issue three + 2010 winter // the journal of the academy of art university alumni association
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Alum Lara Stefansdottir takes us to Iceland's highlands PH
Read up on the latest programs and new faces Sydney Freeland mFA08 lands an opportunity with the Sundance Screenwriters Paxton Madison BFA04 lives out a childhood
A at Academy of Art University, including the new MPT Lab, working intensively among some of the film industry’s most established IDS dream designing for The North Face’s action
School of Art Education. writers on a project that relates to her own life on a Navajo reservation. sports division.
AcAdemy of Art University AlUMni ASSoCiATion indUstriAl design +
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+ creative goodness on tap for this issue // get more_ alumni.academyart.edu
3 The World’s Toughest Tuxedo
Paxton Madison’s designs aren’t for the runway, unless it’s
covered in snow.
A Message from
the President 4 BCBG's Style and Web Guru
Alum Christiaan Günther helps BCBG expand its fashion
empire using the latest in web technology.
photo_ rocio russo mfa08 ph
AS we StArt A New Year and spring semester, I'd like to open A
5 Today’s Best Undiscovered Talent
Journal by looking ahead to the future. I firmly believe that our cre- The Sundance Screenwriters Lab selects alum Sydney
ation of a beautiful, honest, and enlightened society will depend on Freeland as one of them.
people, like you, who can design better lives for us all. An education
in fine art is valuable and should be cherished.
It's the job of the university to nurture creativity and then to
send you into the world to do wonderful things. Shaping the Future
In some cases, after graduating you return to us as Interior Generation of Artists
Architecture & Design alumnus Agustin Sanders did. He redesigned The Academy's new School of Art Education provides
The Egg, a student lounge, transforming it into the Urban Knights instruction to inspire the future of art and design.
Art Café, a modern space for coffee and inspiration. I invite you to
drop by the café which is open to alumni with your Alumni ID.
In other cases, the Alumni Association comes to your corner A Photographer's Search for
Paxton Madison's designs aren't for the
of the globe. Last fall, we founded our New York City chapter. The
Bay Area chapter recently held a closing reception for photogra- Documentary photographer Lara Stefansdottir takes us to
the drilling sites of Iceland's highlands.
pher alumnus Andre Hermann's moving exhibit, “Garrett: The Boy
Beneath The Bandages.”
runway (unless it's covered in snow.)
We're excited to keep our readers informed of new initiatives
and future plans, including the recent addition of our new NCAA
The Academy of Art University Alumni Association is
Division II Athletic Program which sponsors 14 varsity sports led by + work_ paxton madison bfa04 // at_ the north face // more_ www.thenorthface.com
former San Francisco 49er, Dr. Jamie Williams. Read more about connecting graduates from Bangkok to the Bay.
our newest academic programs including our BFA in Architecture
and the new School of Music for Visual Media in this issue. A tuxedo deSigned For extreme skiing Coast, I wasn't aware of product design as a profession.” clockwise from left_ Close
Looking to the future, it has always been a dream of the Univer- IDS – it must be for a James Bond film, right? So Madison followed a fairly traditional path: he enrolled up of the Haines Tuxedo for
The North Face; Madison on
in every issue
sity to not only have an urban environment, but to have a traditional Actually, no. Alum Paxton Madison helped at the University of Virginia, got his undergraduate degree
+ stuff you’ll always want to keep up with the slopes testing out gear;
campus. In 2010, we are exploring the possibility of having the best create the Haines Tuxedo for The North Face, in business, and then took a job in corporate marketing. Product detail of the Haines
of both worlds, so stay tuned. where he spends all his time designing and obsessing But lucky for him, Madison's job brought him out to Tuxedo built entirely of Gore
We'd also like to invite you to a few upcoming events that will « out there_ A synopsis of notable alumni event calendar_ Global save-the- about his greatest passion – outdoor sports. San Francisco. He worked in marketing for a magazine Pro 3L fabric and loaded
pursuing dreams, enriching culture, and dates especially designed for innovators, with snow sports features.
launch the dreams of our graduates past and future: our 4th Annual The Haines Tuxedo is a one-piece ski suit designed for called The Industry Standard, a weekly news publication
stimulating art, all over the world. creators, and trendsetters – that’s you.
Epidemic Film Festival on April 16 , and our Annual Student Spring
professionals in extreme conditions, or for anyone who that focused on the internet economy. “I met so many
Show on May 27th. retroview_ A historical journey message from the president_ Kicking wants to hit the slopes looking like one. The name 'Haines artists and designers living in the Bay Area: photogra-
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through influential happenings from it off with acknowledgements and Tux' comes from Haines, Alaska, which is the heli-skiing phers, illustrators, graphic designers. And then this whole
the art and design archives. accolades from your alma mater.
Here's to you this year and to an innovative 2010, capital of the world. Heli-skiing is the most extreme form world of design as a profession opened up to me." When
news & updates_ News feeds that message from the alumni dept_ A of skiing, where professional athletes use helicopters the magazine folded in 2001, Madison used his job loss
connect you to the alumni community. rousing shout out to the Academy of to access insane, remote mountain slopes. Each year, as an opportunity to start over again. “I took a tour of the
Art University’s extended family from heli-skiing athletes are recorded by professional videogra- Academy,” he remembers. “When I saw the models all
class notes_ The who, what, where, Janet Preloger, Director of Alumni.
Dr. Elisa Stephens, President phers and then the footage is cut into incredible films. over the place, all the renderings and drawings, and all
and when of your fellow graduates.
One of the major production companies that makes the students working in the shop, I knew that this is what I
these films, TGR, recently featured one of The North wanted to do.”
+ Face's athletes wearing the Haines Tuxedo. At the film's After graduating from the Academy, Madison began
A /journAl about keys to the kingdom
San Francisco premiere Madison got to see his design
grace the big screen. But that's not the only place where
this slick outfit got public attention – The North Face is
working at The North Face – he has been with the com-
pany for nearly five years now. He designs for the action
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publisher_ Academy of Art University Alumni Association this is A Journal about you — the artists, Your guide to the codes, characters, and colors denoting departmental specializations. san francisco, ca _ currently running a major ad campaign that features the
innovators, and designers who make up bfa 2004 _
editor_ Janet Preloger Haines Tuxedo, with print ads in major publications such
the Academy of Art university Alumni ADV Advertising ILL Illustration
design director_ Christopher Morlan bfa05 as Wired and Men’s Journal. “I went to the premiere of
writers_ Mindy Smart and Cheryl Locke While at the Academy, Madison this film, and there's one of our athletes wearing my outfit + insight_ memories
ANM Animation & Visual Effects IDS Industrial Design
design_ Anthony Toy bfa06 A Journal emphasizes the impeccable art tailored every class project toward bombing down the ski run. And then I get to see the same
and design successes of the Academy’s ARH Architecture IAD Interior Architecture & Design his interests: if he was assigned to
production_ Jeannie Wallace design in a print ad campaign, helping The North Face
alumni family. It captures and embraces design a radio, he would design a
cover art_ Lara Stefansdottir mfa09 device rugged enough for a back- continue its reputation as an innovative technical supplier.
the diversity of creative accomplishments. ARE Art Education MPT Motion Pictures & Television “Knowing that I was going back to school, I was extremely focused. I
colophon_ Soho and Benton Sans It highlights a journey through the world packer. When he graduated, he had It's just so fulfilling, so rewarding,” says Madison.
paper_ Mohawk Via Smooth Text 100% PC Cool White creating, designing, inventing, and shaping.
FSH Fashion COM Multimedia Communications the perfect portfolio; as Madison For Madison, his job at The North Face is a childhood had this outdoor background and I was determined to get a job at a
A Journal engages in the storytelling of explains, “I could walk into interviews
special thanks_ All our other generous contributors. FA Fine Art MUS Music for Visual Media with these outdoor companies, and
dream come true. “I got into outdoor sports at a really company like The North Face. I knew that all these outdoor sporting
vibrant individuals and connects a global
800.544.2787 // alumni.academyart.edu early age. I had always played soccer, tennis, and baseball,
community of art and design professionals. show them that I have an aesthetic companies were in the Bay Area, so my goal in school was to create
GAM Game Design PH Photography that's similar to what they do.” but then I quickly moved on to more outdoor oriented
A sports.” But he had no idea that he could build a profes-
a portfolio with an outdoor angle.”
GR Graphic Design WNM Web Design & New Media
sional career out of his interests. “Growing up on the East
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profile + fAshion motion pictUres + television +
Style and Today’s Best
Web Guru Talent
Christiaan Günther helps
BCBG expand its fashion Sundance has selected the crop for 2010 and
empire using the web alum Sydney Freeland is one of the chosen few
+ work_ christiaan günther bfa04 // at_ bcbg // more_ www.bcbg.com + work_ sydney freeland mfa08 // more_ www.youtube.com
eArlY on in hiS fashion career, alum at the Gap. "It was there that I saw my career evolving “growing uP on A Navajo reservation, out of a more gross misrepresentation of reservation life: top to bottom_ From
FSH Christiaan Günther knew he had a passion into the e-commerce segment." When Günther moved MPT I never saw anything on film that was like “When I was about 8 or 9, the show 20/20 came to my Freeland's short film
The Migration; Freeland
for styling. "I love the design process, but from the Gap to BCBG in 2008, Günther got the chance my experience.” Thus began alum Sydney hometown. They did a segment on my town called Drunk-
directing on the set of her
I realized that what I excelled at and what to design a website from the ground up. "At the Gap, there Freeland's desire to make films, a desire that town, USA. It's a border town to the local reservation, and short film, Rez Runner.
excited me was taking these elements and putting them were already a lot of guidelines in place," says Günther. brought her to the Academy in 2005 to pursue her MFA supposedly it had the highest rate of alcoholism in the
together to tell a story. It's almost like working with building "At BCBG, they've given me the opportunity to make in Motion Pictures & Television. And now, just three years country.” For Freeland, the show's treatment of her town
blocks, or those magnets on the fridge with different words my job everything and anything I've wanted." In two short after her graduation, she is getting the kind of break most was a turning point. “That experience really stuck with
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on them. You find ways to combine pieces together to tell years, Günther has helped turn BCBG's website into young filmmakers can only dream about, the opportunity me. My town has only 20,000 people, so when a film crew
a story." Now that Günther works as the editor of BCBG's one of the most cutting-edge online environments in the to go to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. comes in, it's a big deal. These people from the outside
website, he plays the role of stylist on a grand scale. fashion world. The Sundance Screenwriters Lab is a five-day work- came in, and that's really all they saw. If they had taken the
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Günther's main task is to oversee BCBG's online Günther excels at his job because he believes in shop in which independent screenwriters work intensively time to look a bit deeper, they would have seen that there
presence and e-commerce. He works directly with Lubov BCBG's message. The company recently participated in an on their projects with some of the film industry's most is a lot more going on. So Drunktown's Finest came from
Azria, BCBG's creative director. "The wonderful thing event for the widows of the firefighters of September 11th. established writers. Each year, thousands of hopefuls this stereotype, this label. The title is personal for me.”
about Lubov is that she is such a visionary," says Günther. The company flew these women to its store in New York apply, yet only twelve are chosen. The Screenwriters Lab But Freeland's film is not just a redemption piece to set
+ "She has unbelievable creative aspiration. She oversees City, where they were gifted an outfit of their choosing. is known as the single platform that launched some of the record straight. Her ultimate goal is get people to relate
absolutely everything, and I've learned so much working "I love the idea of making art interact with daily life. the greatest independent projects of our era, including to these seemingly exotic characters. “I am Navajo and grew
with her on a daily basis." Fashion gets the rep of being a shallow industry, but Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Kimberly Peirce's continued on 11 »
Christiaan Günther As Günther explains, Azria is committed to maintain- people don't realize how much fashion can make a + Boys Don't Cry, Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream,
los angeles, ca _ ing a high level of consistency throughout the BCBG difference in people's everyday lives," says Gunther. A and Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre. It's simply the stuff of
bfa 2004 _
empire. "There are dedicated designers for each of the legend.
brands," Günther says. "So it's important to make sure Sydney Freeland Freeland was chosen for this year's Screenwriters Lab
Günther is a native of South Africa.
He lived in London for three years
everything fits our mood and tone. I make sure there is los angeles, ca _
mfa 2008 _
with a project she has titled Drunktown's Finest, a script Anniversary + insight_ memories
one voice. If you go online, in our look books, or in our that began as a project for her screenwriting class at the
before coming to San Francisco.
Before he decided to study fashion,
stores, you see it's all one voice." Anniversary + insight_ memories Academy. It is a coming-of-age film about three young
he thought he would be a fine artist, Günther's role also expands into BCBG's marketing Freeland is a former Fulbright scholar; Native Americans: a rebellious father-to-be, a devout Chris- “I came into the Academy with close to zero film knowledge, so in
actor, and even considered the strategy and web development. "On the back end of the she spent a summer in Ecuador living tian woman, and a promiscuous transsexual. The entire
with different tribes from the Amazon
that sense, what I learned during my time there did provide me with
vocation of fireman. "I came to the website, we have the ability to track customer behavior to “I remember in one of my first classes at the Academy I met people story takes place in a fictional community called Drunktown.
Academy because it offered a pro- Rainforest up to the Andes Mountains. a strong filmmaking foundation. I also feel fortunate to have had
see what they like, and what they end up purchasing. We from Egypt, Japan, Denmark, and Sweden. It felt like the whole world She was also chosen for a summer “It's in the vein of Amores Perros or Traffic,” Freeland says.
fessionalized education. I also fell
in love with San Francisco as a very can develop a coherent strategy based on these statis- program sponsored by ABC/Disney “The characters all have troubles that force them to interact two great screenwriting instructors in Donna Laemmlen and Julie
was there, and we were all pursuing the same goal, even though we in which she worked on 14 short films,
charming, beautiful city. I had an tics." In fact, one of the things Günther loves about his job with, and ultimately learn from, each other. Oxendale. I had not done a whole lot of writing before coming to the
some of which can be found on You-
amazing time at the school, where I is that he gets to combine the creative process with the were from such different backgrounds. If you can look at an idea “I wanted to create something authentic to how I
learned about the fashion industry, Tube – search her name to get an early Academy, but people like Donna really made the process fun and
company's business needs. "It's all about coming up with through the eyes of so many social backgrounds and cultures you are glimpse at the work of this rising star. grew up,” says Freeland. “The films that I saw when I was
but also about myself,” he says.
interesting, creative ways to push retail ideas," he explains. young – Dances With Wolves, Smoke Signals – don't really interesting.”
challenged to make up your own mind and not just follow the herd.”
After Günther graduated from the Academy in 2004, capture what life is like there. The people I grew up with
he spent almost four years working in the online division weren't the people I saw in those films.” The film also grew
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What’s New at the Academy?
For some of you, it’s been a while since you graced the halls
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of 79 New Montgomery, pulled an all-nighter at the computer
lab, or crammed in the library at 180 New Montgomery. For
others, it was just yesterday that you were hanging your final
projects on the walls of 79 Gallery or prepping for Spring
Show. In case you’ve been out of the loop, read up on exciting
+ news taking place at your alma mater.
+ story_ janet preloger //at_ academy of art university // photos_ (above) eva KolenKo bfa05 + (below) bob toy bfa69
Ellen Shakespeare Melinda Mettler
_co-director, school of advertising _director of online student relations
Ellen Shakespeare is an accomplished freelance Melinda Mettler bfa79 started her career in
ADV writer, and has worked with distinguished
advertising agencies including The Bomb Fac-
A Advertising as an Art Director at Young &
Rubicam in New York. Among her accomplish-
tory, Goodby Silverstein, Cole & Weber, and ments there, was the much acclaimed "Movie
Ogilvy & Mather. Her client list includes Rhino Records, Ford Campaign" for Jell-O Pudding featuring Bill Cosby as Rhett
Motor Company, Samsung, and Avia. She conducted her Butler, as the Godfather and the sheriff in "High Noon." Holding
undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University and Art numerous awards from the Cannes Film Festival and The One
Center College of Design where she received respectively her Show to name a few, Mettler has been instrumental in the
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Shake- growth and development of the School of Advertising as direc-
speare received her Master of Arts degree in English from Kent tor for the last nine years. She now takes on the role of Director
State University. Prior to joining Academy of Art University, of Online Student Relations, developing a community for online
Shakespeare spent the last several years working as an Adver- students to strengthen their connection to the University.
+ at_ academy of art university // photos_ bob toy bfa69 // more_ www.academyart.edu/art-education-school
tising Instructor at Art Center College of Design.
CAlling All AluMni! If you are a The MA in Art Education is especially well suited for
roland Young ARE teacher, or if you have ever wanted to teach, alumni who want to come back to school to develop or
you’ll be very interested in the new Art hone their teaching abilities.
_co-director, school of advertising
Education program at the Academy. The
Roland Young has been teaching since the late Academy now offers both a BFA and MA in Art Education. what are some of the skills taught in the Art educa-
ADV 1960’s and continues to inspire students and A degree in Art Education provides a pathway to teaching tion program?
professionals alike. Young began his design BFA in Architecture in art museums and community-based or private art We have designed a program that will train the artist-
career at Capitol/Angel Records in 1964 under _school of architecture programs. As Art Education majors, students develop teacher to be a part of the future of education. This
the guidance of Louis Danziger. He later moved to A&M a thorough knowledge of art and design content along means keeping up with technology, and being able to
To compliment the already existing Masters of
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Records as creative director where he produced some of the
with the concepts for understanding and teaching their imagine the future. It’s all about inventing the bridge as
music industry’s finest album covers and advertising cam- ARH Architecture program, the Academy recently
audiences. Art Education offers courses in Drawing for you are walking across it. The Art Education program
paigns. Prior to joining Academy of Art University as a full time added a bfa in Architecture. It combines the
exceptional quality of art education and profes- Art Educators, Developmental Psychology, History of Art also gives artist-teachers essential pedagogical skills that
professor in January 2009, Young spent 2008 as a professor
sional practice available throughout the Academy with new Education, Learning to Talk about Art, Artmaking for Art will help them work with students with various cultural
at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Currently
he is Design Consultant at Meryl Pollen Design whose clients and existing technology to create beautiful and meaning- Educators, along with numerous specially designated backgrounds and abilities.
include Suzanne Felsen Jewelry, Rolling Greens Nurseries, and ful Architecture that represents the cultural, physical, and courses in studio art and design, art history, and more. In the BFA program specifically, students develop a
Getty Museum. He remains a Design Consultant for Ppaper ecological spirit of a place. Students are challenged to produce The Academy is pleased to welcome KD Kurutz as knowledge and mastery of the arts. The undergraduate
Design Magazine in Taipei, Taiwan. workable and sustainable design solutions within the values the new Director of Art Education. Kurutz holds an MS in program is designed to offer both breadth and depth, so
and aspirations of a specific society. For more information visit
Industrial-Organizational Psychology and comes to the students can prepare for any possibility. Students gain +
Academy with 35 years of arts education and administra- the foundations, but also get to think through many types
tion experience. In recent years, Kurutz has co-founded of media and techniques.
Francesca Garcia-Marques the California Consultancy for Arts Education, a non-profit The MA program is designed for students who already KD Kurutz
_director, school of interior architecture & design dedicated to providing pre-kindergarten through 12 th
have an art background. At the graduate level, they focus director, school of art education_
Music for Visual Media grade teachers with the training and resources needed to on developing pedagogical and teaching skills. The gradu-
Francesca Garcia-Marques brings over 20 years
_school of music for visual media incorporate the arts in their teaching. ate program is not just theoretical, however; we incorpo-
IAD of experience in the fields of interior architec-
We took a moment to ask Kurutz all about the Acad- rate studio classes so students will remember what it’s
Kurutz grew up with the arts – her mother
ture and interior design, exhibition curating and Fall 2009 marked the beginning of the Acad- was an artist and a designer. Moving around
emy’s new program: like to be a learner themselves. a great deal when she was young, her
design, graphic design, and brand image design.
MUS emy’s new School of Music for Visual Media
Art Education will give students all the skills they need parents used art to give her an appreciation
Since 1995, Garcia-Marques has chaired the annual Masters of directed by Bradley Hughes. Creating music for
of all the places they went. As an adult, she
Architecture Lecture Series, presented by the American Insti- film, television, video games, or any other visual what kind of student did you have in mind when you to teach in community arts programs, museums, or
had a startling awareness that not every
tute of Architects in partnership with the Los Angeles County medium involves a unique combination of musical expertise designed the Art education program? private schools. Students who wish to teach in public child had the same kind of exposure to
Museum of Art's Education Department. She has had over 60 and aesthetic sensibility. It is a critical link in the chain of cul- The student who absolutely loves art will feel at home in schools need to take a state-accredited teaching art. Throughout her career, she has tried
articles on architecture, art, and design published nationally tural storytelling. Interested in learning more? Art Education – art really has to be something that they credential program. We plan to submit our program to the to make sure that art education is some-
and internationally in reviews such as L'Arca, Casa Vogue, thing that all children get to experience.
Visit www.academyart.edu/music-for-visual-media. love doing, almost as much as teaching it to others. The California Commission for Teacher Credentialing in the
Domus, and Progressive Architecture.
Art Education student is someone who passionately near future, and once approved, we hope to offer a
believes that art is an essential part of a well-rounded Teaching Credential program through our School of Art
education. Education. A
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theY Are reCognized on an international level by critics, fellow artists, and
renowned publications. The imagination and creativity they possess build and sculpt _new york, ny gujarat, india_ _los angeles, ca
masterpieces, inspire and motivate youth, and make a difference in the world of _bfa 2003 bfa 2008_ _m.arch 2004
sustainable design. They are leaders in their field, the creative minds behind a grow-
current_Jiron is an accomplished copywriter working at JWT. His current_Desai is an automotive-product designer at LUMIUM. He current_Ocampo is an associate at Quatro Design Group in down-
ing list of achievements, spanning the globe as representatives of the Academy of Art
work for Macy's and Purell has been recognized by award shows has designed and worked on projects for Igo, Eton, Polycom, Jarden, town Los Angeles. As senior designer with LEED accreditation, she
University’s extended family. such as Cannes and Young Guns. His latest print ad for Visine is on ADV IDS Janmejay r. as well as other reputed clients. He is also responsible for all auto- leads the design team in several residential and educational projects, ARH
the current cover of Archive. Jiron Desai motive projects at LUMIUM. aimed at achieving the highest standards in sustainable design. ocampo
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san francisco, ca_ _concord, nh san francisco, ca_ _white plains, ny
mfa 2004_ _bfa 2004 bfa 1992_ _bfa 2004
current_Pellegrin is director of BP Consulting, a boutique firm current_After moving to New Hampshire in 2005, Gonzales found current_For the past 27 years, Blood has been an artist, ten of which current_Originally from Singapore, Tan joined Bluesky Studios, 20th
Bertrand Meredith Brian Melvin
specializing in global retail development, strategic positioning, and the need for a green product home store. In 2006, she opened Your he’s been an instructor at the Academy. Recent awards include Best of Century Fox as junior animator for four years. Now a senior animator,
FSH creative direction. His book, Branding the Man: Why Men are the Next Home, Your World, named one of the “Best 5 Eco-Shops in New IAD FA Show – Fine Art Studio Online Art Competition and Carmel Art Festi- his credits include Robots, Ice Age 2, Horton Hears a Who, and Ice Age ANM
Pellegrin Frontier in Fashion Retail examines the evolution of the consumer. England” by Yankee Magazine. Gonzales Blood val, with features in Southwest Art and American Artist among others. 3, currently working on RIO to be released in 2011. Tan
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fresno, ca_ _ pacifica, ca marrakesh, morocco + _ palo alto, ca
mfa 2007_ _ mfa 2009 los angeles, ca_ _ mfa 2007
current_Born in Mexico City, Dominguez is a children’s book illus- current_Mowbray works with urban youth as a photography current_Haytin's work, exhibited internationally, has been selected current_Clark is a visual asset lead and graphic designer at IDEO,
Angela n. Kimberly noah Katie
trator. Clients include Abrams Books for Young Readers, Feiwel and instructor in Oakland. A recent presenter for the annual Society of for exhibitions by well-known artists, curators, and critics such as working collaboratively on the production and design of much of
ILL Friends, Holiday House, and Children’s Book Press. Published work Photographic Education Conference, she uses alternative processes, PH ILL Kim Abeles, Michael Duncan, and Peter Frank. An ArtSlant November their public facing work including IDEO.com, LivingClimateChange. GR
Dominguez in HEEB, 3X3 Pro Show, Creative Quarterly, CMYK, Society of Illustra- incorporating her figure into landscapes to express emotions. View Mowbray Haytin showcase winner, Haytin founded an art appreciation club for aspir- com, PATTERNS (patterns.ideo.com), I Miss My Pencil and the cov- Clark
tors West, and Teatrio "Fabulous Yellow." her work in Diffusion Magazine. ing artists in Marrakesh. www.noahhaytin.com ers of Change By Design and Designing Interactions.
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bombay, india + _taipei city, taiwan san francisco, ca_
los angeles, ca_ _mfa 2006 bfa 2009_
current_Gupta is an international director of commercials and current_Chen is regional director of Fullhouse Interior Design, the current_Keller has just begun his career as a designer at the world
films, earning the Telly Award and the American Advertising Federa-
tion’s Mosaic Award. He also has his own company, The Refuge
largest interior design company in Taiwan. He is responsible for over
$5 million in sales per year. Projects include wafer plants, clinics,
lawrence IAD WNM
renowned architectural firm, Gensler. He has turned motivation-
sparked passion and blended it with his southern childhood inspira-
Have a story to tell? We want to hear it.
Gupta (www.refuge.tv). commercial spaces, offices, and residences. i-Chun Chen Keller tions of comics and action figures, finding his niche in the design field. we know you're out there! Visit alumni.academyart.edu for more information
on how you can participate in the next issue.
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Jason Sperling MFA98 You're Invited!
SAVE THE DATE
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MAY 27, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
13 – 15 APRIL 2010 @ Academy of Art
above_ Jason Sperling MFA98 (center) with Apple's "Get a Mac"
commercial cast, John Hodgman (left), and Justin Long.
16 APRIL 2010 @ Castro Theater
CongrAtulAtionS to SChool oF
san francisco, ca_
ADV Advertising alum Jason Sperling mfa98,
Academy of Art University School of Motion
Creative Director at TBWA\Media Arts Lab Pictures & Television presents Epidemic
in Los Angeles, who is one of the creative Film Festival, 429 Castro Street
minds behind Apple’s iconic “Get a Mac” campaign recog- www.academyart.edu
nized by AdWeek as the “Campaign of the Decade.”
Search for ICELAND
Lara stefansdottir continued from 10 » Paxton Madison continued from 3 » ski slopes with professional athletes, giving him an
Stefansdottir says, “and at one point, I decided that I sports division, where his specialty is ski and mountain opportunity to get feedback about prototypes developed
hadn't done everything I wanted to do.” She wanted to bike apparel. In addition to designing highly technical by his team. "At the end of each day we sit around and
study photography, but no university in Iceland offered it. products, Madison is also responsible for the HN24 col- brainstorm and do wrap up conversation – we talk about
It just so happened that Stefansdottir had specialized in lection, The North Face's stylish, European-inspired line what the athletes like, and what they didn't like. We always
online education as part of her Master's degree – so the of ski apparel. (HN24 is the industry term for the amount focus on improving the product.” For Madison, his favorite
logical choice, of course, was to study online for her pho- of snowfall in the last 24 hours.) The North Face offers trips are the ones where he gets to see athletes using the
tography degree. She soon decided upon the Academy, apparel for North American buyers, as well as Europeans gear. “Spending time with our pro athletes makes me
Alum Lara Stefansdottir takes us to Iceland's highlands and during her studies she took a job interning at her local and other regions around the world; every design must realize the importance of the design work I do. It quickly
newspaper in Vikudagur. be created with an international market in mind. Satisfy- becomes obvious that every decision I make could be
Today, Stefansdottir lives in northern Iceland – an area ing the tastes of all these different regions is a balancing critical to their success in the most harsh and unforgiving
she has always loved. She got funding to develop her own act that's not always easy to manage. “One of the most environments.” A
+ work_ lara stefansdottir mfa09 // more_ www.lara.is photography company, which allows her to combine her challenging parts of my job is bridging the gap,” explains
knowledge as an educator, computer scientist, and Madison. sydney freeLand continued from 5 »
photographer. Her company offers photographic tours of Madison does plenty of traveling to stay on top of up in New Mexico, so a lot of my work has Native American
AluM lArA SteFAnSdottir iS a pho- the ones growing up in the city – were expected to learn clockwise from left_ northern Iceland. For those who are beginners, Stefansdot- trends all over the world. Twice a year, at the beginning of themes,” says Freeland. “But I think the big thing for me is
PH tographer based in Akureyri, Iceland, where to work on the land. For nine summers, Stefansdottir Eyjafjardara; Þeistareykir in
the highlands, high energy
tir offers lessons on how to use a camera. She then takes each season, The North Face sends Madison on what he not trying to cram stuff down people’s throats. I’d rather tell
she spends much of her time documenting worked on a farm, gaining a love and appreciation of the people on a walking tour of the nature of Akureyri. The calls 'trend shopping trips' – recently, he's gone to Tokyo a good story and let the audience decide for themselves.”
area where drilling is ongoing,
the country's use of geothermal energy. countryside. Later she studied business and worked in from Hole to Home; Testing highlight of her tour is a trek through the highlands of and New York City. “When I'm on these trips, I'm trying to As part of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Freeland
Through a series of spellbinding images, she tells the importation, then learned computer science and worked high energy borehole in Iceland, which Stefansdottir descibes as “a black desert.” take as many pictures as I can,” explains Madison. “When is taking part in two different workshop sessions. The first
story of the hunt for natural energy in one of the most as a programmer. She then decided to get a Master's in Þeistareykir beside a muffler For anyone passionate about adventure, travel, or we get back, I put all the photos on a website. It's not only one, which took place in January, allowed her to get
trying to silence the noise.
enigmatic places on earth. education. photography, there are few experiences like it. “There is a a record of what I saw, but it's something I use to draw feedback from working screenwriters. As one can imagine,
Geothermal energy comes from water heated by lava Although successful, Stefansdottir wasn't yet fol- cover_ Þeistareykir in the special light in Iceland, especially during the night,” says some conclusions about the season. I summarize all the the mentors Sundance attracts are some of the biggest
that flows deep below the earth; to tap into this energy, lowing her passion. “I've always been a photographer,” highlands, high energy area Stefansdottir, “so many photographers want to come here.” major trends and themes across the board from all the names around – people like Michael Goldenberg (Harry
continued on 11 » where drilling is ongo-
you have to drill for the water as others do for oil. A few To learn more, contact Stefansdottir at email@example.com. A major industries, and then I present the information to our Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), John Hancock (The
ing from Hole to Home.
lat/long_ 65° 41' 1”/ -18° 6' 37”
years ago, Stefansdottir tracked down the director of the developers and product managers.” Blindside, A Perfect World), Erik Jendresen (Band of
energy company and got his approval to accompany the In addition to going to major industry events and trade Brothers), and many other notables. In June the lab will
drilling sites. She then started to explore the highlands of shows, Madison also participates in product testing trips reconvene, in which the participants get more feedback
Iceland, sometimes alone and sometimes with scientists, for The North Face. During these trips, Madison hits the and do another rewrite. A
workers, and drivers from the energy company.
Hearing Stefansdottir describe the experience, it Anniversary + insight_ memories
sounds almost supernatural. “Everything was so silent Design Revolution
+ while they were measuring, before they turned on the
water. When they turn it on, the boiling water forces “Instructor Chris Pinchbeck never gave an inch; he always wanted
its way through the borehole and the force is amazing. the best out of us. I was photographing at a barley farm that had + insight_ details & inspirations
lara Stefansdottir Then all you feel is the noise, the force, the earth shak-
aKureyri, iceland _ been hit by mud slides. I am not much of a mountain climber, but
ing, and the smell.” By looking at the astounding images
mfa 2009 _
Stefansdottir captured, one begins to understand both although my pictures up the slide where not good enough, I really Printing this 16-page newsletter on Mohawk Via Smooth Text 100% PC Cool
the environmental and mythological power of Iceland – a White (115,000 copies: double-folded, finished size A3 used 252,850 sheets
didn‘t want to climb the mountain. I tried to explain that it would
or 36,000 lbs) generated environmental savings equivalent to:
Stefansdottir is a native of Reykjavik, Iceland. place where there are only two hours of daylight from
She completed her degree at the Academy
take me hours, that I was a plump lady and not an athlete, but Chris
November to January, and 24 hours of sun throughout
completely online, doing all of her photogra- in his nice way made me understand that I had to do it for a good 16,236 31,982 244 mil. 16,243 346 146,808 998
the summer. “For me, it is all about feeling that the earth is
phy assignments in northern Iceland where pounds ghg pounds BTUs pounds trees gallons pounds
she currently lives. For one of her first assign- alive,” explains Stefansdottir. picture. So I climbed it. It was only then that I finally realized how emissions not greenhouse energy not solid preserved for wastewater waterborne
ments, instructor Chris Pinchbeck asked her Stefansdottir did all of this documentary work as generated gasses consumed waste not the future flow saved waste not
scary and dangerous the slides had been, how small the farm was
to do some night photography. But there was part of her graduate thesis at the Academy. She took her the ACAdeMY oF Art uniVerSitY was one of the prevented generated created
a small problem, it was summer in Iceland, a
classes online, allowing her to get her degree while staying compared to the slides. I got my best picture and understood the first stops at design schools around the country for the
time when there is sunlight 24 hours a day.
To create darkness, she covered her windows at home in Iceland. Stefansdottir is a native of Iceland, farmers when they where talking about trying to save their Design Revolution Road Show featuring Emily Pilloton and
with blankets and took a picture indoors. where she grew up in southwest Reykjavik, the country's Project H. The cross country journey will take 75 days,
animals, but fearing another huge mud slide from the mountain.”
capital. Icelandic culture is very connected to the earth. 6,300 miles, one vintage Airstream trailer, and 40 prod- Source: Mohawk Environmental Calculator available at www.mohawkpaper.com. Coversion are provided by the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) and/or the U.S. EPA.
When Stefansdottir was growing up, all children – even ucts to change the world.
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news + AlUmni AssociAtion AcAdemy of Art University AlUMni ASSoCiATion
FroM bAngkok to the bAY, members of the Acad-
emy of Art University alumni community are connecting.
Meet Looking back at what pushed us forward.
In attendance? Award-winning animators, illustrators,
photographers, a list of successful designers expanding a
variety of realms both alumni and special industry guests.
lat/long_ 37° 46´ 45˝ / -122° 25´ 12˝
The outcome? Good wine, good company, incredible art,
inspiring ideas, creative energy, and great opportunities to
re-engage with former classmates and faculty and meet
fellow members of the art and design community. Transforming
» new york area chapter // new york, ny
‘The Egg’ into a + feed_ the way way bacK machine // archivist_ janet preloger
28 OCT 2009 @ The ART DIReCTORs CLub_
+ Modern Art Café
Retroview affords us the opportunity to look back at what was
The Alumni Association hosted its first-ever multi-disciplinary
alumni event in New York City in conjunction with The Art Direc-
happening in society, the arts, and education. In this issue, we
tors Club 2009 Young Guns exhibit. Over 150 members of the + interview_ janet preloger // at_ academy of art university // work_ agustin sanders bfa09 continue our celebration of the Acad-
local alumni community attended along with special industry
guests to toast the Academy's 80th Anniversary and kick off the
emy’s 80th Anniversary, asking gradu-
New York Chapter.
You MAY reMeMber A local Academy hangout known as The Egg; the epitome of the dorm
ates to share some of their greatest
+ photos_ joy malone, mfa online photography student
IAD cafeteria. To jog your memory, we’ve included a photo of the once drab hub at 655 ½ Sutter memories of their alma mater.
» bay area chapter // san francisco, ca Street. Recent graduate, Agustin Sanders was hand-selected by President Elisa Stephens to trans-
form the space into a “modern art studio/café.” After interviewing a pool of candidates, Sanders
1 DeC 2009 @ 625 GALLeRy_
80 Years: Alumni Reflections
vision was the best fit for the job. In December, his masterpiece, the Urban Knights Art Café, was unveiled. We
The Bay Area Alumni Chapter celebrated the work of School of spent some time with Sanders who gave us an inside look at his “dream job” experience and future plans.
Photography alum Andre Hermann MFA09 at a closing recep-
tion for his riveting photographic series, “Garrett: The Boy
Describe your vision for the Urban Knights Art Café and cause misunderstandings. Last but not least,
Beneath The Bandages,” the personal story of a twelve year old “The first thing I noticed when I first walked into the
how it evolved over the course of the project. I learned not to be afraid of criticism and to chris Blum
boy and the everyday challenges he faces due to a rare genetic
skin disease. Members of the December 2009 graduating class The first time I did a walk through of the space, I thought, always stand up to what I believe in. BFA1964, ADvertising Academy of Art was the sweet/sour smell of oil paint,
were welcomed to the Alumni Association and Hermann wel- “How on earth am I going to fix this place up? It’s horrible!” turpentine, and varnish. As I walked through the build-
comed a very special guest in attendance - Garrett himself.
I didn’t know where to begin, so I started to think about If you could write your own job description what ing I was overcome with a sensation of calm and security. The reason for this
+ photos_ bob toy bfa69
my experiences at the Academy and everything that would it be?
was because I was never that comfortable in a school. I had the feeling that I was
I’ve learned as a student. I was extremely excited about Well, designing is what I have always wanted
» thai alumni event // bangkok, thailand in a place where there were others like me (artistic) and the entire place seemed
the project since I had so many ideas. However, the to do since I was a little kid, so if I were to have
6 JAN 2010 @ suPATRA RIveR hOuse_ very user friendly. I did not know which direction to go as a "major" so for one
Academy had a vision to create the Urban Knights Café a job title I guess it would be a designer of all
into some sort of a “pub” for the students. But, the whole things. In every project I do I want to be part of semester I took one class of everything available and finally felt a gravitational
Members of the School of Advertising alumni community
gathered in Bangkok with Melinda Mettler, the Academy's “pub” atmosphere didn’t really relate to an art school all aspects: furniture, textiles, graphic design, pull toward advertising and design. My next semesters were 80% in that area
new Director of Online Student Relations. Special thanks to so I decided to construct a space that would simulate visuals, music, etc. I can proudly say that and 20% drawing with "Pappy Stephens" - the grandfather of President Elisa
Thirasak (Guy) Tanapatanakul MFA92 and Damisa Ongsiriwat- a modern version of an art studio, which kept evolving everything in the Urban Knights Art Café was
tan MFA05 for organizing the reunion.
Stephens. I left the Academy 45 years ago and have been a working artist ever
throughout the entire project. my design.
+ photos_ note amorntananuban, mfa photography student since. I have made a very good living and have had a very good life. Without the
Academy of Art, I don't believe I would be able to say that now.”
Besides incorporating Academy colors, what was your Where do you see the interior design industry
inspiration behind the design? in the next 10 years?
“What memories stick out from my time at the Academy? nima sorat
The whole time I attended the Academy I had a vision of I think the industry is evolving extremely fast.
Well, sleepless nights fueled by coffee and stress. Long BFA05, illustrAtion
how I wanted the cafeterias and student lounges to look, It’s not only about choosing fabrics anymore;
and this project was like a dream job for me. I wanted to it’s using all sorts of resources especially in a studio sessions with healthy arguments and debates.
create a space that simulated a modern version of an art sustainability way of thinking, reusing materi- Pure inspiration from artists young and old. Mentors that would push back when
studio, a space where students can come and feel like als and products. pushed, igniting a creative bloom. But what was and always will stay with me is
it’s their own space. I hate when you go to very modern the support from instructors, peers, and the community in which the Academy
place and you get scared to sit on a chair or you don't What’s next for you?
nestled itself in.”
even know if you can sit down on something. I would love to work with the Academy again
since I’ve been getting asked by students if “Barbara Bradley stared at me from across P340 during
What are the most important lessons you learned while other cafeterias will be remodeled. I’ve always BFA1980, illustrAtion a clothed figure drawing class in 1978, then came over
transforming The Egg? seen New York in my near future and I would
and told me she could hear me thinking from across
I’ve learned a lot of lessons throughout this experience, love to work with some designers out there,
the room. She told me to relax and ‘just have fun.’ From that moment on, my
but the most important one was people skills. I had to like Philippe Starck and Jonathan Adler.
learn how to work with people who didn’t understand drawings improved markedly."
my vision and vice versa. Communication was another The before and after photos speak for them-
“At the end of my second year in John Vano's Fashion 1 mona t. Brooks
big thing I learned, because without communication, selves, but drop by the café and see for yourself.
Photography class when I realized the value of the phrase BFA06, PhotogrAPhy
things can get misinterpreted really quickly and can It's open to alumni too! A
‘Art for Art Sake.’ It meant I had to set my art apart from
everyone else by doing one simple thing: ‘Shoot what you
can't help shooting’ – quote by Mark Leet.”
stay connected + connect_
ana carini "When I say I have a design degree from the
BFA04, weB Design + new meDiA Academy, people's first reaction is a smile! I
Visit alumni.academyart.edu for Alumni
feel very lucky and fortunate to have a degree
Association news and events. from such an amazing school. The institution, classes and instructors, among
» Want to be a part of the next issue of A Journal? Visit the alumni website, my favorites, Bob Rigel and Eric Stampfli, have taught me in many, many ways
complete our latest questionnaire – Content 1.0, and share your class notes.
clockwise from top left_ The scene at The Art Directors Club in Manhattan moments before the party began; New York Chapter
how to solidify myself as a creative artist. I am deeply proud to be an Academy
» Post your portfolio link on the alumni website viewed by industry professionals industry guests - President of APA Theresa Raffetto and Robert Ripps; New York Advertising alum Marisa Ravel BFA03, Graphic alumni and I thank you for all the smiles!"
worldwide by emailing your URL to firstname.lastname@example.org. Design alums Ryan Lee BFA08 and Jordan Viray BFA02, and guest Ken Kreuger; New York guest Gaz Brown, Industrial Design alums
Kelly Kunkel BFA09 and Adam Paskow BFA08, and Advertising alum Yasmine Hamdy BFA06; School of Fashion online instructor
» Have you recently moved? Update your contact info by visiting our website. “My most memorable moment at the Academy was with Dulcie Dee
Natale Adgnot viewing the work of the 2009 ADC Young Guns; Illustration alum Dulcie Dee mFA04, Advertising alum and Director
» Join our social networking groups on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. of Online Student Relations Melinda Mettler BFA79, and Advertising alum Fabian Grateroles mFA08; Advertising alumni in Bang- Director William Maughan. To this day, I clearly remember mFA04, illustrAtion
» If you would like to take on a leadership role with an alumni chapter, please kok - Pijarinee Kamolyabutr mFA93 and Penporn Somnus mFA96; School of Fashion alum Cat Janky BFA09 and guest Bryan Shutt. taking the bus to Monterey and looking forward to my first
plein-aire painting, pulling out my easel, paint, and brushes, and looking out at
Your feedback is important to us; email email@example.com with any questions the exquisite breathtaking view of Monterey. I felt like a real impressionist artist.”
or suggestions for the Alumni Association. We look forward to hearing from you! beFore: the egg AFter: urbAn knightS Art CAFé
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In touch from the great beyond.
Stay up to date with events and happenings of
interest to association members.
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Have you recently started a new career,
won an award, gotten married, had children?
ADV Advertising FA Fine Art studio. Footage shot includes on The Guardian in Louisiana
Maybe you’ve had a recent exhibition, President Obama's surprise followed by a move to Los
los angeles, ca.
Virginia Fout bfa95 owns
John C. James, Jr. mfa04 is
gallery opening, or film debut. visit and Vice President
Biden's two visits along with
Angeles, working on many
features, television shows, + things to do around the world // event editor_ janet preloger
The Academy of Art University Alumni Association welcomes news
her own event production the full-time technical direc- several engagements with and commercials. Megan
of your milestones and events. If you would like your accomplishments featured in
company, V Productions LLC, tor for Hickory Community leaders and international then moved to Hawaii for
Class Notes, please visit alumni.academyart.edu.
in Los Angeles. Theater and adjunct profes- media. four months to film Tropic 1-27 Feb 2010 15-18 MARCh 2010 16-18 APRIL 2010
sor for technical theater at burbank, ca_ Thunder. Shortly after, she
ANM Animation & VFX Lenoir-Rhyne University. Jason gino mfa06 is a senior finished her degree and is san francisco, ca san francisco, ca chicago, il
producer/manager of licens- now working on her second alum » School of Photogra- Academy of Art University Chicago Comic & Entertain-
wellington, new zealand_ GR Graphic Design ing and acquisition for Disney film with Ben Stiller, Little phy alumni group exhibition School of Architecture Vision- ment Expo 2010_ McCormick
dan Cox bfa06 worked in for Abercrombie & Fitch in san francisco, ca_ san francisco, ca_ Interactive Media Group. Fockers, due out this year. featuring the work of Rocio ary Charrett, Public Recep- Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore
+ photo_ bob toy bfa69 // dateline_ san francisco, ca
San Francisco for 2 1/2 years sunnyvale, ca_ Columbus, OH. She worked diana "keika" lee bfa03 cur- dannon rampton mfa08 was He produces, acquires, and Once she completes this Russo MFA08, Asenet Martinez tion – March 18 at 6 PM_ 601 Drive
for Giant Killer Robots and Since graduating, Scott Abel there for two years focusing rently works at DreamWorks part of a design team that develops innovative, branded film, she will be joining the MFA08, and Ivan Feerman Brannan Street www.chicagocomicandent-
Industrial Light & Magic. He mfa07 interned at Pentagram on designing t-shirt graphics Animation in Redwood City won a technical award for entertainment experiences Director’s Guild. Look Megan Rodriguez BFA09_ 79 Gallery, www.academyart.edu ertainmentexpo.com
then moved to Wellington, Design for a year. He then for the Women and Girls’ as a production supervisor Most Ecologically Designed across all media through up on IMDB for her full list of when it CoMeS tiMe to sit down and determine what 79 New Montgomery
NZ to work for the four-time started freelancing at some lines. with credits including Shrek Classroom in the Open production, development, film credits. www.academyart.edu
stories to tell in A Journal, I’m always challenged by how to 18-21 MARCh 2010 21 APR – 2 MAy 2010
Oscar winning Weta Digital as great firms in the Bay Area. 3, Madagascar 2 and is cur- Architecture Challenge 2009. acquisition, and licensing of oslo, norway_
a CG supervisor on the highly In October 2009, he landed ILL Illustration rently working on Megamind The challenge, sponsored by interactive, cross media, web- helene Maria oritsland Miller squeeze so many riveting success stories into only 16 pages.
anticipated James Cameron a full-time, in-house graphic and Madagascar 3. Between Architecture for Humanity, site, and media content. bfa04 received honorable This issue gave me goose bumps, not only for the obvious 1-27 Feb 2010 new york, ny new york, ny
epic film, Avatar (released in design position with Simply san francisco, ca_ Madgascar 2 and her current was to design the “Classroom reno, nv_ mention at the International reasons like Iceland and heli-skiing which seemed suitable Architectural Digest Home 9th Annual Tribeca Film Festi-
December). Hired in Mountain View, CA, krishna bhat bfa99 is a projects, she worked for a of the Future,” a sustainable Catherine M. Pogan aa05 is Photography Awards, Lucie san francisco, ca Design Show_ Pier 94, 55th val_ Various locations in New
for the winter issue, but because of the prestige and global
san francisco, ca_ one of the top vertical search freelance illustrator, photog- year at The Orphanage, man- solution for school design. working as an on-air host for Awards 2009. She is produc- alum » School of Photogra- Street at West Side Highway York City
edwin A. Molina mfa06 is engines for jobs. The same rapher, and art teacher for aging a team of artists on Iron GemsTV, a home-shopping ing films and doing still expanse of the Academy’s graduates. Over the course of phy solo show, Gesa Cowell www.archdigesthomeshow.com www.tribecafilm.com
working as an environment month he launched a graphic an after-school program for Man and a number of other MPT Motion Pictures & TV channel reaching 40 million photography in Norway. editing this issue, I was in touch with alumni in India, Morocco, MFA09_ 625 Gallery, 625
artist for Electronic Arts in clothing company: kids ages 10-18. He recently FX heavy films. In September homes nationwide. Her duties China, Thailand, and beyond. Alumni publishing books, Sutter Street
Redwood Shores, CA. He has www.abelnkane.com started a children’s line of 2009, she married Eric W. fullerton, ca_ include, presenting jewelry PH Photography www.academyart.edu 21 MAR – 6 APR 2010 4-7 MAy 2010
animating blockbuster films, running stores, designing cars,
created environments for The kansas city, mo_ organic clothing, Rock N Roll Leive whom she met while eric bair bfa04 received in an informative and fun
Simpsons Game (2007), Dead Mary k. eakin bfa04 has Babies, with his girlfriend, working at Electronic Arts. awards for his recent film manner, interacting with st. louis, mo_ launching ad campaigns, the variety never ceases to amaze hong kong, china stuttgart, germany
Space (2008), The Godfather been a book designer at catering to hip, alternative, Derelict Abyss – the Silver designers and celebrities, and Jennifer richter bfa05 had me. Your accomplishments do not go unnoticed, which is why 1-27 Feb 2010 Hong Kong International Film FMX 2010, 15th Conference on
2 (2009), and Dante's Inferno Hallmark for the last four untraditional parents. Take a IAD Interior Architecture Ace Award at the Las Vegas traveling across the world some good things happen Festival (HKIFF)_ Various Animation, Effects, Games,
I’m pleased to announce a new initiative – The Academy of
(2010). years. Recently, she worked look at rocknrollbabies.com. Film Festival and the Indie filming documentaries to help in 2009. She won first place san francisco, ca locations in Hong Kong and Interactive Media
Art Alumni Awards Program. alum » Director of the School www.hkiff.org.hk www.fmx.de
on the recordable storybooks vacaville, ca_ mountain view, ca_ Award of Merit at the Indie further educate viewers on in PX3 in July 2009 and her
FSH Fashion that were actively advertised norman kekki bfa95 is Susan M. Alessi bacchi bfa85 Fest in June. the company. She is currently photographs of California We are currently accepting nominations for four distin- of Fine Art Carolyn Meyer
this past holiday season. currently illustrating wildlife designs hand-painted interi- baghdad, iraq_ GIA certified. overpasses have been guished alumni awards outlined below. All nominations are to MFA95 presents Urban Land-
scapes_ 688 Gallery, 688 25 MARCh 2010 6 MAy 2010
los angeles, ca_ These books were nearly sold for book and magazine ors for children and personal- edward J. Coffey bfa05 is los angeles, ca_ published in Burn Magazine be submitted through a nomination form and letter of recom-
kelly A. brown aa06 started out in stores and now selling publications, and works as a ized murals, faux finish, tromp currently working at Camp Megan Schmidt bfa09 landed online. www.burnmagazine. Sutter Street
mendation. The deadline for nominations is April 2nd at which www.academyart.edu International Interior Design san francisco, ca
a clothing line, GAIA, a year on eBay for three times their local muralist, portrait, and l'oeil of any theme. Victory at the Multi-National a job, while still a student, org/essays/2009/12/
time all award winners will be determined by a select Alumni Association (IIDA Northern Academy of Art University
after graduating and has been retail value. fine artist in the greater San Visit www.polkadotbuggy. Corps-Iraq Broadcast Studio as a production assistant on jennifer-richter-california-
California) 2010 Honor Graduation Fashion Show and
doing costuming for film as long beach, ca_ Francisco Bay Area. His spe- com to view her work. NCOIC. Edward is in charge the film Pursuit of Happyness overpasses Awards Committee. Winners will be highlighted at the 2010
24-26 Feb 2010 Awards | Pioneers in Design_ Awards Ceremony_ Location
well as editorial work. lisa tse bfa95 was recruited cialties include kids’ murals of studio engagements and which led to many other Spring Show and Spring Commencement.
location TBD TBD
right out of school to design and pet portraits. the military liaison for the opportunities. She worked
pebble beach, ca www.iida-nc.org www.academyart.edu
» distinguished Alumni Award – to be awarded to alumni Hospitality Design Summit_
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AIGA San Diego’s 15 Annual
th The One Show Festival_ The
» emerging Artist Alumni Award – to be awarded to alumni 8-31 MARCh 2010 IAC Building, 555 West 18th
news & updates
+ events and happenings_ specifically geared for academy alumni Y-Conference_ Joan B. Kroc
within five years of graduation who have shown outstand- Institute for Peace and Jus- Street
ing promise and creativity within the art and design com- san francisco, ca tice, University of San Diego, www.oneclub.org
alum » School of Photogra- 5998 Alcala Park
san francisco, ca_ san francisco, ca_ munity in a short period of time.
phy solo show, Darcy Rogers www.sandiego.aiga.org
FiGUrATiVE PAinTinG GrAD rECEiVES GrAnT » Congratulations to 2010 Avanti Award SPrinG 2010 FinE ArT WorKSHoP SCHEDUlE » The School of Fine Art is opening up
» distinguished Service Alumni Award – to be awarded to MFA08_ 625 Gallery, 625 12-23 MAy 2010
Grant Winner, Jacquelyn Vierra mFA09. The Avanti Award is granted by the Joseph and Frances four workshops during the Spring Semester to all Illustration and Painting alumni. Please
outstanding alumni who have made significant contribu-
Brucia Foundation to recognize the past, present, and future support by the Brucia fam- see the schedule below for details. Advanced sign-up is not necessary; simply bring a
www.academyart.edu 1-4 APRIL 2010 cannes, france
ily for the performing and visual arts. The Avanti Award, which means “go forth” in Italian, photo ID to enter the building. » For more information email email@example.com. tions to their community through volunteer work in the Cannes International Film www.sandiego.aiga.org
was created to encourage artists in the performing and visual arts to pursue their passions. spirit of art and design. Festival
Over three generations of the Brucia family have participated and supported the arts. It 11-13 MARCh 2010 www.festival-cannes.com
was Giuseppe Brucia, who in 1922 pioneered the establishment of the San Francisco Opera » President’s Alumni Award – selected by President Elisa
Vail Film Festival_ Various
WORkshOP 2: PAINTING locations in Vail and Beaver May 04-07, www.fmx.de
with a generous gift to bring opera to San Francisco. Vierra is the recipient of an $8,000 Stephens for outstanding contributions to the Academy of san francisco, ca Creek, CO
FA grant, and the first painter to be awarded this honor. She will be working on a series of paint- Bill Rhea, Instructor
Art University after graduation, demonstrating a com- Academy of Art University 2 nd 16-18 MAy 2010 www.fmx.de
ings, molding together abstract and figurative painting. » For more information on the Avanti 60 Federal, Room 200
Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine
Mondays starting Feb. 15; ending May 10 mitment to education, mentorship, and the future of the
Award, visit www.avantiaward.com. To view Vierra’s work visit www.jacquelynvierra.com. Art Photography Auction, new york, ny
7:00-9:50pm University. Preview Party – March 11, Live 13 – 16 APRIL 2010 Surtex 2010_ Jacob K. Javits
san francisco, ca_ Auction – March 13_ 79 Gal- Convention Center, 655 West have an event listing to
FinE ArT AUCTion WrAP UP » The Academy of Art University’s 14th Annual Faculty + Alumni WORkshOP 4: PAINTING 34th Street
Don’t miss this great opportunity to applaud the creativity lery, 79 New Montgomery san francisco, ca share? email dates and
Fine Art Auction resulted in record-breaking revenues and attendance. Raising more than Bill Rhea, Instructor www.academyart.edu Academy of Art University www.surtex.com details to:
$190,000, the silent and live auctions benefited participating artists and students, with pro- and commitment to visual art and design displayed by the
60 Federal, Room 404 School of Motion Pictures & firstname.lastname@example.org
ceeds split evenly between the artists and the Academy's Student Scholarship Fund. School Thursdays starting Feb. 11; ending May 13 Academy's alumni community. Join us in establishing this
Television presents Epidemic
of Fine Art alum Greg Gandy’s mFA08 paintings, Rainy Day on Market Street and Sunset on 4:00-6:50pm new alumni tradition of honoring the school's best and bright- 12-20 MARCh 2010 19-21 MAy 2010
Film Festival_ Castro Theater,
Polk, received the highest bids in both the silent and live auctions respectively. A special 429 Castro Street
FA est. For additional details and to obtain a nomination form,
thanks to the participating alumni artists and to the alumni who supported the event. » For WORkshOP 6: ANATOMy austin, tx las vegas, nv
inquiries on how to participate in the 15th Annual event, email email@example.com. please email firstname.lastname@example.org. HD Hospitality Design Exposi-
SXSW Film Conference and
Sean Connor, Instructor
Festival_ Austin Conven- tion and Conference_ Sands
60 Federal, Room 225
san francisco, ca_ All the best, tion Center, 500 East Cesar Expo and Convention Center,
Fridays starting Feb. 19; ending May 14
SPrinG 2010 inDUSTrY on CAMPUS » Interested in new professional connections? Industry Chavez Street 3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
on Campus brings world-class art and design talent on campus year-round. The spring semes- www.sxsw.com/film www.hdexpo.com
ter lineup includes visits from top companies in many industries including animation, product
WORkshOP 8: PAINTING
design, and advertising. Walt Disney Animation Studios will present their Talent Development
Program. This paid position takes recent graduates (up to three years from graduation date) Ho Jun Lee, Instructor
through the art of film making and animation support. Recent participants supported The 60 Federal, Room 404
A Princess and the Frog. » Stay tuned to the Academy of Art Alumni Association Facebook page and
email updates for event details on Walt Disney Animation Studios, Leap Frog, and many more!
Saturdays starting Feb. 20; ending May 15
Janet Preloger, Director of Alumni
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