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Spring fever: Grad Art alum Alexis Marguerite Teplin melds performance, painting and a passion for ballet in Stravinsky-themed Zürich exhibition

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Alexis Marguerite Teplin

Elas, 2012, oil on linen by Alexis Marguerite Teplin (courtesy Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland)

Graduate Art alumna Alexis Marguerite Teplin’s practice is noted for a theatricality based in seduction, artificiality and cultural signification–themes that harken back to Igor Stravinsky’s scandalous 1913 ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), culminating in the “sacrificial dance” of a young girl.

Fitting, then, that California-born, London-based Teplin is among the artists invited by the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, housed in a former brewery in Zürich, to create new work that addresses the ballet, its context and its history for Sacre 101—An Exhibition Based on The Rite of Spring.

In Teplin’s live performance piece P and C, taking place at the museum next Thursday, April 24, features the sound and movement of two actors (and of Teplin herself) performing in a burlesque manner in front of one of her large-scale paintings, wearing brightly colored costumes she designed. The artist was inspired by Natalia Goncharova, an avant-garde costume and set designer for Ballets Russes, the company that originally performed The Rite of Spring a century ago. P and C is Teplin’s second performance work; her first, The Party, was commissioned by London’s Serpentine Gallery.

On view through May 11, the Sacre 101 exhibition presents contemporary works alongside a selection of Sacre documentation, much of which is being shown in a museum context for the first time.



‘New Eye’ brings a collection of visionary Illustration alumni to L.A. Art Show

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

As the longest running venue for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art in the U.S., the L.A. Art Show has connected collectors with established and emerging artists for nearly 20 years. Looking to build on that reputation, the organizers asked Red Truck Gallery owner Noah Antieau to curate a collection of work within the show to break down barriers, buck convention and create a new vocabulary. In turn, Antieau asked Aaron Smith, Art Center alumnus and Associate Chair of Illustration, to assemble a collection of work by Art Center’s Illustration alumni. The result is an Art Center installation entitled New Eye, which will join a selection of innovative galleries to form “Littletopia,” on display January 15-19 at LA Convention Center.

“Littletopia and the L.A. Art Show are a perfect fit for the Illustration Department,” Smith says. “We’re always looking to connect students and recent alumni with galleries and savvy collectors who understand the importance of investing in emerging artists. And the show offers us as a unique platform to offer those collectors a curated view of some of Art Center’s most brilliant Illustration/Fine Art alumni.”

So how is “Littletopia” creating a new vocabulary?  Smith notes that,  “the innovative, skillful and imaginative work of our alums is rooted in traditional and modern art forms; but our illustration perspective isn’t afraid to break down barriers or buck convention every now and then.”

Illustration alums whose work will be on display, include Erin Burrell, Ryan Cho, David Cook, Ben Sanders, Fleurette West and Julie Yeo, joined by current upper-term Illustration student Jane Lee (see their work in the above slideshow).

The term ‘New Eye,’ is borrowed from the diverse tracks of study available within Art Center’s Illustration program, which encompasses Illustration Design, Entertainment Arts, Motion Illustration and Fine Art Painting — with later forming the basis for the work at L.A. Art Show. “It’s a term that our students and alumni respond well to,” explains Smith, “and it really summarizes the fresh perspective coming out of the Illustration Department.”

In addition to the New Eye exhibit, many other Art Center alums will also have their work on view, including Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, Aron Wisenfeld, Ray Turner and Aaron Smith himself.

Let us know some of your favorite works from the show and who else you bump into from Art Center.

Share a story, change the world

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Michael Freund directs an actor in Sony: Change the World

Michael Freund directs an actor in Sony: Change the World

Struck by a single image of a community organizer using a handheld camera to document the plight of low-income workers in Los Angeles, alumni Michael Freund and John Savedra took it upon themselves to create a Sony Electronics spec film, to honor mobile media’s power to create positive change.


Taking the fast lane to the future of transportation

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Sin Palace: Horizontal Section Cut by Michael Webb, published in The Car in 2035.

Sin Palace: Horizontal Section Cut by Michael Webb, published in The Car in 2035.

Spearheaded by Graduate Art alumna and former faculty member Kati Rubinyi, The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future seeks to engage a broad readership in the aesthetically and intellectually complex relationship between cars and the physical environment. More than a handful of Art Center folks have contributed to the book, which features essays by Graduate Transportation Design Executive Director Geoff Wardle and Graduate Art Chair Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, among others, and illustrations by alumna Jiha Hwang GMDP 11. Published in March, the book and the issues it addresses became the driving force behind the creation of the nonprofit Civic Projects Foundation, founded and led by Rubinyi. Its mission—initiating projects for the public benefit that break down silos among professional disciplines—was inspired, in part, by Art Center. “My education and later experience at the College did nothing less than pry open my mind to new values and to other communities of practice, which was a much-needed antidote to my professional experience at that time,” says Rubinyi, whose background is in urban planning, architecture and art. Civic Projects welcomes collaboration and support from anyone who recognizes the need for more creativity in positively shaping the future of urban and suburban Southern California.

This story originally appeared in Art Center’s Dot magazine. Check out Dot online for more news of alumni and faculty exhibitions, products, books, films and social impact. For a closer look at Art Center’s role in shaping the future of car design, check out this recent Westways magazine profile of Geoff Wardle.

Red Hen Press Event Features Art Center Faculty Member Lita Albuquerque

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Stars will align on Art Center’s South Campus rooftop on Tuesday, April 23, when poets and artists come together for a special event focused on separate projects exploring Antarctica created by Katharine Coles and Lita Albuquerque. Coles, Utah Poet Laureate Emeritus, and Albuquerque, Art Center Graduate Art faculty member, will be joined by Poetry Foundation President and Red Hen poet John Barr. Hosted by Red Hen Press, an organization committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity and promoting literacy in our local schools, the event will also feature a poetry reading by Barr.

Lita Albuquerque in Antarctica

Lita Alburquerque installing STELLAR AXIS in 2006.

The Earth Is Not Flat (Red Hen Press, 2013) by Coles was inspired by her trip to Antarctica funded by the National Science Foundation. Filled with poetry that enters the infinite space/time continuum that is the southern bowl of the planet, The Earth Is Not Flat both observes and engages the idea of what the environment of the South Pole means as humans encounter it.

Albuquerque created the artwork, Stellar Axis, on the Ross Ice Shelf at the South Pole from Dec. 14-27, 2006, and she provided Red Hen Press with one of the photos of the installation for the cover of Coles’ poetry collection. Stellar Axis is an ephemeral installation of a star map on ice. Albuquerque and her team placed ninety-nine blue spheres on the ice to correspond with the stars above them, stars not visible at that time of year when it was light all the time.

As Albuquerque said, “I am interested in change of scale: how the observer affects the object of observation; space as a void; non-space existing in time… Some brittle stars exist in the Antarctic and Arctic, and some are found even in the deepest parts of the ocean where there is no sunlight. Others have exquisitely developed crystalline lenses, formed from the bone in their skeletons, which focus light inside their bodies and enable them to see. But this is not blackness, it is full of something from long ago with the potential of something yet to be.” [ed. note: Stellar Axis was also featured on the cover of Art Center’s Dot magazine (Spring 2012), which included a feature story on another of Albuquerque’s seminal projects, Spine of the Earth.]

Archetype Press, Art Center’s experimental letterpress workshop overseen by Professor Gloria Kondrup, will be creating limited edition broadsides to commemorate the occasion.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Red Hen Press website.

Faculty Member Sean Adams Donates Proceeds of MOO.COM Collaboration to Art Center Scholarship Fund

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Art Center faculty member Sean Adams.

Sean Adams

Art Center faculty member Sean Adams, partner and co-founder of the branding and strategic design firm AdamsMorioka, recently collaborated with MOO.COM to create their newest collection of high-end business cards for The Luxe Project.

When deciding which charity would receive 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the business cards, Sean selected the Art Center Scholarship Fund and the purchase of any cards in Adams’ three collections—totaling 42 different designs—between now and the end of August will benefit Art Center students.

You can purchase any of Adams’ designs — Pattern and Colour, Sad Places or Ships Ahoy! — from MOO.COM.

Commenting on his choice to support the Art Center Scholarship Fund, Adams said, “As a teacher I’ve seen too many remarkable people leave school because they couldn’t afford to continue. When I see a student who is brilliant, passionate and who works like a dog, lose the resources to finish school, it is a loss not just to his or her own experience. It’s a loss of an incredible resource and voice to the world.

“None of us would have become successful without the help of the generation ahead of us. I myself wouldn’t have finished school without scholarship help,” he continued. “It feels great to know that I can give back and be a small part in making Art Center students the most incredible and successful designers graduating in the world today.”

As part of MOO’s efforts to make quality products and top-level design available for anyone to create their own unique identity, Luxe Business Cards are high-quality, super-thick, customizable cards that feature limited edition designs.

Adams said, “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to design cards for anyone to use and that MOO has given me the ability to support our future designers in this way. So thrilled that I couldn’t stop with just one collection, so I designed three.”

Images and more information about the designs follow. (more…)

Art Center Students Rack Up Core77 Design Awards

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Core77 Award RibbonFollowing a week of rolling announcements, Art Center is happy to congratulate the teams behind six noteworthy projects selected as Student Winners in the 2012 Core77 Design Awards, which celebrate the richness of the design profession and the brilliance of its practitioners. Among the award winners, our Product Design students’ solutions for medical devices and uniforms are valued in the Equipment and Soft Goods categories, Designmatters’ Safe Agua projects were recognized for their Social Impact, and a collaboration between Grad ID and the Drucker School is noted in the area of Strategy & Research.

CATEGORY: Equipment
PROJECT: Pal IV Pump System
JURY COMMENTS: Not only does this design pay attention to people’s physical need, but also their psychological needs in their most painful period.

CATEGORY: Equipment
PROJECT: Syncro – Post-surgical knee rehabilitation device
JURY COMMENTS: Unlike many professional medical devices with a cold, mechanical form, this design is very user friendly with its organic form and inviting user interface, which encourage patients to use it with joy.


Core77 award winner "Syncro," a post-surgical knee rehabilitation device, was designed by Art Center student James Cha.

CATEGORY: Social Impact
DESIGNER/TEAM NAME: Kimberly Chow and Carlos Vides
PROJECT: Safe Agua: Balde a Balde
CLIENT: Innovation Center, Un Techo Para Mi Pais
JURY COMMENTS: This product shows that even relatively humble designs can make a big difference to people’s lives.

CATEGORY: Social Impact
DESIGNER/TEAM NAME: Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You
PROJECT: Safe Agua: GiraDora
CLIENT: Innovation Center, Un Techo Para Mi Pais
JURY COMMENTS: So much going for it – a great concept that works on all the required levels to be a success.

CATEGORY: Soft Goods
PROJECT: Allayant – A shirt with built-in back support for paramedics
JURY COMMENTS: We really loved how [far] the Allayant reached. This was a big undertaking. It is rare to see such an innovative solution that is so well aesthetically resolved in a student project.

CATEGORY: Strategy & Research
DESIGNER/TEAM NAME: Art Center College of Design Grad ID and the Drucker Graduate School of Management
CLIENT: Southern California Public Radio
JURY COMMENTS: The KPCC+ strategy is notable because of the breadth of analysis that was done to increase listenership. They did a good job of targeting, understanding and designing for a complex and changing market and technology. Excellent process and project!

In addition to winning an award for KPCC+, the video testimonial submitted to Core77 as part of the entry process was showcased on the award site for being particularly informative.

The winners of each category will receive the C77DA trophy, and all honorees will be published in the Awards Gallery, on Core77 and in the awards publication. The recognition will culminate with a special event in New York City this fall.

Launched in 1995, Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, resources, book reviews and event calendars in service to a global audience of design professionals, corporations, students, enthusiasts and fans. They host hundreds of thousands of online portfolios, provide job listings through a distinguished network of leading design site partners and maintain a database of thousands of design firms, schools, vendors and services. And offline, Core77 produces myriad design competitions, lecture series, parties, portfolio reviews and exhibitions.

Art Center Welcomes Cathy Karry as New Director of Career & Professional Development

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Art Center College of Design has named Cathy Karry as the new Director of its Office of Career & Professional Development, it was officially announced today by Art Center Provost Fred Fehlau.

“Having worked in recruitment for art and design professionals for many years, Cathy has a deep knowledge of our student’s talents and aspirations, our alumni and our disciplines,” Fehlau said. “Career and professional development is an important aspect of our students’ education, I am confidant that Cathy will bring new ideas and opportunities to the College.”

Cathy Karry“It is an exciting time to be in career development as our role has become increasingly more vital in relation to recruiting, retention, student services, alumni relations, corporate partnerships and curriculum development,” said Karry. “I have always respected Art Center’s reputation as a progressive institution, so the opportunity to grow this department is a challenge I welcome.”

Karry previously held the position of Director of Career Services and Educational Partnerships at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, where she lead a team focused on global recruiting, strategic relationships with industry leaders for student employment and sponsorship opportunities, as well as student internships.  She oversaw professional development events including portfolio reviews, roundtable discussions and industry panels.  She brings a wealth of knowledge about our students’ specific career trajectories, and is acquainted with many Art Center alumni who recruit and hire graduates. Her arrival coincides with an increased commitment by Art Center to better serve all of our undergraduate and graduate students with a more expansive program of career counseling, industry outreach, and networking strategies.

Karry is a member of AIGA, IDSA and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Celebration of Cultures: March 19-23

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Every year, the Art Center community highlights the wonderful cultural diversity and international presence on campus with the Celebration of Cultures Week.

Next week, March 19-23, there will be international and multicultural entertainment, activities and foods in collaboration with ACSG, Student Clubs and Organizations, the Library, the Cafeteria, and other areas of the College. These events are free and open to all staff, faculty, and students. Please join us next week to celebrate everyone’s heritage as a community.

Monday, March 19
10:00-11:00 AM: Swedish Waffle Day | Bridge
1:00-2:00 PM: Desserts-Around-the-World | Bridge

Tuesday, March 20
All Day: National Dress Day*
12:45 PM: National Dress Day Group Photo* | Bridge
11:00 AM-3:00 PM: Travel Slide Show | Student Dining Room
12:30-1:30 PM: Mariachi Band | Student Dining Room

Wednesday, March 21
All Day: Persian New Year Celebration | Student Dining Room
12:00-2:00 PM: Persian Calligraphy | Student Dining Room
12:00-2:00 PM: Art & Craft Bazaar | Cafe Entrance

Thursday, March 22
All Day: Experience Asia
12:00-2:00 PM: Chinese Sugar Art | Bridge
12:30-1:30 PM: “Gayageum” Performance | Student Dining Room
12:30-2:00 PM: Korean Calligraphy Session | Student Dining Room
1:00-2:00 PM: Japanese Sweet Treats | Bridge
7:00-9:00 PM: Memoirs of a Geisha Film Screening | Faculty Dining Room

Friday, March 23
All Day: Australian “Walkabout” Treasure Quest | Sculpture Garden
1:00-1:30 PM: Polynesian Dancers | Student Dining Room

All Week
Check out Library Staff Picks of Cultural Readings and Movies!
Enjoy International Cuisines Served in the Cafeteria!

Some events may be cancelled or changed without prior notice.

*This year, we want to encourage everyone (students, faculty and staff) to share their heritage by wearing the national dress of the country your family is from or have an affinity for. We want to give you plenty of notice to retrieve that special outfit out of storage.  National Dress Day will be on Tuesday, March 20.  Everyone who wears his or her cultural dress will get prizes, and we will have a group photo on the Bridge.

If You Don’t Root for Art Center, The Bad Guys Win

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Tomorrow night, Friday, March 16 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., student teams from Art Center, Caltech, Le Cordon Bleu, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pacific Oaks College and Pasadena City College will vie for top honors in the third annual Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament at PCC’s Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Admission is free and open to the public and everyone is invited to attend and root for their favorite teams. (But you better root for Art Center.)

Art Center Collegiate Field Tourny Team 2010

For the inaugural Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament in 2010, the Art Center team based their uniforms on the College's first president, Tink Adams.

The field tournament is a somewhat wacky event comprised of challenges derived from the participating schools’ areas of expertise. Challenges in this year’s tourney include the Amazing Russet Race, Monster Croquet, Frisbee Touchdown Toss, Lego Car Design Challenge, Minute to Win It Marathon, Pandora’s Box and the School Spirit Competition.

  • The Amazing Russet Race – This is inspired by the fact that Le Cordon Bleu students hone their craft by learning how to slice and dice many foods, including potatoes. In this challenge, teams will be divided into “stuffers” and “pickers” who must fill uniforms with potatoes. The first team to amass 500 pounds of spuds will win the challenge.
  • Frisbee Touchdown Toss – This is a tribute to the fact that Frisbee golf was invented in Pasadena and the first Frisbee disc course was constructed and is still in operation here. (who knew?) Each team will have three opportunities to throw Frisbees into the end zones of the stadium while team members attempt to catch them. The team with the most points will win the challenge.
  • Lego Car Design Challenge – This pays homage to Art Center’s legendary Transportation Design Program. Using creativity and innovative design solutions, each team will race to assemble a Lego car where function meets style. Cars will be judged on design and speed.
  • Minute to Win It Marathon – A nod to the popular TV show, Fuller Seminary will lead competitors through obstacles such as Bobble-head, Hut-Hut-Hike, and Going the Distance.
  • Monster Croquet – Each team will select members to hit a giant beach ball with a mallet through balloon arches that serve as wickets. The team that succeeds in getting their beach ball through all the wickets the fastest wins.
  • Pandora’s Box – This challenge plays homage to each school’s area of expertise.  Multiple relays will test strengths of feat, faith, design, taste buds and more as competitors play the expanse of the football field–end zone to end zone.
  • School Spirit Competition – There’s absolutely nothing uniform about Pasadena’s superior institutions of higher learning, but uniforms for each team will be designed expressly for this competition by the schools they represent. The best team uniform based on attractiveness, originality and thematic connection to the school’s learning focus will win this challenge.

Free parking is available in Lot 5 at the corner of Del Mar Boulevard and Bonnie Street. Jackie Robinson Stadium is located on the south side of the PCC campus near Del Mar Boulevard between Hill and Bonnie avenues. [map]

The Pasadena Collegiate Field Tournament is sponsored by the City of Pasadena. For more information call 626.744.7216.