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    • What Does Success Look Like?

      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 she has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to Canada and the RBC Top 25 Immigrants to Canada Award…

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    • What Does Success Look Like?

      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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    • What Does Success Look Like?

      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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      Merritt Andrews | Creative Coordinator

    • Merritt Andrews (’92; Ringling, Illustration) is Creative Coordinator for Harry Potter: Diagon Alley. From a very early age, she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. “An artist,” she says. “Preferably of the non-starving variety.”…

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      Mitchell Turnbough | Interior Designer

    • Mitchell Turnbough (’88; Interior Design) has always been fascinated by the relationships of objects in space. As a child, he was endlessly rearranging his parents’ furniture in their Mississippi Gulf Coast home. “It was alternately a source of frustration and amusement for them,” he recalls. But it was also a sure sign of his artistic potential…

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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.

    Upload Your Artwork To Get Feedback From Over 30 Leading Art & Design Schools aicad.slideroom.com

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