SF Bay Area

    Academy Students Honor Tenderloin's History

    Artists use shape and color in public displays aiming to help people connect with the city


    (L–R) Kristopher Liwanag, Trinity Holsworth, Juan Ruiz, Michael Stapleton, San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, Derick Moore, President of Academy of Art University Dr. Elisa Stephens, Camlo Looper, Raquel Lupica, Pam Marano, Tim Andrews, Safi Kolozsvari, PG&E San Francisco Senior Manager Stephanie Isaacson, Michael Riordan of PG&E, Director of San Francisco Department of Public Works Mohammed Nuru, Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic Randy Shaw, Fine Art instructor Carol Nunnelly, Captain Jason Cherniss of the San Francisco Police Deparment, Executive Director of the School of Fine Art Dr. Craig Nelson and Vice President of Community & Government Relations Rebecca Delgado Rottman. Photo by Bob Toy.

    A team of Academy of Art University students and School of Fine Art instructor Carol Nunnelly have made quite an impression on the Tenderloin District—in fact, they’ve made 13.

    The group of artists donated 1,200 hours to create 13 painted 4-by-8-foot panels, each of which represent an aspect of the Tenderloin’s history—from the 1906 earthquake to the Blackhawk Jazz Club—and are now displayed on the side of the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. substation.

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    LAN Students Design New Garden for Bethany Center Senior Residence


    (L–R) Mike Mao, LAN 680 Instructor G.V. Chang; Director of Community Programs at Ruth’s Table Lola Fraknoi; Vincie Wu, Amelie Li, Michelle Liu, Hilda Lin, and Avery Wu. Courtesy of the School of Landscape Architecture.

    Every afternoon Ita Burmenko goes out to the garden at the Bethany Center, a residence for seniors located in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. She gathers with friends around a patio table or sits in a sunny spot at the far end of the parking lot. The arrangement is adequate for Burmenko, but if all goes as planned, she and her fellow residents will be able to enjoy a much more enriching outdoor space in about two years time.

    Thanks to six graduate students from Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture, a new plan for the Bethany Center garden revitalizes the existing space by combining comfort, beauty, safety and sustainability, as well as incorporating elements inspired by the artist Ruth Asawa.

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    A Strong Start to Video Game Campaign


    A love for creative design is a family affair for Academy of Art University online game development student Amario Andre, who has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his first video game Abandoned.

    Andre’s father, also named Amario, once worked for Marvel Comics and founded an art school in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Amario’s Art Academy for the Gifted and Talented.

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    Meet Your Models: Connie Foster


    The many faces of Connie Foster. Photos by Shahin Fathi Djalali.

    Artist models are an intrinsic part of the art education experience.  A good model serves not only as a reference, but also as a source of inspiration providing character development and storytelling. In “Meet Your Models,” we’ll sneak a peek inside the creative minds behind the muses.  

    The indomitable Connie Foster has entertained students and teachers alike for over 25 years.  With a personal repertoire of over 50 full characters and a whimsical disposition, Foster is exemplary of a stellar model performance. 

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    A Clean Sweep for Landscape Architecture

    Academy of Art University achieves unique success at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show


    The School of Landscape Architecture pose with their seven awards, including the Best of Show’s Golden Gate Cup. Back row (L–R): Chris Zhong, B.F.A.; Misa Canales, B.F.A.; Daniel Correia, M.F.A.; Jason Jeon, M.F.A.; Nadia de la Torre, B.F.A.; Hilda Lin, M.F.A.; Avery Hu, M.F.A. and Chloe Pu, M.F.A. Front row (L–R): Ashley Wu, M.F.A.; Amirhossein Merikhipour, M.F.A.; Nahal Sohbati, M.F.A.; Eric Arneson, B.F.A. and Baryuth Moran, B.F.A. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Excitement and cheers reverberated throughout the San Mateo Event Center at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Gala on Tuesday, March 17. Academy of Art University students from the School of Landscape Architecture celebrated a well-deserved total of seven awards, including the Best of Show’s Golden Gate Cup, for the design and installation of their garden, titled Sublimation.

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    Architecture Team Creates Playful Design for Market Street Prototyping Festival

    Woodshed Collaborative to present Active Rest, a public climbing structure set to add vibrancy to Market Street


    Doron Serban, undergraduate coordinator of emerging technologies in the School of Architecture. Courtesy of Woodshed Collaborative.

    This month, the heavily trafficked Apple store in Union Square will have competition for the attention of passersby: A large-scale architectural climbing structure designed by a team that includes an Academy of Art University faculty member, an alum and a current student.

    Doron Serban, undergraduate coordinator of emerging technologies in the School of Architecture, plus Brynn Brothers (Interior Architecture & Design, B.F.A. 2013) and M.Arch student Chris Kelusak along with Serban’s friend Josh Cabot - are Woodshed Collaborative, the team behind Active Rest, a winning entry to the Market Street Prototyping Festival.

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    Graphic Design Student Out to Impact Lives Through Customizable Toy and App


    The Frankenstory Labs app. Courtesy of Aaron-Harper Lee.

    Aaron-Harper Lee, Academy of Art University graphic design student, has only one regret: not pursuing her true passion in design earlier.

    “It took a near-fatal car accident and beating the odds of survival to finally put my foot down and chase what I knew was my dream,” said Lee. “A career that impacts people.”

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    Competitive Cyclist and MPTV Student Promotes Academy Cycling Club


    “I always train to be faster; I race with a lot of good athletes out there. What makes me unique is that I’m an athlete, and I am an artist,” said School of Motion Pictures and Television student Victor Tort. Photo by Neil Laxamana.

    World-class competitive athlete and Academy of Art University School of Motion Pictures and Television M.F.A. student Victor Tort is eager to share his love of cycling with his fellow students. By creating the Academy’s first cycling club last year, Tort hopes to build interest, support and sponsorships for the club and lead students in a sport that he is truly passionate about.

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