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    TIME Magazine Hails Industrial Design Alumna's Assistive Tableware Set as One of 2016's Best Inventions

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    Sha Yao’s Eatwell assistive tableware. Photo courtesy of Sha Yao.

    Watching her late grandmother struggle with cognitive impairments resulting from Alzheimer’s disease, Sha Yao experienced a common emotional response to a difficult situation. She felt helpless. What the Academy of Art University School of Industrial Design (IND) alumna did next was decidedly uncommon. Yao designed and created Eatwell, an assistive tableware set to help make mealtimes easier for people with impaired cognitive function.

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    Scott Borrero Wins 'Top Photographer'

    The former Academy of Art University photography student took first in AdoramaTV’s reality competition web series hosted by Nigel Barker

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    Scott Borrero's winning image. “I want to leave a legacy of inspiration that will hopefully bring positive change to the world," said Borrero. Photo courtesy of Zazil Media Group/PRWeb.

    Until recently, photographers could only watch, and click their shutter buttons, as a parade of competitive reality series featuring creative professionals such as singers, dancers, chefs and models became full-fledged cultural phenomena. But last fall, AdoramaTV’s original reality photography competition web series, Top Photographer with Nigel Barker, finally gave them a turn in front of the camera.

    Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, issued a nationwide call for entrants to photographers of all skill levels.

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    Academy Students & Faculty to Participate in 2017 Chinese New Year Parade

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    Mateo Tayamen works on the lighting for the Academy's float. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Chinese New Year on Saturday, Jan. 28, marked the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. The festivities in San Francisco will culminate with the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 11. Once again, Academy of Art University will ring in the annual celebration by showcasing an outstanding student collaboration project. Students from multiple disciplines are working together, creating the intricately decorated float, original theme music and live performance.

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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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    Sculptor's Playful Animals Pop up All Over the City

    Academy graduate creates a menagerie of whimsical creatures to encourage optimism

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    Sculptor and Academy of Art University alumnus Jihoon Choi's Giraffe in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Jihoon Choi.

    Last summer, you might have spotted a bright yellow, nine-foot tall giraffe resembling a giant Lego toy at some well-known San Francisco locations. Made from sheets of metal by sculptor Jihoon Choi, the whimsical creature elicited plenty of double takes and smiles when the artist took it on a photoshoot around the city. He photographed the giraffe in places such as the Civic Center, Pier 7, the cable car turntable at Powell and Market Streets and Hunters Point.

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