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ArtCenter community bands together to support former teacher and colleague Paul Hauge

Paul Hauge circa 1984. Photographer unknown. Image courtesy ArtCenter Archives.

Paul Hauge circa 1984. Photographer unknown. Image courtesy ArtCenter Archives.

For many of us, it is our toughest teachers we remember with the most affection. Not because we learned the most from them, although we usually did, but because their toughness signaled a confidence in us—that we were worth teaching, that we had potential. ArtCenter alum, former Graphic Design Chair and faculty member Paul Hauge was one of those teachers.

When asked about designers who influenced him, Paul once recounted, “early on during my student experience at ArtCenter, Lou Danziger pierced my rather large, over inflated self-absorbed ‘ego balloon’ which has saved my professional and private life on more occasions than I care to mention.”

I met Paul in San Francisco when my career was young and my goals were vague at best. Knowing next to nothing about graphic design, I had been asked to help with copywriting and editing for the Academy of Art College (now University) catalog. Paul was the lead designer and I recall battling with him regularly over the amount of copy I believed was essential. Early on in our relationship, he pierced my over inflated self-absorbed ego, passing on the lesson he learned from the aforementioned Danziger, and, in doing so, he helped me become a better writer. We worked together on a number of projects over the next few years and I continued to find his high standards exhausting but came to appreciate the thought and care he devoted to everything he did. Still, I was convinced he thought I was a complete idiot.

Paul Hauge and Steve Kim at work in Graphic Design office. Photo courtesy Nik Hafermaas

Paul Hauge and Steve Kim at work in Graphic Design office. Photo courtesy Nik Hafermaas

Many years and a few career moves later, I joined the Marketing and Communications team at ArtCenter and was delighted to run into Paul in the Student Dining Room. While we were reminiscing, I remember saying, “I had no idea what I was doing back in those days.”

Laughing, he replied, “you were one of the few that did.”

Paul’s relationship with ArtCenter started in the 1960s when he enrolled in the Advertising program (Graphic Design did not yet exist as a department). After graduating, Paul joined forces with fellow alum Hal Frazier, forming an enduring friendship and professional partnership that spanned more than 50 years and two continents. Together they founded Neumarket Design Associates in 1967, which started as a graphic design studio focused on print materials but developed into a full-service creative agency that was revolutionary at the time. Working directly with clients, eliminating account supervisors, the duo branched into packaging, commercial interiors, television commercials and titles, fashion presentations, cosmetic promotions and, for one client, singer Andy Williams, a beach house.

Paul and Hal also brought their innovative ideas and exacting standards back to ArtCenter, taking teaching and leadership roles at the College both in Pasadena and at ArtCenter Europe (which existed from 1986–1996).

As a teacher, Paul pushed students to be the best they could be, demanding that they gain a deep understanding of the work and the ability to explain it. The biggest sin was to design without purpose.

“The intelligent graphic designers think before they begin to manipulate art elements. This process is not gratuitous, but rather an articulate method of problem solving resulting in astute graphic solutions that truly motivate and communicate. To do otherwise is merely decoration,” Paul explained in ArtCenter’s 1981 catalog.

As a department chair, Paul mentored faculty, some of them former students. Ramone Muñoz recalls, “Paul created a sense of family among his teachers, which made them work together and work harder.”

Paul Hauge and guests viewing student work. 1975. Photo: Alice Hall

Paul Hauge and guests viewing student work. 1975. Photo: Alice Hall

Growing up an only child, ArtCenter became Paul’s family. Fiercely devoted to his career, students, colleagues and friends, Paul and his influence lives on. Those he taught and inspired have become designers, educators and mentors to the next generations. It is an enduring legacy that continues to enrich the design world.

And now, equally devoted friends and former colleagues have rallied to support Paul as his health has deteriorated.

Following his retirement in 2012, Paul considered moving to Laguna Beach to be closer to Hal. Noting Hal was busy consulting and painting, and with hints Paul was going to need help and support settling into a new environment, Steve Sieler, a former student who kept in touch following graduation and had developed a close friendship with Paul, suggested instead Paul join him in the Bay Area, where he was living at the time, and where ArtCenter has a thriving alumni community.

“I hadn’t seen Paul regularly in recent years up to that point, so, upon his arrival, it was a surprise for me to see how much he was struggling with confusion and forgetfulness,” said Steve. Regrettably, Steve was witnessing his friend and mentor experiencing the first stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Despite the unexpected and weighty responsibility of managing his needs,” Steve related, “I couldn’t turn away from someone who, up to that point in my life, had been a teacher, mentor, style-guru, influencer and friend. So, I began to help him manage his affairs. At first, we did it together; eventually it became my sole responsibility.”

Steve Kim, Paul Hauge, Nik Hafermaas, Steve Sieler. Photo courtesy Nik Hafermaas

Steve Kim, Paul Hauge, Nik Hafermaas, Steve Sieler. Photo courtesy Nik Hafermaas

Today, Paul lives in Laguna Niguel, in a care environment that supports his modest needs. Unfortunately, his expenses exceed his income. With limited, declining savings, Steve enlisted the help of fellow alum and current ArtCenter faculty member Dana Herkelrath, who was the first to raise her hand to say, “I want to help.”

Together, Dana and Steve spread word of Paul’s situation to a small number of former ArtCenter students and colleagues. For the past year, they have helped supplement Paul’s resources.

But, Steve notes, “our support group is small. And it’s becoming too much to continue to rely on these gracious, enthusiastic and generous individuals.”

Steve and Dana have recently created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to cover Paul’s continued care. Knowing he impacted so many lives and careers, they hope to reach those in the ArtCenter community who are not already aware of Paul’s situation.

Paul embraced ArtCenter, devoted his life to this community and influenced so many of us—I can’t think of a better reward than for him to experience the love and support that comes from being part of our large extended ArtCenter family.

Grad Art exhibition to open ArtCenter DTLA (formerly The Main Museum)

A presentation during Jeff Higashi’s Design for Health and Wellbeing class held at ArtCenter DTLA. Photo by Juan Posada.

A presentation during Jeff Higashi’s Design for Health and Wellbeing class held at ArtCenter DTLA. Photo by Juan Posada.

ArtCenter has agreed to utilize The Main Museum space, along Gallery Row at 114 W. 4 th Street in the city’s Old Bank District, for $1 a year for the next 10 years. The space will be renamed ArtCenter DTLA.

Among the first activities planned for ArtCenter’s new downtown location is an exhibit of artwork from MFA candidates in the College’s Graduate Art program. The “Going Clear” exhibition opens May 16 and continues through June 23. ArtCenter will offer workshops as part of the school’s public extension program and lectures centered around diversity, equity and inclusion. The College also intends to participate in the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk on the 2nd Thursday of each month when local galleries and art studios open their doors to the public.

“Our recent partnership with The Main provided us an opportunity to work with an incredible community of artists and activists, thinkers and makers in the Downtown area,” said ArtCenter Provost Karen Hofmann.

“As ArtCenter educational experiences continue to evolve, it’s imperative that we engage with the local community, and this new space sets us up to do just that.”

The site formerly housed The Main Museum, which opened in 2016 as an institution focused on Los Angeles art and artists. In May 2018, the College announced a programmatic partnership with The Main, through which ArtCenter used the location for a variety of purposes, including pop-up studio classrooms, public lectures, and as a home base for a number of public-facing projects. Simultaneously, under the guidance of museum director Allison Agsten and deputy director Alex Capriotti, The Main continued to run a residency program, gallery exhibitions and office hours for emerging artists.

Museum staff stepped down at the end of 2018 and the museum officially ceased operations. However, the partnership sparked conversations about the space between ArtCenter and museum co-founders Gilmore and Perrone.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Allison and Alex for introducing us to The Main and its wonderful, vibrant community,” Buchman added. “We’re proud to pick up on the great work they started, even as we add our own dimension of professional and student work, incorporate a focus on design, and provide new educational opportunities for the public.”

Tom Gilmore and Jerri Perrone are partners in Gilmore Associates and co-founders of The Main Museum. Gilmore Associates will continue to own the 11,500 square-foot building which includes a 3,500 square-foot gallery on the ground floor and a second 2,750 square-foot gallery on the mezzanine, as well as artist studios and administrative offices.

“We’re grateful to Tom and Jerri for their generosity in providing us with this new downtown space,” Buchman said. “We plan to serve as a resource to the L.A. art community by presenting exhibitions and programs integrating the mission of the former Main Museum with the mission of ArtCenter.”

Product Design graduate is a force of good

AMeddaughReceiving recognition from industry for a student project is a lofty, but not unreasonable, goal for an ArtCenter student. It is also not unusual for an award-winning project to be recognized by multiple organizations. Having that project attract the attention of the national media happens with less frequency—and it would have been hard to predict that the most recent student project to attract this level of attention was a portable toilet design.

For Product Design student Anna Meddaugh, however, who came to ArtCenter to pursue social impact design after a career in public health, her Night Loo project, that has the potential to save refugee women and girls from the threat of sexual violence, is a natural blending of her background and interests.

In addition to a BS in Product Design and a minor in Social Innovation offered by the Designmatters department, Anna is graduating with distinction and was a nominee for the Student Leadership Award.

Driven by “a desire to be a force for good in the world,” she served as a mentor to her peers at the same time as helping communities, both local and international, through Designmatters. We caught up with the high-achiever shortly before graduation to check in on the status of the Night Loo and her plans for the future.

Campus News: What drew you to ArtCenter?

Anna Meddaugh: I chose ArtCenter for the Designmatters program, following my passion for social design.

CN: As a second-career student, how has your past experience informed your approach as a student and as a designer?

AM: My previous career in public health (and previous degree in sociology) definitely informs my perspective throughout the design process—particularly when considering what motivates users, or the broader impacts of a design solution. I tend to gravitate toward projects that have a social impact or public health element to them— the types of problems I’m most interested in solving.

CN: One of your projects, the Night Loo, gained tremendous attention, receiving recognition from the Core77 Design Awards (Student Notable), the James Dyson Award (National Finalist), the Denhart Sustainability Award (Special Recognition) and the Global Grad Show in Dubai. Additionally, Fast CompanyDezeen and Azure all wrote stories about the project.

Was the attention welcome or a distraction? What was the most surprising or rewarding aspect of receiving recognition for this project?

AM: The recognition has been a strong motivator for continuing to develop the Night Loo and working to bring it into production; until I bring a solution to those who need it, the awards feel premature.

The most rewarding aspect has been discovering that other people agree that the safety and dignity of refugee women and girls matters. This gives me hope for humanity.

CN: Where is the Night Loo now—is there thought to developing it into a product?

AM: I redesigned the Night Loo as my capstone project, and my next steps are establishing partnerships, pursuing funding and user testing in refugee camps.

CN: What part of being a student at ArtCenter have you enjoyed the most?

AM: Connecting with amazing people—fellow students, faculty and staff, alike.

CN: What is your favorite place on campus?

AM: Wherever the deer are!

CN: What are you looking forward to doing once you are no longer an ArtCenter student?

AM: I’m looking forward to establishing a healthier balance of work and leisure time—especially relaxing with friends.

Leadership is not always comfortable and student leader Lauren Williams is OK with that

Photo: Juan Posada

Photo: Juan Posada

An ArtCenter education is demanding and rigorous and we expect our students to become the best they can be; one student expects the same from us.

Inspired by James Baldwin, who famously insisted on his right to “criticize America perpetually”, Lauren Williams, MFA candidate in Media Design Practices, has participated in the ArtCenter community with a critical eye and a focused determination to leave it a better institution than she found it. Coming from a place of admiration and respect, she resolutely demanded the College face complex and uncomfortable issues of racism, intentionally and directly. Recognizing her leadership and contributions to the College, Williams has been chosen as the Spring 2019 recipient of the Student Leadership Award.

Each term, the College reaches out to the campus population for nominations from peers, faculty and staff. All nominations are considered by a committee of faculty, staff and students and they select the student who most demonstrates leadership through their participation in ArtCenter’s campus life, community outreach, student organizations and department initiatives.

Williams entered ArtCenter in the fall of 2016, a time when institutions of higher education throughout the country were reacting to a new wave of student activism focusing on issues of racism on campus. Although ArtCenter had prioritized efforts to create a more diverse community of people (students, faculty and staff) and thought (curriculum and culture), Williams saw a pressing need to focus on issues of equity—desiring “a learning environment and academic community free of race-related aggressions, small or large, intentional or unintentional; procedures to air grievances and processes to hold aggressors (whether individuals or the institution) accountable when these aggressions do occur; and safe spaces that remind them they belong here.” (, Our Stories) As a result, Williams, along with fellow MDP students Bianca Nozaki-Nasser and Godiva Veliganilao Reisenbichler launched The Antiracist Classroom initiative (ARC).

Describing the impact of the ARC, a faculty member noted, “Lauren, with her signature forthrightness and dexterity managed to not only build a kind of informal consortium of antiracist entities at ArtCenter – ranging from undergraduate student clubs to individual faculty members incorporating antiracist pedagogy into their classes to library staff assembling archives of art and design work by students of color—but to develop and lead ArtCenter’s first graduate student conference (“Reconstructing Practice”) focusing on antiracist practices in art and design education, for which she also secured institutional funding.”

“Reconstructing Practice” was, in the eyes of one faculty member, “by far the most meaningful and impressive [academic symposia at ArtCenter] down to its very last detail.”

In addition to her work with the Antiracist Classroom, as student member of the College’s Research Committee Williams undertook a comprehensive review of current research practices, interviewing over 40 faculty and staff members and producing a detailed report that included recommendations on how to make the College’s research more professional, ethical and in line with standards at peer institutions. By delivering the report, she singlehandedly completed a project that had languished on the Committee’s agenda for years.

Lauren used what one faculty member described as her “formidable professional skillset,” developed during her pre-ArtCenter experience in the non-profit world, to every endeavor she tackled in her efforts to transform and improve the College.

That background proved invaluable when she signed on as a Teaching Assistant for the then-new Study Away course, Learning from Detroit, which challenged students to conduct community-based research to identify new frameworks and vocabularies for thinking about the city and its role in the US and world. Her experience with qualitative research, policy advocacy and program management proved essential not only to the construction of the curriculum but also the development of community networks in Detroit.

Fellow students who wrote in support of Williams’ nomination admired her courage in tackling difficult issues at the College with unwavering forthrightness, dedication to the community, depth of knowledge and teaching skills and personal kindness, patience and encouragement.

One faculty member was effusive in her admiration, “[s]tudents like Lauren are the reason I teach; colleagues like Lauren are the reason I continue to choose a career in design education.”

Choosing one student to receive this coveted award is always a difficult task for the committee. Each term, there are nominees who are not chosen who have, without question, shaped and contributed to the ArtCenter community in impressive ways and they all deserve recognition for their cocurricular efforts to enhance and improve the College experience for others.

Product Design graduate Anna Meddaugh was nominated for the Leadership Award in recognition of tireless dedication to and support for her fellow students. Entering ArtCenter at the age of 40, Meddaugh worked for 11 different departments at ArtCenter, taking on roles of Student Worker, Teaching Assistant and Peer Coach, among others. Embodying qualities she values in others—be generous (with ideas, praise, encouragement); be respectful, kind and gentle; be truthful—Meddaugh engendered great affection and admiration from the community members who nominated her.

Tito Gonzalez, a first-generation college student and child of immigrants, was a champion for his fellow students. As the student government department representative for the Transportation Design department, he took time to introduce himself in classes so that the students he represented would be comfortable seeking him out if they needed him. Witnessing the toll that the overwhelming workload of one class had on fellow students, he approached department leadership to explain the cost, both financial (when students split the course over two terms resulting in double tuition) and physical (when students would forgo sleeping and eating to complete the required work in a timely manner). The department listened and modified course requirements to a more reasonable level. Tito also worked closely with a past beloved faculty member, Pamela Blackwell, to bring design to impoverished youth communities and planned a showcase of cherished photographs on campus at the 2017 Car Classic from Pamela’s family collection after her death. He was also instrumental in proposing and shaping the Food Insecurity program on campus that provides food and/or prepaid cafeteria cards to any student who is hungry through his work with the Diversity Council.

Nick Laub was recognized by the community for his dedication to his peers as a mentor and leader. He served as a student Orientation Leader for ten terms, participated in student government as a department representative and vice president and worked as a teaching assistant for numerous classes over four departments.

Asli Akdemir was commended for her advocacy, leadership and commitment to the community. Serving in various student government roles and working as a teaching assistant, nominators noted her kindness, generosity and willingness to support her peers as well as her confidence, fearlessness and determination to make a positive impact at ArtCenter.

Footwear Design Legend D’Wayne Edwards to speak at Spring Graduation

Credit: Marcus Yam

Credit: Marcus Yam

Inspirational footwear design legend D’Wayne Edwards will receive an honorary degree from ArtCenter and deliver the commencement address at the spring graduation ceremony Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10 a.m. at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Following the ceremony, which will be livestreamed here, Grad Show will be open in the Pasadena Convention Center where the approximately 220 spring graduates have their work on display.

Edwards, former design director of Nike’s Jordan brand, has mentored hundreds of sneaker fans and young creatives, guiding them to become designers through his PENSOLE Academy in Portland, Oregon.

Edwards’ start in the industry came after he submitted a new shoe sketch every day into the suggestion box of L.A. Gear, where he worked as a file clerk. After six months, the suggestion he included with every sketch, to hire him as a footwear designer, was realized. At 19, he became the youngest, and one of the few African American footwear designers in the industry. His designs have sold more than $1 billion worldwide.

Los Angeles native Edwards started PENSOLE as a place where students from diverse backgrounds could learn footwear design. Collaborating with ArtCenter and corporations such as Foot Locker, he has created a footwear designer pipeline to employment at top brands.

He has been instrumental in expanding the network and programming for the College in Portland and will be recognized for his accomplishments and the impact he has had on ArtCenter’s community.

“D’Wayne is a visionary who has made career dreams come true for so many aspiring designers,” said ArtCenter Provost Karen Hofmann. “His commitment to educate a diverse next generation of footwear design professionals and work with brands to employ this new wave of talent is an extraordinary achievement that will create incredible value for the industry and the market for years to come.”

Each year, ArtCenter students travel to Portland to immerse themselves in the footwear and sports apparel mecca. Students attend workshops at PENSOLE to envision future concepts, create prototypes for target markets, participate in brand-sponsored projects and study-away intensive programs to learn the business side of footwear design. During the PENSOLE workshops, Edwards invites numerous design professionals from top athletic brands such as Nike, adidas and Under Armour, to critique the work and provide career advice. Many of the guests, who are ArtCenter alumni and worked with Edwards during his career, are involved based on the “pay it forward” premise to mentor the next generation of designers.

Among those mentored by Edwards is alum Ari Montanez, who realized his NBA dreams through design. While in high school, Montanez met Edwards who suggested he apply to ArtCenter. Montanez followed Edwards’ advice and recently earned a degree in Product Design. A few months before he graduated, Montanez accepted a job offer from No.One, a start-up sneaker company in Venice specializing in high-end handmade shoes. “I realized I may not be able to make it on the court as a player but I can figure out a way to make it on the court with my drawing,” said Montanez.

ArtCenter has a long history of placing graduates at the major footwear brands. Footwear design leaders and alumni such as Kevin Fallon at Under Armour, Safir Bellali at VF Corporation, Al Van Noy and John Munns at adidas, and Martin Lotti and Mark Smith at Nike return to the Pasadena campus often to tap the minds of students. They sponsor classes and recruit new talent in order to remain relevant in the dynamic and competitive world of footwear design.

Pasadena’s ArtNight, with ArtCenter origins, brings visitors to galleries on both campuses

Photo: Chris Hatcher

Photo: Chris Hatcher

ArtNight Pasadena, a bi-annual open house featuring over 20 Pasadena arts, cultural, music and performance organizations, held March 8, drew hundreds of visitors to ArtCenter to view exhibitions at three of our galleries, from Hillside to South Campus.

ArtNight is a free public event with ArtCenter origins. Twenty years ago Vice President and Williamson Gallery Director Stephen Nowlin and Armory Center for the Arts’ Gallery Director Jay Belloili collaborated on the idea of promoting the many cultural offerings in to be found in Pasadena. Working with colleagues at the Norton Simon Museum, One Colorado and Southwest Chamber Music, ArtNight was born. Designers from our Marketing and Communications Department have provided pro-bono graphic design for the event since its inception. The original ArtNight logo was designed by an ArtCenter student in 1999 and redesigned by MarCom’s design team in 2004.

Two decades later, ArtNight is a model public/private partnership. With the City of Pasadena’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Department as general manager along with a committee of reps from each non-profit venue and generous funding from the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission, the popular occasion takes place the second Fridays of March and October. Each evening draws over 30,000 visitors who explore exhibits, performances and activities, and utilize free shuttle-buses that ferry them from venue to venue throughout the four-hour long festivities. Hundreds of guests explored ArtCenter’s galleries—GARB at Hillside’s Williamson Gallery, Mike/Sierra/Tangotypography at the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography at South Campus’ 950 building, and Details of Design at the 1111 building’s Mullin Gallery, were all official participants in the March 2019 ArtNight.

The next ArtNight will take place on October 11, 2019, from 6 to 10pm. Grab a friend, gather the family, and experience the fun, diversity, wonder, and intrigue of the arts in Pasadena!

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#ComicSansTakeover—the much-maligned font gains respectability for accessibility

ACCD_comicsansThousands of designers descended on Pasadena last week to attend the AIGA Design Conference. One of the highlights of the first day was a talk given by Liz Jackson, founder of The Disabled List, a disability-led, self advocacy organization that is creating opportunities in design by integrating specific, disability-led ways of knowing into design pedagogy and practice.

As part of her talk, Jackson encouraged those in attendance to participate in a #ComicSansTakeover, redesigning their organization’s logo using the Comic Sans font and posting it on social media.

While Comic Sans is hated by most graphic designers, it is actually one of the most accessible fonts for people with disabilities (because it is sanserif and imperfect, it is particularly easy for people with dyslexia to read).

As Jackson explained on Twitter, “the goal with #ComicSansTakeover is to get designers and organizations to think deeply about their perceptions of and practices around disability. I want you to ask what disability could mean for your brand. What are your best practices?”

The challenge was quickly met, as Pentagram Design. AIGA, Very Nice, AIGA Eye on Design, an accounting firm in the UK (Pennine) and more quickly posted their Comic Sans logos. ArtCenter participated with versions for the College and for our Designmatters program.

Our commitment goes beyond tweeting a logo—we don’t want to ignore the message behind the challenge and we must and will do more to design with disability, rather than for disability.

Why do we design? These Denhart Prize winners have the answer.

A system for harvesting water, an e-waste solution and an affordable temporary structure to combat homelessness—these student projects constitute the winning lineup of the 2018-2019 Denhart Sustainability Scholarship Prize competition.

The awards recognize outstanding projects that integrate sustainability with superior design outcomes, and have the potential to influence art and design education and advance professional practice. In addition to recognition, the student designers are rewarded with significant scholarship funds.

Created through a generous gift from Gun Denhart and her son, Product Design alumnus Christian, the annual prizes support students who are making environmental and social criteria a priority of their work. This year’s applications were judged by a team comprised of Professor and Director of Sustainability Initiatives Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Christian Denhart and this year’s guest judge, alumna Jessie Kawata, principal design activation director for Microsoft.

Offering kudos, Provost Karen Hofmann expressed “congratulations to all the students and faculty involved in these projects!! It is impressive and inspiring to see how much the Denhart family has committed to supporting this initiative. Many thanks to Heidrun for spearheading this valuable scholarship over the years.”

  • The $15,000 first prize was awarded to Marie-Louise Elsener for her project Aquora, a water harvesting system capable of providing water to communities experiencing climate-related water scarcity. The bio-inspired and energy-efficient Aquora tower concept collects and stores 200-350 liters of water per day for local use.
  • A second prize of $10,000 was awarded to Mana Koike for sweep, an electronics re-use and re-cycling system, supported by an app and collection kiosks. Partnering with Homeboy Electronics Recycling, sweep keeps e-waste out of the trash, promotes conscious e-consumption and builds a robust e-recycling infrastructure.
  • Andres Zavala received $5,000 for Nest, a bridge home that puts Los Angelenos on a path out of homelessness and into supportive housing. The material efficient design provides a serene, secure and enhancing space. The $1,800 per unit cost maximizes the number of units that can be built, increasing the potential social impact of this project.
  • Dewey Yu was given special recognition for packlight, a lamp made from its own packaging. The unique design and material choices is an example of exploration and experimentation of sustainability best practices

Speaking on behalf of the jury, Mumper-Drumm stated, “the jury thanks all student applicants and their faculty for contributing to the growing capacity within art and design to create solutions that address sustainability. Please join us in congratulating the winners!”

The Clothesline Project on view as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Photo: Juan Posada

Photo: Juan Posada

The College is recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) by presenting a series of events and workshops to educate the community, raise awareness and reduce incidences of sexual violence on campus. One of several ArtCenter initiatives during the month is the Clothesline Project, a powerful visual display of t-shirts with graphic messages and illustrations designed by survivors of sexual violence as a way to express themselves and serve as a testimony to their experience. An exhibition of the clothesline is free and open to the public from March 26 through April 12 on the Bridge at Hillside and from April 15 through April 30 at the front entrance to the 950 building.

“We’ve had an incredible response from the ArtCenter community to our first-ever Clothesline Project,” said Sadara DeVonne, Department of Human Resources administrator and Title IX coordinator, who is leading the campuswide programs in support of SAAM. “I’m very pleased to see so many individuals participating in this important exercise to increase awareness, celebrate the strength to survive, promote healing and provide an avenue for survivors to break the silence that often surrounds their experiences.”

The entire community has joined the effort because participation is not limited to survivors of sexual assault. Many individuals have created shirts bearing a message of support, encouragement or tribute to others, such as “You Are Not Alone,” “We Support Survivors,” “There Is Hope,” “Not On My Campus,” or “Not In My Workplace.”

DeVonne acknowledges that the Clothesline Project can be a powerful and emotional experience requiring sensitivity from all members of ArtCenter’s community. She emphasizes that support is available on and off campus to students, faculty and staff in need of resources.

The Clothesline Project is a global phenomenon to remind people of the real meaning of violence statistics that are often ignored. It originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 when a member of the Cape Cod’s Women’s Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them.

Additional ArtCenter programs to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month include the following:

  • Official SAAM Kickoff on March 28 is an awareness event with campus and community partners such as ArtCenter’s Title IX Task Force, CARE Team, Student Counseling Services, Campus Security, the Pasadena Police Department, the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center Sexual Assault Response Team, Peace Over Violence, Aetna and CIGNA.
  • Harassment Prevention Training will take place throughout the month of April when all faculty and staff receive mandatory online training on the prevention of harassment, discrimination, sexual violence and an overview of Title IX. Student training begins this summer.
  • Day of Action: Wear Teal Day on April 2 On this day, sexual violence coalitions across the country will display a teal ribbon as a symbol of awareness and prevention. Teal—often associated with trust, devotion and healing—is designated as the official color of SAAM.
  • Yoga ArtCenter’s April 4 yoga class will be held in honor of sexual assault awareness.
  • Dog Therapy On April 9 dog therapy with furry friends trained to provide affection, comfort and love will be available for students, faculty and staff.
  • Day of Action: Denim Day on April 24 Denim Day began in 1999 when women in the Italian Parliament called for a “skirt strike” and wore denim jeans to work to protest an Italian court that overturned the conviction of an instructor who was found guilty of raping an 18-year-old student. Since then, schools, business and organizations throughout the world have observed Denim Day by wearing denim to promote sexual assault awareness each April.
  • Self-defense Class Participants will learn realistic self-defense tactics and techniques to increase awareness, assertiveness and safety on April 30 and May 1.

As ArtCenter promotes these programs to educate and increase awareness about sexual violence and prevention throughout our campus community during SAAM, DeVonne said it is important to remember the College offers support to anyone who might need it throughout the year. Community members are encouraged to read Common Myths and Facts about Sexual Violence for more information.

Sean Adams Appointed Chair of Graphic Design Programs

SeanAdamsProvost Karen Hofmann announced that, after an extensive international search, the College has named Sean Adams, recognized as one of the most influential graphic designers in the United States, to the position of chair of the Graphic Design department. Adams, who has been teaching at ArtCenter for 15 years and helped launch the wildly successful Graduate Graphic Design program, most recently served as interim chair of the department. He officially took over the permanent role on March 11, 2019.

“Sean’s dynamic leadership of the ground-breaking graduate graphic design program was instrumental in the rapid-fire success of this new enterprise in less than three years, way ahead of the five-year enrollment goal,” said Hofmann. “His deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the need to raise funds for scholarships are just a few of the many reasons he is the ideal candidate for the position.”

“I am excited to serve ArtCenter and thrilled to lead our community of imaginative risk-takers as they push boundaries and design the future,” said Adams.

During his candidacy for this position responsible for both the undergraduate and graduate Graphic Design programs, Adams emphasized the need for the department to prioritize thinking and exploration of new conceptual and formal practices in light of how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the business of outsourcing, impact traditional graphic design practices. He stressed the need to balance the craft of graphic design with an emphasis on problem-solving, disruption, risk-taking and empathy to prepare students to have viable and long-standing careers in multiple media. He also articulated his drive to diversify the graphic design student and faculty population, culture and curriculum to better reflect the audiences the industry serves.

During the last several years, Adams has served on the editorial board of Design Observer, a website devoted to a range of design topics; he has continued to author celebrated books and publications and has developed numerous courses for (now, LinkedIn Learning). He is the only two-term national president in the history of the AIGA, the professional association for design, that serves 70 chapters and more than 25,000 members worldwide.

Prior to teaching at ArtCenter, Adams was co-founder of the internationally recognized firm AdamsMorioka from 1994 until 2014. Currently, he works with a range of clients through his practice, The Office of Sean Adams. His clients have included The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Walt Disney Company, The Getty, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Nickelodeon and Sundance.

In 2014, Adams was awarded the AIGA Medal, the highest honor in the profession. As an AIGA Fellow and Aspen Design Fellow, he has been recognized and published in numerous industry mediums including How, Print, Step, Communication Arts and Graphis. His work has been exhibited often, including a solo exhibition at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. ID Magazine cited him as one of the 40 most important people shaping design internationally and GDUSA names him one of the top ten influential designers working in the United States.

An alumnus of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Adams is a proud board member of FullCircle, a group of individuals committed to supporting ArtCenter students on their educational journey and in developing successful career paths.

Adam’s appointment follows a comprehensive search to identify and attract a diverse and highly qualified group of potential candidates from around the world. Hofmann expressed gratitude to the committee of students, faculty and staff who conducted the search. The committee’s extensive process included multiple rounds of interviews, presentations, reference checks and gathering input from the ArtCenter community.