Graphic Design faculty member Tyrone Drake

Departmental Support and Lectures

Donor support, including grants and gifts from individuals, is essential for the College’s departments and programs to offer state-of-the-art tools, technology and programming that broaden students' perspectives.

These contributions fund equipment, facilities and lectures with visiting artists and professionals, fostering hands-on learning and exposing students to diverse ideas. Such support bridges funding gaps, enabling our departments to pursue more ambitious projects, ultimately enhancing the quality and relevance of the ArtCenter educational experience.


Total Contributed in Fiscal Year 2023

Grad Art Seminar

A core component of the Grad Art program, the Seminar is a forum for graduate students and members of the ArtCenter community to enter into dialog with internationally recognized artists, critics, and art historians.

Lighting Exploration Lab

Program Spotlights

Lighting Exploration Lab

A generous grant from the Angelo Donghia Foundation enabled upgrades to the Lighting Exploration Lab in the College’s Spatial Experience Design department. The Lighting Exploration Lab is an important teaching resource for the Graduate Furniture Lighting and Fixtures Master’s program and supports the Graduate Topic Studio Lighting and Advanced Graduate Topic Studio Lighting classes. The lab and its cutting edge tools and technology are also used to support Undergraduate Topic Studio Lighting and H&S Illumination courses. The upgrades to the Lighting Exploration Lab enabled the Spatial Experience Design department to elevate their ability to teach lighting design on an industry level.

David Mocarski, Chair, Spatial Experience Design

Thanks to the generosity of the Angelo Donghia Foundation, our Lighting Exploration Lab gives our students an elevated educational experience into the creation of lighting products and the magic of light & shadow.

David MocarskiChair, Spatial Experience Design
Jack Bankowsky

Our benefactors contribute to the future of art by funding dialogues that instruct and inspire, fueling the artistic and intellectual ambition of our MFA students.

Jack BankowskyProfessor, Graduate Art

Graduate Art Seminar

ArtCenter benefits tremendously from the generosity of our dedicated donors who contribute to the Graduate Art Seminar series. This forum brings together the College’s MFA students and the broader ArtCenter community with celebrated artists, writers, critics and historians across genres. In fiscal year 2023, Graduate Art Seminar featured discussions with Julien Nguyen, Diedrick Brackens, Liz Deschenes, Constance Debre with Chris Kraus, Yve-Alain Bois with Jason E. Smith, Kahlil Robert Irving with Jan Tumlir, Madeline Hollander, Nicole Miller, Danielle Dean, Jill Mulleady with Ottessa Moshfegh, Jack Bankowsky with Alex Israel, Susan Cianciolo, Peter Eleey with Paul Pfeiffer, Jeff Wall, Tala Madani with David Velasco, and Alison Gingeras with Umar Rashid.