PCAE Exhibition: A Showcase for Talent, Drive and Determination

    The year-round program gives high school students a preview of college life and a chance to explore the Academy

    Cassidy Hall, a 14-year-old with hair the fiery color of summer, led her family through the crowded hallways of the Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) Showcase to her artwork—a pencil sketch of Little Red Riding Hood characters—that she created for the Introduction to Illustration class she took as part of the four-week summer PCAE program offered at Academy of Art University.

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    Reaching New Heights

    Student-painted mural at the Cova Hotel highlights San Francisco tourism, travel and neighborhood pride

    When people tell you to shoot for the moon, they might not expect you to land on an eight-story-high row of scaffolding overlooking a magnificent view of San Francisco. However, for the Academy of Art University students who spent this past spring painting a stunning new mural across the front of the Cova Hotel, it was a dream come true.

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    Unifying a Community

    School of Fine Art – Sculpture students create centerpiece monument for Andy’s Unity Park

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    FASCU faculty member Peter Schifrin (pictured second from right) with members of the Art Team. Photo courtesy of Peter Schifrin.

    Academy of Art University is no stranger to connecting its classrooms and students to the real world. But for Peter Schifrin’s Maquette to Monuments course, School of Fine Art – Sculpture students were able to turn their assignment into a real piece of (commissioned!) public art for Andy’s Unity Park in Sonoma County.

    “The Academy’s mission statement is to ‘help students build a career in the arts,’” said Schifrin, who has been an Academy sculpting instructor for 25 years. “This (Andy’s Unity Park) monument is one example where a direct line can be drawn from the classroom to a professional, high-exposure, permanent artwork.”

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    JEM Students Impress at Annual Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference


    M.F.A. JEM student Julessa Barnes displays her heart armor at SNAG. Photo courtesy of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts.

    The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is the largest professional metalsmith organization and every year, it hosts a conference to invite the who’s who from the jewelry and metal arts industry.

    The professionals, trailblazers, educators and rising up-and-comers attending maintains a conference gold standard and this past May, the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM) from Academy of Art University joined in on the fun at the conference in Portland, Oregon.

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    Collaboration Born From Shared Experience

    ILL alumna Sam Giuliano and author Haley Jakobson craft a “bedtime story for your twenties” with poetry and illustration


    ILL alumna Sam Giuliano and author Haley Jakobson. Photo courtesy of Sam Giuliano.

    If Leonardo da Vinci was right when he said, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen,” then Sam Giuliano and Haley Jakobson’s fiery new anthology, Write Like Prayers, covers both fronts of that emotional spectrum. Giuliano, an alumna of Academy of Art University’s School of Illustration, is responsible for the book’s beautiful, muted artwork.

    “As young women in our respective industries, we sought the opportunity to develop our own narrative and cultivate a creative work that embodied the female millennial voice,” Giuliano explained. “Combining storytelling illustration with raw, unfiltered poetry, Write Like Prayers is a bedtime story for your twenties.”

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    Advertising Grads Win Big at Cannes Lions


    Inner Warmth, a THERMOS brand campaign by advertising graduates Ei Kakiuchi and Visarnpong “Saint” Chateakcharoen. (L–R) Cashmere, Polyester and Wool. Photo courtesy of Visarnpong “Saint” Chateakcharoen.

    Within advertising and branded communications, there isn’t much bigger than the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It’s where the best of the best in the global industry go to play and mingle amongst like-minded creatives. It is also where the global communications community recognizes and awards excellence to those pushing the craft forward.

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