SF Bay Area

    Modern Day ‘Mad Man’ Thrives on Mentoring Advertising Students

    In his more than two decades in advertising, Academy of Art University alumnus and instructor Terry Jones has built a portfolio of high-profile clients Mad Men’s Don Draper would envy. Just a few examples include GMC Trucks, Buick and Cadillac, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, the Walt Disney Corporation, California Lottery, AARP and General Mills. But Jones claims he wasn’t set on a career in advertising when he enrolled at the Academy. The award-winning creative director half-jokes that advertising chose him.

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    Talent on Display

    School of Graphic Design graduates’ final portfolios and thesis projects were packed with innovative, unique ideas at 2017 Winter Show


    Photo by Bob Toy.

    Over 30 combined B.F.A. and M.F.A. recent graduates from the School of Graphic Design at Academy of Art University showcased a bright variety of final portfolio and thesis projects for the department’s annual Winter Show, on Monday, Dec. 18. The show, which was held at the Atelier Gallery, served as a conversational setting for the new alumni to showcase and discuss their work with family, friends and industry professionals, some of whom were fellow alums.

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    Human Stories From the Streets


    School of Photography alumnus GyuHo Park stands with his photographs at his recent exhibit, Dreamers. Photo by Alex Madison.

    As of January 2017, there were 7,499 homeless people living on the streets of San Francisco, according to the city. Anyone who travels along South Van Ness Avenue, or through the Mission and Tenderloin districts, walks past the homeless. Most people stroll along looking at their cell phones, continuing a conversation with a friend, or just simply not noticing the homeless at all.

    This is not the experience GyuHo Park expresses in his photography exhibit, Dreamers. Instead, his photographs evoke a different kind of experience. One that is up close and personal. One that brings humanity to the homeless population. One that tells their story.

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    Stories from Florence


    Florence Streets by Laine Renfro. 12 x 14, oil on canvas.

    There might not have been any gelato served, but the amorous sights and sounds of Florence, Italy, came to life at the 688 Sutter Gallery on the opening of the 2017 Study Abroad Exhibit. For more than 10 years, the summer study abroad program at Academy of Art University has been influencing the life and art of students.

    In the dimmed lighting of the gallery on the evening of Dec. 7, guests circulated around the art that was on display. The works included photography, fine art, printmaking and book arts. Attendees looked at scenes of bustling piazzas on a hot summer day, romantic gondola rides down a river, and the soothing pastels of the Tuscany countryside. Each piece told the story of the students’ unique experience spent at the birthplace of the Renaissance.

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    Tea Time Animation Club Offers Support and Connections


    (L–R) Elham Sepehrjou, Allison Freeman, Ramsey Ann Naito (producer of The Boss Baby), Gaby Rojo, Fernando Penafiel, Leo Quert, and (in front) Tom McGrath (director of The Boss Baby) at a Tea Time event. Photo courtesy of Fernando Penafiel.

    The Tea Time Animation Club is an independent animation organization formed by Academy of Art University students and alumni. The club provides a pressure-free environment for students to work on their craft, provide feedback and network with other students. Additionally, the club brings big name animation professionals to speak on campus on a regular basis, most recently John Kahrs who directed Lyft’s latest commercial and Pixar animators Nick Rosario and Terry Song to talk about their work on the new animated feature hit, Coco.

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    Supporting Stories Through Music


    Academy of Art University School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media M.F.A. student Yi Liu. Photo courtesy of Yi Liu.

    When first meeting her, Yi Liu’s soft voice and shy demeanor are immediately noticeable, characteristics she is the first to admit about herself. It is through her musical scores on screen where her emotions and artistry really shine.

    “I’m not an articulate person. I’m a little shy,” she said.  “It feels good to create a melody. I can really connect my inner-emotions to express to the outside world.”

    Liu is discussing her newest project, Her Shoes, a Shanghai-based short film in which she was the sole film composer and sound designer. After graduating with a B.F.A. in music composition from Academy of Art University’s School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media (MUS) in 2015, she is now in the first year of her master’s program.

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