Fine Art Inspiration

    Game development student LiGang Zheng  named Rookie of the Year award winner for Digital Illustration


    "Black Dream" by LiGang Zheng.

    As a recipient for this year’s Rookies awards, LiGang Zheng can consider himself one of the best rising artists in the world.

    “I couldn’t believe I won, it was a big surprise,” said Zheng, a B.F.A. game development student at Academy of Art University. “I think it’s very hard to win [a Rookies award], because [the student work] is very good.”

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    Last Call for the Caldecotts

    Caldecotts at 540 Powell

    Caldecott Medal-winning books on display at 540 Powell. Photo by Erasmo Guerra.

    Named after the 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the prestigious Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

    The Academy of Art University Library has each of the 81 Caldecott Medal-winning books, spanning the entire history that the award has been in existence since 1938. In a joint effort between the library and the School of Illustration (ILL), 40 of these titles have been on display recently in two separate exhibits—20 at 540 Powell, in the lobby across from the campus host desk, and 20 at the entrance of the library at 180 New Montgomery.

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    Rob Fisher Takes the Wheel of the Academy’s Automobile Museum

    The new CEO looks forward to encouraging Academy students to visit and enjoy the rare and vintage collection


    Robert Fisher, CEO of the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum. Photo by Bob Toy.

    As the new CEO of the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum, Rob Fisher is determined to make the museum more accessible to Academy students and the San Francisco community at large.

    On a recent tour of the museum, located on the ground floor of the School of Industrial Design, a building that was once a car Dodge-Plymouth dealership, Fisher recalled a conversation with a student: “I parked out here the other day. (And, if you’re curious, he drives an Audi R8 to work.) I spotted a student sitting on a bench and I asked, ‘Are you a student here?’ Yeah. ‘Have you ever come to the museum?’ No, but I’ve always wanted to. ‘Well, why don’t you come by?’” Fisher said, “Two days later, they were here—and they brought a friend.”

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    PCAE Exhibition: A Showcase for Talent, Drive and Determination

    The year-round program gives high school students a preview of college life and a chance to explore the Academy

    Cassidy Hall, a 14-year-old with hair the fiery color of summer, led her family through the crowded hallways of the Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) Showcase to her artwork—a pencil sketch of Little Red Riding Hood characters—that she created for the Introduction to Illustration class she took as part of the four-week summer PCAE program offered at Academy of Art University.

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    Reaching New Heights

    Student-painted mural at the Cova Hotel highlights San Francisco tourism, travel and neighborhood pride

    When people tell you to shoot for the moon, they might not expect you to land on an eight-story-high row of scaffolding overlooking a magnificent view of San Francisco. However, for the Academy of Art University students who spent this past spring painting a stunning new mural across the front of the Cova Hotel, it was a dream come true.

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    Unifying a Community

    School of Fine Art – Sculpture students create centerpiece monument for Andy’s Unity Park

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    FASCU faculty member Peter Schifrin (pictured second from right) with members of the Art Team. Photo courtesy of Peter Schifrin.

    Academy of Art University is no stranger to connecting its classrooms and students to the real world. But for Peter Schifrin’s Maquette to Monuments course, School of Fine Art – Sculpture students were able to turn their assignment into a real piece of (commissioned!) public art for Andy’s Unity Park in Sonoma County.

    “The Academy’s mission statement is to ‘help students build a career in the arts,’” said Schifrin, who has been an Academy sculpting instructor for 25 years. “This (Andy’s Unity Park) monument is one example where a direct line can be drawn from the classroom to a professional, high-exposure, permanent artwork.”

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