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    • What Does Success Look Like?

      Brian Hahn | Motion Pictures

    • Since graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1996 with a degree in photography, Brian Hahn has amassed an impressive portfolio. Hahn has worked as a special effects artist on movies ranging from “Armageddon” to “End of Days” to “Spiderman 2” to “Iron Man” to “The Boxtrolls.”

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      Heath Ryan Simpson | Art Book Technician

    • Heath Simpson (NSCAD, BFA 2013) talks about working at acclaimed Steidl Publishing: “The first step is making yourself known. Standing out. Making the brazen ask.” …

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      Greta de Parry | Sculptor and Woodworker

    • Popular Mechanics named Greta de Parry (BFA 2007) one of the “13 Brilliant Makers and Innovators You Need to Know Now.” De Parry discusses the importance of embracing accidents as a sculptor and woodworker…

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      Rob Schrab | Director

    • Rob Schrab (MIAD ’92, Illustration) was tapped to direct The Lego Movie 2. This film marks his feature directorial debut…

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      Zahra Al-harazi | CEO, Founder & Creative Director

    • Zahra Al-harazi (ACAD 2006 B.Des) was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, Business in Calgary’s “Leader of Tomorrow”, Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women, and…

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      Rich & Austin Zarobell | Jewelry Designers and Visiting Artists

    • Jewelry designers Rich and Austin (Bates) Zarobell were visiting artists at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The Zarobells’ story is one of motivation, perseverance and taking risks. Their advice for all students of art and design boils down to: never stop working…

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      Jessica Langley | Artist

    • New York artist Jessica Langley and Cleveland artist Andy Curlowe gave themselves a challenging assignment when they decided to propose a public art installation for Cleveland’s new Cedar Hill RTA station. “We wanted something that represented the energy of Cleveland and the community, without being too representational…

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      Nicho Vardis | Manager and Keynote Speaker

    • Nicholas “Nicho” Vardis, the keynote speaker for this year’s symposium, is a 1999 CIA graduate and Manager – SRT/Mopar Design Studios for FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC. Vardis gave a presentation about his education and career experiences…

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    Creative Minds | Transforming Society

    Art and design is a growing sector that has a significant impact on our economy. Additionally, people who pursue a degree at a specialized school for art and design are prepared for careers in a wide range of fields. Perhaps most importantly, they are more likely to be working in careers that they find meaningful, while also pursuing their passion outside of their jobs. For all these reasons, we know that art and design degrees at AICAD schools are a great investment.

    Please view our presentation to learn more about how creative minds are transforming our society.

    Participate in the conversation on Twitter. Follow us at @AICArtDesign and #creativewrks. Share your thoughts on the value of art and design education and how it has contributed to your success!

  • AICAD is dedicated to strengthening and connecting its member schools, and therefore provides numerous benefits to students through collaborative international exchange programs, shared resources on issues such as environmental and community sustainability, and the New York Studio Residency Program.

    Art school is where creative individuals find their community and connect with a network that will support them for a lifetime.

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    Portfolio reviews are available to all students from 9th-12th grade as well as college students interested in transferring.