"Elvis III" Creators Visit the Academy's Auto Museum


    (L-R) Francesco Attolico, Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens, John D'Agostino and Lorenzo "Dox" Dossena.

    Earlier this month, Academy of Art University had the honor of hosting the creators of the "Elvis III." The 1959 Cadillac De Ville coupe is third in a series of custom Elvis Presley tribute cars. 

    Per, "this Cadillac underwent a complete body-off restoration at [John D’Agostino's] Celebrity Kustoms facility in Italy. This very project is considered the first-ever Italian-made American custom car."

    President Elisa Stephens met with D'Agostino, Francesco Attolico and Lorenzo "Dox" Dossena at the Academy's Auto Museum, where they shared more about their beautifully restored creation.

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    Beyond Restoration

    IND’s new Automotive Restoration Associate of Arts Degree Program announced at annual Auto Show reception


    A classic 1935 Duesenberg SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe and a 1930 Cadillac V-16 on display at 58th Annual San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show. Photo by Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography.

    On the evening of Nov. 20, over 30 beautifully restored vehicles selected from the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum captured the attention of guests at the cocktail reception in honor of the 58th Annual San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show.

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    John Waters Visits the School of Motion Pictures & Television


    John Waters and Executive Director James Egan. Courtesy of the School of Motion Pictures & Television.

    Legendary writer/director John Waters stopped by Academy of Art University to take an informal tour of the School of Motion Pictures and Television with Executive Director James Egan and MPTV students.

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    Resource Center Director Lynda España Inducted into Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame

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    Members of the 1989–90 Marietta College Women’s Basketball Team honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony. (L–R) Kileen Kertesz, Laura Walker, Lynda España, Head Coach Debbie Lazorik, Cathy Clark, Kelly Gillard and Kerry Gilligan. Photo by Jeffrey Schaly.

    As the Director of Student Academic Support for Academy of Art University Resource Center—a department she’s been a part of for nearly 10 years, Lynda España helps students tackle things they might be struggling with, like study habits or time management. But back in the early 1990s, España was shooting hoops with an all-star team at Marietta College, in Marietta, Ohio. Last month, that team was inducted into her alma mater’s Athletic Hall of Fame for holding the record for the “greatest season in school history with a 20–7 record,” according to the school’s website.

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    Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens Named to Haute 100 List

    Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, has been named one of the Haute 100 most influential Bay Area residents in Haute Living magazine’s annual list of “Billionaires, Philanthropists, Power Couples, Entrepreneurs, Athletes and Tech Titans.”

    Dr. Stephens, who makes a repeat appearance this year, was named a top “Commander” in the education realm in the January/February 2015 San Francisco issue, which also includes a separate “Day in the Life” profile on Stephens. She holds the distinction of being part of a very small number of female university presidents nationwide, and one of only 23 women on the Haute list. Other high profile women in the Top 100 include Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice and Sheryl Sandberg.

    Haute Living has issued its Top 100 list for the past six years and Dr. Stephens has appeared four times. Since her last inclusion in 2014, Dr. Stephens has received a number of additional honors, including her recent appointment to the Smithsonian National Board and, closer to home, the “Community Hero” award from the SF Firefighters Local 798 for her invaluable contributions to the SF Firefighters Toy Program.

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    Dr. Elisa Stephens. Photo by Bob Toy.

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    Chantal Saperstein Celebrates 20 Years Teaching Illustration 1

    Twice a week Chantal Saperstein stands at the helm of a room full of hopeful illustrators. During the 6.3 hour class, she buzzes about energetically, remarking on shading and perspective in her authoritative French accent. She has been doing it for 20 years. And Chuck Pyle, director of the School of Illustration counts that as quite the feat. 

    “ILL 232 is the bedrock skill class for learning how to think, be and do as a professional artist,” he said. “Eighteen students, two sections, twice a year for 20 years. That is a lot of talent shaped on their way to being illustrators. All of us are deeply grateful for her service thus far.”

    During the class, students go through intensive development as they work through the process of creating an illustration. Witnessing this growth, Saperstein said, is what she loves most about teaching. “Some students are very clear—that’s what they want to do, and it’s wonderful, and we support them—their path is very clear all the way, but some of them are struggling and uncertain, and I love to see those students grow and blossom.”



    (L–R) Associate Director Lisa Berrett, Chantal Saperstein and Director of the School of Illustration Chuck Pyle. Photo by Dax Santi.

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