects, a completely mobile, artist-run nonprofit organization that gives artists of all ages the ability and the means to support their creative endeavors.
  • The Visual Arts and Design Academy at Pasadena High School, which offers specialized curriculum and relevant hands-on instruction to engage students and encourage them to pursue a career in the arts.

In addition to Mr. Ogden and Mr. Kong, Art Center faculty members Mark Anderson and Todd Jones taught the team of Art Center and PCC students.

At the Formula E event, a panel of judges comprised of faculty, corporate partners and industry leaders will issue awards to first place finishers in three different heats: the hill climb, drag race and road course. Additionally, awards will be announced for the team whose car is the most sustainable and race attendees will be invited to submit ballots for the car with the best overall styling and aesthetics.

The expert panel of judges includes:
  • Daniel Ashcraft, Principle, Ashcraft Design
  • Doug Boyd, President, Boyd Communications
  • John Caldwell, Principle, John Caldwell Design
  • Chris Chapman, Design Director, BMW Group Designworks USA
  • Del Coates, Retired Design Professional/Educator
  • Joe Futtner, Interim Dean, Visual Arts & Media Studies Division, Pasadena City College
  • Karen Hofmann, Chair, Product Design, Art Center College of Design
  • Richard Holbrook, Principle, Richard Holbrook Design
  • Alex Kritselis, Former Dean, Visual Arts & Media Studies Division, Pasadena City College
  • Dave Muyres, Vice President, Hunt Green LLC
  • Dave O’Connell, Principle, Dave O’Connell Creative
  • Fraser Paterson, Design Director, Wheels Group, Spin Master Toys
  • Martin Sanders, Concept Manager, LEGO Concept Lab
  • Alex Shen, Studio Design Manager, Calty Design Research, Toyota
  • Orrin Shively, Director of Art and Design, Disney Online
  • Randall Smock, Senior Designer, Honda R&D

For more information about the event, please call 626.396.2464.

About Graduate Industrial Design
Grad ID at Art Center focuses on theory and practice for the production of insightful research and the development of human-centered and business model-based designs. Combining Art Center’s renowned excellence in visual design and skilled craftsmanship with the knowledge, theories and methods essential for making design solutions for complex and unstructured problems, the program seeks to prepare students for leadership roles throughout creative organizations. In 2010, Art Center’s Grad ID program was ranked nationally as the number one graduate industrial design program both in U.S. News & World Report and in DesignIntelligence. In five of the last six years, it has been ranked number one in DesignIntelligence’s “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” issue.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society. For current news and events about the College, visit Art Center’s blog, Dotted Line.

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ART CENTER PRESIDENT EMERITUS AND ALUMNUS DONALD R. KUBLY , 1917-2011

Today one of Art Center College of Design’s most influential leaders, Don Kubly, passed away. Don’s active involvement with the school spanned 47 years, from 1938 as a student, through his retirement as President in 1985. Don was a dear friend of the school and colleague to many. He was 93 years old.  
 
After receiving a degree in Advertising from Art Center in 1949, Mr. Kubly worked at N.W. Ayer & Son in Philadelphia, one of the country’s leading advertising agencies. As a senior art director for more than 16 years, Mr. Kubly won numerous gold medals and other top awards for his creative work.  
 
He returned to Art Center as Assistant to the Director in 1963 to teach and manage day-to-day operations of the school under the guidance of Edward A. “Tink” Adams, the school’s principle founder. In 1969, he became President of the College and served until his retirement in 1985.
 
Among his many accomplishments as Art Center President, Mr. Kubly oversaw significant enrollment growth, from approximately 700 students to more than 1,200 full-time students. Additionally, he spearheaded the College’s move in 1976 from the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles to its present Hillside Campus location in Pasadena. For the Hillside Campus, Mr. Kubly retained the architectural firm of Craig Ellwood Associates to design a building that reflected Art Center’s educational philosophy. The result was a steel and glass structure that produced a minimum impact on the hills of Linda Vista. The building is now a historic landmark in the City of Pasadena.
 
In a 1999 commencement address, Mr. Kubly remarked about the College, “I have a great sense of having accomplished something worthwhile in helping this institution come to be one of the most respected institutions of its kind in the world…But most of all, I take great pride in the quality of the young people that graduate from Art Center.”
 
Don and his wife Sally, also an alumna of Art Center, have been long-time residents of Pasadena.
 
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Kubly Family Scholarship at Art Center College of Design. Individuals interested in making donations to the Scholarship can visit the College website or contact Wayne Herron, Senior Director of Development, at 626.396.2437 or wayne.herron@artcenter.edu.
 
A public celebration of Mr. Kubly’s life will be held at Art Center in the coming weeks. General inquiries can be made to the Office of Public Relations at 626.396.2338 or proffice@artcenter.edu.

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ART CENTER ESTABLISHES THE DOYALD YOUNG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Award-winning graphic and logotype designer, cherished mentor and revered faculty member Doyald Young, who passed away earlier this year, will be honored by his alma mater, Art Center College of Design, with The Doyald Young Memorial Scholarship, it was revealed today by Art Center President Dr. Lorne M. Buchman.

The scholarship, which will be available to incoming and current Graphic Design students, will be formally announced at "Young Love," a celebration of Young’s life and legacy taking place at the College this weekend. With enough support, the College intends to endow the scholarship to benefit its students in perpetuity.

"Shortly before his passing, Doyald said, 'if you have the gift of teaching, you must pass it on,'" Dr. Buchman recalled. "In establishing the Doyald Young Memorial Scholarship it is our hope that we honor the generosity and strength of a gifted artist and powerful teacher—and encourage others in that same spirit of giving to ensure his legacy in the next generation."

Young taught lettering and logotype design in the Graphic Design Department at Art Center College of Design for decades. His freelance work included logotypes for hotels, clubs, universities, financial institutions, arts, entertainment and practically every other industry. He created several corporate and commercial fonts and published three books about his work: Logotypes & Letterforms, Fonts & Logos and Dangerous Curves.

Young was named Inaugural Master of the School by Art Center College of Design in 2001, named a Fellow of the Los Angeles chapter of AIGA in 2006, received an AIGA Medal in 2009 and received an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Art Center in 2010. His life story and immeasurable talent was also documented by lynda.com as part of their "Creative Inspirations" series in 2010.

Young received his formal education at Frank Wiggins Trade School and Art Center College of Design.

Individuals interested in making donations to the Scholarship can visit the College website or contact Senior Development Officer Palencia Turner at 626.396.2366 or palencia.turner@artcenter.edu.

Art Center’s Graphic Design students learn to infuse words and images with life and meaning. They begin with an accelerated education in the formal principles of design, aesthetics and craftsmanship, after which students can specialize in a single area of graphic design or continue to explore the full scope of communication design. Students are challenged to develop design solutions while experimenting with a wide range of media including product packaging, book and magazine layouts, interactive communication, 3D graphics, virtual environments and the creation of graphic identities and branded experiences.

About Art Center College of Design

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and professional rigor, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing students with opportunities to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society. For current news and events about the College, visit Art Center’s blog, Dotted Line.

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CONCEPT ARTIST TIM FLATTERY NAMED ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN CHAIR

Proficient concept artist, designer and educator Tim Flattery has been appointed Chair of the Entertainment Design Department at Art Center College of Design, it was announced today by College Provost Fred Fehlau.

 

In making the announcement, Mr. Fehlau said, "Entertainment Design is usually understood to be how films come to look the way they do. But the field today is much greater, encompassing any project in which storytelling is important—themed environments, exhibitions, gaming, and learning institutions such as museums and libraries—all rely on creating visual narratives. As we create more opportunities for interdisciplinary practice, these storytelling skills are increasingly important to the College at large. With Tim’s breadth of experience, we feel he is the perfect person to bring our Entertainment Design program into the future."

 

"I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for 24 years and have been fortunate enough to have realized my dreams," Mr. Flattery said. "As Chair of the Entertainment Design program at Art Center I hope my passion and expertise will influence the next generation of talented designers so that they, in turn, can realize their dreams."

 

Mr. Flattery is a multi-talented creative concept artist and designer with expertise in concept development, design and fabrication. In a career spanning more than two decades, he has worked on some of the biggest films for some of the most famous directors in the world. Among the number of highly anticipated projects he has worked on are Green Lantern, Real Steel, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Mission: Impossible IV. Previously, he has overseen the full-size construction of custom vehicles, which he designed for films such as the Fantasticar for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the Batmobile for Batman Forever, and the Amphibicopter and other vehicles for A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Additionally, he has raised the creative bar with acclaimed design work on award-winning and blockbuster films, including Terminator Salvation, The Incredible Hulk, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Spider-Man II, Saving Private Ryan, Men in Black and many, many others.

 

Beyond his career as a concept artist and illustrator in the film industry, Mr. Flattery has done creative work for Walt Disney Imagineering and Chimera Design in the area of theme parks and resorts. He has also done independent work for Entertainment Arts and the EA Games Label.

 

This announcement represents a homecoming of sorts for Mr. Flattery, who taught visual communication at Art Center to industrial design students in the early '90s. He received a Teacher of the Year award from the College in 1994.

 

Mr. Flattery graduated from College for Creative Studies with a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Design.

 

Mr. Flattery joins Art Center following an extensive international search conducted by a committee of faculty, alumni, students and staff from both the Entertainment Design and Illustration departments.

 

Ross LaManna, Chair of the undergraduate Film program at Art Center and head of the search committee, said, "Tim has contributed to the success of many of the biggest blockbusters in recent history with creative work that is breathtaking and inventive. He enjoys a stellar reputation in the industry and we're thrilled he's bringing his talent and enthusiasm to Art Center."

 

About Entertainment Design
Located in Southern California just minutes from Hollywood and major motion picture studios, Art Center College of Design is a prime location for students aspiring to a career in the entertainment industry with classes often taught by talented and qualified instructors from nearby companies such as DreamWorks, Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, EA Games and Activision Blizzard.

 

While Entertainment Design is Art Center’s newest program (it formerly began accepting students in Fall 2007), graduates from our industrial design and illustration departments have been leaders in the field for decades, including production designer Kathy Altieri (How to Train Your Dragon, Over the Hedge, The Prince of Egypt), vehicle designer Harald Belker (Battleship, TRON: Legacy, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Minority Report), concept designer Ryan Church (Avatar, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Wars Episode II and III), background painter William Cone (Up, Ratatouille, Cars), concept artist James Clyne (Cowboys & Aliens, Avatar, Star Trek), concept artist Mark Goerner (Battle Angel, X2: X-Men United, Minority Report), production designer Sean Hargreaves (Toy Story 2, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Batman Forever,), storyboard artist Simon Ko (The Incredible Hulk), visual effects supervisor Kevin Mack (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Big Fish, What Dreams May Come), legendary concept designer Syd Mead (Mission Impossible III, Blade Runner, Tron), lead conceptual artist Nick Pugh (The Chronicles of Narnia, Superman Returns, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,), creature designer Neville Page (Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, TRON: Legacy, Avatar), concept artist Raj Rihal (The Avengers, Men in Black III, Thor, Red Alert 3, Guitar Hero 3), modeling artist Gary Schultz (WALL-E, Ratatouille, Cars), creative visual director Farzad Varahramyan (High Moon, Darkwatch, Jumanji, Alien vs. Predator) and concept artist Victoria Ying (Tangled, Frog Princess).

 

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and preparing students for professional practice, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

 

17
NOV
ART CENTER ANNOUNCES MADE UP: DESIGN'S FICTIONS

Art Center College of Design plans to celebrate the new year with a continuation of its inquiry into the theme of "made up" worlds. The result will be a public exhibition and lecture series, curated and designed by Media Design Program faculty member Tim Durfee, scheduled to begin in January.

"In a world where the media creates pervasive, multiple realities and where the fast pace of economic, environmental, and technological developments increasingly orient us toward an inherently unknowable future—a generation of designers and architects are turning to fiction for answers and inspiration," said Tim Durfee, curator, designer and director of the MADE UP project. "The MADE UP exhibition is intended to serve as a window into the uses of fiction by contemporary practitioners of design."

"The inspiration for MADE UP originated in work created in our program that pointed toward emerging trends in art, architecture, and design worldwide," added Anne Burdick, chair of the Graduate Media Design Program. "Through a research residency, an eclectic exhibition, panel discussions, readings, screenings, and a publication, MADE UP considers the relevance of speculation, role-playing, idealism, skepticism, and simple lying as instruments or objects of design process."
 
About the MADE UP Exhibition
"We are imagining worlds for technologies not yet available, in a present splintered by multiple realities, inspired by futures promised but unfulfilled" said Durfee.

The exhibition Durfee designed will be installed in the Wind Tunnel Gallery on Art Center's South Campus and divided into six sub-themes:

•    "As If: Alternate Realities" explores the uses of role playing and fictional histories in design. Contributors to this section include: Noam Toran, a London-based conceptual designer who creates real props for imagined scenarios, and the Brooklyn-based design-office Commonwealth, whose projects include other-worldly head-pieces produced in collaboration with film director Timothy Saccenti.
•    "Get Real: Projections and Scenarios" looks at productive and provocative modes of speculative practice, including corporate visioning videos from the promotional to the satirical.
•    "Faking It: Larks and Lies" considers the use of design as a unique medium for humor and critique, and includes work by Maywa Denki, MOS, and writer/designer/artist alter-ego Dexter Sinister.
•    "In Your Dreams: The Fantastic" looks at the influence and effect of dreams and fantasy in a diversity of work – from the cyber-baroque of Hernan Diaz Alonzo to the sunny mash-ups of graphic designer Juliette Bellocq.
•    "Made Belief: Building Ideas" looks at objects, media, and spaces that exist as non-verbal embodiments of ideology, including visionary utopias and dystopias. Diverse examples of political design range from the work of Dutch designers Metahaven to that of visionary architect Lebbeus Woods.
•    "Un-Unreal: The Incredible Everyday" returns the visitor to the here and now, but with new eyes for recognizing the remarkable, strange and fantastic in familiar daily life. Featured in this section are the fashion designers Rodarte, and recent Royal College of Art graduate Andrew Friend, who creates devices to enable unforgettable—if somewhat perilous—encounters with the real world, such as a portable lightning-rod that produces a tiny brand on the arm of the owner.

About the MADE UP Lecture Series
The MADE UP exhibition will be complemented by a provocative lecture series. The first, pre-exhibition panel discussions (announced separately) are scheduled to begin in fall 2010. In 2011, Art Center invites the public to its South Campus Wind Tunnel Gallery at 950 South Raymond Avenue for:

•    MADE UP Exhibition Opening , Lectures, and Discussion
Saturday, January 29
Lectures and discussion, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition Opening Reception, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Two of today's most influential people to combine design and fiction, science fiction author and Wired contributor Bruce Sterling and Fiona Raby, a partner in the London-based design firm Dunne + Raby, will join MADE UP curator Tim Durfee to ponder the possible reasons we are turning to fiction to not only inspire but facilitate the design of the near future.

•    "LIES: An evening of readings and screenings," co-presented with THE BIG CITY FORUM
Saturday, February 19
Readings and screenings, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Doors open 6:00 p.m.

Co-curated by MADE UP organizer Tim Durfee and Big City Forum, this very special evening will feature a radically eclectic and esteemed group of designers, artists and writers for whom writing or other narrative forms operate in a critical dialogue with visual practice. Confirmed participants include Michael Meredith, who will screen "Notes for Those Beginning the Discipline of Architecture," and Tom Marble, who will read from “After The City, This,” in addition to Keith Mitnick, Alexandra Grant, Michael Joyce, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Janet Sarbanes and Zoe Crosher.

•    "GET REAL: Conjuring the Future"
Friday, March 11
Panel discussion, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Reception, 5:00-7:00 pm

This panel will explore the design of fantastical props, interfaces, and environments for both science fiction films and corporate user scenarios. How do these props, probes, and prototypes influence the development of new technologies? How do they serve as R&D for the culture-at-large? The presentations will range from the ultra-vivid future worlds produced in Hollywood to the idealized lifestyles envisioned in the Silicon Valley and Pacific Northwest. Jason Tester, a research & design manager at the Institute for the Future and Ian Sands, founder of Intentional Futures and former Director of Envisioning for Microsoft Office Labs, will be among the speakers.

"It is the responsibility of graduate programs in design to push the field in new directions. Our goal with the MADE UP series, both the exhibitions and the lectures, is to bring the work of our students and faculty into direct dialogue with the most daring work that we can find from around the world. In so doing, we hope to pose new questions and, frankly, change the way that designers think," said Burdick.

"It is becoming increasingly necessary for art and design colleges to engage in this kind of critical culture building—both for our students and for the region. At Art Center, we are participants in the world around us, whether we are volunteering within our community or offering new ideas to the creative fields. Our goal is to lead by example," said Dr. Lorne Buchman, president of Art Center College of Design.

All MADE UP events are free and open to the public. Normal hours of operation for the Wind Tunnel Galley are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment.

About the Graduate Media Design Program
Art Center’s graduate program in Media Design offers a two- or three-year Master of Fine Arts curriculum that helps ambitious designers from a variety of backgrounds become design leaders and researchers in emerging fields. Graduate Media Design prepares designers for a world in which virtually anything—from a new material to a global network—may be the next medium or platform of communication.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education and the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Art Center offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, entertainment design, environmental design, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography and imaging, product design and transportation design. A graduate program of study can lead to a master’s degree in art, broadcast cinema, industrial design and media design. The college also offers a series of programs for the general public, including Art Center at Night, its continuing studies program; Saturday High for high school students; Art Center for Kids for children in the fourth through eighth grades; and the Design-Based Learning program for K-12 educators.

15
NOV
FRED FEHLAU NAMED ART CENTER PROVOST

Following an exhaustive, global search, Art Center College of Design has appointed alumnus and educational leader Fred Fehlau to the position of provost, it was announced today by Art Center President, Dr. Lorne M. Buchman.

"Fred's vast experience and association with the College as a student, artist, educator and administrator provides him with a rich perspective and a deep understanding of this institution that will be a tremendous asset in his new role as provost," Dr. Buchman said. "On a personal note, having worked closely with Fred this past year on the strategic planning process and the recent WASC accreditation, I have the utmost confidence in Fred's leadership abilities and administrative skills."

Mr. Fehlau said, "I am committed to serving students and faculty by creating an environment in which creative, ethical and critically relevant professional art and design practices can develop and thrive, to exploring how visually literate and responsible individuals can deploy their talents across a diverse range of social and cultural activities, and to insuring that Art Center demands of itself what it asks of its students —a life-long commitment to learning at all levels."

During his academic career at Art Center, Mr. Fehlau has served as a full-time professor teaching classes in multiple departments and earned seven Great Teacher Awards from the disciplines of Fine Art, Photography and Imaging, Graphic Design and Foundation Studies. He has taken on increasing roles of responsibility at the College, serving as interim chair of the Graphic Design Department, chair of the Senior Education Committee and chair of the Foundation Studies Department (now Integrated Studies). Most recently, Mr. Fehlau has been the institutional accreditation liaison officer and dean of Academic Affairs.

Art Center worked closely with executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to identify and recruit candidates from higher education, art and design practice and industry with strong leadership skills and proven experience in organizational change management, strategic planning, and operational management. More than 300 candidates expressed interest in the position and, ultimately, the College’s search committee felt Mr. Fehlau best displayed both the qualifications to meet the College’s expectations and the commitment to be successful as Art Center’s provost.

Karen Hofmann, chair of Art Center’s Product Design Department and chair of the Provost Search Committee, said, "While the committee was presented with excellent candidates, at this point in time Art Center needs a provost who is ready to rethink our assumptions about art and design education in the 21st century, to work with educational leadership to shape curriculum and pedagogy that moves Art Center into its next era and to give our students a means of making themselves into creative citizens. Of all the candidates, Fred displayed vast experience, dedication and valuable insight to take on this challenge."

Mr. Fehlau's appointment cements a new era of leadership at the College, following the announcements of Dr. Buchman as the new president in October 2009 and Robert C. Davidson Jr. as chairman of the Board of Trustees in February 2010. Since his arrival and in conjunction with Art Center’s 80th Anniversary, Dr. Buchman has been working collaboratively with students, faculty, the Board of Trustees and other key constituents to envision the future of art and design education at Art Center. As provost, Mr. Fehlau will be responsible for leading faculty and department chairs in improving, designing and implementing changes to bring Art Center’s goals to fruition. Additionally, he will supervise student-related functions and services and will assist the president in various external activities, including fundraising.

Mr. Fehlau has been involved with and highly committed to Art Center for many years. He earned both his BFA and MFA in Fine Art from Art Center, graduating with distinction from the undergraduate program and with honors from the graduate program. He is a working graphic designer and a professional studio artist whose works and curatorial projects have been featured in numerous one-person museum and gallery exhibitions around the world.

8
SEP
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN CHAMPIONS THE ROLE OF STUDENTS AS POTENT CATALYSTS FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION WITH CELEBRATED "SAFE AGUA" PROJECT

In developing countries and impoverished communities around the world, obtaining clean water is a daily struggle. Through the aegis of Art Center College of Design's Designmatters and Environmental Design departments, the College partnered with fellow N.G.O. Un Techo Para mi Pais ("A Roof for My Country") to address the everyday needs of the impoverished people in Campamento San José, Santiago, Chile, given their unreliable access to potable water.

The transdisciplinary Safe Agua team brought together Art Center students from five majors: Environmental Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Transportation Design, and Graduate Broadcast Cinema under the leadership of faculty members Penny Herscovitch, Daniel Gottlieb and Liliana Becerra that embarked on a two-week field research trip to Chile to meet families living under these difficult conditions. To address opportunities discovered through field research, the team designed six innovative water solutions at a range of scales: a low-cost portable shower (Ducha Halo); a water purification kit for a 5-gallon bucket; a gravity-fed system to simulate running water; a multipurpose kitchen workstation  (reLava); a community laundry and gathering space (Mila); and a campaign and publication for people living in campamentos ("slums") to share their own inventions. The families from Campamento San Jose, in preparation for real world implementation, tested prototypes from the class.

Soon after the Safe Agua studio class ended, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in February 2010. The need for emergency relief products like the Safe Agua projects became all the more acute as the quake severely damaged more than 500,000 homes, affecting 1.5 million people. Immediately after the earthquake hit, Un Techo Para mi Pais worked with Chilean companies to manufacture and test refined prototypes, and bring them to families who had lost their homes in the earthquake. While unanticipated, the accelerated implementation of three of the prototype solutions: Ducha Halo, the reLava sink, and the Mila Community Laundry, underscores the contributions designers can make to effect social change and in response to natural disasters.

Art Center president Dr. Lorne M. Buchman said, "It is projects like Safe Agua that clearly illustrate the influence designers and design education can play in addressing significant real-world problems. The learning involved was important for our students not only as design professionals but, equally important, as members of a global society who respect difference."

Mariana Amatullo, vice president of Designmatters, adds, "Art and Design education for social impact beyond the studio's walls is a foundational tenet of Designmatters; in this sense the human impact of the two weeks the Safe Agua team spent immersed with the families in Chile has transcended the pedagogical value and cultural enrichment that we anticipated."

Safe Agua inspired other Art Center teams to develop strategic, awareness-building communications to strengthen the project's overall impact and document its success including the Safe Agua book, developed under the direction of Graphic Design faculty member Lisa Wagner, a film by Graduate Broadcast Cinema student Elizabeth Bayne, titled "Safe Agua Chile: the Documentary," and "Safe Agua: the Harry Gota Story," an animated short film conceived under the direction of Ming Tai, Art Center's Director of Motion Graphics in the Graphic Design Department.

Currently, the social innovation dimension of the Safe Agua Project is the focus of an Art Center exhibition at the Cumulus conference, "Young Creators for Better City & Better Life," being held in conjunction with the Shanghai World Expo, at Tongji University, China (September 8 through October 8). During the conference, several panel presentations about the collaboration between Un Techo Para mi Pais and Art Center will bring together the lead creative team of Safe Agua to discuss how design education can be a catalyst for societal change.

"Our ultimate goal is to create one Latin America, without abject poverty, where every family has a decent house and access to opportunities to improve their quality of life," said Julian Ugarte, Director of the Innovation Center at Un Techo para mi Pais "Our work with Designmatters at Art Center has proven that that such a future is possible."

The multifaceted relevance of the overall project is also underscored by the support and endorsement of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is also supporting Safe Agua in the context of the Chile-California plan. Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.) will distribute the Safe Agua book nationwide in Spring 2011.  *** Limited copies of the publication are available to members of the media writing about Safe Agua Chile.

The entire Safe Agua Chile project has been well documented by students and faculty on the Safe Agua blog, blogs.artcenter.edu/safewaterchile/, as well as on the Designmatters website, www.artcenter.edu/designmatters.

About Designmatters at Art Center (www.artcenter.edu/designmatters)
As an educational department and Concentration at Art Center, Designmatters partners with every discipline to focus on art and design education with a social impact agenda and "real-world" outcomes. The work is implemented through a series of unique partnerships and alliances with global development agencies, government groups, academic institutions, local and national non-profits, and leading industry. Through Designmatters, students are invited to apply their talent, creativity and tool-box of skills to address some of the most troubling humanitarian and social challenges of our time with empathy, discipline, and unwavering optimism to effect change.#  

About Art Center College of Design (www.artcenter.edu)
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and preparing students for professional practice, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

29
JUL
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN APPOINTS ARWEN DUFFY AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Art Center College of Design has appointed Arwen Duffy as senior vice president, Development and External Affairs, it was announced today by College president, Dr. Lorne M. Buchman.
 
In this newly created position, Ms. Duffy will oversee Art Center's fundraising, marketing and communications efforts. Among the College's top fundraising initiatives this year is the "80 for 80" campaign, a $2 million effort to provide the equivalent of 80 $25,000 scholarships for students in Art Center's undergraduate, graduate and public education programs. Launched in conjunction with Art Center's 80th anniversary, the 80 for 80 initiative signifies the College's long-term commitment to increase the accessibility and affordability of a superlative art and design education.
 
"We are fortunate indeed to find an individual with Arwen's talents and experience to lead the College's fundraising efforts in support of our core mission," said Dr. Buchman. "There is nothing more fundamental to Art Center than providing access and opportunity to talented, deserving students and I look forward to a rewarding and successful future in partnership with her."
 
"As the College celebrates its 80th anniversary it's an auspicious time to join Art Center," said Ms. Duffy. "The College has a wonderful legacy of support from distinguished individuals, foundations and corporations. I hope to build on this legacy to ensure that Art Center students have the resources needed to reach their full potential for effecting positive change through innovative art and design."

Most recently, Ms. Duffy has served as Vice President for Advancement at California Institute of the Arts, where she led the $150 million "Campaign for CalArts" to a successful conclusion in June 2009 and built highly effective programs in development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations and advancement services. Under her leadership, the Advancement office--through strong partnerships with the Institute's academic and public programs--significantly increased CalArts' visibility and community of supporters. Previously, Ms. Duffy worked at UCLA and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in various development roles. Arwen earned a MFA in Art from CalArts and a BA in Art from Yale University.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

7
JUL
ART CENTER OFFERS AWARD-WINNING SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS

During the summertime, Art Center College of Design teaches teachers—and the results make the first day of the next school year an eagerly anticipated event.

Using a methodology called Design-Based Learning, Art Center has found a proven way to empower educators to excite students about learning, improve their test scores and boost their overall performance—in any subject. The college has made this approach the cornerstone of its award-winning Summer Institute for Teachers, an intensive five-day program for K-12 teachers in all subject areas and grade levels.

"At the Summer Institute for Teachers, brand new and deeply experienced teachers alike will pack their toolkits with practical techniques they can use to inspire, involve and energize their students and help them develop reasoning and problem-solving skills, no matter the subject, the curriculum, or the grade level," explained Dana Walker, Managing Director of Public Programs at Art Center College of Design.

"One of the strengths of the Summer Institute for Teachers is that Design-Based Learning is not intended to replace the techniques teachers are successfully using now," added Paula Goodman, Director of the K-12 Programs at Art Center College of Design. "Rather, this approach gives teachers a powerful new methodology for presenting challenging concepts and reaching various types of learners, including at-risk, gifted, ADD and ADHD students."

The faculty of the Summer Institute for Teachers is made up of public school educators who have earned a master’s degree in Design-Based Learning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and have successfully put this innovative methodology to work in their own K-12 classrooms.

In engaging hands-on workshops, they teach Summer Institute participants how to enhance their own students’ comprehension and tap into the children’s natural creativity to develop higher-level thinking. The participants take away techniques that require nothing more than basic classroom materials such as paper, pencils, glue and recyclables, so their teaching will not be adversely affected by budget cutbacks or textbook changes.

Teachers using Design-Based Learning challenge their students to create never-before-seen solutions to specific problems. As an example, a sixth grade class studying ancient Egypt, China, Greece and Mesopotamia might work in teams to build a 3D scale model of a place in that ancient world. Doing so compels them to answer questions such as "What types of dwellings will people live in?" and "What values will they live by?" Motivated by the need to answer their own questions, students search for solutions in required texts. In this way, the Design-Based Learning approach "sneaks up on learning" by engaging students' innate curiosity in a fun, interactive environment.

The Summer Institute will be offered July 28-30 and August 2-3, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The course is worth four semester units of professional staff development credit. Tuition is $680 for credit (non-credit tuition is $500) and discounts are available to teacher pairs from the same school.

Full-tuition scholarships are also available as a result of generous donations from the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hutto-Patterson Foundation, Washington Mutual and Art Center Partners. For more information, visit http://www.artcenter.edu/teachers/summer_institute_info.php.

Past Summer Institute participants were teachers from public school districts across Southern California, from Alhambra and Beverly Hills to Glendale and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Teachers from charter schools from Pacoima to Santa Monica as well as from independent schools including the Harvard-Westlake School and the St. Patrick’s School Diocese of San Diego also have attended.

During the 2009 Summer Institute, Victoria Lannom, an eighth grade teacher of multiple subjects from Sierra Vista Middle School (part of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District) shared that, "I feel that I am learning with a mindset that has been blown open to endless possibilities. I have the same excitement that I did going into my first year of teaching, the excitement that I might actually make a change/difference in students’ lives. I feel that I have#the capability to now prepare my students for the here, now and beyond."

About the Summer Institute for Teachers (http://www.artcenter.edu/teachers/)
Founded in 2002, the Summer Institute for Teachers received the 2006 Award of Merit in K-12 Architectural Education from the American Architectural Foundation. Also in 2006, Art Center’s Leslie Stoltz received a California School Board Association Golden Bell Award for excellence in education for her work in Design-Based Learning with the Chapparal Middle School in Diamond Bar, California. Design-Based Learning was developed by Doreen Nelson, a professor at Art Center College of Design and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a recipient of the California State University 2006 Wang Family Excellence Award in education. Nelson directs the Summer Institute for Teachers.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education and the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Art Center offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, entertainment design, environmental design, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography and imaging, product design and transportation design. A graduate program of study can lead to a master’s degree in art, broadcast cinema, industrial design and media design. The college also offers a series of programs for the general public, including Art Center at Night, its continuing studies program; Saturday High for high school students; Art Center for Kids for children in the fourth through eighth grades; and the Design-Based Learning program for K-12 educators.

14
JUN
ART CENTER WELCOMES DR. PENNY FLORENCE AS DEPARTMENT CHAIR, HUMANITIES AND DESIGN SCIENCES

Art Center College of Design, a global leader in art and design education, formally welcomes Dr. Penny Florence as department chair, Humanities and Design Sciences (HDS), it was announced today by Art Center’s acting chief academic officer Nikolas Hafermaas.

Mr. Hafermaas, who is also chair of the College’s Graphic Design Department, said, “Penny’s appointment reflects the critical role that humanities play in our art and design education. Art Center has been around for 80 years and it’s clear that the College must continue to evolve not only the way we teach art and design, but how we educate students outside these fields. Well-rounded individuals will be better global citizens and that in turn will inform their art and design practice.”

“Art Center is a great school, and I have always been impressed with the students, faculty and staff during my visits. But there’s something more—the College feels very dynamic at the moment and I want to contribute to this,” said Dr. Florence. “HDS is a cross-disciplinary program whose potential interests me a great deal. Thinking across disciplines is a big reason why a background in the humanities and design sciences is valuable for artists and designers. It enables you to look at the field of art and design in its entirety, which will always be useful—and sometimes essential.”

As chair, Dr. Florence will oversee the Department’s pedagogy in design research, writing, art and design history, humanities, and the social and physical sciences. She will further develop the integration of HDS content into studio classes and expand the academic HDS curriculum independent of studio work. Additionally, Dr. Florence will be charged with advancing a curriculum within HDS that provides Art Center students with a liberal arts education comparing favorably with that of any art school or university art or design program in the United States.

Dr. Florence was previously the Head of Research Programs at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, and formerly Professor of Contemporary Arts and Director of Research at University College Falmouth, UK, where she inaugurated and led the PhD program. An interdisciplinary PhD graduate from the University of York, UK, she has visited and lectured at Universities in Europe and the USA a number of times, including Art Center's Graduate Art program. She has written or edited six interdisciplinary books traversing visual art and theory, film, poetry, painting and feminism, and contributed to about seventeen others. Her most recent publications are Sexed Universals in Contemporary Art (2004), Looking Back to the Future with Griselda Pollock (2001) and Differential Aesthetics (2000). She recently held a series of events at Tate Modern, London, on the relation between modern art and electronic poetry titled e and eye.

Dr. Florence’s appointment follows an international search conducted by a committee comprised of faculty members from the Humanities and Design Sciences Department, students, alumni and staff as chaired by Art Center’s Dean of Academic Affairs, Fred Fehlau.

*** Dr. Florence will be available as needed for interviews with the media. Members of the press should contact Jered Gold, director of Public Relations and Communications, at 626.396.2251 or jered.gold@artcenter.edu.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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ART CENTER LAUNCHES VOLUNTEER INITIATIVE TO BENEFIT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Art Center College of Design will join together for “Art Center Takes Action: A Day of Service in Pasadena,” a volunteer initiative launched in celebration of Art Center’s 80th Anniversary, it was announced today by College president, Dr. Lorne M. Buchman.

In making the announcement, Dr. Buchman said, “Art Center has an exceptionally strong reputation with a global reach. It has made a positive difference in the world. There are moments, however, when we simply need to focus on our local community and respond to its needs. The Pasadena community has been a significant factor in our success for years, and we must seek opportunities to give back in meaningful ways. ‘Art Center Takes Action’ is one of those important opportunities.”

Among the local organizations that Art Center volunteers will engage with include AIDS Service Center (http://www.aidsservicecenter.org), which develops and delivers services, advocacy and education tailored to improve the quality of life for those impacted by and at risk for HIV/AIDS; The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena (http://www.bgcpasadena.org), whose goal is to improve the lives of children by helping them build self-assurance and develop leadership skills while reinforcing positive values; the Rose Bowl Operating Company (http://www.rosebowlstadium.com), which manages Pasadena’s historic stadium and professional quality golf course; and Villa Gardens Retirement Community (http://www.villagardens.org), one of the City’s premier retirement communities, which offers its residents opportunities both stimulating and relaxing.

Dean of students Jeffrey Hoffman said, “We strive to provide opportunities for our students to get the most out of their educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. Art Center’s Day of Service will provide such an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to build relationships with their local community—a place they call home.”

“AIDS Service Center depends on volunteers in the community to provide the services so necessary to our clients throughout Los Angeles County,” said Anthony Guthmiller, director of Development and Marketing for the AIDS Service Center. “Having Art Center step-up and volunteer their time and energy is a crucial part of our success.”

“Art Center Takes Action: A Day of Service in Pasadena” will kick-off at 8:00am on Saturday, June 12 at Pasadena’s Memorial Park. Volunteers will have breakfast with Dr. Buchman and representatives from participating organizations. From there, teams of Art Center volunteers will be dispatched to locations around the City to take on such tasks as collecting food, cleaning, beautification projects and special activities.

For more information, please contact Art Center’s Office of Public Relations at 626.396.2338.

Members of the media are welcome to join the volunteers throughout the day. Those interested in covering Art Center’s day of volunteer activities should contact Jered Gold, Director of Public Relations and Communications, at 626.396.2251 or jered.gold@artcenter.edu.

“‘Art Center Takes Action’ is more than just a one day effort,” Mr. Hoffman continued. “Since announcing the initiative, we’ve really sparked an interest among the student body to get involved in the Pasadena community. And in reaching out to local organizations—even more than those that are participating in the Day of Service—we’ve already begun to build a network of campus community members willing and eager to give back to their local community.”

Advertising student Ray Allan David said, “I’m really excited to take part in Art Center’s Day of Service. It is important to me as an individual to give back to my community and I’m proud of Art Center’s commitment to the many organizations that rely on volunteer assistance throughout the City of Pasadena.”

Founded in 1930, Art Center College of Design is celebrating its 80th anniversary throughout 2010. Renowned for imbuing graduates with a commitment to both professional practice and commercial success, Art Center provides many opportunities for students to explore responsible design through social, humanitarian and sustainable initiatives. The College also places a growing emphasis on providing students with a well-rounded education, building on its already substantial curriculum in the humanities and design sciences.

The student body of Art Center College of Design is a vibrant mix of local, national and international students who are guided in their creative development by a distinguished faculty, most of whom are practicing professionals. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's diverse alumni have had a profound impact on our culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society. Art Center Takes Action: A Day of Service in Pasadena is a natural extension of that commitment to providing real-world education to tomorrow’s designers today.

Visit Art Center’s official blog, The Dotted Lone, for daily updates about the College’s programs and events, including “Art Center Takes Action” and other 80th Anniversary activities: www.artcenter.edu/dottedline.

About Art Center College of Design (www.artcenter.edu)
Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education and the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Art Center offers bachelor’s degrees in advertising, entertainment design, environmental design, film, fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography and imaging, product design and transportation design. A graduate program of study can lead to a master’s degree in art, broadcast cinema, industrial design and media design. The College also offers a series of programs for the general public, including Art Center at Night, its continuing studies program; Saturday High for high school students; Art Center for Kids for children in the fourth through eighth grades; and the Design-Based Learning program for K-12 educators.

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ART CENTER TO HOST INAUGURAL DNA IMAGING CONFERENCE

Art Center College of Design, in association with NMC Partners, will host a gathering of leaders and innovators in imaging, technology, media and education at the first-ever Imaging DNA conference, it was announced today by Dennis Keeley, chair of Art Center’s Photography and Imaging Department, who will also moderate the two-day event.

In an environment of knowledge and practice, Imaging DNA is designed to immerse attendees in the ideas, discussion and debate around making, displaying, licensing or otherwise using an image. Imaging DNA will explore the history of photography and use it as a platform to discuss the future in order to empower photographers with critical knowledge about the changing nature of what it means to be an image-maker in the 21st century.

“Imaging DNA is poised to be the crossroads for artists, educators, photographers and futurists—and therefore a perfect fit for Art Center,” Mr. Keeley said. “As the College celebrates its 80th Anniversary, the way the world captures, enhances and distributes photographs is continually transformed by technology. In the Photography and Imaging Department at Art Center, we focus on what does not change: the essence of great photography.”

Kathleen Buczko, partner of NMC Partners, said, “At NMC Partners, we have always blazed new trails.  Core to that trailblazing is the belief that bringing together students, professionals and thought leaders around key ideas is essential to breaking barriers, solving problems and creating new horizons. Imaging DNA will do just that and Art Center is the right partner to help make it happen.”

Imaging DNA kicks-off on July 10 with fast track presentations about important topics that have shaped and will redefine photography and imaging. Parallel afternoon panels discuss the image in the age of transient media, archival permanence and the evolution of photographic education. The day concludes with “The Great Debate,” a spirited discussion about traditional, digital and hybrid methods in photography. 

The evening features a networking party for all attendees, which will benefit the No-Strings Foundation (www.nostringsfoundation.org), the FiftyCrows Foundation (www.fiftycrows.org) and scholarships for students in Art Center’s Photography and Imaging Department (www.artcenter.edu). 

On July 11, morning roundtables with conference presenters will be followed by further networking opportunities.

Imaging DNA will take place at Art Center College of Design’s Hillside Campus in the Ahmanson Auditorium, located at 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103. Full conference registration is $549, with discounts available for students. BYOB morning discussion tickets are also available. For more information and to register, go to www.imagingdna.com. Regular updates are also available on Twitter, www.twitter.com/imagingdna

Imaging DNA logo designed by Bold Collective (www.boldcollective.com),
an L.A.-based graphic design firm established by four Art Center graduates.

About NMC Partners (www.nmcpartners.com)
Founded in 1996, NMC Partners is a leading social media and marketing firm with experience in a wide range of industries, and specialty practices in imaging, software, clean energy, sports and fitness, and non-profits.  A pioneer in planning, measurement and program execution NMC Partners believes marketing is a strategic asset that can be managed to achieve and exceed goals. At NMC Partners, effective programs are the by-product of partnership and seamless performance between innovators. 

About Art Center College of Design (www.artcenter.edu)
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and preparing students for professional practice, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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WILLIAMSON GALLERY EXPLORES THE PAST AND FUTURE OF OBJECT-MAKING

The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design is continuing its series of explorations into the intersecting domains of art, science, technology, and design with side-by-side exhibitions that look at the interplay between the technologies used to fabricate objects and the thought-processes used to conceive them.  The complementary exhibits “The Curious World of Patent Models” and “The Future of Objects” will be on display June 4 to August 15, 2010, it was announced today by Stephen Nowlin, vice president of Art Center College of Design and director of the Williamson Gallery. 

The relationship between technology and its influence over the process of conceptualizing objects, inventions, and innovations is referenced overtly in “The Curious World of Patent Models,” an exhibit of more than fifty scale models representing ideas submitted for United States Patent protection circa 1800-1880. 

A separate but related exhibit, “The Future of Objects,” displays new digital-age fabrication and prototyping techniques in which startlingly complex forms are conceived and “grown” by machines known as 3D printers.  As the exhibit reveals, technologies related to those used every day in households and offices to print 2D information on flat pieces of paper are now being used to “grow” freestanding 3D objects in physical space, using a variety of solid materials. 

According to Mr. Nowlin, “The impact of these new technologies in fields of specialized industrial design are being increasingly felt, but in pursuits such as contemporary art they are still barely known.  Yet in the very near future they are certain to revolutionize all object-making to a degree that may well equal or even exceed the cultural impact of the 19th-century’s Industrial Revolution.”

He continued, “As we celebrate Art Center’s 80th anniversary, it’s fitting to showcase advanced computer modeling and 3D printing techniques that will very soon become such a big part of the planet’s visual culture.  Exhibiting 19th-century fabrication beside 21st-century technology opens up a whole new conversation about what is coming in the future and where it came from.”

Established in 1790 by Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Patent Office required inventors to submit a working scale model of their invention along with their patent application. Continuing through 1880 and the Industrial Revolution, this policy was responsible for creating a historical archive of innovation, vision, ingenuity and artistic ambition. Organized by the Rothschild Patent Model Collection (patentmodel.org), “The Curious World of Patent Models” showcases more than fifty of these one-of-a-kind artifacts along with their original accompanying documentation.

 “These historic artifacts depict America’s heritage of inventiveness, and exemplify the spirit upon which our country was founded,” explained collector Alan Rothschild. “They showcase the innovation of the nation’s past and serve to foster a new generation of American inventive spirit.”

As descendants of “The Curious World of Patent Models” and its spirit of inventiveness, objects in “The Future of Objects” showcase cutting-edge forms and prototype fabrication.  Some have been created in Art Center’s Technical Skills Center—working with the same equipment students have access to as part of their professional education. Art Center also has partnered with Solid Concepts Inc., North America’s largest multiple technology company, to showcase additional contemporary forms.

David Cawley, director of Art Center’s Rapid Prototyping and Model Shops, said “What’s incredibly remarkable is that the 3D printing technology showcased in “The Future of Objects” is going to be commonplace in the next 10 years or so.  Just as the PC revolutionized the way we live and do business, we’ll have 3D printers in the home which will benefit us in ways we can’t begin to imagine.  Both the applied arts and the fine arts will move into uncharted new territories using these magical tools.”

“As a way of symbolizing the bridge between past and future technologies and their impact on human ideation,” Mr. Cawley continued, “we plan to digitally scan one of the hundred-fifty year-old patent models and grow two clones using a 3D printer.  One will be displayed in the exhibit and the other presented to the Rothschild Patent Model Collection as a commemoration of the profound links existing between past and future innovation.”

Scott McGowan of Solid Concepts added, “We jumped at the chance to partner with Art Center.  They have a true understanding of the importance of manufacturing and computer technologies to both the worlds of business and culture.  Art Center is renowned for its emphasis on innovation and commercial success.  These two exhibitions are a nice way of referencing the importance of craftsmanship—equal parts art and design—to commercial success.”

Art Center will host an opening reception for both exhibitions on Thursday, June 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  The two exhibitions will continue through August 15, 2010.  Williamson Gallery hours are noon to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 9:00 p.m. Friday; the gallery is closed Mondays and holidays.  For gallery information, call 626.396.2446.

The Williamson Gallery presentation of “The Curious World of Patent Models” and “The Future of Objects” is funded in part by the Williamson Gallery Patrons and a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.

“The Curious World of Patent Models” will be presented by the Rothschild Patent Model Collection to audiences on a fourteen-city national tour over a three-year period.  Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri, developed and manages the tour. 

About Solid Concepts  (www.solidconcepts.com)
Founded in 1991, Solid Concepts supplies rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, tooling and injection molding services. Solid Concepts has grown steadily to a five-facility, multiple technology company known to be a solutions provider with project management and engineering expertise. Capabilities in high precision 3D printing, Stereolithography (SLA) models and patterns, HDSL (High Definition Stereolithography), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Digital Manufacturing, CNC models and patterns, and QuantumCast™ advanced urethane castings, allows for low-volume production of plastic, urethane, and metal components directly from design data, resulting in significant time and cost savings. Capabilities in tooling and injection molding make Solid Concepts a one-stop source to bring concepts from prototype to finished product ready for market. ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 Rev. B certified.

About the Technical Skills Center
The Technical Skills Center is the creation hub for many Art Center departments, providing access to the Model Shop, Paint Booths, Rapid Prototyping, Metal Shop, Computer Numeric Control, Laser, Plaster Room, Sanding Room, Composite Lab and Tool Crib.   The work areas in the shops are equipped with the latest professional equipment required to complete projects in woodworking, metal fabrication, vacuum forming, plastic sheet fabrication, and fiberglass and composite fabrication.  There are dedicated facilities for sanding and buffing, rubber-mold making, plastic casting, sandblasting, spray-painting and plaster fabrication.  All Art Center students have access to the latest in rapid prototyping technologies in the College’s 3D prototyping shops, including various types of 3D printers, mills and routers.  Laser cutters are also available to cut or etch plastic, wood or composites for a wide range of projects.

About the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design has established a national reputation for its ongoing series of exhibitions exploring the boundaries, relationships, and perspectives of art and science. Recent projects include “Things That Float,” a NASA Images online exhibition accessible through williamsongallery.net/nasaimages; OBSERVE, a collaboration with the NASA/JPL Spitzer Science Center bringing artists and astronomers together to produce original works of art; and TOOLS, an exhibition about the historical relationship between humans and their tools which drew objects from the domains of art, science, natural and cultural history. For Google links to the Williamson Gallery art/science programs, visit williamsongallery.net/google.

About Art Center College of Design (www.artcenter.edu)
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and preparing students for professional practice, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College’s 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on our culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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“THE LOS ANGELES EARTHQUAKE: GET READY” PROJECT TO BE SHOWCASED BY COOPER-HEWITT, NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM

The L.A. Earthquake Sourcebook and the short film Preparedness Now, both developed at Art Center College of Design as part of “The Los Angeles Earthquake: Get Ready” project, will be showcased in Cooper-Hewitt’s 2010 National Design Triennial, it was announced today by Mariana Amatullo, vice president and director of Designmatters, the College’s social impact educational initiative.

Under the aegis of Designmatters, Art Center students, faculty, alumni and a critically acclaimed team of artists in partnership with leading scientists and community experts generated new research and visual communication tools about seismic safety as part of the “Get Ready” project. Since its implementation the project has become a national and international reference, exemplary of the power of design thinking applied to disaster preparedness.

“When we initiated the research phase for ‘The Los Angeles Earthquake: Get Ready’ project we were coping with the aftermath and systemic disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina, and seeking to understand how we could use the art and design expertise of our community as a catalyst for resiliency in our own backyard. We wanted to provoke a conversation about preparedness and rally public attention around it,” Ms. Amatullo said. “Today, we look back at this project that has engaged so many of our students, faculty, alumni and a multidisciplinary consortia of partners nationally through Designmatters with a great sense of accomplishment. The conversation we started keeps resonating with the same sense of urgency and relevance as before.”

Ellen Lupton, curator, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, said, “The Designmatters program at Art Center is leading the way in integrating real-world social activism into the design curriculum. Students are learning what can happen when groups and institutions come together around an issue.”

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the fourth exhibition in the National Design Triennial series in spring 2010. “Why Design Now?” will be on view from May 14, 2010 through Jan. 9, 2011. Inaugurated in 2000, the Triennial program seeks out and presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture. In this fourth exhibition in the series, the National Design Triennial will explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of the design practice, from architecture and products to fashion, graphics, new media, and landscapes. Organized by Cooper-Hewitt curators Ellen Lupton, Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid and Cynthia Smith, the Triennial will be global in reach for the first time, reflecting the connectedness of design practices and the need for international cooperation to solve the world’s problems.

In addition to “The Los Angeles Earthquake: Get Ready” project, the Triennial will also feature the work of Art Center alumnus and faculty member Sean Donahue (Touch Magazine 2/3) and Graduate Industrial Design student Radhika Bhalla (Samarth Bicycle Trailer).

The L.A. Earthquake Sourcebook
Designed by award winning graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and created by Art Center students and faculty, The L.A. Earthquake Sourcebook is a compilation of the latest knowledge and scientific data about earthquake preparedness and recovery by educational institutions, civic agencies and experts from a variety of fields. The Sourcebook includes striking illustrations and graphic imagery created by renowned designers and artists, enhancing the content in a unique and fresh way. The book also includes a number of literary excerpts from celebrated authors such as Joan Didion and others. Distributed by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. (DAP), the book is nearly sold out and has been available in all the major niche and museum bookstores.

Preparedness Now
With Preparedness Now, Art Center alumnus and motion graphics designer Theo Alexopoulos takes viewers on a visceral journey through the USGS ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario. The film was commissioned by the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project and created in cooperation with Designmatters to depict the physical, social, and economic consequences of the most comprehensive earthquake scenario ever created. The premise underlying Preparedness Now is that design is a powerful catalyst that can bridge the divide between scientific understanding about damaging quakes and the ability of the public to feel empowered and to change their behavior in terms of preparedness. As a result, the film has been the subject of several social science studies that have underlined its powerful impact at reaching audiences with a message of preparedness and resiliency.

Following the success of the “Get Ready” project, USGS has become an ongoing partner of the College, currently collaborating with Designmatters on “The Ark Strom,” the development of communications strategies for a catastrophic storm scenario. During part one of the project, creative directors from the renowned New York ad agency Droga5 mentored Advertising students. Art Center will be working again with USGS this summer and fall term on part two of the project.

Ms. Amatullo will be attending the National Design Triennial’s Press Preview on Wednesday, May 12 from 3:00—5:00 p.m. along with Elisa Ruffino, producer and senior associate director of Designmatters, who co-facilitated “The Los Angeles Earthquake: Get Ready” project. Members of the media interested in attending the Press Preview should RSVP to the Cooper-Hewitt Press Office at 212.849.8420 or CooperHewittPress@si.edu.

About Designmatters at Art Center (www.artcenter.edu/designmatters)
Designmatters is an educational initiative that partners with every discipline at Art Center to focus on art and design education with a social impact agenda and “real-world” outcomes. The work is implemented through a series of unique partnerships and alliances with global development agencies, government groups, academic institutions, local and national non-profits, and leading industry. Through Designmatters, students are invited to apply their talent, creativity and tool-box of skills to address some of the most troubling humanitarian and social challenges of our time with empathy, discipline, and unwavering optimism to effect change.
 
About Art Center College of Design (www.artcenter.edu)
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry and preparing students for professional practice, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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STYLUS AND BERNHARDT DESIGN ANNOUNCE AMERICAN DESIGN HONORS

Stylus, the new global resource for authoritative research on the interiors industry, and Bernhardt Design announce the creation of the Stylus + Bernhardt Design American Design Honors, a new annual awards program developed to support the future of American product design. For 2010, the inaugural American Design Honors is being presented to designers in two categories: Emerging Designer of the Year is Jonah Takagi of Washington D.C.-based Atelier Takagi, and Student Designer of the Year is Ini Archibong, currently studying at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Stylus and Bernhardt Design have created the American Design Honors to address the limited attention focused on American designers in the current design pantheon. Much has been made of the dearth of noted American interior product designers, which recent articles have attributed to factors including minimal corporate or government support, a scarcity of exhibition opportunities, and the prohibitive cost and complexity of entering the international design market. To address these issues, the American Design Honors will provide not only exposure for two young designers, but also financial support. In addition to receiving a cash honorarium, both honorees will be hosted by Stylus and Bernhardt Design at the 2010 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.

Before founding Stylus Media Group, CEO Marc Worth immersed himself in the global shelter, lifestyle, and interiors industry and realized the importance of supporting new and emerging design talents. He leapt at the chance to support young furniture designers with the honors program. “As a global information service for retailers, designers and manufacturers, Stylus has a unique opportunity to offer exposure and financial support to two designers we view as the future of the industry. We are starting with the American market, and expect that this will be just the first in a series of awards to support designers around the world.”

Bernhardt Design has been recognized for years as an important supporter of emerging designers. Now in its fifth year, their ICFF Studio program, created with George Little Management, LLC, provides a sponsored exhibit space for ten designers at the premiere design fair in the United States. Entering its sixth year is Bernhardt’s collaboration with Art Center College of Design, which challenges students to create world-class designs for mass production and has resulted in award-winning furniture such as the Loft Chair, designed by Shelly Shelly. Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design, sees the American Design Honors as a necessary next step. “Bernhardt Design has been able to provide real world experiences to design students, and a high-profile exhibition platform for up and coming professionals. Now with Stylus we are able to focus serious attention on two talented individuals and hopefully assist in advancing their careers.”

To select the recipients of the inaugural American Design Honors, Stylus and Bernhardt Design combined their research and found that Takagi and Archibong stood out as young designers whose talent and drive could translate into success on the global stage. Of Emerging Designer honoree Takagi’s growing collection, Marc Worth says “Jonah's work is extremely mature and well conceived for a designer at the beginning of his career. It demonstrates the hallmarks of American design; economy of materials, restraint of line, authenticity and simplicity, and practicality coupled with a strong sense of optimism.” Helling adds “Jonah’s work achieves that perfect balance between good design and commercial appeal. His products fit into real life situations and you can immediately picture them in your home or office. Jonah’s American Gothic Table is a benchmark for how period furniture can be reinterpreted to become relevant in a modern interior.”

Student Designer honoree Archibong first came to Helling’s attention at Art Center College of Design. “A few minutes after meeting Ini, you realize you are in the presence of someone destined to achieve great things. His personal charisma complements his natural design talent - he has the drive, passion and commitment to sustain a long and successful career.” Worth agrees, saying “Ini has mature design instincts for someone just beginning to practice his craft. He also has a sense of perspective regarding design history and how his work relates in the bigger picture.” Helling concludes, “Ini has the potential to become one of America’s design ‘storytellers’, where product and narrative share equal billing.”

2010 Honorees Takagi and Archibong will have the opportunity to transform this attention into useful relationships by networking at ICFF, where they and the 2010 American Design Honors will be celebrated in a short ceremony at the Bernhardt Design Booth, #1604, at 4pm on Saturday, May 15. Manufacturers, retailers and media from the United States and around the world are invited to join Stylus and Bernhardt Design in giving these two talented young designers much needed access, exposure, and the chance to create a brighter future for American design.

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About Ini Archibong
Stylus + Bernhardt Design American Design Honors
2010 Student Designer of the Year

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, 26-year-old Ini Archibong discovered his passion for the arts at Polytechnic, a highly academic college preparatory school. Polytechnic provides a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary education, and offers expansive art programs, which allowed Ini to explore woodworking, 3D digital art, enameling, batik, sculpture as well as ceramics, his main artistic focus.

After high school, Ini began his studies at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He realized that he could not ignore his creative passion, and opted to focus on fine art and architectural design. He worked for two years at George Architecture in South Pasadena, where he learned the essential skills of the trade and strengthened his application to the Art Center College of Design. In 2007, he was accepted into Art Center’s Environmental Design program, with both an Edwards Entrance Scholarship and an Art Center Outreach Grant.

During internships in San Francisco and New York with Eight Inc., Ini was directly involved with designs for the Mankas Lodge in Inverness, a proposal for the Norwegian National Museum of Art in Oslo, as well as concepts and design for Nokia’s flagship stores launching in 2011.

Interested in the intersections of engineering, fine art, and architecture, Ini is influenced and inspired by the work of Alphonse Mucha, Santiago Calatrava, and Buckminster Fuller. Ini is on schedule to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Design from Art Center in 2011.

About Jonah Takagi
Stylus + Bernhardt Design American Design Honors
2010 Emerging Designer of the Year

Born in 1979 in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Connecticut, Jonah Takagi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. After graduating, Jonah lived in Portland, Oregon and worked for a cabinet maker before relocating to Washington, DC, where he designed and built sets and props for theater, film and television while helping to develop "Pancake Mountain", a kid's music television show. For the next few years, Jonah played bass guitar, toured and recorded with several indie rock bands, while also designing furniture that he built in a friend’s borrowed studio.

To develop and showcase his growing body of design work, Jonah founded Atelier Takagi in 2005. In May 2009, his American Gothic Table, inspired by “Tinkertoys, Windsor chairs and wayward Puritans”, debuted at ICFF in New York. In June 2009, Jonah's Deconstructed Prism Table was exhibited at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles. In the fall of 2009, Jonah was invited to participate in the d3 Design Talents Exhibition in Cologne, Germany. At IMM Cologne 2010, Jonah unveiled new work that included the Spun Table Lamp and the Simple Machine(s) line of furniture. In January 2010, the American Gothic Table was featured in the exhibit "American Design in Paris" at Triode Design during Maison & Objet.

Jonah’s work has been featured in multiple publications, including Numero (France), Surface (US), Pasajes Diseno (Spain), Form (Germany), Elle Decoration (Norway), Monocle (UK) and Intramuros (France).

About Stylus Media Group (Stylus)
Led by Chairman and CEO Marc Worth, the founders and management behind Stylus Media Group are industry leaders with proven expertise in running successful business information companies. Marc’s prior business, WGSN, became the essential industry tool for fashion professionals and was sold to Emap in 2005 for £150 million. Stylus Media Group (www.stylus.com) aims to be the leading global source of information and inspiration for the consumer industries – spanning interiors, beauty, health, travel, fashion, jewelry, food and the arts.

About Bernhardt Design
Bernhardt Design (www.bernhardtdesign.com) was founded in 1980 by the 120-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 10 years, President Jerry Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the leading international design companies with a roster of talent that includes: Ross Lovegrove (London), Arik Levy (Paris), Yves Béhar (San Francisco), Patrick Jouin (Paris), Jeffrey Bernett (New York), Fabien Baron (Paris) Suzanne Trocmé (London), Lievore Altherr Molina (Barcelona), Christian Biecher (Paris), Shin Azumi (London), hansandfranz (Munich), Tyler Brûlé (Zurich), Jaime Hayon (Barcelona), Erla Oskarsdottir (Reykjavik), Patrick Norguet (Paris), Philippe Cramer (Geneva), Jhane Barnes (New York), Fredrikson Stallard (London), CuldeSac (Valencia), Bang Design (Sydney) and Claudia and Harry Washington (San Salvador).

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ART CENTER LAUNCHES HISTORIC $2 MILLION SCHOLARSHIP CAMPAIGN

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of its founding, Art Center College of Design has launched an ambitious campaign to raise $2 million in scholarships for students in its undergraduate, graduate and public education programs. The campaign, to be known as the “80 for 80” initiative (one scholarship for each year of the college’s existence), was announced today by college president Dr. Lorne M. Buchman. The funds raised will substantially defray tuition costs and make Art Center accessible to many deserving students.

“Art Center College of Design now has an illustrious eight-decade-long history of providing distinguished art and design education,” Dr. Buchman explained. “We see it as our responsibility to commit to increasing the scholarships we offer in order to ensure our unique educational offerings are accessible to a diverse population of talented students. A scholarship campaign such as this one lays the foundation for the next 80 years in the life of our institution.”

Founded in 1930, Art Center College of Design is celebrating its 80th anniversary throughout 2010. Renowned for imbuing graduates with a commitment to both professional practice and commercial success, Art Center provides many opportunities for students to explore responsible design through social, humanitarian and sustainable initiatives. The college also places a growing emphasis on providing students with a well-rounded education, building on its already substantial curriculum in the humanities and design sciences to encourage human-centered design.

The student body of Art Center College of Design is a vibrant mix of local, national and international students who are guided in their creative development by a distinguished faculty, most of whom are practicing professionals. During the college's 80-year history, Art Center's diverse alumni have had a profound impact on our culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

“Art Center College of Design looks to its extended community of alumni and friends to give generously to this historic scholarship campaign,” said Wayne Herron, senior director of development. “Whether our donors make gifts of $80 or $8,000, we know our scholarship students will truly appreciate every dollar given in support of their education.”

For more information about the “80 for 80” initiative, contact the Office of Development at 626.396.4216 or write to giving@artcenter.edu. Donors can make their gifts online today at artcenter.edu/giving.

 

13
APR
4 HOURS SOLID: SHOWCASE OF WORK AND IDEAS FROM THE GRADUATE SCHOOL

For the first time ever Art Center College of Design will host a showcase of its graduate programs with 4 Hours Solid: Work & Ideas from the Graduate School at Art Center College of Design, it was announced today by College president Dr. Lorne M. Buchman. As part of 4 Hours Solid, Art Center’s graduate programs in Art, Broadcast Cinema, Industrial Design and Media Design will offer four jam-packed hours of exhibitions, film screenings, discussions and presentations.

4 Hours Solid will also feature “Screen/Culture,” a panel of special guests examining the ubiquity of screens in our everyday lives and their impact on makers of design, art and film. Panelists include Scott Watson, Chief Technology Officer of Walt Disney Imagineering R&D; Kevin Mack, artist and Academy Award®-winning Visual Effects Supervisor of What Dreams May Come; Mackenzie Wark, Chair of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College and author of Gamer Theory and Hacker Manifesto; and Anne Bray, Founding Director of Freewaves, a global arts organization dedicated to collecting and connecting innovative and culturally relevant independent new media.

In making the announcement, Dr. Buchman, who will also moderate the panel discussion, said, “Art Center’s Graduate programs are concerned not only with the study of a given discipline, but also with advancing those disciplines through the invention of new formats, processes and forms. As we celebrate the College’s 80th anniversary we have a great opportunity to position our Graduate Programs firmly in the center of the discourse surrounding the future of art and design.”

Anne Burdick, Chair of Art Center’s Graduate Media Design program, said, “Art Center’s Graduate programs are wildly different in areas of study, method of instruction and curriculum offerings. At the same time, the friction between our programs creates a highly energized dialogue around higher education, art, design, business and the world around us. 4 Hours Solid is one way we hope to invite members of the global art and design community to join the conversation.”

In preparation for his panel presentation Mr. Watson said, “What a cool event this is going to be. Of course, I’m looking forward to discussing Screen/Culture with my peers in such a unique forum, but to be able to experience the work of Art Center students—fresh perspectives on art, design and film—is going to be equally exciting. As an annual event, 4 Hours Solid has the potential to be something really cutting-edge.”

Taking place on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 6:00—10:00 p.m., 4 Hours Solid will offer an array of programming throughout the evening—with several of Los Angeles’ roaming mobile food trucks on hand to add to the overall experience.

5:00: Industry and Media Preview
6:00:  Student Exhibitions, Presentations, Demonstrations and Screenings
7:00:  Panel Presentations: Screen/Culture
8:00:  Panel Discussion: Screen/Culture
9:00:  Student Exhibitions, Presentations, Demonstrations and Screenings

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about 4 Hours Solid,
please visit www.artcenter.edu/4HoursSolid or email mdpinfo@artcenter.edu.
(Note: website URL is case sensitive)

Artists, museum curators, film executives, business professionals and potential employers interested in attending the Industry Preview, please email mdpinfo@artcenter.edu or call 626.396.2469.

Print, broadcast and online journalists interested in attending the Media Preview, please contact Jered Gold at proffice@artcenter.edu or 626.396.2251. 

The event, coinciding with Experience Art Center at Night—an insider’s look at many of the continuing studies classes Art Center offers—also provides the College an opportunity to further develop South Campus as a community resource.

Further information about Art Center’s Graduate programs can be found online:

• Graduate Art: http://www.artcenter.edu/gradart/
• Graduate Broadcast Cinema: http://www.artcenter.edu/gradcinema
• Grad ID: http://www.artcenter.edu/gradid
• Graduate Media Design Program: http://www.artcenter.edu/mdp/

About Art Center’s South Campus
A dynamic venue, South Campus is a 100,000-square-foot former supersonic wind tunnel located in downtown Pasadena. The building was redesigned by architect Kevin Daly in 2004 and is among the first in Pasadena to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. This award-winning structure houses Art Center’s Graduate Art and Media Design programs as well as Public Programs, serving the greater Los Angeles area with open enrollment classes in art and design. Also at South Campus is Archetype Press, a one-of-a-kind letterpress printing facility that includes the largest collection of rare American and European metal foundry type, wood type and ornaments in California. Additional highlights of South Campus include a printmaking studio, Design-Based Learning Lab, the Judy Slasky Memorial Rooftop Garden and The Agency, a select group of advertising students who develop projects for real-world clients. Renovations completed in 2009 provided additional classrooms, exhibition spaces and graduate studios. The campus is conveniently located next to the Metro Gold Line (Filmore Station), connecting downtown L.A. to Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.

26
MAR
ART CENTER ESTABLISHES THE NORMAN SCHUREMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Following the tragic death of Art Center College of Design alumnus and faculty member Norman Schureman this past weekend, the College has established the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship, it was formally announced today by Art Center President Dr. Lorne M. Buchman. The Scholarship will be available to incoming Product Design students.

In making the announcement, Dr. Buchman said, “Norm inspired hundreds of students. Not only those that he taught but those considering whether or not they even had the gumption to apply to Art Center. One of the ways the College can be true to his memory is to make sure young creatives have access to pursue a first-rate design education.”

“Norm loved being a teacher and truly believed an Art Center education was something special,” Schureman’s widow, Fati, said. “Our family is humbled that the College has come together to honor Norm with a scholarship in his name.” 

Schureman’s father, Bob, himself a faculty member at the College said, “Art Center has been such a big part of my life and the life of my son and I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support the Art Center community has given our family.” 

Karen Hofmann, Chair of Product Design at Art Center College of Design, said, “Norm was a friend and mentor and a source of inspiration both inside and outside of the classroom. He made students feel that they could change the world and this scholarship is a way to ensure his legacy continues.”

Individuals interested in making donations to the Scholarship can visit the College website at http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/giving.jsp or contact Senior Development Officer Palencia Turner at 626.396.2366 or palencia.turner@artcenter.edu.

Art Center’s Product Design students are taught that good design is about combining functionality, relevance and visual appeal—and that social responsibility is part of commercial viability. The program offers a rich foundation in the design sciences including user-centered research, human factors and manufacturing processes. At the same time, students gain a comprehensive understanding of materials technologies, global trends and sustainability through the College’s state-of-the-art Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory. The Product Design curriculum also includes an invaluable entrepreneurial component that provides further education in the creation of business plans and the development of profitable product lines and retail opportunities.

Admission to Art Center is based on a strong portfolio and a sound academic record in high school or college. Admission is competitive and students are serious, motivated and talented. Once admitted, students are considered for the range of Art Center’s scholarship offerings. A College catalog and financial aid brochure with scholarship information may be obtained by calling the Admissions office at 626.396.2373.

Schureman graduated from Art Center College of Design with a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design in 1985. He began teaching at the College in 1992.

In addition to the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship being established by Art Center, the family will open a trust fund for Schureman’s two young sons. For questions about contributing to the trust, please contact Jered Gold, Director of Public Relations and Communications, at 626.396.2251 or jered.gold@artcenter.edu.

3
MAR
ART CENTER'S WILLIAMSON GALLERY PRESENTS DREAMWORLDS

Art Center College of Design’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery has teamed with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc (Nasdaq: DWA) to produce DreamWorlds, a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and imagination of animated filmmaking at the studio. The exhibit, which opens March 4, will be on display at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, located on Art Center’s Hillside Campus on 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena.

 

Drawing from popular DreamWorks Animation projects such as, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Monsters vs. Aliens, Bee Movie, Prince of Egypt, and many others, including the soon-to-be-released How To Train Your Dragon (scheduled for theatrical release on March 26), the more than three hundred objects in the exhibition include original and digital designs and paintings, movie posters, character maquettes, miniature sets, an artist’s workstation re-creation and other creative stages of the complex filmmaking process.

 

“We are thrilled that Art Center College of Design will showcase some of the exceptional work being done by our highly talented artists at DreamWorks Animation,” said Bill Damaschke, the Company’s Co-President of Production. “Animation is an incredibly collaborative process. It is wonderful that gallery-goers will have a chance to take an in-depth journey through the many stages of our filmmaking process and see the individual contributions of our filmmakers."

 

The exhibition features the work of a number of Art Center alumni who entered the entertainment field and were lured to the creative environment at DreamWorks Animation. As Ann Field, chair of Art Center’s illustration department, explains, “Animated film takes us on a mental journey into alternative realities -- imagined, far-fetched, exaggerated, and stylized. The work is no less than magic, and falls from the pens and brushes of talented artists, illustrators and designers.”

 

Art Center has trained artists and Illustrators for the last 80 years, with a long history in training artists for animation, beginning with Disney animation artists in the 1950s. The College’s illustration program began in 1930.

 

DreamWorlds will open with a multimedia presentation, panel discussion and reception on Thursday, March 4. The presentation and panel, which will be held at Art Center’s Ahmanson Auditorium, will begin at 7 p.m. and be followed by a reception with refreshments in the Williamson Gallery at 8 p.m., and is open to the public.

 

Ross LaManna, chair of the film department at Art Center College of Design, will moderate the panel discussion which will revolve around the connection between art, illustration, story and animation. Panelists include:

 

Gail Currey, head of studio at PDI / DreamWorks Animation ;

 

Kathy Altieri, a DreamWorks Animation production designer for How to Train Your Dragon, was the first artist hired when DreamWorks was formed. She studied illustration at Art Center for three years;

 

Kendal Cronkhite, a DreamWorks Animation production designer whose credits include the Madagascar films and an Art Center alumna. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree with a major in illustration; and

 

Sam Michlap, a DreamWorks Animation production designer and visual development artist and one of the co-curators of DreamWorlds. He is a former Art Center guest instructor.

 

The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Friday evenings to 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.artcenter.edu/williamson/ or contact the gallery at 626.396.2397.

 

DreamWorlds has been made possible through the support of DreamWorks Animation, the Williamson Gallery Patrons, and the Pasadena Art Alliance. The exhibit was organized by Angela Lepito, production manager of artistic development and training at DreamWorks Animation, and curated by Stephen Nowlin, vice president and director of the College’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, in collaboration with Sam Michlap, production designer at DreamWorks Animation; Ann Field, chair, and Aaron Smith, associate chair, of the illustration department at Art Center. Assistance for the show was provided by Beverly Herman, DreamWorks Animation Archivist, and Brian Smith, Production Supervisor of Research & Library, also of DreamWorks Animation.

25
FEB
ROBERT C. DAVIDSON JR. ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees of Art Center College of Design announced today that Robert C. Davidson Jr. has been elected board chairman. His appointment continues a new era of leadership at the College, following the announcement of a new president in October 2009.

 

Davidson is the first African-American to serve as board chairman at Art Center, and among the first African-Americans to assume Board leadership of a member institution within the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

 

Mr. Davidson has served on the Board since 2004. Most recently, he served as chair of Art Center’s Presidential Search Committee, tasked with finding a new president and chief executive officer for the College, which resulted in the appointment of Dr. Lorne M. Buchman to that role. Mr. Davidson has also served on the Board’s Executive, Audit and Governance Committees, the latter of which he has chaired since 2007.

 

In making the announcement, outgoing Board Chairman John P. Puerner said, “Elevating Art Center to a place of new leadership has been rewarding. I am pleased to pass the torch to Bob, who has proven to be a valuable asset to the College and is sure to help maintain Art Center’s leadership position in art and design education.”

 

Mr. Davidson said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve as board chairman for an institution as distinguished as Art Center. As the College celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is with a sense of excitement and renewed commitment that we will partner with Lorne to help Art Center achieve new levels of greatness.”

 

Dr. Buchman said, “I had the great privilege of getting to know Bob during the presidential search process. He proved to be deeply committed to Art Center and dedicated to helping me establish a clear vision for the College, engaging students, faculty and the entire Art Center community in imagining the future of art and design education.”

 

Dedicated to community involvement, Mr. Davidson sits on the board of a number of other organizations, including Morehouse College, where he serves as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; Broadway Federal Bank; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; The White House Fellows Commission; the University of Chicago Graduate School Advisory Council. He is also vice chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Brain and Lung Tumor and Air Pollution Foundation.

 

Previously, Davidson was a director of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Rebuild L.A.; Museum of Contemporary Art; Charles Drew University School of Medicine; Armory Center for the Arts; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the African/American Museum of Art; Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles; Fulcrum Venture Capital Corporation; Los Angeles Urban League; and the Planning Commission for the City of Pasadena.

 

Among the many honors Mr. Davidson has received are the Man of the Year Award from the March of Dimes, the Bennie Award for Leadership from Morehouse College, the president’s residence at Morehouse College named in his honor, the Father of the Year Award from the American Diabetes Association, the Ronald H. Brown Award , the Raoul Wallenberg Save the Children Award from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem, Black Businessman of the Year from the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black MBA Association and Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year from the National Association of Investment Companies.

 

Mr. Davidson is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Surface Protection Industries, which he founded in 1978, and which became one of the top African American-owned manufacturing companies in California. Previously, he co-founded and served as vice president of the Urban National Corporation, a private venture capital firm that raised over $10 million for investments into minority-controlled businesses.

 

Mr. Davidson received a B.S. from Morehouse College, earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Morehouse College. Pasadena residents, Mr. Davidson and his wife, Faye, are the parents of three sons: Robert III, John Roderick and Julian.

 

About Art Center Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

3
FEB
ART CENTER CURATOR LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE SHOWCASE FOR NASA IMAGES WEBSITE

An artistic collaboration between NASAimages.org and Art Center College of Design has given rise to a beautiful, awe-inspiring new web feature designed to appeal to science and art aficionados alike.  

NASAImages.org is drawing on its vast online archive, which contains more than 50 years of NASA-related media, and presenting it to the public in a whole new way.  A series of online exhibitions assembled by leading professionals invited from the fields of science, education, art, entertainment, business, and academia, the new “Guest Showcase” will feature new thematic selections from the NASAImages.org collection each month.  

The inaugural Guest Showcase, entitled Things That Float and accessible online via http://williamsongallery.net/nasaimages, debuted January 18, 2009.  It is the work of Stephen Nowlin, an Art Center College of Design vice president and director of the college’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery.

“This has been a unique opportunity, and I am honored to have been invited to join this distinguished project,” says Nowlin. “The NASA Images archive is spectacular, rich in imagery, and exhaustive in depth.  It was a dream assignment.”

For his Guest Showcase, Nowlin created a six-minute long video slideshow with an audio component—the accompaniment of Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune (Moonlight).

In his curator’s statement, Nowlin says, “As a native Earthling, bred and raised with an awe-threshold heavily influenced by our terra-firma existence, I remain captivated by how big things stuck to the surface down here can hover like floating poetry up there in the blackness of space.”  

In the forward-looking educational world of Art Center, the very definition of design has come to mean multi-disciplinary innovation at the nexus of art and science – design in the service of positive change for humanity.  

“Images can embody persuasive ideas and objects can be tools for solving problems,” says Nowlin, “and when you are able to communicate ideas and overcome problems, you can make change.  Images and objects can be beautiful, but good design is only a very little about decorating the world – it is a very lot about helping to change the world.”

About NASA Images
NASA Images (http://www.nasa.gov) and the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org), a non-profit digital library based in San Francisco, to bring public access to the largest source of NASA’s image, video, and audio collections in a single, searchable resource.  The site contains everything from classic photos to educational programming and HD video, and is growing all the time as it continues to gain both new and archived media from all of NASA’s centers.

The development of nasaimages.org is intended to promote education and facilitate scholarship in math and the sciences at all levels, and to build general interest and excitement around space exploration, aeronautics, and astronomy.

About the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design has established a national reputation for its ongoing series of exhibitions exploring the boundaries, relationships, and perspectives of art and science.   The invitation from NASA Images comes on the heels of two recent exhibitions:  OBSERVE, a collaboration with the NASA/JPL Spitzer Science Center which brought artists and astronomers together to produce original works of art; and TOOLS, an exhibition about the historical relationship between humans and their tools which drew objects from the domains of art, science, natural and cultural history. For Google links to the Williamson Gallery art/science programs, visit http://xrl.us/gallerylinks.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design (http://www.artcenter.edu) is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center provides opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College’s almost 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

9
DEC
ART CENTER NAMES KAREN HOFMANN DEPARTMENT CHAIR, PRODUCT DESIGN

Art Center College of Design has appointed Karen Hofmann—heralded as one of the Most Admired Educators of 2010 by DesignIntelligence—to the position of Department Chair, Product Design, it was announced today by Acting Chief Academic Officer Nik Hafermaas.

In making the announcement, Mr. Hafermaas said, “Karen has proven to be excellent at creating innovative curriculum and defining new strategies that benefit the entire College. Her leadership will help assure Art Center continues its ranking as one of the top schools for product design.”

“As an alumna and longtime faculty member, I am deeply committed to uphold the great legacy and strengths of the Product Design Department at Art Center,” Ms. Hofmann said. “At the same time, I feel a great sense of responsibility to prepare our young designers as creative citizens of the 21st century and will evolve the program to best prepare our students for meaningful careers that will have a positive impact on the world.”

“Karen was chosen from a rich and accomplished international group of applicants,” said a spokesperson for the committee that spearheaded the College’s search for a Product Design Chair. “Her vision and passion displayed a keen sense for the future of product design and the committee believes that she exhibits both a clear and compelling vision for the Department and the leadership qualities necessary to bring them about.”

DesignIntelligence, published by the Design Futures Council, recently named Ms. Hofmann one of the Most Admired Educators of 2010 for exemplifying excellence in design education leadership. The selection was made with extensive input from hundreds of design professionals, academic department heads and students.

For the time being Ms. Hofmann will continue in her role as Director of the Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory (CMTEL) at the College. Since the lab’s founding in 2006, Ms. Hofmann has worked with founding partners Nokia Corporation and Avery Dennison to develop CMTEL as a College-wide resource, creating a unique educational program around color, materials and trends. Ms. Hofmann also developed DesignStorms, one- to three-day immersive projects in which students, faculty and professionals from participating sponsoring companies—such as Disney, Faurecia, Nestlé, SanDisk and Volkswagen —collaborate and innovate around a material technology or future market opportunity.

An instructor in Art Center’s Industrial Design department for the last eight years, Ms. Hofmann was named Acting Chair of the Product Design Department in 2008. She has been instrumental in developing the department’s strategy and curriculum, integrating new design research processes, forming an industrial design foundation program, promoting sustainable design courses and launching innovative educational models. Her focus in the classroom is teaching design and market research processes and translating that research into concepts. She is also a leading faculty member for the College’s Transdisciplinary Studio projects, identifying and defining vision-casting projects with numerous sponsors including Honda, Johnson Controls, Nestlé, Nokia, Panasonic and Samsung.

Throughout her career, Ms. Hofmann has been instrumental in recognizing and translating relevant social and cultural trends, defining projects and processes that influence advanced initiatives, and inspiring development teams to think different about their product experiences.

Prior to joining Art Center’s faculty, Ms Hofmann served as senior project consultant with o2studio, a design strategy and research consultancy focusing on color, material and trends. Clients included Milliken Automotive, Nokia and Plantronics. She began her career at Johnson Controls, ultimately serving as strategic research manager in the consumer research department of the company’s Automotive Systems Group.

Ms. Hofmann graduated from Art Center in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in product design and holds a bachelors’ degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge in 1990.

Ms. Hofmann assumes the role of Department Chair, Product Design, effective January 1, 2010.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design (artcenter.edu) is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center challenges students through a transdisciplinary curriculum that explores socially responsible, creative and design-based solutions to real-world issues. During the College’s 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

19
NOV
ART CENTER TO AWARD PUBLIC PROGRAMS SCHOLARSHIPS DURING L.A. AUTO SHOW

Art Center College of Design will award two-dozen Public Programs scholarships during the 2009 L.A. Auto Show, it was announced today by Stewart Reed, Chair of the College’s Transportation Design Department.

Art Center will conduct a daily contest during the L.A. Auto Show’s public days from December 4 through 13, 2009, asking entrants to meet design challenges established by the Transportation Design Department. At the conclusion of each day of the show, a jury of Art Center students, faculty and alumni will judge the entries and award one Art Center at Night scholarship and one Saturday High scholarship to the two individuals that display the most aptitude for Transportation Design. Challenge themes will include “Dream Cars,” “Cars of the Future,” and “Public Transit.” The contest is open to those aged 14 to 24 years.

“We are pleased to again partner with the L.A. Auto Show to provide this unique opportunity to inform the public about our Transportation Design program, and to showcase the talented students and successful alumni involved with Art Center,” Mr. Reed said in making the announcement. “Our location in Southern California—near so many advanced automotive design studios as well as companies leading the emerging fields of new mobility and alternative energy—offers distinct advantages, including access to many professional designers who serve as part-time faculty and guest speakers, as well as opportunities for internships.”

Mr. Reed continued, “This year we’re making a concentrated effort to encourage young people—especially those from underserved communities—to think about careers in transportation design and to show them these jobs are attainable. Many of our alumni got their start by taking Art Center at Night and Saturday High classes, and by offering scholarships to these programs we want to give students the stepping stones they need to pursue a formal education.”

In 2009, Art Center College of Design again has a significant presence at the L.A. Auto Show. The Art Center exhibit will feature prominent alumni talking with prospective students and conducting demonstrations throughout the show’s public days. Participating Art Center alumni include, Rodrigo Camus TRAN ’05, Camus Design; Jason Castriota TRAN ’00, Stile Bertone; Jae Min TRAN ’94, Volkswagen; Dave Marek TRAN ’87, Honda; Freeman Thomas TRAN ’83, Ford; Mike Tsay TRAN ’92, Honda; and Franz Von Holzhausen TRAN ’92, Tesla Motors.

“Art Center offers more than an opportunity to draw cool cars. The College taught me to look at the entire spectrum of Transportation Design, from alternative fuels to safety concerns to the innovative use of materials. I learned to question things at Art Center: Does a car need four wheels or a metal body? It can all be improved upon,” said Camus. “Since graduating from Art Center, I’ve designed an electric vehicle for ZAP, automotive interiors for the new Fiat 500 and now I work on an array of industrial design projects in my own international design studio based in Mexico City.”

Mr. Camus continued, “I’ve found plenty of talent and ambition in Mexico, but we simply lack resources to develop those talents. It’s important to me to support Art Center in its efforts to reach people around the world who might not otherwise consider a career in art and design and give them the opportunity to succeed. I would add that Latin Americans bring a unique perspective to the design approach, which in turn gives added value to the vehicles, products and environments they create.”

Current students and faculty, many of whom will be conducting demonstrations themselves, will also staff Art Center’s exhibit and be available to answer questions about their experiences and about the programs available young people. On display will be student and alumni work, including two full-scale vehicles designed by well-known alumni.

Public Programs at Art Center
Art Center’s Public Programs provides people from across Southern California access to exceptional instruction, facilities and networking opportunities in courses that reflect the same high standards, rigor and professional relevance found in the College’s degree programs. Art Center at Night allows adults new to the creative process, as well as art and design professionals, an opportunity to take college-level courses with an eye toward expanding their creative and career opportunities. Saturday High gives high school students (grades 9—12) an opportunity to explore their creativity and learn about career opportunities in the fields of art and design. Art Center’s Public Programs also include Art Center for Kids (grades 4—8) and Design-Based Learning for K-12 educators.

Transportation Design at Art Center
No educational institution has made a greater impact on the automobile industry than Art Center College of Design. Founded in 1948, the Transportation Design program continues to serve as the best educational environment for designers seeking to revolutionize transportation design, from motorcycles, marines and aircrafts, to commercial transport, personal mobility and public transit. By emphasizing key topics such as sustainable mobility and the implications of product life cycle, students not only gain fluency in drawing and modeling skills, but also develop an understanding of things such as vehicle architecture and aerodynamics.

It is estimated that more than half the world’s car designers are Art Center graduates, currently holding top design positions at the studios of Pinanfarina, Ferrari-Maserati, Ford, General Motors, Daimler/Chrysler, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, Nissan, Aston Martin, Hummer, Mazda, Toyota/Lexus, Volkswagen North America and at independent studios such as Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design (artcenter.edu) is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center challenges students through a transdisciplinary curriculum that explores socially responsible, creative and design-based solutions to real-world issues. During the College's almost 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

12
NOV
ART CENTER CELEBRATES WORLD AIDS DAY WITH A TRIBUTE TO MURALIST KEITH HARING

Art Center College of Design will commemorate a historic mural created by artist Keith Haring on the 20th anniversary of his visit to the College and in recognition of World AIDS Day on November 30, it was announced today by Art Center President, Lorne Buchman.  

In 1989, the prolific artist and social activist Keith Haring visited Art Center College of Design and painted an interior mural, which still hangs in the Colleges’ landmark building. Having spent the last few months of his life painting murals at colleges, universities and other educational institutions, Haring was invited to Art Center by renowned interpretative illustrator Phil Hays, who at the time was Chair of the College’s Illustration Department.  Painted over the course of two days, the mural was intended to be a “permanent memorial to members of the art community who have died of AIDS and also serve as a symbol of hope and compassion.” Haring passed away two months later from AIDS-related complications in February 1990.

In making the announcement, Dr. Buchman said, “Keith Haring has had a lasting impact on the art world through the creation of images that have come to symbolize hope, love and endurance. Art Center is fortunate to have a mural of such importance to educate our students and inspire their creativity.”

In recognition of Haring’s lasting contribution to the College and in celebration of World AIDS Day, faculty member Ramone Munoz asked students to take visual themes from the mural and use them in creating posters to educate youth and society at large about safe sex and the tragic loss of life and inestimable talent due to this disease. The posters were created as part of Art Center’s Communication Design 2 class, which examines messaging in different contexts.

The posters will be exhibited throughout the week, beginning on November 30 with a reception honoring the late artist and celebrating World AIDS Day.  Also on view will be a small selection of photographs and archival video footage of Haring.  The College library will display a series of books and articles about Haring and have a special listening station set-up for visitors to hear about the mural in Haring’s own voice—recorded from a lecture he gave at Art Center upon the mural’s completion. As part of the tribute, all attendees are invited to tie ribbons emblazoned with the names of friends and relatives who have died from HIV/AIDS in front of the mural.

Himself an Art Center student at the time, Mr. Munoz said, “Haring was an inspiration to everyone at the College. Even in failing health his energy seemed boundless, he was very generous in sharing his ideas and signing anything students gave him.  Some have referred to Haring’s mural as the heart of Art Center’s Hillside Campus and 20 years later the mural still pulsates with his message of hope that a cure for AIDS will someday be found.”

“Keith was a friend and an inspiration to me at the end of his life,” said Ann Field, current Chair of Art Center’s Illustration Department. “His message of hope and joy in creativity is as fresh today as when he burst onto the scene.”

Observed December 1 each year, World AIDS Day was launched by the United Nations’ Global Program on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS) in 1988 to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.  In 1997, UNAIDS created the World AIDS Campaign (worldaidscampaign.org) to focus on year-round communications, prevention and education.

*** The Keith Haring tribute reception will take place Monday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Art Center’s James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library, located at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena, California. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, members of the public may contact the Office of Public Relations at 626.396.2338.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience.  The first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center challenges students through a transdisciplinary curriculum that explores socially responsible, creative and design-based solutions to real-world issues. During the College's almost 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

28
oct
RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR MATTHEW ROLSTON TO SPEAK AT ART CENTER

Renowned photographer and director Matthew Rolston will take part in a lively conversation with celebrity journalist Merle Ginsberg at Art Center College of Design, it was announced today by Dennis Keeley, Chair of the College’s Photography and Imaging Department. Serving as a theme throughout the evening will be beautyLIGHT, a spectacular collection of Rolston’s photographs captured from the past 20 years.

 

Widely recognized as one of the leading photographers and directors of his generation, Matthew Rolston’s imagery has helped define today’s aesthetics of celebrity and beauty photography. Whether in print or on television, Rolston’s work truly embodies modern glamour.

 

In making the announcement, Mr. Keeley said, “Mathew is internationally recognized as one of the most noted fashion, beauty and celebrity photographers of the twentieth century. As this twenty first century unfolds, we find him continuing as one of the leaders in photography’s ever greater prominence in media and culture. His continued involvement with Art Center has benefited the Photography and Imaging Department greatly.”

 

Rolston studied illustration, photography and film at Art Center, an institution that he continues to avidly support.  In 1998, he endowed the “Matthew Rolston Scholarship for Photography and Film,” and in 2008, Rolston renewed his support for the scholarship, adding the very special privilege of mentoring its recipients.  In August 2006, Art Center awarded Rolston an honorary doctorate for his contributions to the field of photography.

 

Art Center President Lorne M. Buchman, said, “We seek to provide our students an affordable education and Matthew’s scholarship helps us to meet this important objective.  More than merely providing funds, Matthew’s scholarship and mentorship sends a clear message that he and the College are committed to our students and the promising future that lies ahead of them as professional photographers.”

 

Renowned for his influential lighting techniques, Rolston has helmed award-winning music videos for artists as diverse as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé Knowles and even Marilyn Manson, as well as print and television campaigns for a wide variety of internationally recognized brands, including Campari, Bacardi, L’Oreal, Revlon, Esteé Lauder, Clairol, Pantene, Gap and Polo Ralph Lauren.

 

Spanning a spectrum from vampish intrigue to retro glamour, beautyLIGHT offers a unique series of photographic portraits by Matthew Rolston. With painterly skill, Andy Warhol's protégé combines elements of style, staging, light and color to create indelible impressions of some of the world’s most scintillating and talented people, such as Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Drew Barrymore and Salma Hayek. Rolston's photographs build a stage for his characters, imbuing them with the iconic power of vintage Hollywood at its peak. His distinctive work has been featured in such leading publications as Interview, Harper's Bazaar and Rolling Stone, among many others.

 

Matthew Rolston will speak at Art Center College of Design on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Ahmanson Auditorium, located at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena, California. Seating for the general public has reached maximum capacity, however journalists may contact the Office of Public Relations at 626.396.2251 to request special access and interview availability.

 

 

 

 

13
OCT
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER PRESENTS "IMAGES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: STUDENT VOICES"

Images for Human Rights: Student Voices, a provocative exhibition exploring young artists’ perspectives on the issues of freedom and human rights, will be on display at the Skirball Cultural Center from October 13, 2009 through March 14, 2010. Organized by Art Center College of Design, this exhibition features more than a dozen large-scale, illustrated posters created by Art Center students. Admission to the exhibition is free to all visitors.
 
The exhibition was designed in 2008 to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in Paris in 1948. The historic document arose out of the tragedies of World War II and is modeled after the United States Constitution. Co-written by Eleanor Roosevelt, among other dignitaries, it represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled, and has been adopted as a model for state charters around the world.

Images for Human Rights: Student Voices
displays fresh interpretations of the declaration’s many principles, encouraging viewers to reflect upon its continuing significance. Taking such declarations as “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude” (Article 4), “No one shall be subjected to torture” (Article 5), or “Everyone has the right to education” (Article 26), the artists were challenged to represent these assertions through visual images. Each poster is accompanied by the text of the article(s) that inspired it, as well as insightful commentary by the student.

Sample works include Sharon Levy’s Sweatshop Sally, which adopts the commercial language of toy product packaging: a doll with a sewing machine appears below the advertising slogan “Collect them all! Over 240 Million Child Laborers World Wide!!” Christopher Cosek grapples with the phenomenon of child warriors in his poster, depicting a soldier, hand-drawn as if by a child, along with the statement “An estimated 300,000 children serve as soldiers worldwide. Some are as young as 8 years old.” Ani Gevorgian’s Right to Bare Arms shows two hands entwined, each a different skin color, to illustrate that “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race” (Article 2), while also addressing the controversial Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Of her work, Gevorgian writes, “There can be no justice when there is discrimination. As artists, we have the tools to make a difference through images.”

Images for Human Rights: Student Voices was developed by a multidisciplinary team of Art Center students in the College’s Illustration Department and developed by Designmatters, Art Center’s social and humanitarian educational initiative. The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX), a Los Angeles–based cultural organization dedicated to fostering a better understanding of France through public art events that promote cross-cultural learning. The exhibition premiered in the summer of 2008 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, and was subsequently presented at Pasadena Central Library.

At the Skirball, Images for Human Rights: Student Voices is presented to complement the exhibitions Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956–1968; Breach of Peace: Photographs of Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge; and An Idea Called Tomorrow, organized by the California African American Museum (CAAM) and on view both at CAAM and the Skirball. Together these four exhibitions explore issues of freedom, justice, and peace.


Visiting the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 (exit 405 Freeway at Skirball Ctr Dr). Parking is free. The Skirball is also accessible by Metro Rapid Bus 761. Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays, including November, 26, December 25, and January 1. Admission to Images for Human Rights: Student Voices is free to all visitors. Admission to other exhibitions is as follows: $10 General; $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $5 Children 2–12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. Museum admission is free to all visitors on Thursdays. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit www.skirball.org. The Skirball is also home to Zeidler’s Café, which serves innovative California cuisine in an elegant setting, and Audrey’s Museum Store which sells books, contemporary art, music, jewelry, and more.

About the Skirball
The Skirball Cultural Center is dedicated to exploring the connections  between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It welcomes and seeks to inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aspire to build a society in which all of us can feel at home. The Skirball Cultural Center achieves its mission through educational programs that explore literary, visual and performing arts from around the world; through the display and interpretation of its permanent collections and changing exhibitions; through an interactive family destination inspired by the Noah’s Ark story; and through outreach to the community.


22
SEP
ART CENTER ALUMNUS HONORED BY THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES WITH SIX EMMY® AWARDS

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has honored Art Center College of Design alumnus Michael Sucsy with six Emmy® Awards, it was announced today by Robert Petersen, Chair of the College’s Graduate Broadcast Cinema Department.

With the most nominations of any other made for television movie this year, Grey Gardens—the first feature film directed by Art Center alumnus Michael Sucsy—is the recipient of six Primetime Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Grey Gardens tells the story of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ relatives "Big Edie" Beale and her daughter "Little Edie," who forged a unique bond while living in a ramshackle East Hampton mansion.

In making the announcement Mr. Petersen said, “As a first-time filmmaker, Michael’s best picture award, on top of having more nominations than any other television movie, represents a true collaborative filmmaking project. Beyond the individual talents Michael brought to Grey Gardens, the number of talented collaborators an alumnus of the College was able to bring on board his first feature film is inspiring.

“The core of the Graduate Broadcast Cinema program at Art Center has been designed to encourage and support the formation of multiple-discipline filmmaking teams such as Michael’s to develop and create films that go well beyond traditional collaborations” Petersen continued. “We give our students complete creative freedom in development and choice of visual and conceptual content.”

“The Graduate Broadcast Cinema program prepares you in slightly different ways than a traditional film program,” said Mr. Sucsy. “At Art Center, I learned more than the technical aspects of filmmaking—I learned the art of filmmaking, and that really helped me execute my personal vision for Grey Gardens.”

Art Center alumnus Greg Whiteley, producer and director of Resolved, was also recognized by the Academy with two News & Documentary Emmy® nominations, including Outstanding Information Programming (Long Form) and Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Editing. In Resolved, the fascinating intricacies of high school debate give way to a portrait of the equally complex racial and class divide in American education. Like Mr. Sucsy, Mr. Whiteley’s first major project, the documentary New York Doll, also received critical acclaim and significant award nominations, including its nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.  

About Art Center College of Design Film Graduates
Award-winning Art Center film program graduates are prominent within the entertainment industry as writers, directors, producers, executive producers, directors of photography, production designers, editors and visual effects artists in all areas of theatrical and television film, theatre, commercials, documentary and educational films, and music videos.

Acclaimed graduates include: Roger Avary, Aaron Barnes, Michael Bay, Monte Bramer, Doug Claybourne, Don Burgess. Larry Fong, Valerie Gordon-Johnson, Tom Hammel, Shelly Johnson, Michael Karp, Rolf Kesterman, Farhad Mann, Adam Massey, Ron Osborn, Damon O'Steen, Josh Senter, Jennifer Shainin, Zack Snyder, Michael Sucsy, Tarsem, Randy Walker and Greg Whiteley.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is also the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to develop creative and design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's almost 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

16
SEP
ART + DESIGN OPEN MARKET TO SHOWCASE WORLD-CLASS ART CENTER AND PCC TALENT AT ONE COLORADO

One Colorado’s bi-annual Art + Design Open Market will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2009, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The one day event will host more than 100 artists from Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College selling their work in the central Courtyard and in the surrounding pedestrian alleys. The event is presented in part by KPCC 89.3 FM and Pasadena Now.
 
The Open Market provides a rare opportunity for the public to interact with emerging and established artists from Pasadena’s leading cultural institutions. It is especially notable that any purchases go directly to participating artists, thereby supporting individual careers and artistic expression.  In addition, artists are on hand to interact with the public and discuss the creative process behind their works.  
 
Since its launch in 2003, the Open Market has provided visibility for more than 600 artists, and has served as a destination for thousands of art collectors and appreciators.  Participating institutions include Pasadena City College, which focuses on painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography and illustration, and Art Center College of Design, which has a long legacy of graduating artists and designers who have significantly influenced our culture.  Art Center’s participating students, faculty and alumni stem from a variety of the College’s art and design disciplines including fine art, illustration, photography, transportation design, graphics, product design, film and entertainment design.  

PUBLIC: For further information, please visit www.onecolorado.com or call 626.564.1066.

MEDIA: The media is asked to please call Robin Faulk (One Colorado), 626.844.8855, robinfaulk@att.net for photos and/or interviews.

09
SEP
PASADENA ART + IDEAS FESTIVAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR OCT. 23—NOV. 9

The Pasadena Arts Council (PAC), managing partner of the innovative Art + Ideas Festival, has announced the lineup of activities for the fifth biennial fall festival entitled “Origins.” The festival, which will be held at various venues throughout the city from October 23 through November 9, 2009, is a multi-media collaborative of cutting-edge Pasadena arts, science, and cultural organizations.

“Pasadena is an incredibly rich nexus of arts, culture and science, so collaborating on an idea-based festival comes naturally to the partner institutions,” said Terry LeMoncheck, PAC Executive Director.

This year's Festival includes a full array of theater, dance, music, visual art, poetry, film, interactive workshops and children’s performances, as well as its popular “Ideas” component, a series of discussions and debates hosted by PAC and other partners. The various events are woven together by the Festival's theme, “Origins,” paying homage to Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday.  

“Our theme is about much more than evolution in the strict sense – it’s about exploring the idea of ‘the beginning,’ because as humans we have this need to understand how things started, where they come from,” said LeMoncheck. “Exploring beginnings helps us take a peek into the future as well.”

Highlights of the 2009 Festival include the world premiere of the Theatre @ Boston Court’s God Save Gertrude, a musical examining the origins of political dissent; Family Stories: Sharing a Community’s Legacy at Pasadena Museum of History, inspiring reflection on one’s own family’s origins; and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Science Center/One Colorado’s exploration of the origins of the universe including scientific demonstrations, “Ask an Astronomer,” and spectacular cosmic imagery. 

Partner organizations presenting  include: Armory Center for the Arts; Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary; Boston Court Performing Arts Center; Gamble House; Huntington Library; Lineage Dance; One Colorado; Pasadena City College; Pasadena Museum of California Art; Pasadena Museum of History; Pasadena Public Library; Pasadena Symphony; Shumei Arts Council; Spitzer Science Center at Caltech; Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design.

A large percentage of the Art + Ideas events will be FREE. Tickets for some events will be sold separately at the venue. Please visit the individual Festival partner websites through our Festival Partners & Programs page for detailed information.

For complete information and a comprehensive list of all events, visit www.artideasfestival.org.

ABOUT PAC: The Pasadena Arts Council is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that provides resources, programs and services to artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, young people and visitors to Pasadena. The agency offers an independent voice for promoting a vibrant cultural community by facilitating, empowering and advocating for the arts.

13
AUG
FAMED CINEMATOGRAPHER ALLEN DAVIAU, ASC, JOINS ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN UNDERGRADUATE FILM DEPARTMENT FACULTY

Five-time Academy Award nominee and American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award winner Allen Daviau, ASC, has joined Art Center College of Design's undergraduate film department's part-time faculty. Mr. Daviau will be teaching a Master Class in Cinematography.

In making the announcement, Ross LaManna, Chair, Undergraduate Film said, "We are delighted that our students will have this extraordinary opportunity. Having an artist of Allen's caliber teach a master cinematography class is emblematic of what makes the Art Center Film program so unique. We believe visual storytelling skills are taught best by those doing the best work themselves."

Mr. Daviau's credits as Director of Photography include Amblin', E.T. The Extraterrestrial, The Falcon and the Snowman, The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Avalon, Bugsy, Fearless, Congo, The Astronaut's Wife, Van Helsing, and many others.

Other honors include a BAFTA Award, two ASC Cinematography Awards, and the Art Directors' Guild Distinguished Career Award.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center provides opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's almost 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

27
JUL
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION BY SCULPTOR DAVID SCHAFER UNVEILED AT HUNTINGTON PAVILION

Separated United Forms, a public art installation commissioned by the City of Pasadena and created by sculptor David Schafer in collaboration with Art Center College of Design and the Norton Simon Museum, was unveiled today at Huntington Pavilion, an outpatient facility being developed by Pacific Medical Buildings on the campus of Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

For the commissioned piece, Schafer was granted special access to the Norton Simon Museum's vast collections and given permission, by both the Norton Simon Art Foundation and the Henry Moore Foundation, to appropriate Henry Moore's Reclining Form (1966). Schafer scanned the small, original two-piece marble artwork using digital imaging technology made available by Art Center College of Design, where he served as a faculty member in the Fine Art Department for nearly a decade. He then digitally manipulated the forms by scaling, rotating, superimposing and doubling. The result is Separated United Forms, a major sculptural project that encompasses two large-scale cast bronze sculptures, each measuring over 7' x 12' atop a 20' x 40' concrete platform illuminated at night with eight in-ground luminaries.

Henry Moore (1898-1986) is well known for monumentalizing the abstracted human form for public, outdoor and sited works of art. Working within certain conventions of monumental outdoor sculpture popularized by Moore, Schafer's project also engages a complex set of conceptual issues including appropriation and digital sampling.

The City of Pasadena supports public art as the perfect medium for illustrating the broad range of cultural expression practiced in the Pasadena community. The goal of the Pasadena Public Art Program is to create an accessible collection of contemporary art that celebrates the human spirit and condition, thereby encouraging dialogue, understanding and enjoyment of public art. In support of these efforts, Schafer thoughtfully placed the sculptures in a landscaped setting with park benches, making the site easily accessible by the public.

"I really wanted to engage the community on multiple levels," Schafer said. "I'm interested in the idea that visitors viewing the sculpture at the Huntington Pavilion might be prompted to visit the Norton Simon and study the relationship between sculpture and the human body. Visitors might also consider how the same 3D software and scanning technology used to create 'Separated United Forms' is used at the Huntington Pavilion to analyze medical conditions and at Art Center to create other works of art."

Laurence Dreiband, Chair of the Fine Art Department at Art Center College of Design, said, "David's use of 3D imaging technology in creating his work is an excellent example of how contemporary artists can take advantage of tools developed for industry, and outside typical artistic practice, to expand our ideas of art. Art Center students, through interdisciplinary classes like Digital Constructions, have regular access to this cutting edge technology--something most other art schools can't offer--expanding their personal artistic vision."

"We were intrigued by David Schafer's proposition to pay homage to Moore's piece in the Norton Simon collections," says Norton Simon Museum Chief Curator Carol Togneri. "What a pleasure it has been to watch his work take shape--from its creative inception, to small scale model, to its ultimate setting in the new Huntington Pavilion. The final sculpture is very much Schafer's own, but reflects the artist's respectful reverence and admiration for Moore."

In conjunction with the public art installation, Separated United Forms, a publication is being produced to document the project. The book will feature essays by the artist and noted art critic Christopher Miles, with a technical overview by Jason Pilarski, co-founder of MachineHistories and a faculty member in the Graduate Media Design program at Art Center College of Design. Mitchell Kane, Director of the Fine Art Department at Art Center, is designing the publication with photography by Eric Staudenmaier, an architectural photographer and alumnus of the College.

Appropriating from the vocabulary and motifs of Modernism and an array of idiosyncratic subjects, Schafer works across multiple platforms of production including collaborations with architects, graphic designers, voice actors, digital engineers, fabricators, and sound studios. In addition to several temporary public art projects, his work has been displayed in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, showcased in exhibition catalogs, and written about in over a dozen publications. Schafer was a Professor of Fine Art and the Director of the Sculpture and Installation Program at Art Center College of Design from 1998 to 2007, where he received numerous teaching awards. His other teaching experience includes CalArts, Otis College of Art and Design, School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union, Rutgers University and Parsons the New School for Design, where he is currently an Adjunct Faculty member. Schafer received a B.A. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Texas, Austin. In 1989, Schafer received an award in Sculpture from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center provides opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's almost 80-year history, Art Center alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

About the Norton Simon Museum
The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907-1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years.

About Huntington Pavilion
Pacific Medical Buildings was chosen by Huntington Memorial Hospital to build additional medical office and outpatient services space, including a Breast Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Sleep Center and Ambulatory Surgery Center, providing state-of-the-art healthcare to the Pasadena community. The 190,000-square-foot Huntington Pavilion is the first new outpatient services building to be developed on the hospital's campus in more than 20 years. The multi-level building is a combination of three- and four-story elements featuring twin lobbies and a six-story, 700-space parking structure. The first Huntington Pavilion tenants began seeing patients on June 30, 2009.

About Pacific Medical Buildings
PMB specializes exclusively in the development and management of medical buildings, outpatient facilities and parking structures for hospitals, medical groups and universities. PMB was formed when the senior executives of American Medical Buildings acquired the West Coast division in a management buyout; the newly formed company was named PMB. For more than 37 years, PMB's executives have led the industry in the development and management of medical care buildings, with 75 healthcare facilities constructed to date throughout the Western United States. The firm currently owns and manages more than 30 facilities totaling more than 2.5 million square feet, and has 12 more facilities under development that will total 750,000 square feet with 2,000 structured parking stalls. The San Diego-based firm also has offices in Honolulu; Los Angeles; Phoenix; Vancouver, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Nevada.

14
JUL
ART CENTER'S OPEN HOUSE EVENTS ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY TO EXPLORE CREATIVITY

You don’t have to be a full-time student to explore your creativity, hone your skills, or prepare for a new career.  That’s the message of Art Center College of Design’s Open House events this summer.

As a global leader in art and design education for nearly eight decades, Art Center is committed to serving as a creative resource not only for traditionally enrolled students, but for the entire community.

Art Center’s many non-degree educational programs—with classes ranging from digital media to costume design to oil painting—invite students of all ages and backgrounds to express themselves and refine their talents.  And there is no better way to investigate the range of open enrollment classes available to the public at Art Center than through one of its many summer Open House events—casual yet mind-opening opportunities to explore the campus, meet instructors (all of whom are art and design professionals), and chat with current students about their artistic accomplishments.

Saturday High Open House (for Teens)   
On Saturday, August 8, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and again from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Art Center’s “Saturday High” program will welcome high school students, parents and art educators to its informal Open House. All Saturday High classrooms will be open to the public, and a list of classes and maps will be available in the student gallery at the Hillside Campus (1700 Lida Street) and in the Public Programs office on South Campus (950 S. Raymond Avenue).

“I am taking a character creation class using the program Maya and we are learning the basics of character creating [and] texturing, along with other things involving Maya.  My teacher, Ali, is a great modeler and helps us a lot when we do have trouble, and answers all of our questions as quickly as she can,” said Evan, age 16, a student in “3D Character Modeling for Gaming.”

Art Center for Kids Open House
On Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 4:00 p.m., Art Center College of Design will welcome elementary and middle school students, parents and educators to its Hillside Campus and its South Campus for exhibitions of fine art, design, and digital media work created by the summer term children.

“I’ve taken ‘Drawing the Clothed Figure’ fives times,” said Art Center for Kids student Christina, age 12. “I thought I knew all there was to know on that subject.  But I learned a lot more things than I expected, made new friends, and had fun.”

Go Beyond: Art Center at Night’s Annual Open House (for Adults)
On Wednesday, August 12, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Art Center at Night (ACN), the college's continuing studies program, will host an end-of-term Open House/Fall Registration event on its South Campus for prospective students and invited guests.  This special event will showcase Art Center at Night classes and allow prospective students the opportunity to become better acquainted with the possibilities of an Art Center education.  Attendees can:
 
  • Visit ACN classes to see student work, sit in on final critiques and presentations, and gain a firsthand impression of the excellent education and portfolio preparation assistance that Art Center at Night students receive;
  • Network with peers who are also interested in art and design; and
  • Talk to Art Center at Night staff and selected faculty members.

“Not only was I able to change my career, but [Art Center at Night] has given me the confidence to move from freelancing to doing what I want full-time,” said Deanna Lau-Ino who transitioned from the healthcare industry to a position as a print production designer in Disney’s worldwide technical services department. “I hope I’m also setting a good example for my kids.”

The registration period for Art Center at Night’s fall term is August 10 to September 4, 2009.  Classes begin September 8.  For more information about course offerings and schedules, visit http://www.artcenter.edu/atnight.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design (www.artcenter.edu/) is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center provides opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College’s almost 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

08
JUL
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN APPOINTS LORNE M. BUCHMAN AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

The Board of Trustees of Art Center College of Design announced today that Lorne M. Buchman has been appointed its President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Buchman, only the fifth president of Art Center since its founding nearly 80 years ago, will take office in October 2009, succeeding Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth, who has served as Interim President of the College since Fall 2008.

Dr. Buchman was unanimously selected by the Board following the enthusiastic recommendation of a committee of faculty members, students, trustees and staff that conducted an international search over the past ten months.

In making the announcement, Board Chairman John P. Puerner said, "I am confident that Lorne will ensure Art Center continues to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment and is able to maintain its leadership position at the center of excellence and innovation in higher education. Our students' experience will be elevated by his balanced approach to learning."

With a wealth of academic leadership experience, Dr. Buchman's presidency of Art Center marks his return to art and design education. Previously, Dr. Buchman served as Provost, then President of California College of Arts and Crafts. There he spearheaded the 1994 strategic plan that led to the creation of its renowned San Francisco campus, and he was instrumental in the success of the historic capital campaign that made the new facility possible. During his tenure at CCA, he also oversaw significant enrollment growth, launched a major public programs initiative, engaged in bold community service initiatives, and diversified the faculty with several new hires. Most recently, Dr. Buchman served as President of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center where he led the institution in a plan to transform from a graduate school to a multidisciplinary university. A trained theatre director and scholar, he has also held a number of faculty and administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a book on filmic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.

Upon accepting the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Buchman said, "I'm thrilled to be joining this extraordinary community, and I look forward to the chance to build on its distinctive and distinguished history. Art Center has always been one of the most highly respected independent colleges of art and design in this country, and I couldn't be happier about this opportunity. This is a fabulous moment in my life."

Dr. Buchman serves as Principal and Founder of Buchman Associates, a private consulting firm he established in 2000 whose focus is identifying philanthropic and private investment sources to develop facilities for non-profit organizations. A principal project of Buchman Associates included his work as Executive Director of the highly acclaimed Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California, an international center dedicated to disability rights and universal access that will be a home for people with disabilities to live independently and without discrimination.

In addition to his work in higher education, Dr. Buchman is actively involved in community service. He has served on the Board of over a dozen organizations, including Haifa University, Youth Enrichment Strategies, San Francisco Art Institute, Redwood Day School, The San Francisco Jewish Museum and the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Buchman earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and received a B.A. from the University of Toronto. He is married to Rochelle Shapell, an attorney and professor of law. They have four children.

"With representation from students, faculty, alumni, staff and trustees, the search committee represented a true cross-section of the Art Center community," said Robert C. Davidson, Jr., Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. "While we considered many outstanding individuals for the position, Lorne emerged as the clear choice to lead Art Center. The entire Art Center community will no doubt benefit from Lorne's deep understanding and appreciation of design and the creative process, and his ability to articulate and implement a strong strategic vision for the College."

Of Dr. Ellsworth's accomplishments, Mr. Puerner said, "Frank has done a remarkable job at moving the College forward during our time of transition and his contributions will have a lasting effect on Art Center. We thank him for his work on behalf of Art Center and wish him continued success in his future endeavors."

About Art Center
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center provides opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's almost 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

08
JUL
FOUR PASADENA ARTS ORGANIZATIONS TO RECEIVE STIMULUS FUNDING

The Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Pasadena Arts Council have received news that they will be recipients of major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law on February 17, 2009. The funding is to support the preservation of jobs that are threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.

Of 631 arts agencies to receive this funding nationally, 99 California-based organizations have been designated as recipients, and four in Pasadena. The Armory Center for the Arts will receive $50,000 in the Visual Arts category; Art Center College of Design will receive $50,000 in the Design category; Pasadena Playhouse will receive $50,000 for Theater, and Pasadena Arts Council will receive $25,000 in the Local Arts Agencies category.“I am so pleased that the Pasadena Playhouse is among the esteemed arts institutions that have been chosen for this special recognition and support from the NEA,” notes Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps. “Beyond the much-appreciated financial assistance that this grant brings our way, it also recognizes the vitality of the work that is on our stage as well as all of the programs that we do to serve our community. This is an exciting time for the Playhouse because of the strength of our programming, as well as the wonderful addition of Stephen Eich to our staff as Executive Director. The NEA grants are one of the sure signs that the arts in Pasadena are being recognized and rewarded for all of our achievements.”

For media queries about the NEA Recovery grants, visit www.nea.gov/recovery, or contact Victoria Hutter at 202-682-5692 or hutterv@arts.gov.

The Pasadena Arts Council is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization formed in 1964 to provide resources, programs and services to artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, young people and visitors to Pasadena. The agency provides an independent voice for promoting a vibrant cultural community by facilitating, empowering and advocating for the arts. For more information about PAC, call 626-793-8171 or visit www.pasadenaartscouncil.org.

15
JUN
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN'S CAR CLASSIC '09 SHOWCASES THE BEST IN TRANSPORTATION BY AIR, LAND AND SEA

It's not just about cars anymore. This year, Art Center College of Design's annual Car Classic event will move beyond the automobile to showcase the best of all forms of transportation that push the boundaries of design.

The world's top transportation designers, collectors and enthusiasts will gather Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Art Center's Hillside Campus at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena to peek into the past as well as view the work of the next generation of transportation visionaries.

The theme of Car Classic '09, "By Air, Land and Sea," invites participants to explore the historic, fruitful relationship between aircraft, watercraft and automotive design, and reflects the broadening scope of Art Center's Department of Transportation Design, which has been graduating leaders in the field for 60 years.

The daylong exhibition will feature more than 100 rare and exotic vehicles, including classic, sports, and custom cars, hot rods, motorcycles, aircraft, and watercraft.

Exhibit Highlights
To kick off the event, at 10:00 a.m. the crowd will be treated to a flyover by aircraft designed by world-renowned aerospace engineer Burt Rutan, who is speaking later in the day. Two more Rutan aircraft--a Vari EZ and a Long EZ-- as well as the black A-Star helicopter used in the television series 24--will be temporarily installed in the Sculpture Garden. Attendees will enjoy additional flyovers throughout the day, including one by Formula One Air Racing champion Nemesis NXT.

Other exciting vehicles on display will include:

  • A GM Ultralite concept car designed by Burt Rutan;
  • A "Fins and Wings" corral including the original Barris-designed Batmobile and GM Firebird III concept car;
  • Amphibious vehicles to include a 1967 Amphicar and a 1944 VW Schwimmwagen;
  • Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's flying Rotar car;
  • "TV" Tommy Ivo presenting his legendary Barnstormer drag racer;
  • A Raymond Loewy exhibit including a 1963 Avanti, a 1960 19-foot Dorsett San Juan Cabin Cruiser, and large-scale models of Loewy's designs for Air Force One, a Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive and a 1950 Greyhound Scenicruiser;
  • Rare and exotic motorcycles including a 1928 BMW and a 1956 BMW with sidecar, custom bikes, and the debut of the Polaris "Core" concept bike;
  • The unveiling of Blastolene Brothers' new hot rod based on a full-size Peterbilt tractor; and
  • Ten rare microcars including Messershmitts, Goggomobiles and a Vespa

Speaker Highlights
The only thing more inspiring than seeing the vehicles may be hearing from the people behind them. Burt Rutan, designer of the record-breaking aircraft Voyager and SpaceShipOne and winner of the 2004 Ansari X-Prize, will deliver the keynote address at Car Classic '09. Rutan is currently preparing to open the doors for sub-orbital space tourism with the launch of the Virgin Galactic spaceline with Sir Richard Branson, and is scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Art Center and General Motors Design at the event. Mike Melvill, who piloted SpaceShipOne to win the X-Prize, will be in attendance.

In the afternoon, KABC-TV automotive reporter Dave Kunz will moderate a panel of Art Center graduates who have attained great success designing motorcycles, yachts and aircraft. In addition to leading the automotive studios of Pininfarina, Ferrari-Maserati, Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volvo, Nissan, Aston Martin, Mazda, Toyota/Lexus and Volkswagen North America, Art Center alumni also currently head design teams at Harley Davidson, BMW Motorcycle, Aprilia Motorcycles, MV Augusta Motorcycles, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Polaris, Teague, Gulfstream Aerospace, Bombardier, Cessna Aircraft, ICON Aircraft, Lear Jet, Tiara Yachts, Bayliner Boats and Glade Johnson Yacht Design, among others. Alumni on the panel will share examples of their award-winning work and discuss design challenges unique to their industries.

Barry Meguiar, host of Speed Channel's Car Crazy, will once again emcee the awards ceremony, where twelve honors will be presented to vehicles of exceptional design. Awards include seven Design Showcase Awards, three Designers' Choice Awards judged by a stellar panel of professional automotive designers, a Students' Choice Award judged by a team of Art Center's top Transportation Design students, and a People's Choice Award judged by all in attendance.

Car Classic '09 tickets are $60 at the door or $50 online at the Car Classic website. Photographs, press and award information from past years' Car Classic events are available at the Car Classic website.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. The first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, Art Center provides opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's almost 80 years, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society today.

05
JUN
A COMMUNITY TRIBUTE TO READING AND ART CELEBRATED THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, EXHIBITION AND ART-MAKING

This summer, three institutions join their efforts to celebrate a love of reading and the visual aesthetics surrounding the very human act of reading the written word. Art Center College of Design will launch this endeavor with an exhibition of the photographic work of Andre Kertesz. The Armory Center for the Arts will offer children art-making experiences that explore reading. The Pasadena Public Library will feature a photography contest for teens, along with their summer reading club and Try-It @ Your Library camps for teens. In three of the camps, teens will learn and perfect their photography skills.

In its most basic sense, the act of reading remains the same today as it was a century ago. But there are aspects of reading that are unique to this century, to this specific generation and this particular time and space. Through computers, the Internet and other electronic media, humans are reading and acquiring information in ways never imagined 50 years ago, let alone one or two centuries ago. Information, ideas, messages, facts and all manner of vital communication is presented in a written format without ever coming into contact with a human hand. Art Center, the Armory, and the Pasadena Public Library have come together to explore various aspects of reading and what it looked like in the past, what it looks like today, and how reading may possibly manifest in the future.

Andre Kertesz: On Reading
June 26 - August 23, 2009

Andre Kertesz: On Reading is a collection of 104 gelatin-silver photographs by this significant and influential photographer, taken over a 50-year period, beginning in 1925. On view in the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design, the exhibition highlights Kertesz' signature style of visual poetry and choreography in everyday life. By capturing individuals immersed in the act of reading in a variety of settings--parks, cafes, libraries, rooftops, backstage, street corners, trains, and bookstands--Kertesz uses the activity of reading as a constant motif for his narrative, which weaves in and out of public and private spaces. These observations form an engaging, and often amusing, study of the universal and captivating power of reading. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; and Friday, noon-9 p.m. Williamson Gallery.

Armory Summer Art Classes
July 6 - September 4, 2009

The act of reading often takes us to a visual place, a place we can imagine, visualize and picture. In this way, reading and art share a symbiotic relationship. The Armory's summer studio program offers classes where reading and art come together. Themed classes such as Building Stories for ages 4-5, Storybook Lands for ages 4-5, and Bring Stories to Life for ages 6-9 offer students the experience to combine reading, drama and art while expanding their imaginations through creativity and exploration. Armory Center for the Arts.

Reading in the 21st Century: Photography Contest for Teens!
July 1 - July 22, 2009

Express yourself through the lens of a camera on the subject of "Reading in the 21st Century." Entries will be accepted at all Pasadena Public Library sites July 1 - July 22. Winners will be notified by August 1. Prizes will be awarded: First Prize is $100, Second Prize is $50, Third Prize is $25, and Honorable Mentions receive a $5.00 gift card. Winning entries and Honorable Mentions will be on exhibit at the Central Library during the month of August 2009. Pasadena Public Library.

Andre Kertesz: On Reading is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago. The exhibition tour is organized by Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, California. 

   
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