The Art of Wellness

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    Sasha on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, wearing Hyde organic cotton yoga apparel.

    If you had told me as a grad student that a few years later I’d be doing what I’m doing, I would have laughed, questioned your sanity and gone on with my day.

    Yet here I am: an M.F.A. graduate from Academy of Art University’s fashion merchandising program, happily concocting green smoothies, teaching yoga, coaching clients on wellness and healthy lifestyle habits and working for an organic yoga apparel company.

    We hear stories like this all the time, someone experiencing a health revelation after reading a book, seeing a segment on TV, watching a documentary, surviving a health scare or personal crisis. This is often the way adopting wellness practices works: it can creep up quickly, slyly, with the best intentions of turning your world upside down (or rather right-side-up).


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    Students Reap the Benefits of Annual Printmaking Conference


    Jen Wright and Tyler Balogh share their portfolio of prints collected at the Southern Graphics Conference in Knoxville, TN. Photo by Dennis Peterson.

    Coming off the heels of last year’s SGC International Conference hosted by Academy of Art University, printmaking and graphic design students ventured to Knoxville, Tennessee, the site of this year’s annual event.

    “SGCI was a really great opportunity to meet other printmakers, see what’s being produced in the community and learn new techniques,” said Jen Wright, undergraduate printmaking student in the School of Fine Art.

    “Between demos, lectures and gallery shows there’s so much happening that it can be overwhelming, but in the best way because it’s something I love. In essence, SGCI is like ComiCon for printmakers,” said Wright.

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    Veteran Student's Photograph a Finalist in National Contest

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    'Late Afternoon in the Garden' by Garrick Morgenweck. Courtesy of Garrick Morgenweck.

    Last winter, Academy of Art University student veteran Garrick Morgenweck snapped a luminescent picture of Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The documentary photography major was struck by the peaceful beauty of the spot he drove past every day while taking a course at the fort in San Antonio, Texas.

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    Academy Alumna Designs Patented Pop-up Gift Baskets


    Shirley Ladler-Dennis of Diva-So-Easy. Courtesy of Shirley Ladler-Dennis.

    Late one December night in 2011, Shirley Ladler-Dennis sat in her living room surrounded by a sea of straw baskets, rolls of cellophane, cards, ribbons and presents. The Vallejo resident was in the midst of her annual holiday tradition—putting together gift baskets for local foster children. Ladler-Dennis loved brightening the lives of the kids who received her baskets, but she was exhausted by the time and effort it took to assemble them. Storing the clunky baskets and other supplies was also a challenge.

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