Academy of Art to Participate in SFWAR’s 13th Annual Walk Against Rape

    In solidarity with April as National Sexual Assault Awareness month, the Academy of Art University is participating in the 13th annual Walk Against Rape march on April 7. Organized by the San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR), the goal is to “empower survivors, their friends, families and supports, to break that silence by marching together on the streets against rape,” according to the SFWAR website.

    Christina Petricca, the Academy’s Title IX coordinator, said this year’s walk is the first time the school is joining SFWAR. She hopes the Academy’s participation continues to bring awareness across campus and highlights the resources SFWAR provides to sexual assault survivors, including counseling, support groups and crisis services.

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    Film Review: 'Ready Player One'


    Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

    Ready Player One goes hard in the paint with the 1980s nostalgia, theatrical eye candy for any and every pop culture geek from Hill Valley, California to Shermer, Illinois. The story, however, takes place in dystopian Columbus, Ohio in the year 2045, where, for the most part, the real world is secondary to a fictionalized one.

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    Visual Development Alumna Lands Dream Job With Tonko House

    JJ Jaehee Song’s hard work and diligence has paid off as she continues to flourish in her career


    A still from Tonko House's PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems. Image courtesy of JJ Song.

    School of Visual Development (VIS) M.F.A. alumna, JJ Jaehee Song is working as a visual development artist at new and award-winning animation studio Tonko House.

    While Song has been with Tonko House as an intern since 2015, she has had a long and winding journey to her current position as an established visual development artist. “Very early, when I was 12, I fell in love with animation, specifically, it was Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. After I saw that I decided my dream and studied art,” Song said in an interview.

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    Film Review: 'Final Portrait'


    Armie Hammer as James Lord and Geoffrey Rush as Alberto Giacometti in Final Portrait. Photo by Parisa Taghizadeh. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

    Out in limited release this weekend is Final Portrait, written and directed by Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games). Adapted from A Giacometti Portrait, a memoir by writer and art enthusiast James Lord (portrayed by Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name), the film focuses on a specific snapshot in time, during the year 1964, when Lord sat for a portrait for his friend and renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (portrayed by an unrecognizable Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love) before departing Paris to head back to the U.S. What the artist initially tells Lord will take hours, an afternoon, at the most, turned into 18 sittings over the course of nearly three weeks.

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    Drive for Success Helps Automotive Design Students Win Phil Hill Scholarships


    (L–R) Student Brett LaBar, IND Executive Director Tom Matano, student Sean Wilson, Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Button, Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens and IND Director Antonio Borja. Photo courtesy of the Pebble Beach Company.

    Academy of Art University School of Industrial Design (IND) students Brett LaBar and Sean Wilson have a few things in common: They are friends who share a passion for automotive design. And last summer, they were both awarded Phil Hill scholarships at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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    Golfing Motivation

    The Hawkins sisters are going from strength to strength in their golfing and academic careers

    Sterling Hawkins (3)

    Sterling Hawkins. Photo courtesy of ART U Athletics.

    Elan Hawkins

    Elan Hawkins. Photo courtesy of ART U Athletics.

    When Elan and Sterling Hawkins were in high school, they had to play on the men’s golf team because Willow Glen High didn’t have a women’s team. Despite some backlash from subscribers of the old school, “No girls allowed” mantra, the Hawkins sisters thrived playing in the boys’ club—after all, what could the boys do that they couldn’t?

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