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  • A New Home for Visual Arts at Art Center A New Home for Visual Arts at Art Center

    (Pasadena, Calif.) June 19, 2014 — In 2014, 870 South Raymond Avenue became the new home for Art Center’s Fine Art and Illustration departments—and a thriving collaborative nucleus for the visual arts. This former U.S. Postal Service property has alleviated overcrowding on the...

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  • Screening of Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead Screening of Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead
    (PASADENA, Calif.) July 1, 2014 — Art Center College of Design is thrilled to present a screening and panel discussion of Mobile Homestead, a video series documenting Mike Kelley’s large-scale public art project on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 5...
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  • Folded: The Origami Art of Robert J. Lang Folded: The Origami Art of Robert J. Lang

    (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:...

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  • John X Carey | BFA 2011 Film, Art Center College of Design John X Carey | BFA 2011 Film, Art Center College of Design
    by Lynne Heffley
    John X Carey (BFA 2011 Film, Art Center College of Design), critically-acclaimed maker of commercials and short films, has had his work featured by the New York Times, Forbes, CNN, Time and other media outlets. He has worked with such...
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  • CCAD Alumnus Receives Prestigious International Sculpture Award CCAD Alumnus Receives Prestigious International Sculpture Award
    By Amanda Pierce
    Fine Arts alumnus Kyle Franklin (CCAD 2014) was recently named a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center....
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  • Fine Arts Alum’s Glass Work in Solo Show in Japan Fine Arts Alum’s Glass Work in Solo Show in Japan
    By Amanda Pierce
    Mixed-media works by Fine Arts alumnus Douglas Black (Columbus College of Art and Design 1990) are on display in a solo show at the Niki Club Resort and Spa in Nasu, Japan, through June 29. The works included in the exhibition,...
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  • Kind Aesthetic and DELVE | Collaborations between two SMFA alumna Kind Aesthetic and DELVE | Collaborations between two SMFA alumna

    Sara Jones and Andrea Wenglowskyj began collaborating in 2004, working on projects in graduate school at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). They bonded over intense critiques, car rides to and from the studio, and taking action on artistic...

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  • Columbus College of Art and Design MFA Alumni Named Gabr Fellows Columbus College of Art and Design MFA Alumni Named Gabr Fellows
    By Amanda Pierce
    MFA alumni Chase Bowman and Liz Trapp (Columbus College of Art and Design, 2014) were recently named Gabr Fellows, an honor bestowed on a select group of young Americans and Egyptians....
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  • It’s the End of an Era: What’s Next for Dangerdust? It’s the End of an Era: What’s Next for Dangerdust?
    By Amanda Pierce
    Dangerdust is taking the world by storm—a chalky, dusty storm stretching to the far corners of the interwebs....
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  • RISD Alum Accepts Lead Position at Jelly RISD Alum Accepts Lead Position at Jelly
    In May Shaun Modi | RISD 07 Industrial Design moved on to his “next adventure” as a design professional, accepting an offer to become chief creative officer at the San Francisco-based startup Jelly. ...
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  • OTIS Alumni Daniel Phillips and Kim Karlsrud recieve Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture OTIS Alumni Daniel Phillips and Kim Karlsrud recieve Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture
    On April 10, 2014, the American Academy in Rome announced winners of the 118th Annual Rome Prize, including Otis alumni Daniel Phillips (Architecture/Landscape/Interiors ’08) and Kim Karlsrud (Product Design ’07), who are recipients of the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture....
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  • Meet Our Alumni | California College of the Arts Meet Our Alumni | California College of the Arts
    Learn why CCA alumni are pleased they chose to study art at CCA....
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  • Lisa Fraser's Snug Vest Recieves High Acclaim Lisa Fraser’s Snug Vest Recieves High Acclaim
    Lisa Fraser (Emily Carr University of Art and Design ’10) knows the importance of a hug. While volunteering and working with autistic children, she became familiar with weighted vests that incorporated deep pressure therapy to help calm and soothe the user....
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  • steve mumford war painting Q&A with Steve Mumford About His War Paintings
    Many artists suffer for their art, but few actually risk life and limb. Since 2003, SVA alumnus Steve Mumford (MFA 1994 Fine Arts) has made several trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to capture the war-torn regions through his paintings and drawings. The August...
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  • Alison Saar | Outstanding OTIS Alum Alison Saar | Outstanding OTIS Alum
    Alison Saar ('81, MFA Fine Arts, OTIS) was born in Los Angeles in 1956 to celebrated African American artist Betye Saar and painter-conservator Richard Saar.
    She is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, an Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment...
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  • CCA Alumna Mia Christopher's Fashionable Venture with Anthropologie CCA Alumna Mia Christopher’s Fashionable Venture with Anthropologie
    In summer 2012, the artwork of alumna Mia Christopher (Painting/Drawing 2012)was exhibited in a high-profile shop window on Market Street . . . but not in its original form. As part of a collaboration with the major clothing brand Anthropologie, Christopher’s two-dimensional paintings...
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  • Independent Films Showcase MICA Talent Independent Films Showcase MICA Talent
    Independent Filmmaker Project has been working with two MICA-affiliated films through it's independent filmmaker labs program....
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  • Suzanne Klotz | Fine Artist and Fullbright Recipient Suzanne Klotz | Fine Artist and Fullbright Recipient
    The world has been the inspiration for Suzanne Klotz, who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1966 with a B.F.A. degree in painting. She has instituted multi-cultural art programs, workshops and exhibitions in Africa, Australia, Israel, Mexico, Palestine, Taiwan, the United...
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  • The Portland Museum of Art Presents MECA Alum Ahmed Alsoudani The Portland Museum of Art Presents MECA Alum Ahmed Alsoudani
    (due to success Redacted is now being extended until February 2nd, 2014) (Portland, Maine) The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will present Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted, the first major museum exhibition of the work of American-Iraqi artist and Maine College of Art graduate Ahmed...
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  • Mirka Meyer|Visual Communication Needs in Humanitarian Aid Context Mirka Meyer|Visual Communication Needs in Humanitarian Aid Context
    Mirka Meyer started her career in 1995 as a graphic designer in New York. She has since built up a successful career as a communication and branding specialist for various corporations and agencies in New York, Los Angeles and Frankfurt. In 2002 she...
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  • Supporting Syria’s Children: Lina Sergie Attar Supporting Syria’s Children: Lina Sergie Attar
    When Lina Sergie Attar MArch 01 left Syria in 1998 fresh from architecture school in Aleppo, she was excited to arrive in the US and start her studies at RISD, which soon became her “first home away from home.” She had no way...
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  • MCAD Alumna, Dom Streater Wins Project Runway, Season 12 MCAD Alumna, Dom Streater Wins Project Runway, Season 12
    Moore College of Art & Design alumna Dom Streater ’10 joined the ranks of the ascending fashion elite Thursday night (October 17, 2013) when she was named the winner of Project Runway Season 12....
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  • Design Does a Body Good: CCA Alumnus Uses Design Thinking to Reframe Health Care System Design Does a Body Good: CCA Alumnus Uses Design Thinking to Reframe Health Care System
    If you want to make a major impact on solving the country’s health care crisis . . . you go to design school, right? OK, so it may not be the obvious choice (yet!), but for Adam Dole (MBA in Design Strategy 2010)...
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  • "Question Bridge," by CCA Alumni and Faculty, Debuts at the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier “Question Bridge,” by CCA Alumni and Faculty, Debuts at the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier
    On any given day we encounter dozens, even hundreds, of people who are different from us: a different race, a different gender, a different class, a different age . . . We intellectually understand that our own identity is multifaceted, yet sometimes we...
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  • Jonathan Knecht | Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services of KCADC Jonathan Knecht | Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services of KCADC
    Jonathan Knecht, who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995 with a B.F.A. degree in illustration, and his wife owned a design firm called 5 Creative when they started handling projects for the Kansas City Area Development Council in 2000. Three...
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  • Chris Webb | Prototype Specialist Chris Webb | Prototype Specialist
    Now a prototype specialist for Garmin International, Chris Webb graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1988 with a B.F.A. degree in sculpture. Like other students who came to KCAI, Webb drew a lot in high school. He was always attracted to...
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  • Caesy Oney | Entrepreneur Caesy Oney | Entrepreneur
    ney (Pacific Northwest College of Art, BFA Photography ’08) is the brain and drive behind Draught Dry Goods (that’s Draught like Craft), the open-ended business platform that funds Oney’s various artistic practices. In 2011, Draught Dry Goods released its first collection of...
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  • Rebecca Gilbert | Entrepreneur Rebecca Gilbert | Entrepreneur
    Rebecca Gilbert (Pacific Northwest College of Art, BFA ##### ’97) of Stumptown Printers has been at the heart of Portland’s independent publishing scene for over a decade. Standing in the cavernous, 4,500-square-foot shop letterpress and print shop Stumptown Printers, the clickity-clack of presses creates...
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  • Paul Briggs | Story Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Paul Briggs | Story Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation
    When he was a senior at KCAI, Paul Briggs learned from his department chair that Walt Disney Studios were accepting portfolios for an internship. The Texas native scrambled, submitted a drawing portfolio, got the job and started animating on “Mulan.” Except for stints...
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  • Lynn Aldrich | Un/Common Objects at Williamson Gallery Lynn Aldrich | Un/Common Objects at Williamson Gallery
    ARTIST USES EVERYDAY MATERIALS TO CREATE SCULPTURES THAT CRITIQUE CONSUMERISM, ARTIFICIALITY (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...
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  • SAIC Earns the JedCampus Seal from the Jed Foundation SAIC Earns the JedCampus Seal from the Jed Foundation
    The JedCampus Seal recognizes schools that exhibit comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus. Only 30 institutions nationwide received this distinction, which is valid for two years. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been awarded the...
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  • Shawn Christensen | Short Film (Live Action) Oscar at 85th Academy Awards Shawn Christensen | Short Film (Live Action) Oscar at 85th Academy Awards
    Shawn Christensen won the Short Film (Live Action) Oscar for Curfew at the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony on February 24, 2013. Christensen, a B.F.A. alumnus of Pratt Institute in Illustration and Graphic Design, wrote, directed, and starred in the film. He plays a...
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  • Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski | Boardwalk Empire Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski | Boardwalk Empire
    Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski, both Pratt Institute B.F.A. graduates in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, launched their digital animation/VFX company, HiFi 3D, in 2010 to provide high-end animation production services for a variety of media, from commercials to feature films. The partners...
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  • Noelle Stevenson | Student Illustrations Take Web by Storm Noelle Stevenson | Student Illustrations Take Web by Storm
    Work by student Noelle Stevenson ’13 (illustration) went viral after she began drawing characters from The Lord of the Rings film series as regular people in contemporary time....
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  • SAIC Alumna's Nonprofit Design Agency Activates Education and Community SAIC Alumna’s Nonprofit Design Agency Activates Education and Community
    Emily Pilloton (MFA 2005) exemplifies the possibilities of forging a career path that fulfills personal passions while empowering others to reach their own self-directed potential. Pilloton is the founder and director of Project H Design (design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness),...
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  • Harshita Lohia | Textile Designer Harshita Lohia | Textile Designer
    On June 24, 2013, Harshita Lohia became a United States citizen....
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  • Nathan Fariss | Animator & Illustrator Nathan Fariss | Animator & Illustrator
    After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. degree in photo/new media in 2000, Nathan Fariss worked on sports and corporate animation projects in Kansas City before moving into feature film and visual effects. For five years he was with...
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  • 2013 Sondheim Prize Awarded to Corcoran Professor Gabriela Bulisova 2013 Sondheim Prize Awarded to Corcoran Professor Gabriela Bulisova
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Corcoran College of Art + Design congratulates Gabriela Bulisova, a faculty member in both the Photography and New Media Photojournalism degree programs, who was announced as the recipient of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize on Saturday, July...
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  • Kate Samworth, Springtime in Manayunk (detail), 2009, oil on board, 22” x 28” Kate Samworth | Fine Artist
    “I am trained in the techniques (such as rendering form, perspective, and light) of the “old masters,” and influenced by the darker aspects of Goya, Daumier, and Balthus,” says Samworth. “I studied traditional painting and drawing at an atelier in New Orleans and...
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  • Sarah Adeel | Entrepreneur Sarah Adeel | Entrepreneur
    After graduating from RISD in 2009, Adeel returned to her native Pakistan to launch the LettuceBee Kids non-profit organization with fellow alums Jabbar Bangash, a Global UGRAD alum who earned his degree from Carleton University, Mohsin Ali Afzal, a Fulbright alum and graduate...
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  • Joan Bruneau | Ceramic Artist Joan Bruneau | Ceramic Artist
    “It’s really important to me that my pots are used, not just looked at and pondered,” says Joan, whose show, Full Circle, is on display at the Mary E. Black Gallery. “I’m really after that connection with the audience. And, I believe that...
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  • itsuki ogihara, Pebble Dance, 2006, installation Itsuki Ogihara | Fine Artist
    Ogihara also serves as the community Service Specialist at NextFab Studio—3D prototyping studio and continues to credit PAFA for her development....
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  • orit hofshi, Upon this Bank & Shoal of Time, 2006, ink drawing, woodcut and watercolors on paper and pine wood panels, 109 x 400 inches Orit Hofshi | Fine Artist
    “I feel the impact of the PAFA experience on my growth as an artist transcends the obvious: sharpening skills, acquiring tools and learning a great deal from lectures and discussions,” states Hofshi. “I think it was after the second year at PAFA, when...
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  • constantina Zavisanos, Clapse (detail) (in collaboration with mariya Dimov and s.o. o’brien), Digital video of a live burial: wood, flooring, clamp, mirror refracted projection under desk. Constantina Zavitsanos | Media Artist
    Time-based media artist Constantina Zavitsanos MFA ‘08 PAFA, recently accepted into the 2012-13 Whitney Museum of American Art independent student program, recalls an especially close and unique relationship with her teachers....
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  • Mitchell Sutika Sipus | Urban Planner Mitchell Sutika Sipus | Urban Planner
    Mitchell Sutika Sipus, BFA Art Academy of Cincinnati ’04 and an alumnus of the AICAD New York Studio Residency Program ’02, is an interdisciplinary Urban Planner who now creates unique solutions to some of the world’s most difficult problems. He has conducted...
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  • Eric Fischl receives Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree Eric Fischl receives Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree
    Fischl joins an illustrious roster of past recipients of honorary degrees from CalArts including actress Annette Bening, sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, visual artist Ed Ruscha, composer John Cage, choreographer Anna Halprin and free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman....
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  • Lee Gilmore | Sound Designer Lee Gilmore | Sound Designer
    Lee was part of the team led by sound editor/designer Paul N. J. Ottosson, whose efforts were recognized at the 2013 Academy Awards with the Oscar for Best Sound Editing (in a rare tie, with Skyfall). In the sound categories, the specific on-stage,...
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  • RISD Alums Contribute to Beasts of the Southern Wild RISD Alums Contribute to Beasts of the Southern Wild
    The coming-of-age tale, which opened in June in limited release, is the vision of first-time director Benh Zeitlin and his New Orleans-based filmmaking collective, Court 13. Among Zeitlin’s tight-knit group of collaborators, four RISD alumni played key roles in bringing the world of...
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  • Saori Kawasumi Lewis | Photo Conservator Saori Kawasumi Lewis | Photo Conservator
    “I started taking pictures because everything was exotic,” she said. “About a year later, my job was really wearing me out, so I decided to do something I actually liked. I wanted to study photography, so I started looking around for schools....
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  • Erin Robertson Wins Prestigious Fashion Scholarship Erin Robertson Wins Prestigious Fashion Scholarship
    "I really thought about the presentation a lot. A huge reason why I won is because every little detail was in there. For example, I made a paperclip out of copper wire to be in the shape of a honeycomb," she said....
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  • Image credit belongs to MICA Peer-to-Peer Artmaking with Afghan Students
    Working solely through virtual communication, participants have developed joint art projects using a mixture of digital media-photographs, video, and sound-as well as more traditional mediums, including paintings, drawings, and performances....
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  • Teela Shandness | Art Director Teela Shandness | Art Director
    “I have always loved making things. It's a puzzle, you know. It's trying to do something a little bit different than what has been done and putting my perspective on it.”...
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  • mural by Jon laidacker. © 2010 Jacques-Jean tiziou, the philadelphia mural Arts program and the mural Arts Advocates mural photography © 2011 Joel Avery, cReAtiVeneSS John Laidacker | Muralist
    Laidacker’s work in painting a community’s story through murals is one of the reasons the region has earned the nickname “City of Murals.” During a guided MAP tour of some of the over 2700 murals in Philadelphia, you’ll hear that Laidacker’s illusion painting...
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  • Vincent Desiderio, Cockaigne (detail), 1993-2003, oil on canvas, 112 1/8 x 153 3/8 inches, hirshhorn museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.c., Gift of Randolph p. lerner, 2004, Accession number 04.19 Vincent Desiderio | Painter
    A recipient of (among others) a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, Desiderio is the first American artist to receive the international contemporary art prize awarded by the Prince Pierre Foundation of the Principality of Monaco....
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  • Barkley l. hendricks, J. S. B. III (James Sherman Brantley), 1968, oil on canvas, 48 x 34 3/8 in., Gift of mr. and mrs. Richardson Dilworth, 1969.17 Barkley L. Hendricks | Fine Artist
    As a contemporary painter, Barkley L. Hendricks Certificate ’67 PAFA has made pioneering contributions to African American portraiture and conceptualism. He is best known for his striking and provocative life-sized portraits of everyday urban-based residents....
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  • Hangama Amiri | Fine Artist Hangama Amiri | Fine Artist
    “I see myself as creating activist artwork to challenge and to change and to bring hope for the women of Afghanistan,” says Hangama, 23, just back from the U.K. and en route to Lunenburg, where she is one of three NSCAD grads with...
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  • Sucheta Bhatawadekar | Animation Lighter Sucheta Bhatawadekar | Animation Lighter
    “As a lead lighter I am responsible for creating the initial lighting set-up for a particular sequence to simulate the lighting conditions,” Bhatawadekar said. “I capture the mood for that sequence as envisioned by the art director, visual effects supervisor, and the production designer.”...
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  • Credit: Image courtesy Art Center College of Design/Alex Aristei Art Center Student Wins Pasadena Genocide Memorial Competition
    “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...
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  • Nicky Epstein | Textile Artist Nicky Epstein | Textile Artist
    Epstein earned her BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in 1974 with a double major in Fashion Design and Advertising & Graphic Design. She took her first step into the professional knitting world 20 years ago in California when she took...
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  • John Kahrs | Animator John Kahrs | Animator
    “There’s a lot of soul in the eyes of our characters and that’s because of the decisions that the artist made. The eyes are really only black discs, but they’re drawn so carefully and cleverly that the characters look alive. You’re drawn to...
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  • Toshiko MacAdam | Crochet Artist Toshiko MacAdam | Crochet Artist
    With nylon rope as her medium, Toshiko has specialized in creating crocheted play areas for children. She did her first large commission 30 years ago for the Hakone Open Air Museum outside of Tokyo, Japan. Brightly coloured and interactive, it’s a children’s playground...
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  • Jared Betts | Fine Artist Jared Betts | Fine Artist
    “When you’re in school, the idea of being a practicing artist seems so far off and unattainable,” says Jared, back in Moncton, N.B., where he grew up. “So I want to say to the students who are in the middle of it that...
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  • njideka Akunyili, Nwantinti, 2012, Acrylic, charcoal, pencil color, collage and Xerox transfers on paper, Size: 8 ft. x 5.57 ft. photo by marc Bernier Njideka Akunyili | Fine Artist
    According to Akunyili, the best part of the PAFA experience was the opportunity for technical growth as an artist. “It just makes you realize that a lot about drawing isn’t talent the way people think, it’s practice,” explained the emerging artist. “It helped...
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  • Maureen Drdak | Global Artist Maureen Drdak | Global Artist
    Drdak travels widely in pursuit of her visions, and her research has taken her to Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Nepal and the Himalayas. Drdak’s work references universal paradigms of mythic archetypes, their capacity for cultural bridging, and their relevance in...
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  • Studio Artist, Instructor | Regin Igloria Studio Artist, Instructor | Regin Igloria
    I’ve been thinking about this topic of scale my entire career, not just as a studio artist, but as a teacher and arts administrator who constantly has to create opportunities for others in the field while maintaining some sense of respect for my...
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  • Detroit Social Entrepreneur and CCS Alumna Veronika Scott Honored by Caroline Kennedy as Recipient of 2012 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award Detroit Social Entrepreneur and CCS Alumna Veronika Scott Honored by Caroline Kennedy as Recipient of 2012 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award
    The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard’s Institute of Politics to honor Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service....
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  • Hartman's Show Wins a Daytime Emmy Hartman’s Show Wins a Daytime Emmy
    Hartman, who earned his BFA in Illustration from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2005, is a supervising director and supervising art director for Transformers: Prime, which took home an Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program at the 39th Annual Daytime...
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  • Tom Bejgrowicz of PCAD designs for James Bond Tom Bejgrowicz of PCAD designs for James Bond
    The new James Bond film, "Skyfall," was released in the U.S. on November 9. Tom Bejgrowicz, a faculty member at PCA&D, created package designs and layouts for theme song collections as part of the 50th year celebration of the Bond series. ...
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  • Living Home: India, Creating New Furnishing Solutions for the Living Environment Living Home: India, Creating New Furnishing Solutions for the Living Environment
    Ashoka played a key role in facilitating the student’s collaboration with local and regional constituents, and the activity sites were strategically selected to maximize Ashoka’s existing infrastructure of partnerships. “Whenever we design, we’re always thinking about the people themselves. Is our work really...
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  • Jeweler/Sculptor | Emily Bixler Jeweler/Sculptor | Emily Bixler
    I entered Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, Oregon) as a painter but quickly shifted focus after my first welding class. Form and the placement of objects in space mesmerized me. I started experimenting with installation and the way an entire room creates...
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  • Yeinier Gonzalez Receives Prestigious Scholarship for Photography at Memphis College of Art Yeinier Gonzalez Receives Prestigious Scholarship for Photography at Memphis College of Art
    Gonzalez is one of the recipients of the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award. The Foundation selected 15 individuals from across the United States to receive graduate arts awards of up to $50,000 per year for up to three years of...
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  • OCADU Alum Gary Taxali Designs for Royal Canadian Mint OCADU Alum Gary Taxali Designs for Royal Canadian Mint
    Last week, the Royal Canadian Mint launched its series of six celebration coins designed by OCAD U alumnus and Assistant Professor of Illustration Gary Taxali....
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  • Sculptor Fancis Lebouthillier cradles his medical sculptures Life-Saving Medical Sculptures by Francis LeBouthillier
    Not computer simulations – no graphics could duplicate the feel of a needle puncturing a uterus, or the physical reaction to lodging a balloon in a fetus’ throat. To test and practice this kind of procedure, they needed physical simulations. That’s where OCAD University...
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  • AIGA CEO Richard Grefe with RISD students AIGA Chief Advises Students
    In April Richard Grefé, executive director of AIGA, the professional association for design and a renowned political tactician, visited RISD to critique the work of students engaged in public policy initiatives. During his visit, he met with two separate groups: the STEAM team...
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  • Dana Schneider RISD Alum Dana Schneider and the Making of the Mockingjay Pin
    “I’ve made sacrifices others wouldn’t choose to make in their lives or their careers,” says Schneider, who also makes custom pieces for music industry celebrities like Marilyn Manson, Cher and Snoop Dogg. “I can tell you a lot of jewelers wouldn’t want to...
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  • Phresh Prints Co-op, a KCAI Student Organization, Steps Out Into the Creative Crossroads Phresh Prints Co-op, a KCAI Student Organization, Steps Out Into the Creative Crossroads
    The pulse of Kansas City is palpable and Nick Naughton, lecturer in the printmaking department at the Kansas City Art Institute, is not only aware of the pulse but has introduced students to it. Phresh Prints Co-op was born, a student organization created...
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  • H&R Block Artspace Teams with PUMA Creative to Host Films4peace H&R Block Artspace Teams with PUMA Creative to Host Films4peace
    H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute recently announced screening times for films4peace, an annual short film commission by PUMA.Peace, an initiative by PUMA Creative. The Artspace will join hundreds of cultural institutions worldwide, from Australia to Zimbabwe, supporting films4peace to...
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  • Designer | Thomas Katkanan Designer | Thomas Katkanan
    In 2006, he returned to Bangkok, where—first at Young & Rubicam and now at Creative Juice/Bangkok—he’s built a career in advertising and a list of accounts that includes multinationals Bacardi, DQ, and Dell, among others....
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  • Filmmaker | Luke McKinney Filmmaker | Luke McKinney
    It didn’t take Luke McKinney long to find the opportunity of a lifetime that every young artist aspires to achieve. A friend got a job on a reality show for the Discovery Channel but decided not to take it and gave the information...
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  • Director/Editor | Eric S. Anderson Director/Editor | Eric S. Anderson
    Anderson is a two-time Emmy winning director and editor for the title sequences of Dexter and Six Feet Under. He joined Digital Kitchen in its infancy. His work and leadership over the years helped Digital Kitchen become the internationally recognized company it is...
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  • Animator/Storyboard Artist | Julia Vickerman Animator/Storyboard Artist | Julia Vickerman
    I live in Los Angeles and work for the interactive and animation studio, Puny Entertainment, as a writer, animation supervisor, and storyboard artist for the Nick Jr. show - Yo Gabba Gabba....
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  • Fine Artist | Rob Fischer Fine Artist | Rob Fischer
    Fischer salvages material from abandoned buildings and junkyards and reconfigures them into large-scale sculptural environments that weave past histories into the present....
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  • CCAD Alum Joe Urbano Video Wins Two MTV Awards CCAD Alum Joe Urbano Video Wins Two MTV Awards
    Columbus College of Art & Design alumnus John Urbano’s directorial work for British pop band, One Direction, has paid off with two 2012 MTV Video Music Awards....
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  • Photographer/Professor | Marian Penner Bancroft Photographer/Professor | Marian Penner Bancroft
    Marian Penner Bancroft attended Emily Carr or the Vancouver School of Art as it was known back then, in the 70’s. For the past 30 years, she’s maintained a thriving art practice in Vancouver. And while photography has been her primary medium, she...
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  • Cornish Art Alum, Renowned Hollywood Costume Designer: Snow White and the Huntsman & Dark Shadows Cornish Art Alum, Renowned Hollywood Costume Designer: Snow White and the Huntsman & Dark Shadows
    Colleen Atwood, Cornish art alum and Academy Award winning costume designer, recently designed costumes for two major films. She’s featured in a number of interviews around the country about Snow White and the Huntsman and Dark Shadows. “Moviegoers may be impressed by Snow...
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  • Artist | Erik Rostad Artist | Erik Rostad
    A native of Seattle, Erik has always been surrounded and enthralled by the arts. However, growing up he imagined that his career path would lead towards medicine and follow in the footsteps of his family. It wasn’t until his junior year of high...
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  • Jewelry Designer | Carrie Bilbo Jewelry Designer | Carrie Bilbo
    In the few years since graduating, Carrie Bilbo (B.F.A. Jewelry/Metalsmithing ’09), has made a dramatic entrance into the rarefied world of fine jewelry design. Bilbo’s incorporation of cicada wings in necklaces and rings—described as “edgy and chilling” by Nylon—have gained recognition as beautiful body...
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  • Video Artist | Oded Hirsch Video Artist | Oded Hirsch
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    “What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” reads the caption for a Seattle Times pictorial depicting artist Julie Speidel (Cornish College of Arts, Art ’67-68) standing in the back of a pick-up truck, collecting scrap metal for her...
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  • Paul Briggs | Story Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Paul Briggs | Story Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation
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  • Lynn Aldrich | Un/Common Objects at Williamson Gallery Lynn Aldrich | Un/Common Objects at Williamson Gallery
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  • Shawn Christensen | Short Film (Live Action) Oscar at 85th Academy Awards Shawn Christensen | Short Film (Live Action) Oscar at 85th Academy Awards
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  • Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski | Boardwalk Empire Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski | Boardwalk Empire
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  • SAIC Alumna's Nonprofit Design Agency Activates Education and Community SAIC Alumna’s Nonprofit Design Agency Activates Education and Community
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  • Harshita Lohia | Textile Designer Harshita Lohia | Textile Designer
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  • Nathan Fariss | Animator & Illustrator Nathan Fariss | Animator & Illustrator
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  • 2013 Sondheim Prize Awarded to Corcoran Professor Gabriela Bulisova 2013 Sondheim Prize Awarded to Corcoran Professor Gabriela Bulisova
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Corcoran College of Art + Design congratulates Gabriela Bulisova, a faculty member in both the Photography and New Media Photojournalism degree programs, who was announced as the recipient of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize on Saturday, July...
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  • Sarah Adeel | Entrepreneur Sarah Adeel | Entrepreneur
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  • Toshiko MacAdam | Crochet Artist Toshiko MacAdam | Crochet Artist
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  • Maureen Drdak | Global Artist Maureen Drdak | Global Artist
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  • Tom Bejgrowicz of PCAD designs for James Bond Tom Bejgrowicz of PCAD designs for James Bond
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  • Artist, Curator & Poet | Arnold Kemp Artist, Curator & Poet | Arnold Kemp
    Just before he was scheduled to do a poetry reading at SFMOMA last year in response to a work in the collection as part of the Pop-Up Poets Series for the exhibition The Steins Collect, Arnold Kemp discovered that Mary Heilmann’s Fire and...
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  • Filmmaker and Producer | Scott Weinstein Filmmaker and Producer | Scott Weinstein
    As co-producer of NBC’s “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night LiveScott Weinstein (Pratt Institute, B.F.A. Film ’97) is involved in every last detail of the news-parody segment, from graphics, to props and, of course, jokes. Weinstein began working in television while he was an undergraduate in...
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  • Jewelry Designer | Angela (Mercurio) Forenza Jewelry Designer | Angela (Mercurio) Forenza
    Before her first day of classes at Pratt, Angela (Mercurio) Forenza (Pratt Institute, B.A. Industrial Design ’42) had barely left Yonkers. It was the late 1930s and Brooklyn seemed a million miles away.  But her high school teacher, Ms. Wycoff, had marveled at...
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  • Painter | Il Lee Painter | Il Lee
    When The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its newly installed Arts of Korea Gallery this month, it will showcase two works by Il Lee (M.F.A. ’82), a Korean-born, New York-based artist best known for creating innovative works both on paper and canvas using...
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  • Illustrator | Barbara Nessim
    You may have seen the collage on the cover of the 2010 issue of Harper’s Magazine with snippets of photographs of women’s faces superimposed on classical stone sculptures. You may also have read the 1997 New York Times Magazine cover story on breast cancer, a...
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  • Architect | Mitchell Silver Architect | Mitchell Silver
    There’s a story that Mitchell Silver (Pratt Institute B. Arch ’87), tells about a class he took at Pratt. A professor made everyone re-do the sketches for a building at least 50 times. In the end, each student had to choose a favorite from...
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  • Painter  |  Liz Tran Painter | Liz Tran
    Cornish College of the Arts alumna Liz Tran (’02 Art) loves trees, plain and simple.  She grew up climbing them as her personal escape from the world.  Growing up in Eugene Oregon, Liz helped her family’s boat building business by sweeping up wood...
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  • Artist  |  Julie Speidel Artist | Julie Speidel
    “What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” reads the caption for a Seattle Times pictorial depicting artist Julie Speidel (Cornish College of Arts, Art ’67-68) standing in the back of a pick-up truck, collecting scrap metal for her...
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  • SVA Alumna Selected to Represent the US at the 2013 Venice Biennale SVA Alumna Selected to Represent the US at the 2013 Venice Biennale
    SVA alumnus Sarah Sze (MFA 1997 Fine Arts) has been selected by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to represent the United States at the 55th Venice Biennale, one of the art world’s most prestigious venues for exhibition. The Venice Biennale (La Biennale...
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  • Industrial Designer  |  Rich Yeong-Chun Park Industrial Designer | Rich Yeong-Chun Park
    ‘Humble’ Design for the World Work by Rich Park ’87 (Industrial Design) may already be in your refrigerator. Or your tool shed. Or possibly even your bathroom. Today, he’s taking his Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) approach to...
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  • Artist  |  Winnie Owens-Hart Artist | Winnie Owens-Hart
    Passing On An Ancient Tradition Winnie Owens-Hart ’71 (Crafts) came of age in Virginia, the child of government employees who stressed education above all else. Even at age 5, the future academic would get lost in the pages of her encyclopedia. “I always...
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  • SVA alumnus Jesse Averna Wins an Emmy SVA alumnus Jesse Averna Wins an Emmy
    School of Visual Arts alumnus Jesse Averna (BFA 2008 Film and Video) took home an Emmy for his editing work on the 2010 season of the beloved PBS  kids’ show Sesame Street. The award was for Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing, an honor Averna...
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  • Medical Illustrator  |  Stanton Fernald Medical Illustrator | Stanton Fernald
      Medical illustrator helps us see the art of science “Say, isn’t that a seminiferous tubule?” That’s what your friend the reproductive biology researcher might exclaim as the two of you stroll through a gallery installation by light sculptor Stan Fernald, who graduated...
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  • Animator and Educator | Jazno Francoeur
    When Jazno Francoeur graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1992, little did he know he would someday end up teaching his craft half way around the world. Francoeur heads up the animation program on the Singapore campus of DigiPen Institute of...
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  • Costume Designer  |  Cat Thomas Costume Designer | Cat Thomas
    “Kill Bill,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and “27 Dresses” have one thing in common besides being box-office hits: costumes designed by Kansas City Art Institute alumna Catherine Marie (“Cat”) Thomas (’93 fiber). For “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” she...
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  • Painter/Installation Artist | Kerry James Marshall Painter/Installation Artist | Kerry James Marshall
    Marshall (Otis College of Art & Design ’78), born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955, lives and works in Chicago. He received an honorary degree from Otis in 1999. In 1997 he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. He...
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  • CCAD Alumnus Wins Grammy CCAD Alumnus Wins Grammy
    Columbus College of Art & Design alumnus Michael Carney (CCAD 2004) received the best recording package Grammy for his art direction on the Black Key’s album Brothers. In addition to his work as a Graphic Designer for American Eagle Outfitters, Michael is self-employed as a...
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