Did you know that Art Center was recently ranked among the “Top 100 Social Media Colleges” by StudentAdvisor.com, a subsidiary of The Washington Post, in recognition of our “mastery of public social media methods, tools and websites”?
Yesterday’s Summit included the workshops Beyond the Peanut: Using Life Cycle Assessment to Develop Goals and Strategies led by Art Center’s Director of Sustainability Initiatives and Associate Professor Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, and Using Cross-Pollination for Business Innovation by Associate Professor Frido Beisert. Main stage presentation Product Design in the Sustainable Era, led byTaschen editor Julius Wiedemann, featured a panel of Art Center students discussing their work that was included in the Taschen book of the same name and that were on display at the event.
A very special thank you to everyone involved in making this year’s Summit happen,including student panelists Daniel Huang, Mark Huang, Sharon Levy, Magdalena Paluch and John Phillips; student exhibit curators Jessie Kawata, Arthur Leung, Brandon Lowry, Christine Nakashiba and Magdalena Paluch; and the many Art Center students who volunteered at the exhibit.
Check out our tweets from the event, and enjoy this slideshow below. Stay tuned to The Dotted Line—we’ll bring you more photos and a recap soon.
These are pretty exciting times at Art Center: this fall we’re launching a new Designmatters concentration. Core 77 recently caught up with Vice President and Director of Designmatters Mariana Amatullo to discuss this new course of study, offered to undergraduates wishing to focus on the use of art and design for meaningful social impact.
Amatullo says: “For us, it’s a great chance to educate artists and designers to think about becoming involved in local, national and global issues right at the strategic and leadership levels, the beginning of the life-cycle so to speak of an issue, instead of coming at it at the end to simply style or package a cause.
“For our students, it’s a great chance to connect academic practices to design-based explorations of real world issues. They have the opportunity to step into this space while still a student; at the same time, they’re also asked to step up in the way they look at, confront, research and address real world issues.”
Spring Term has kicked off and despite heavy rains, both campuses are buzzing with students, faculty and staff. Two of the many classes holding their first meetings today: Graduate Media Design studios Material Worlds, led by Elise Co, and New Ecology of Things, by Phil van Allen.
Tonight we are kicking off Art Center’s visioning process spearheaded by President Lorne Buchman. We encourage all members of the Art Center community to join the dialogue.
The discussion begins tonight, Jan. 13, in the Ahmanson Auditorium from 7:30 to 9:30 pm (PST). We have invited a panel of distinguished guests to help us gain a new perspective on art and design education:
Andrew Blauvelt – Design director and curator, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis
Katherine Hayles – Director of graduate studies in literature at Duke University
Steven Oliver – Member of the board of directors for United States Artists and former chairman of the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
David Rice – President of DesignCom, Inc. and chairman and founder of The Organization of Black Designers