Monthly Archives: March 2010

Collegiate Field Tournament: Will the Creatives Win?

Who said creatives can’t be athletes, too?

The Rose Bowl will be a colorful and competitive place on Saturday as teams from area colleges compete for the first Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament Cup. Art Center, CalTech, Pasadena City College (PCC), Fuller Seminary, Le Cordon Bleu and Pacific Oaks College will battle it out for the coveted title. You certainly will want to be there to witness Art Center crush the competition!

Everyone is invited for a day of fun, games and collegiality. Creative challenges such as monster croquet (think giant croquet balls and balloon arches), Frisbee toss, blindfolded flag race and cheeseburger challenge will round out a day that will be as much about bonding among Pasadena’s world-renowned schools as it is about competition.

Festivities will last from 11 am to 2 pm, and are free and open to everyone. Go Orange Dots!

Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament Cup
Saturday, April 3, 11 am–2 pm
Rose Bowl

Making the Bus Sexy

The words “bus” and “sexy” are rarely used together, but according to Art Center’s Director of Advanced Mobility Research Geoff Wardle, the bus actually can be … well, sexy.

People need to feel “that they have the same level of control over their journey by using the bus as they would if they … took their car right to the outside of their workplace,” says Wardle. “That is where designers need to focus their attention … (They should) consider the whole experience, not just the bus.”

Wardle was recently interviewed as part of Big Think, a global forum connecting people and ideas. Check out his thoughts on the bus and other transportation and sustainability issues  here.

Philip Rose to Speak Today

This afternoon, Film Department instructor David Kellogg will host a Q&A with producer Philip Rose. Rose is a veteran producer of music videos, commercials and feature films. He
currently heads Julia Roberts’ production company, Red Om Films. His discussion will center on the director-producer relationship, and how to get a film project off the ground. The event is open to Art Center students, staff and faculty.

Q&A with Philip Rose
Tuesday, March 30, 2 pm
L.A. Times Media Center, Hillside Campus

Photography Seminar Tonight

Don’t miss tonight’s seminar, Transitions: Strategies for the Young Working Photographers, moderated by Photo District News Editor Holly Hughes.

Photographers included in the 2010 PDN’s 30 highlighting top new talent will share their perspectives on getting started in the photography industry. The photographers will share career advice and discuss how they got to where they are today, including how they got their first jobs and their first promotional efforts. This seminar is a must for any photographers beginning their careers.

Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship Announced

Following the tragic death of Art Center alumnus and faculty member Norm Schureman, the College has established the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be available to incoming Product Design students.

“Norm inspired hundreds of students—not only those that he taught, but those considering whether or not they even had the gumption to apply to Art Center,” President Lorne Buchman said. “One of the ways the College can be true to his memory is to make sure young creatives have access to pursue a first-rate design education.”

Schureman graduated from Art Center in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design. He began teaching at the College in 1992.

“Norm loved being a teacher and truly believed an Art Center education was something special,” Schureman’s widow, Fati, said. “Our family is humbled that the College has come together to honor Norm with a scholarship in his name.”

Schureman’s father Bob is an Art Center faculty member. “Art Center has been such a big part of my life, and the life of my son,” he said. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support the Art Center community has given our family.”

Individuals interested in making donations to the Scholarship can donate online or contact Senior Development Officer Palencia Turner at 626.396.2366.

Karen Hofmann, Chair of Product Design at Art Center College of Design, said, “Norm was a friend and mentor and a source of inspiration both inside and outside of the classroom. He made students feel that they could change the world and this scholarship is a way to ensure his legacy continues.”

In addition to the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship, the family will open a trust fund for Schureman’s two young sons. For questions about contributing to the trust, contact Director of Public Relations and Communications Jered Gold at 626.396.2251.

Norm Schureman Memorial Webcast Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow for a memorial service for alumnus and faculty member Norm Schureman at Hillside Campus. The service is open to friends, family, members of the Art Center community and the general public. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship

For those unable to attend, the memorial will be webcast live on our website.

Norman Schureman Memorial
Sunday, March 29, 10 am PST
Hillside Campus Sculpture Garden
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Norm Schureman Memorial Service Sunday

Join us for a memorial service for alumnus and faculty member Norm Schureman on Sunday, March 28, at 10 am at Hillside Campus. The service is open to friends, family, members of the Art Center community and the general public.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship

Please be aware that on-campus parking will be limited. We encourage you to carpool to ensure that parking is available for all.

For those unable to attend, the College will webcast the service on our website.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at 626.396.2338.

Norman Schureman Memorial
Sunday, March 29, 10 am PST
Hillside Campus Sculpture Garden
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

In Memoriam: Norman Schureman

Image of Norman Schureman

Norman Schureman

It is with deep sadness and grief that I write to inform you of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Norman Schureman.  A tragic accident took his life this past weekend, and we join his family and friends in mourning the loss of this celebrated and adored member of our community.

Norman was a beloved instructor, colleague, mentor and friend of hundreds of Art Center students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Norm’s relationship with Art Center began almost 40 years ago when his father, Bob Schureman, taught classes in the ID department and Norm would tag along as a young curious creative.  Years later, Norm launched his official design career after graduating from Art Center in Industrial Design.  He returned to the College to teach at Art Center Europe and then Pasadena.  Both Norm and Bob have inspired hundreds of design students over the years.

For over 20 years,  Norm devoted himself tirelessly to the College, instilling in his students a passion for design, a love for drawing and an eye for excellence. In his Viscom and Dynamic Sketching classes, as well as his Product Design classes, Norm brought criticality tempered with humor to his students and their work. Each term would generate new and constantly innovative ideas, images and prototypes. A place in the student gallery was always reserved for the great projects from Norm’s classes.

Our hearts go out to Norm’s entire family.  At the appropriate time we will discuss with them the option of a memorial service on campus to celebrate Norm’s life and his extraordinary contributions to Art Center.  We will keep you posted on time and date.  We will also offer grief counseling to those in need through Human Resources and the Center for Student Experience.  Details will follow on Monday.

We join as a community in grieving this painful and devastating loss.

Lorne M. Buchman, PhD
Art Center College of Design

***EDITED, 3/22 11:15 am***

The Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Academic Affairs are hosting an impromptu memorial for Norm at 4 pm today in the Sinclaire Pavilion. Please join members of the Art Center community in remembering a remarkable teacher, colleague and friend. There will be sketchbooks at the event for you to record memories of Norm and condolences to his family.

Details about a formal memorial being planned in conjunction with the family will be forthcoming.

Big Picture Lecture Series: Burton Mack

Don’t miss Monday’s Big Picture Lecture Series featuring Burton Mack.

Mack is John Wesley Professor emeritus in early Christianity at the Claremont School of Theology. His interest in myth making and social formation has resulted in a number of publications, the most recent of which is Myth and the Christian Nation: A Social Theory of Religion. He is currently working on a manuscript, titled Christian Mentality: The Entanglements of Power, Violence, and Fear.

Big Picture Lecture Series: Burton Mack
Monday, March 22, 1 pm
Ahmanson Auditorium