March 06, 2017

New Modernists of Illustration Featured in Land of Enchantment Exhibition Organized by ArtCenter College of Design

Patrick Hruby, Loris Lora, Ellen Surrey and Alexander Vidal Define the California Spirit for the 21st Century

March 8, 2017 through August 19, 2017

A fresh crop of Modernists of Illustration defining the California spirit for the 21st Century are featured in Land of Enchantment, an exhibition organized by ArtCenter College of Design opening Wednesday, March 8, 2017 and continuing through August 19, 2017. The vibrant graphic work of four recent ArtCenter alumni; Patrick Hruby, Loris Lora, Ellen Surrey and Alexander Vidal, leaders of the New Modernists art movement, will be on exhibition in the Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall in the College’s Fine Art and Illustration building at 870 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, Calif., 91105.

An opening reception with the artists on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., is free and open to the public. Admission is always free to the Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall located just one mile south of downtown Pasadena, and a short walk from Metro’s Gold Line Fillmore station.

Land of Enchantment features the innovative work of Patrick Hruby, Loris Lora, Ellen Surrey and Alexander Vidal. Paying homage to the legendary American Modernist, Alexander Girard, the works offer a dramatic departure from what is usually considered traditional illustration. The bold and playful work represents a new form of illustration in partnership with technology and its limitless possibilities.

Visitors will experience illustration as environment since the work adopts an unexpected scale and plays with mood and emotion on multiple surfaces such as products, interiors and as home décor. The premise for the exhibition is to show illustration in its new form, surface design, and celebrate the specialization recently launched at ArtCenter College of Design within the Illustration department chaired by Ann Field.

The work of freelance artist and illustrator Patrick Hruby has appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author and illustrator of ABC is for Circus, a children’s board book published by Ammo Books in 2010. The book celebrates the colorful and festive world of the circus through each letter of the alphabet. Natural Wonders is a coloring book by Hruby that features forests, flora and fauna.

Los Angeles based freelance illustrator and 2014 graduate of ArtCenter College of Design, Loris Lora has had her work published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well. In addition, her artwork has been featured in galleries across the globe. Her book, Eventually Everything Connects, published by Nobrow Press, was a project she started while a student at ArtCenter. The book highlights the relationships and connections of creatives during the California Modernism movement, an innovative and exciting period in design.

Ellen Surrey is a Los Angeles based illustrator and designer. She earned her degree from ArtCenter College of Design in 2014. Her primary sources of inspiration come from old Hollywood, mid-century design and vintage treasures. She finds beauty in the past and incorporates it into something contemporary. While most illustrators these days do their work in Photoshop, she likes to do most of her work traditionally. She primarily works in gouache, a medium she loves because of its flexibility and history in illustration. Her clients Include AMMO Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Google and The Wall Street Journal.

Before starting his career in illustration, Alexander Vidal studied cultural anthropology, and spent time living in Africa and Asia. Travel and exploration continue to drive his work. His clients have included adidas, The Wildlife Conservation Society, Smithsonian Magazine, and the California Academy of Sciences. So Many Feet, his children's board book about animal adaptations, will be released by Abrams this May.

Land of Enchantment is made possible in part through the generosity of global design manufacturer Herman Miller.

Land of Enchantment features the innovative and vibrant graphic work of
Patrick Hruby, Loris Lora, Ellen Surrey and Alexander Vidal.

ArtCenter College of Design, South Campus
Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall
870 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, Calif. 91105

Exhibition: March 8 through August 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 8 at 5 p.m.

Admission to the Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall is always free and open to the public.

About the Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall In 2014, ArtCenter College of Design opened a new home for two of its dynamic visual arts programs—Fine Art and Illustration—at the College’s South Campus in Pasadena. Renovation of the former U.S. Postal Service property was made possible in part due to the generosity of the Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation, providing a dramatic atrium space (1,260 square feet) in the center of the building to showcase the work of ArtCenter students, alumni and visiting artists through a rotating series of exhibitions. The collaborative Hutto-Patterson Exhibition committee includes administrators, faculty and students. The committee’s goal is to help students understand the nature of being a practicing artist and professional curator, as well as apprehend a larger worldview by learning how a gallery generates dialogue with the broader public. Woven into the curriculum, exhibitions are accompanied by public lectures and special events. In keeping with ArtCenter’s efforts to increase access, affordability and appreciation of art and design in our communities, the exhibition hall is always free and open to the public.

About ArtCenter College of Design Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. 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, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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“La Isla de las Iguanas” by author and illustrator Loris Lora.
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“Self Portrait” by artist and illustrator Patrick Hruby.
“Green Parrots” by illustrator Alexander Vidal.
“Betty-Drapper” by illustrator and designer Ellen Surrey.