In Memoriam: Jim Ales

    On April 20, veteran designer and luminary Jim Ales passed away unexpectedly. Ales was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Academy of Art University and was selected to be an American Institute of Graphic Arts Fellow in 2015.

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    Awards Ceremony Honors 2018 IND Edwin T. Meyer Scholarship Winners


    IND student Kevin Chen was this year’s recipient of the $10,000 Edwin T. Meyer Scholarship. Photo by Bob Toy.

    On the evening of April 12, a group of Academy of Art University faculty, students and guests gathered among the gleaming vintage cars at the school’s automobile museum. They were there for an awards ceremony to announce the winner of a design competition for a $10,000 Edwin T. Meyer Scholarship. The five finalists included School of Industrial Design (IND) automotive students Max Benon, Kevin Chen, Mitchell Galik, Joshua Reese and Arindra Singh. It was the fourth year in a row that IND students participated in the competition. The scholarships are made possible thanks to a charitable trust established in memory of hot rod pioneer Edwin T. (Bud) Meyer by his long-time attorney and trustee, Mark Eskander. 

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    New Exhibition Celebrates Outstanding Children's Book Illustrations

    The Academy of Art University Library and the School of Illustration (ILL) are hosting a joint exhibition of Caldecott Medal-winning illustrated children’s books. Books will be on display at both the library at 180 New Montgomery and at 540 Powell. The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of the 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It 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.

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    Academy of Art to Participate in SFWAR’s 13th Annual Walk Against Rape

    In solidarity with April as National Sexual Assault Awareness month, the Academy of Art University is participating in the 13th annual Walk Against Rape march on April 7. Organized by the San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR), the goal is to “empower survivors, their friends, families and supports, to break that silence by marching together on the streets against rape,” according to the SFWAR website.

    Christina Petricca, the Academy’s Title IX coordinator, said this year’s walk is the first time the school is joining SFWAR. She hopes the Academy’s participation continues to bring awareness across campus and highlights the resources SFWAR provides to sexual assault survivors, including counseling, support groups and crisis services.

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    Drive for Success Helps Automotive Design Students Win Phil Hill Scholarships


    (L–R) Student Brett LaBar, IND Executive Director Tom Matano, student Sean Wilson, Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Button, Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens and IND Director Antonio Borja. Photo courtesy of the Pebble Beach Company.

    Academy of Art University School of Industrial Design (IND) students Brett LaBar and Sean Wilson have a few things in common: They are friends who share a passion for automotive design. And last summer, they were both awarded Phil Hill scholarships at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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    Shaping the Future With Stories

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    Illustration by Eda Kaban.

    There’s not an adult who doesn’t remember a children’s book that vividly captured their imagination as a child and connected them to literature. A book whose illustrations brought that story to life. This is the role of a children’s book illustrator and this year, four connected to Academy of Art University’s School of Illustration (ILL) were honored for their excellence in the impactful art of visual storytelling. 

    “Children’s books shape the future of every young reader,” said Chuck Pyle, ILL director. “Our artists are very driven, smart and passionate storytellers whose work is being recognized as the best of the best.”

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