Seizing Opportunities

    MPT graduate Carl Nenzén Lovén’s passion, talent and attitude have landed him exciting opportunities in the film industry


    School of Motion Pictures & Television graduate Carl Nenzén Lovén. Photo courtesy of Carl Nenzén Lovén.

    At work, Carl Nenzén Lovén must be highly calculated, yet when he’s not behind the camera on set, Lovén is actually quite spontaneous.

    He recently moved to Los Angeles on a whim, for example. He spent a weekend down south a few weeks after walking the stage with the School of Motion Pictures & Television (MPT) graduating class of 2018 at Academy of Art University and returned to San Francisco with his mind set on a newfound change of scenery.

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    JEM Alums’ Art Graces the Pages of 'CAST'

    Art lovers have plenty of choices when it comes to buying coffee table books. But CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, brings something new to the genre. Touted by as “The Most Beautiful Art Coffee Table Book of 2017,” CAST celebrates pieces made through the process of casting—pouring material into a mold. The 448-page tome by artists Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling features 800 images of a wide variety of contemporary and traditional cast creations.

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    IND Online Student Designs Innovative Truck Topper

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    Like many great inventions, Brian Johnson’s innovative truck topper stemmed from a problem. As a truck owner and outdoor enthusiast for 25 years, he was familiar with the challenges of attaching, removing and storing toppers—also known as camper shells—that already existed. Johnson developed Aegis, a modular truck cover system, for his thesis project while earning his M.F.A. in industrial design through Academy of Art University’s online program.

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    Appreciating Cultural Value

    From small town to big city, multidisciplinary Academy of Art University photography B.F.A. alumna Caitlin Coates is putting her photography and passion for art history to work at Heritage Auctions’ main headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

    Coates hails from Oklahoma and ventured to California to study photography at the Academy, where she not only learned and honed her skills but grew a deep passion for art history. “I moved to San Francisco when I was 19. I had never been to California before,” Coates said. “It took me out of my Midwestern bubble and helped me grow as a person and a career woman. I can still remember which [instructors] would tear me apart. It would drive me insane when [they] would tell me my work is ordinary. If you’re shy, it destroys your confidence at first. But it teaches you how to talk and backup what you do. It gave me a backbone.”

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    Alumna’s Labor of Love Leads to Deal With Safeway

    This Valentine’s Day promises to be extra sweet for Bay Area entrepreneur Shirley Ladler-Dennis. Safeway stores (as well as Albertsons and Vons, part of the same conglomerate) around the country are now selling a valentine-themed version of her patented Diva-So-Easy pop-up gift baskets.

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    School of Industrial Design Grad Designs Exterior for 2018 Jeep Wrangler

    Steve Goodrich started doodling pictures of cars and trucks as a little boy growing up in Vermont. It was a practice he continued in high school—he was the guy who was always drawing while taking notes in class. Goodrich is still sketching vehicles today. But now his designs are featured in real cars, including the exterior of the 2018 Jeep Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Wrangler, which was unveiled to the world at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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