Monthly Archives: April 2012

Metro Expo Line Opens This Weekend, Alumnus Ronald J. Llanos’ Work Featured at Expo/Western Station

An illustration by alumnus Ronald J. Llanos; his work has been installed at the Expo/Western station.

The much-anticipated Metro Expo Line opens this weekend and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is celebrating by throwing a party. From 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, everybody can ride the new light rail line connecting the Westside to Downtown L.A. for free.

And while Metro is touting that it will only take 30 minutes to travel between Culver City and Downtown, they’re encouraging everybody to make multiple stops this Saturday to partake in a number of celebrations–Latino jazz band Double Gee Ninenet at the 7th St./Metro Center Station are one of many offerings–from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..

Alumnus Ronald J. Llanos.

And on both days, riders should be sure to disembark frequently as each station features new commissioned permanent work by a different local artist, including Tom LaDuke, Samuel Rodriguez and Jessica McCoy. Near and dear to our hearts at Art Center is the Expo/Western Station, which features Ephemeral Views: A Visual Essay by Fine Art alumnus and Art Center at Night and Saturday High instructor Ronald J. Llanos.

More than four years in the works, Ephemeral Views consists of 24 mosaic panels, each one 8′ x 3′, that feature Llanos’ trademark translucent watercolor impressions of the vibrant characters that make up the everyday street life of the greater Los Angeles area. For some behind-the-scenes snippets of what to expect to see at Expo/Western, check out Llanos’ blog here and here.

“You might call me a ‘visual journalist’ or an ‘urban realist.’ My images are inspired by people, and by places I travel to or frequent,” reads Llanos artist’s statement on the Expo Line website. “I feel that if I search within myself for that which I find interesting about the places and people of those areas, I might be able to communicate with people across time.”

For more on this weekend’s Expo Line grand opening festivities, visit Metro’s website.

Illustrations by Ronald J. Llanos; his work captures the vibrant street life of the L.A. region.

Los Angeles Times’ Art Critic Christopher Knight Raves About History of Space Photography Exhibition

 infrared photograph of Helix Nebula

An infrared photograph of Helix Nebula in deep space, part of "The History of Space Photography" at Art Center College. (Art Center College of Design / September 21, 2011)

May 1 “Space Stories” Reception and Tour Open to Public

“Spectacular” is how Los Angeles Times’ Art Critic Christopher Knight describes some of the pictures in the Williamson Gallery exhibition “The History of Space Photography” on campus through May 6.

To create the dazzling collection of images, guest curator Jay Belloli worked with several consultants from the nearby Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), founded at Caltech and affiliated with NASA. The exhibit features 150 noteworthy images, most from the last 50 years of space exploration plus video projections of various celestial animations.

“The sheer grandeur of these scientific images, the awe inspiring beauty of them, is what reminds us of art,” says Williamson Gallery Director Stephen Nowlin who is featured in an NBC TV news story about the show. Also featured in the piece is Dr. Randii Wessen, a JPL space scientist and an advisor to Belloli who will also be available at the May 1 event.

Filling in the Blank: Students Bringing TEDx to Campus

Class shot of the TEDx Art Center College of Design Studio. Photo: June Korea.

Orange will mix with red this summer when the student-driven TEDx Art Center College of Design conference takes over the Hillside Campus on Saturday, June 9 to explore the event’s theme: “Design a ________ for Social Impact.” The “blank” in that title is a call-to-action designed to inspire conference attendees to come up with their own idea for how to effect positive change in the world.

Also on hand to inspire attendees will be an impressive lineup of speakers, including Doug Powell, national president of AIGA and the individual spearheading that association’s Design for Good initiative; and Cameron Tonkinwise, chair of Design Thinking and Sustainability at Parsons The New School School for Design, whose current research is exploring design-enabled sharing of resources. And for something completely different, Art Center Product Design alumnus and KILLSPENCER founder Spencer Nikosey has been tapped to provide the day’s musical entertainment.

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Spring 2012 Graduation Events

Students completing final projects in the Technical Skills Center.

The creative energy around campus is reaching a fever pitch as the College prepares for its series of Spring graduation events.

Wednesday, April 18
Join us from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. for 4 HOURS SOLID, an annual event at South Campus featuring the work and ideas of Grad Art, Broadcast Cinema and Grad Media Design. This year’s event also includes a preview of our new graduate programs in Environmental Design and Transportation Design. Enjoy four jam-packed hours of performances, demos, thesis work, screenings, discussions, Admissions Q&A, food trucks and music. Free and open to the public. More info.

Thursday, April 19
If you’re lucky enough to be on the invite list for Graduation Show Preview, you’ll get a sneak peak at the work of the next generation of artists and designers. Held from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Hillside Campus, the preview gives potential employers, alumni, donors and industry professionals an opportunity to preview the Graduation Show and meet our graduating students.

Immediately following the preview, all guests are invited to a reception hosted by Alumni Relations to welcome our graduating students into the alumni family.

Saturday, April 21
Join us at Hillside Campus from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. as we celebrate the accomplishments of our newest graduating class, present the Art Center Student Leadership Award to Product Design student Kenji Huang, and award an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to designer and artist April Greiman.

Can’t join us for the graduation ceremony? Watch our live online webcast.

After the ceremony, Graduation Show opens to the public from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. so everyone can enjoy the work of our newest Art Center graduates.

Let the celebration of our creative community begin!

Below: Scream at the Dot by graduating Graphic Design student and Spring 2012 Valedictorian Aldis Ozoliņŝ.

Get Experienced with Art Center at Night

Students in an Art Center at Night "Intro to Graphic Design" course. Photo: Four Eyes Photography.

Are you experienced in the ways of Art Center at Night?

No? Then you’re in luck because the College is giving you three nights in a row—starting tonight!—to experience first-hand Art Center’s popular continuing studies program.

At Experience Art Center at Night, you can sit in on several ACN courses, observe student presentations and critiques, take a self-guided tour of South Campus, and watch ACN’s instructors in action. Whether you’re seeking to advance your professional career, looking for a new creative outlet, or preparing a portfolio for entry in to Art Center’s full-time degree programs, Art Center at Night has a wide range of courses to fit your needs.

Participating classes:

Monday, April 16, 7–9 p.m.
Digital Design 1Digital Magazines for iPadFashion IllustrationIntro to Environmental DesignIntro to Graphic DesignIntro to Product and Transportation DesignPerspectiveService-Based Products; and Visual Communication and Form Development.

Tuesday, April 17, 7–9 p.m.
Contemporary LetterpressIntroduction to AdvertisingIntro to Documentary FilmIntro to Graphic DesignThe Next Great IdeaPhoto 102: Taking it to the StreetProduct Design: Process; Physical Computing with Arduino; and Web Fundamentals.

Wednesday, April 18, 7–9 p.m.
The Art of StorytellingEditorial Design for the iPadEssential TypographyExploring Lighting: Next StepGraphic DesignIllustration Techniques and ConceptsIntro to Environmental DesignIntro to Package DesignIntro to Product and Transportation DesignMotion Design 1Printmaking StudioProduct Branding Strategy; and Visual Communication and Form Development.

See you there!

Experience Art Center at Night
April 16–18, 7–9 p.m.
Art Center College of Design
South Campus
950 South Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Photography Alumnus Retrospective “Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life” Now Open

Self portrait, Manhattan studio, 1950. (c) Pedro E. Guerrero

Pedro E. Geurrero: Photographs of Modern Life, on view now through April 25 at Woodbury University Hollywood Space, is the first extensive exhibition on the West Coast of Pedro E. Guerrero’s PHOT 40 career as one of the most prolific architectural photographers of the 20th Century.

The exhibition, curated by Emily Bills and Anthony Fontenot, highlights the diversity of Guerrero’s subjects taken over seven decades, which included the architecture of Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Edward Durell Stone and Eero Saarinen, and ranged from portraits of architects to to commercial work for House & Garden, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine and Architectural Record.

He is perhaps best known for his close relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright, for whom he served as the architect’s photographer and friend for 20 years. The exhibition will feature Guerrero’s illuminating portraits of the architect, including 12 photographs of Wright’s hands demonstrating the difference between organic and conventional architecture at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Pedro E. Geurrero: Photographs of Modern Life
Woodbury University Hollywood Space (WUHO)
6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 1-8 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 1-6 p.m.