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    Academy of Art Alumnus Works On New Disney Series

    Mark Seidenberg, one of the school's first animation students, is co-executive producer of Disney Junior's Mickey and the Roadster Racers

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    (L-R) Rob LaDuca (Executive Producer, Mickey and the Roadster Racers), Mickey Mouse, Mark Seidenberg (Co-Executive Producer, Mickey and the Roadster Racers). Photo credit: Disney Junior.

    “After seeing the first little film that I made in class, I knew that's what I wanted to do,” said Mark Seidenberg, one of Academy of Art University’s first animation students.

    Seidenberg is now the co-executive producer and supervising story editor of Mickey and the Roadster Racers, the new Disney Junior preschool series, which is set to debut on Jan. 15, 2017. The show will unveil the wild car-racing adventure between Mickey Mouse and his gang.

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    The School of Web Design & New Media’s Fall 2016 Ideate Conference Showcases Innovation and Opportunity

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    Photo by Raina Maes.

    The School of Web Design & New Media’s Ideate Conference debuted in Fall 2015, but already the daylong summit has become a must-attend end-of-semester event. With a combination of one-on-one portfolio review sessions, face time with prospective employers and a tech showcase featuring trailblazing projects, the multifaceted conference offers students an indispensable tool for building industry knowledge and highlighting their work.

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    A Special Year for the Academy's Car Collection

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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