Posts Tagged ‘Student Profiles’

Meet Sherry Wang

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

First term Illustration student Sherry Wang spent two years pursuing a degree in business before she found her true calling. A trip to Beijing changed everything.

“While idly browsing art galleries in Beijing, I met the manager of Primo Marella, Michela Sena,” explains Wang.

“We spoke of my interest in illustration, and I showed her my portfolio. She was very encouraging and suggested I attend art school. I applied to Art Center just days after returning home to L.A. I will always remember what Michela told me: ‘Anybody can do business, but not just anyone can do art. Art is a true talent, a gift.’”

Read more about Sherry and her first five weeks at Art Center in this great interview.

Meet Gabriel Wartofsky

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Transportation Design student Gabriel Wartofsky first learned of Art Center from an automobile magazine when he was a child.

He says that his goal as a transportation designer is to “improve the way we move around our neighborhoods, our cities and our planet with desirable, responsible design solutions.”

Read more about Gabriel and his Art Center experience in this great interview.

Meet Olivier Agostini

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Broadcast Cinema student Olivier Agostini says that although he is pursuing his Master’s in film, the many other disciplines at Art Center undeniably have an influence on him.

“One of the biggest benefits of being at Art Center is the almost subliminal influence of the other disciplines finding its way into my own work,” he says.

Read more about Agostini’s thoughts on studying at Art Center in this great interview, and check out his student film, 5 Gallons.

Meet Annis Naeem

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

What’s the most important life lesson that Entertainment Design student Annis Naeem has learned while at Art Center? It’s a pretty simple one—to share.

“Don’t hide what you create from your peers and the world because you are afraid of your idea being stolen,” explains Naeem. “If you do, you will never have the chance to hear someone else’s criticism, input and thoughts on the matter—and that might help improve your original idea.”

Read more about Annis and his Art Center experience at in this great interview.

Meet Steve Gavenas

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Steve Gavenas had already earned numerous degrees, and enjoyed a successful career, before coming to Art Center to pursue his master’s in Graduate Art.

“I was looking for a world-class fine art graduate program that would challenge me and help me grow in my technical capability as well as the theoretical underpinning of my work, expand my artistic vision, and allow me to join the vibrant Los Angeles art scene,” explains Gavenas. “I also wanted a school that takes education seriously, with intensive faculty involvement and great classes—not just a residency program like some schools.”

Read more about Steve and his Art Center experience at in this great interview.

Meet Mikey Tnasuttimonkol

Monday, July 12th, 2010

MDP student Mikey Tnasuttimonkol earned his BFA with an emphasis in advertising photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. He chose to come to Art Center to attend the Media Design Program.

“The program is designed in a way that allows me to bring what knowledge I had from my photo background, and combine it with design, rather than just totally abandoning what I have learned in the past,” he explains.

Read more about Mikey and his Art Center experience at in this great interview.

Meet Andrew Kapamajian

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Advertising student Andrew Kapamajian says that the incredible creativity of his classmates was one of the most surprising things about coming to Art Center.

“You come to Art Center thinking you have the most unique ideas, then you go to class and find at least three or four others there with the same idea,” he says. “It’s frustrating, but it pushes you to think harder.”

Read more about Andrew and his Art Center experience at in this great interview.

Meet Julia Tsao

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Just what is Media Design?

Graduate Media Design student Julia Tsao defines it as “an opportunity space for designers to grapple with the existing elements in the world—whether those elements be tangible, intangible, digital, physical, cultural, social—and out of which create something new, exciting and sometimes confusing. It’s making the old feel new, and the new feel familiar, yet remarkable.”

Read more about Julia and her experiences studying Media Design at Art Center in this great interview.

Meet Steven Butler

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Film student Steven Butler is a professional dancer and choreographer in addition to being a full-time Art Center student.

Recently, he worked on a project for a cinematography class where the assignment was to reveal objects in a frame using just one shot. Steven decided to capture a dance performance.

“The idea was to choreograph the camera movements of 10 to 15 dancers to match three minutes of pre-edited music. This meant I had to shoot a three-minute take with no mistakes,” he remembers. “I ran into obstacles with lighting and shadows and most of all, blocking the dancers’ movements off-camera. After about eight takes we got it right.”

Read more about Steven and his experiences at Art Center in this great interview.

Meet Kayla Varley

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

We met Photography and Imaging student Kayla Varley through Facebook—she was our 500th fan! Kayla is finishing up her first term at the College.

“I felt a special energy here from the minute I stepped on campus,” says Kayla. “I knew that I would be able succeed here.”

Read more about Kayla and her experiences studying at Art Center in this great interview.

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