February 2015 Art Center alumni notes

Illustration by Kim Ryu for the February 2, 2015 edition of the New York Times Sunday Book Review

Illustration by Kim Ryu for the February 2, 2015 edition of the New York Times Sunday Book Review

It’s been a fruitful awards season—and not just for the creative team behind Birdman. Art Center alums have amassed an impressive array of accolades, from the Caldecott Medal (the Oscars of children’s literature) to the Oscars themselves. So in lieu of glitzy after party, we’ve done the next (or perhaps next, next) best thing and compiled highlights from our alumni community’s recent accomplishments below. Enjoy!


Hugh Alexander (BFA 84 ILLU) completed a series of automotive illustrations for Mercedes-Benz commemorating their Formula One World Championship.

Maureen Brodbeck (BFA 04 PHOT) published Oeuvres Photographiques / Photographic Works 2004/2014, a monograph covering 10 years of work. Drago Publishing

Stuart Fingerhut (BS ENVL 10) won a Bronze award at the 29th Annual Exhibit Design Awards for his work with Scion. Exhibitor Online

Earl Gee (BFA 83 GRPK) was honored as one of three AIGA San Francisco Chapter Fellows for an outstanding career in Graphic Design. AIGA SF

Robert Kondo (BFA 02 ILLU) and Dice Tsutsumi were nominated for Best Animated Short at the Academy Awards for their film The Dam Keeper.  Academy Awards

So Youn Lee (BFA 12 ILLU) was featured in The Korea Times for her recent work  exploring themes of hope and happiness.  The Korean Times

Elran Ofir (MFA 14 GFILM) and Michael McDowell’s (MFA13 GBCP) short film Blake Chandler: Psychic Investigator was accepted into the Cannes Short Film Corner. Vimeo

Michael Okum (MFA 13 GBCP) premiered his first film, Expressway to your Skull, at the 2015 New Jersey Film Festival. NJ Film Fest

Bill Robles (BFA 61 ILLU) was featured in a KCRW article on his career as a courtroom illustrator. KCRW

Kim Ryu’s (BFA 14 ILLU) work was included in an article in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. New York Times

Dan Santat (BFA 11 ILLU) won the Caldecott Medal from the ALA for his children’s book The Adventures of Beeklel: The Unimaginary Friend. KCRW Feature


Charles Eckart’s (BFA 61 ADVT) retrospective exhibition opened at Triton Museum of Art. The Space Between February 21 – April 19.

Zhenya Gershman (MFA 01 GART) opened Larger Than Life at Bergamot Station. Zenya Gershman February 12 – March 21.

Stefan Bucher’s (BFA 96 ADVT) exhibition, Everything Is Going Exactly As Planned, organized by Terrill Thomas (BFA 92 ILLU), opened at Brandstater Gallery in Riverside.  Brandstater Gallery February 21 – March 12

David Ligare (BFA 65 ILLU) will be having a solo exhibition at Hirschel & Adler Modern in New York. Hirschel & Adler Modern April 9 – My 22

Adam Miller (MFA 08 GART) and Devon Oder (MFA 07 FINE) curated Where the Sand Worm Slumbers at Charlie James Gallery. Charlie James Gallery February 28 – April 11


Yusuke Nishimura (BFA 07 PHOT) is raising funds for his photography project documenting Japanese folk traditions. Fotofund


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