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                                                       issue three                 + 2010 winter // the journal of the academy of art university alumni association




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    Alternative Energy
    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.
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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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 IDS




                                        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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FSH




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       THE WORLD'S
                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MPT




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TOUGHEST
                                        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.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TUXEDO
                                            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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ARE
                                            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



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                                        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
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                                                                                                                                                        Alternative Energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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.)

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                                            We're excited to keep our readers informed of new initiatives
                                                                                                                                                        Global Connections
                                        and future plans, including the recent addition of our new NCAA
                                                                                                                                                        The Academy of Art University Alumni Association is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A
                                        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
                                                                             th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                + insight


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Paxton Madison
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                      Association.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anniversary
                                        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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                                                                                                                                                        BCBG's
                                                                                                                                                        Style and                                                                                                                    Today’s Best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Undiscovered
                                                                                                                                                        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.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shaping
+ story_ janet preloger //at_ academy of art university // photos_ (above) eva KolenKo bfa05 + (below) bob toy bfa69




                                                                              new faces
                                      Ellen Shakespeare                                                                                                                 Melinda Mettler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Generation of
                                      _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-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Artists
                                                    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


                                                                                                                                                  new programs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                        www.academyart.edu/architecture-school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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
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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
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                                                                                                                                           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
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                                                                   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

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                                                                   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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                                                                   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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                                                                   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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     above_ Jason Sperling MFA98 (center) with Apple's "Get a Mac"
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ADV          Advertising alum Jason Sperling mfa98,
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Creative Director at TBWA\Media Arts Lab                                                        Pictures & Television presents Epidemic
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                                         Alternative Energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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 lara@lara.is.      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.
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                                                                                                       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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sustainability
                                                                                                       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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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.
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In attendance? Award-winning animators, illustrators,
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The outcome? Good wine, good company, incredible art,
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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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Diana thewlis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 alumni@academyart.edu.                          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
         email alumni@academyart.edu.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 plein-aire painting, pulling out my easel, paint, and brushes, and looking out at
     Your feedback is important to us; email alumni@academyart.edu 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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                                                                                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
                                 hickory, nc_
                                 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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Alumni Awards
                                 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-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.michellejader.com
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.rociorusso.com
                                 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_
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Inn at Spanish Bay, 2700
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         who have shown leadership, integrity, influence, success,                                                                             10-14 MAy 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           17 Mile Drive                      25-27 MARCh 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and significant commitment to creative excellence and             www.hdsummit.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         innovation.                                                                                          san diego, ca                    new york, ny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.sxsw.com/film
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sutter Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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 alumni@academyart.edu.                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vail, co_
                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FMX2010
                                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.vailfilmfestival.org
                                 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 &                                       alumni@academyart.edu
                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.academyart.edu
                                 inquiries on how to participate in the 15th Annual event, email alumni@academyart.edu.                                                                                                                                                                please email jpreloger@academyart.edu.                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                         3:30-6:20pm
                                 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
                                                                                                                                         5:00-7:50pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Janet Preloger, Director of Alumni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       jpreloger@academyart.edu




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                so what’s the story?                                                                                                               A /journAl
                                                                                                                                                   A sneak peek at some of what's inside this issue.

             When you think Apple, what comes to mind? iPhone? iPod? Innovation?
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             How about Google? Managing the world's information?                                                                                     PAGE



             Charles and Ray Eames? Bringing high-end design to the masses?
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            And what about the Academy               The newly emerging Academy                  Most alumni associations
            of Art university? what is our           of Art University Alumni Asso-              want your money. not this one.
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            story? Thousands of world-               ciation is now writing our story.           We want to know who you are,
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            class artists, designers, actors,        we want the world to know                   where you are, and what you
            and visual communicators have            who we are, what we do, and                 are doing. And we want to share                     6
            passed through the doors of              the professional work we                    your story with the world. That’s
            79NM, enriching the profes-              represent. A Journal is the first           what’s in it for you: the oppor-                    PH
            sional landscape and local com-          tangible result. Who are we?                tunity to be part of something
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            munities around the world.               What are we doing? Where are                much larger, a global voice in the
                                                     we doing it? Why do we do what              larger world of visual commu-                      10
                                                     we do? What makes us, us?                   nication. Get started by visiting
                                                                                                 alumni.academyart.edu today.                      …and much, much more!




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