Link+ Now Available at Academy of Art University Library

    The Academy of Art University Library is proud to announce that it has become a member of Link+. Link+ is a library material borrowing program, which takes place between participating libraries throughout California and Nevada. This program allows patrons to request and borrow library materials that are not present in their home library’s collection. 

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    Want To Help Change The World? There’s An App For That.


    Image courtesy of Helper Helper.

    Student-athletes at Academy of Art University are competing in something other than sports this fall semester. The Academy and 119 colleges and universities from across the country are competing not just for wins and losses, but for something much more impactful, community service hours.

    Through the NCAA Team Works™ Competition, 120 NCAA schools from Division I, II & III will be participating in the largest community service competition in the history of college athletics. Over 40,000 student-athletes in 38 states will be challenged to see what school can do the most good for their respective community.

    During the 3-month competition, Academy student-athletes will be using the Helper Helper app to find volunteer opportunities and track their community service efforts. For the month of September, the Urban Knights found themselves in the top spot of the Division II competition.

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    Dr. Elisa Stephens Attends Hilton-Rothschild Wedding at Kensington Palace

    Dr. Elisa Stephens, Academy of Art University president, was present at the wedding of Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild, held at the Orangery, located on the grounds of Kensington Palace, Friday, July 10. 

    Dr. Stephens attended the stylish event as a guest and friend of the Hilton family. "It was the wedding of the year, the bride and her artistic style set the standard for all weddings," said Dr. Stephens.

    Per Women's Wear Daily, the bride's Valentino gown was "made of three different shades of ivory and silver guipure was accented with crystal embellishments and features a balloon skirt with a three meter train. Her long veil was adorned at the edges with a vintage lace."

    "Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino creative directors, have turned Valentino into the go-to designer for the international cool girl set and it seems only natural that Nicky Hilton would choose to work with them on the design of her wedding dress," said Simon Ungless, executive director of the School of Fashion at the Academy. "The dress is youthful and modern in its silhouette, yet the high neck and full sleeve in lace give an air of modesty and tradition, which is exactly what the DNA of the House of Valentino stands for."


    Dr. Elisa Stephens and the newly Mrs. James Rothschild pose for a photo at the Hilton-Rothschild wedding at Kensington Palace.

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    Academy Honored by Chinese Chamber of Commerce


    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Bob Toy. Photo courtesy of Bob Toy.

    On Friday, May 8, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce held a dinner at the New Asia Restaurant to honor those involved with this year’s Chinese New Year Parade. During the dinner, Academy of Art University was recognized with the Most Artistic Float Award. Bob Toy, who was the project manager and art director of the Year of the Ram float, accepted the award on behalf of the Academy and all of the volunteers who worked on this year’s float.

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    Self-Reflection – The Key to Continued Success


    Set yourself up for success next semester through self-reflection. Self-reflection helps you retain the insights you’ve gained and allows you to consider how these insights can positively influence your future.

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    Director of the School of Illustration Honored in New York

    Chuck Pyle, director of the School of Illustration at Academy of Art University was bestowed the Distinguished Educator in the Arts award by the Society of Illustrators at a ceremony that took place in New York on Friday, May 8.


    (L–R) Lourdes Livingston, Chuck Pyle, Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens, Krystal Lauk and David Lantz. Courtesy of Dr. Elisa Stephens.