June 2014 alumni news and notes

Photograph by Damon Casarez for the New York Times

Photograph by Damon Casarez for the New York Times

From The New York Times to Esquire, from Cannes to the Venice Biennale — Art Center alums have been busy making, making headlines and making their talents known within some of the world’s most prestigious events, platforms and publications. In addition to this primer on their accomplishments, we’re also inviting the Art Center alumni community to nominate candidates for this year’s Art Center Alumni Awards. Read on to learn more.


Damon Casarez’s (BFA 12 Photography) photo essay is featured as The New York Times Magazine cover story, titled, “It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave.” The portrait series includes college graduates forced to move into their parents’ homes due to financial hardship. The New York Times Magazine.

Damon was also interviewed by The New York Times Magazine blog about the inspiration for the series of portraits. The 6th Floor.

Ryan Young’s (BFA 12 Photography) photo essay, ‘Wandering,’ is featured in a 10-page spread in the June edition of Esquire. Ryan E Young.

Eva Hugenschmidt’s (BFA 91 Graphics/Packaging) business Epleslang, which harvests unused apples together with underserved communities to create natural apple juice, was awarded Norway´s Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Ferd Foundation. Ferd Foundation.

Hiroshi Sugimoto (BFA 74 Photography) was interviewed by The New York Times about his installation at Le Stanze del Vetro in Venice, Italy. In a glass cube set over a tiled pool, a traditional tea ceremony will be performed. The installation will be on view through the Venice Architecture Biennale. New York Times.

Sebastian Leda (BFA 00 Film) and his directing team, Dos Ex Maquina, were awarded a Silver Lion in the Film category at the 2014 edition of Cannes Lions for their spot titled, “Robocop.” Cannes Lions.

Zhenya Gershman’s (MFA 01 Art) collaborative multimedia project, SKIN-4, was featured on The Huffington Post.

Vivian Shih (BFA 13 Illustration) was one of 20 selected participants in this year’s 180 Creative Camp by Canal180. She will spend July 13 – 20 in Abrantes, Portugal, with innovative international creators in the areas of video, music, photography, design, cinema, architecture, installation and fine arts. 180 Creative Camp.

Faculty member Dominick R. Domingo (BFA 91 Illustration) recently launched his Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel, The Nameless Prince, which is available at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Nick Lu (BFA 2008 Illustration) co-illustrated the newly published book, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?: An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities. The book was reviewed on Los Angeles I’m Yours. Los Angeles I’m Yours.

Luciano Bove (BS 89 Transportation) spoke at TEDxCrocetta about car design as an ‘Act of Love.’ TEDxCrocetta.

Emily Malan’s (BFA 10 Photography) photograph was included in a New York street style article on ELLE UK.


Aaron Curry (MFA 03 Art) is exhibiting 80 works in a solo exhibition titled, “Bad Brain,” at CAPC musée d’art contemporain Bordeaux. CAPC musée d’art contemporain Bordeaux.

David Kordansky Gallery featured works by Kathryn Andrews (MFA 02 Art), Aaron Curry (MFA 03 Art) and faculty member William E. Jones in their booth at Art Basel. June 19 – 22.

Nancy Popp (BFA 97 Fine Art) is highlighted in a solo exhibition at Culver City gallery, Klowden Mann. The exhibition also includes two performances by Popp, both at the opening reception on June 28th, and a closing performance on August 9th. Klowden Mann. June 28 – August 9.

Don Jurwich (BFA 54 ADVT) is featured in a solo exhibition, “iCandy,” at the Animation Guild in Burbank. The Animation Guild. June 6 – 27.

The work of Edwin Ushiro (BFA 00 Illustration) will be featured in a solo exhibition at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles, entitled “Gathering Whispers.” Giant Robot. July 12 – 20.

A selection of new paintings by Kai Samuels-Davis (MFA 06 Film) are featured in a solo exhibition titled “Between Head and Hand” at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. Dolby Chadwick Gallery. September 4 — 27.

Theodora Allen (BA 09 Fine Art) is included in a group exhibition at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York City, titled, “Some Thoughts About Marks.” artdaily. June 27 – August 22.

Tory Lin (BFA 12 Illustration) will be exhibiting a selection of work in an exhibition titled, “Art in Various Forms” at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles. Avenue 50 Studio. July 12 – August 2.


Frank Nuovo (BS 86 Product) is crowdsourcing funds for Hopebeacon– the first Bluetooth LE smartband to broadcast and promote any charitable or meaningful cause via an innovative Datzing micro-location mobile application and platform. Hopebeacon.


Eight years ago we premiered the Art Center Alumni Awards, an annual recognition bestowed by the college and the office of Alumni Relations, with input from the internal Art Center community and global alumni community.

The Alumni Awards provide Art Center an opportunity to publicly recognize the talent, service and design influence of our alumni. The awards will be presented at the Fall 2014 Graduation ceremony on December 13th at 4pm.

Please send your nominations to the Alumni Relations office at alumni@artcenter.edu by October 1, 2014.

Categories for consideration:

Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award - Recognizing a lifetime of professional and/or creative achievement

Outstanding Service Alumni Award - Recognizing significant service to Art Center or realized humanitarian design impact

Young Alumni Innovator Award - Recognizing a notable professional or creative innovation, bestowed on a recent alumnus of the past 10 years

We appreciate and value your involvement in these awards and look forward to honoring a few members of our very talented global alumni community.

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