Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tonight: The Visual Language of Herbert Matter

Don’t miss tonight’s screening of The Visual Language of Herbert Matter at Hillside Campus.

Herbert Matter was a mid-century modern designer, photographer and filmmaker.

Originally from Switzerland, he moved to New York in 1935 and worked with such legends as Alexey Brodovitch, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock and Charles and Ray Eames. This documentary looks at Matter’s life and work.

The screening is free. Check out the trailer below.

The Visual Language of Herbert Matter
Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Art Center Hillside Campus
L.A. Times Auditorium

Matter Teaser from Herbert Matter on Vimeo.

Art Center and Corbis Launch Always On

The College has launched a great new project with Corbis Images—Always On: Talks By Leaders in Art and Design. This new initiative makes videos of presentations and panel discussions by experts in art and design available for free to anyone, anywhere, anytime at our new Always On website. Produced by Art Center and supported by Corbis, Always On aims to support the creative community in personal and professional development by creating a global platform for art and design leaders to share insights and discuss trends.

Throughout 2011, Corbis is contributing one dollar to the initiative for each order customers make online at, with funds going to help Art Center produce more video presentations. With the worlds of art and design changing at the speed of light in the digital era, the goal of Always On is to provide the creative community with 24/7/365 online access to the latest perspectives from luminaries in art and design.

The partnership between Art Center and Corbis Images was initiated by legendary designer Kit Hinrichs, an Art Center alumnus and member of the College’s Board of Trustees. As principal of the design firm Studio Hinrichs, he worked with Corbis Images on its 24/7/365 digital and print calendar campaign to showcase the exceptional images in the Corbis Images collection.

As Hinrichs reviewed Corbis Images’ library of images—including photography, fine art, illustration and film—he saw an immediate connection with Art Center, which offers majors in these fields as well as many other creative disciplines. Building on the theme developed with Corbis Images, AlwaysOn seeks to provide the creative community with 24/7/365 online access to the latest perspectives in art and design as shared by the College’s renowned faculty and guest speakers.

Always On will feature both renowned members of Art Center’s faculty and guest speakers from around the world. The first video features associate professor Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Art Center’s director of sustainability initiatives, who introduces key aspects of Comprehensive Design in a fun and engaging exercise.

Upcoming speakers include designer Fiona Raby of Dunne + Raby, visionary sci-fi author Bruce Sterling, media artist Aaron Koblin, visual strategist Dan Goods, futures researcher Jason Tester, architecture blogger Geoff Manaugh, landscape artist Andrew Hem and fine artist Sarah Awad. They will discuss topics that address current and future trends in art and design, such as the practice of making things up in a rapidly changing world; the use of communication design across space, time and behavior; and establishing an original voice and point of view as an illustrator.

The videos are also available on our YouTube and Vimeo pages. Enjoy our first video below, and be sure to visit the new Always On site.

Celebrating Art Center’s Many Cultures

Last week marked the annual Celebration of Cultures, organized and presented by the Center for the Student Experience (CSE). A week’s worth of fun and activities are organized to celebrate the dynamic cultural diversity of Art the campus community.

The events included a Cultural Desserts event presenting a variety of delicious deserts from across the globe; an International Cheese Tasting class taught by the Cheese Store of Pasadena; a travel slideshow featuring travel images from students, faculty and staff; the Chill Out Cart, which passed out frozen treats across campus; a Global Village featuring food, games and music from around the world; and a Food Club Outing to Wat Dong Moon in Silver Lake.

The celebration was a lot of fun for everyone—view the images below from the week!

In Case You Missed It

As you know, there’s always something going on when it comes to Art Center alumni, students and faculty.

Photo by Jennie Warren

Some of the latest:

  • Photography and Imaging alumna Jennie Warren shot a recent cover and feature story for LA Weekly. Even more interesting—the image was created in camera with no post-production. LA Weekly
  • Product Design alum Spencer Nikosey introduces new products, including the iPad 2 carrying case, all made in his downtown L.A. studio.
  • Professor Yoshio Ikezaki has a solo exhibition of washi sculptures—The Poetry Of Paper, The Earth Breathes – Mind Landscape—at PYO Gallery through April 23. PYO Gallery
  • A collection of four video works by Graduate Art alumna Emilie Halpern are on display in Cafe Hammer through April 10. Hammer
  • Graduate student Yuin Chein shows us what the Web would be like if Google were a lackluster employee. Sloppy Google

Designmatters Presentation at TOMS

Designmatters will host an engaging program at the TOMS Give Shop and Gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 31. The presentation will feature a short lecture and panel of colleagues and star students to discuss the ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society.

Speakers include:

  • Mariana Amatullo, Co-Founder and Vice President, Designmatters
  • Elisa Ruffino, Producer, Designmatters
  • Dan Gottlieb, Environmental Design faculty
  • Penny Herscovitch, Environmental Design faculty
  • Narbeh Dereghishian, Product Design student
  • Jessica Yeh, Environmental Design student

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Designmatters - Where Art and Design meets Social Impact
Thursday, March 31, 7:30-9 p.m.
TOMS Give Shop and Gallery
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Special Documentary Screening: Allen Daviau

Don’t miss a special screening and Q&A session this afternoon with
 British documentarian John Henderson about his work-in-progress documentary based on Art Center faculty member
 Allen Daviau.

E.T., Daviau

Henderson has been creating a series of in-depth documentaries about the world’s great cinematographers, and the first film in the series is about famed cinematographer and Art Center instructor Daviau.

Allen’s first feature film was E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, earning the first of five Oscar nominations and launching his career as one of the industry’s leading cinematographers. Since then, he has worked on such notable films as The Color Purple, Falcon and the Showman, Empire of the Sun, Avalon, Bugsy, Congon and Van Helsing. He has been nominated for three American Society of Cinematographers Awards, winning twice, and has received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. Stop by and meet the legendary cinematographers who will be attending the screening, including Vilmos Zsigmond, Haskell Wexler and Owen Roizman. The event is open to all Art Center students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Special Documentary Screening: Allen Daviau
Thursday, March 24, 1 p.m.
Ahmanson Auditorium

Graphic Design Student Exhibits Photos of Sudan

Graphic Design student Tyler Paulson currently has an exhibition of photographs on display at the South Campus Gallery.

Teed ["in waiting"]: Portraits of South Sudan highlights portraits and images captured while Paulson served local missionaries in the region from 2008 and 2010.

“Taken after a ceasefire, these portraits capture a people experiencing their first taste of peace in decades while awaiting the hope of becoming a new nation,” Paulson says. “ I met a people of great beauty, but with deep scars—and I sought out to know and serve them, and to share their story.”

The exhibition is the culmination of a Designmatters-facilitated independent study led by faculty member Gloria Kondrup.

The exhibit is on display through April 1, with an artist reception held on Saturday, March 26 at 6 p.m.

More information about Paulson’s powerful journey, and to view his work, visit

Also, be sure to check out the brand-new Designmatters website at

Ducha Halo Up for Open Minds Award

Last month we told you that Ducha Halo, a low-cost, portable shower designed by Art Center students Narbeh Dereghishian and Jessica Yeh in 2009’s Designmatters Safe Agua studio, was in the running for the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)’s Open Minds video competition.

The top three teams have been chose by a judging panel and the general public—and Ducha Halo has placed in the top three!

They will travel to Washington, D.C., where the winners will be announced March 26 at the Open Minds event, held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Congrats, Narbeh and Jessica, and good luck!

Emerging Talents From the World of New Illustration

Join us March 31 for an exciting panel with Art Center alumni Sarah Awad, Patrick Hruby and Andrew Hem exploring the diverse paths in Illustration today.

The panel and reception is hosted by Alumni Relations and the Illustration Department in conjunction with BLUECANVAS and Scion.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP today to or 626.396.2305.

Emerging Talents From the World of New Illustration

Thursday, March 31, 7-10 p.m.
Art Center Hillside Campus
Ahmanson Auditorium