SF Bay Area

    A Special Year for the Academy's Car Collection

    The collection wows with 32 cars on display during the annual auto show


    The 1959 Cadillac 62 Coupe DeVille was in the spotlight at this year’s reception. Photo by Bob Toy.

    For over a decade, the Stephens family has hosted a reception in honor of the annual San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show, which took place this year at the Moscone Center on Nov. 19–27. 

    Academy of Art University Chairman Emeritus Richard A. Stephens has always had a passion for cars and never dreamed that one day he’d be able to host a collection this huge. Now, at 91 years old, his dream has come true and he is able to share his love for cars with not only his family, but other car enthusiasts in the area.

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    Inside the 21st Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction

    Proceeds benefit the Academy’s Student Scholarship Fund


    School of Fine Art Executive Director of Painting & Printmaking Craig Nelson addresses the guests at the Fine Art Auction. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Just one street away from the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf, art collectors and enthusiasts were enjoying wines and hors d’oeuvres under the open arches of The Cannery. It was the Academy of Art University’s 21st Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction, held on Nov. 12. Between friendly chats, attendees were carefully observing, ready to bid on 424 original paintings, prints, jewelry and sculptures created by Academy faculty and alumni.

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    Landscape Architecture Alum's VR Skills Land Him a Job at San Rafael Studio


    Academy alumnus Youngwook Jason Jeon presenting his work to LAN students. Photo by Bob Toy.

    It’s no wonder Academy of Art University School of Landscape Architecture alumnus Youngwook Jason Jeon (M.F.A. ’16) landed a job right after graduation. His portfolio includes something landscape architecture firms don’t often see (not yet anyway)—a virtual reality experience depicting an urban park he designed for his Master’s thesis.

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    Fall Film Festival Debuts Inspirational Student Work

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    A scene from the Studio X project, Stars. Image courtesy of Becky Johnson.

    Academy of Art University’s Morgan Auditorium had its doors open on Nov. 16, as members of the Tea Time Animation Club welcomed everyone to this year’s Fall Film Festival. Enthusiasm ran throughout the rows, while students loudly discussed what they were about to see and the hosts handed out light up accessories. This annual event is to showcase students’ work to their peers and for their fellow film industry students to get inspired.

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    Animation Students Compete in 24 HOURS Contest

    Typically, the pipeline for an animation project is measured in months or years. But what happens if the timeframe is condensed into a single day? A record 690 animation students from 29 schools across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia found out on Oct. 7, during the 14th annual 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students, which challenges teams of five to create a 30-second animated film entirely from scratch in just 24 hours.

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    School of Advertising's Creative Bootcamp a Huge Success


    School of Advertising students working together at the Creative Bootcamp. Photo courtesy of Jim Wojtowicz.

    At a recent event hosted by Academy of Art University’s School of Advertising, students got a taste of what it’s like to work under the notoriously tight deadlines of the advertising industry. The Creative Bootcamp event was sponsored by the One Club—a renowned international organization dedicated to promoting excellence within the industry. The School of Advertising has hosted the prestigious event for the last four years and continues to grow its relationship with the One Club.

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