January 2015 Art Center alumni notes

Spike TV's Framework, a furniture design reality show, features Product Design alum, Nolan Niu as a judge

Spike TV’s Framework, a furniture design reality show, features Product Design alum, Nolan Niu as a judge

From Oxygen’s Street Art Throwdown to Spike TV’s Framework to the 2015 Academy Awards to Toyota’s MIRAI—Art Center alumni were featured across the media landscape, doling out expertise on art and design-based reality shows and creating inventive animation and futuristic vehicles. See the full scope of this month’s alumni accomplishments below.


Justin Bua (BFA 92 ILLU) is the executive producer, host and co-judge of the new Oxygen competition series Street Art Throwdown.  Oxygen

Edward Eyth’s (BS 85 PROD) original concept art, including his work on Back to the Future 2, is featured in an article on BuzzFeed.  BuzzFeed.

Stuart Fingerhut (BS 10 ENVL) is one of three designers profiled in the January issue of Visual Merchandising + Store Design. VMSD.

Hirokazu Ikuma (BS 05 TRAN) designed Toyota’s MIRAI, the world’s first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. The car is on sale in Japan and projected to be released in 2016. MIRAI

André Kim (BS 07 ENVL) was featured in Sprudge for his role as the senior concept designer for the new Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle. Sprudge

Tim Kobe (BS 82 ENVL), Wilhelm Oehl’s (BS 94 PROD) and the team at Eight Inc received the SPARK Award for their design of Shimano Cycling World. Spark Award

Robert Kondo’s (BFA 02 ILLU) animated short film Dam Keeper has been screened in more than 75 festivals and is a nominee for the 2015 Academy Awards. New York Times.

Laura Leiman (BS 99 GRPK) received a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council of Portland for a project involving students at two K-8 public schools. RACC

Diana Lui (BFA 92 PHOT) is conducting a six-month photography masterclass, starting January 17in Paris. Masterclass

Tara McPherson (BFA 01 ILLU) released two new prints of original paintings. Poster Child Prints.

Nolen Niu’s (BS 99 PROD) new show Framework premiered on Spike TV. Framework

Amber Podratz (BFA 04 GRPK) is one of the designers featured in Graphic Design USA’s People to Watch. GD USA.

Marc Robin (BFA 65 PHOT) exhibited new photographs at the one-year anniversary of Revu Fine Art in Palm Desert. Revu Fine Art

Edwin Ushiro (BFA 00 ILLU) released his new book, Gathering Whispers, at an event hosted by Giant Robot 2. Zero Plus Publishing

Nina Waisman (BFA 04 FINE) was appointed artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute. SETI

Syd Mead (BS 59 TRAN) was interviewed by Fireball Tim in his 5 Minute Drive Series. Fireball Tim


Mauren Brodbeck (BFA 04 PHOT) held a music performance, book presentation and opening reception for her solo exhibition BARENAKED in Hermance, Switzerland. Auer Photo Foundation. January 22 – March 1

Charles Eckhart (BFA 61 ADVT) will be exhibiting work in a retrospective solo show at the Triton Museum of Art. Triton Museum

Adam Miller’s (MFA 08 GART) solo exhibition HIVE MIND opened at Rocks Box Contemporary Fine Art. Rocks Box January 24 – February 8

Adam Miller (MFA 08 GART) and Devon Oder (MFA 07 GART), co-founders of the LA creative exhibition space The Pit, displayed limited editions books by their featured artists at Art Los Angeles Contemporary. The Pit January 29

Devon Oder’s (MFA 07 GART) solo exhibition Vivarium opened at Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland. Fourteen30 January 23 – March 8

Satyendra Pakhale (BS 94 PROD) installed a series of chairs for Design at Fairchild at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, FL. Design at Fairchild. December 6 – May 31

George Rodrigue (BFA 66 ADIL) is featured in George Rodrigue Comes Home: Under Iberia’s Live Oaks with George Rodrigue and his Blue Dog at New Iberia’s Bayou Teche Museum. Bayou Teche Museum. January – April

Monte Rogers (BFA 57 ADVT) exhibited work in a solo show at the Coos Art Museum. CAM. December – February 28

Christopher Marion Thomas (BFA 11 ILLU) was awarded a solo exhibition at the Houston Museum of African American Culture in Houston, Texas. Bert Long, Jr. Gallery. January 30 – February 15

Nina Waisman (BFA 04 FINE) is part of Play: In Three Acts, a three-person exhibition at the Beall Center for Art & Technology. Beall Center February 7 – May 2

Michael Yamaoka (BFA 68 PHOT) exhibited his photographic work Passages at the Madison Gallery in Manhattan. Gateway Art Center. December 19







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