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    Writer Michael Connelly Embraces New Era of TV

    The best-selling author and executive producer of Bosch opens up to MPTV students about his own journey into the industry


    Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens, Executive Director of the School of Motion Pictures & Television James Egan and best-selling author Michael Connelly. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Before Michael Connelly discussed the expected fate of TV during his visit to Academy of Art University on Thursday, April 9, he let the audience in on a tidbit from his past—he hadn’t always known he wanted to be a writer.

    “I was following a more traditional track,” Connelly said. “I was an engineering major when I went to college, but I had always been a reader. It actually goes back to [when] I was a witness to a crime when I was in high school. I spent a night in the police station talking to detectives and so forth, and it interested me.”

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    Illustrating the Talent of an Extraordinary Teacher

    Society of Illustrators Distinguished Educator in the Arts award to be presented to Chuck Pyle this May

    Chuck Pyle, director of the School of Illustration at Academy of Art University. Photo by Jennifer Blot.

    When Chuck Pyle arrived at Academy of Art in 1972, he had no intention of staying longer than a semester. He was an 18-year-old with big plans: All he needed was a few more techniques for his artist’s arsenal and he’d be off to New York to become a great political cartoonist and bring down President Nixon.

    But his New York plans got derailed—permanently—thanks to an instructor named Barbara Bradley. She recognized Pyle’s talent amid a population of some 520 students, and offered him a bit of unsolicited advice: “Try illustration, you might like it.”

    Without Bradley, Pyle acknowledges, it’s unlikely he’d have become the longtime Director of the School of Illustration (it was at her urging that he returned to his alma mater to teach in the late 1970s), nor the recipient of the Society of Illustrators Distinguished Educator in the Arts award, announced late March.


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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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