Archive for 'August 2016'

    Mobolade Ajomale, Team Canada 4x100 Take Bronze in Rio Olympics


    Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale was awarded a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Courtesy of ART U Athletics.

    Ajomale helped his team secure a place in the finals, with the third fastest time in Canadian history

    In the final event on the penultimate night of track & field action at the 2016 Olympic Games on August 19, Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale and Team Canada earned bronze medals following an inspired performance in the 4x100m relay.

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    Hello, Urban Knights!


    Academy of Art University Director of Athletics Ben Jay. Photo by James Wood.

    Welcome Academy of Art University students to the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester!

    For new students, it’s the beginning of your journey at the Academy, and for continuing students, welcome back as you pursue your craft with passion and enthusiasm. You are all now and forever will be the Academy’s Urban Knights!

    I am the new Director of Athletics at the Academy. I come to the Academy with 26 years of college athletics experience at Fairfield University, the Pacific-10 (now Pac-12) Conference, Ohio State University, and most recently, the University of Hawaii. I am very excited to come back to San Francisco to lead ART U Athletics.

    The Academy is a very unique educational institution. Out of 1,281 institutions, we are the only art school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). n II intercollegiate sport teams and 225 ART U student-athletes.

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    Interactive Magazine Class Immerses Students in the World of Digital Pubs


    Traditional magazines continue to fold as more people rely on their electronic devices for the stories and images they could once find only in the pages of print publications. To help Academy of Art University students—particularly those pursuing a career in illustration—gain hands-on experience in the growing digital publishing market, instructors David Ball and Haydn Adams merged their separate editorial illustration and interactive magazine classes a couple years ago. Today, with additional support from the School of Advertising’s copywriters, the collaborative class (WNM 498.01/ILL 455) produces Peephole, a biannual digital magazine, each spring and fall.

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    M.F.A. Graduate Continues to Dazzle the Jewelry Industry

    Jizhi “Gigi” Li’s prize-winning thesis project earned her a $20,000 scholarship and a spot at the 2017 MJSA Expo in New York City


    Jizhi “Gigi” Li poses with pieces from her exhibition, Perfectly Imperfect. Photo courtesy of Jizhi “Gigi” Li.

    Since graduating from Academy of Art University’s School of Jewelry and Metal Arts with an M.F.A., Jizhi “Gigi” Li’s talent has garnered her a number of honors and exciting opportunities. They include winning a coveted $20,000 scholarship to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) for her thesis project. The collection Li created for her project explored her “perfectly imperfect” philosophy on beauty and body image. Recently, a dramatic leg adornment from that collection earned Li another prestigious prize: second place in the Future of the Industry category of the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) Vision Awards.

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    Nourishing Creative Minds


    Director of the School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Nancy Nigrosh. Photo courtesy of Nancy Nigrosh.

    Director of the School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Nancy Nigrosh looks to pass on her experience and prepare Academy students for their careers

    Academy of Art University recently announced that Nancy Nigrosh has taken on the role of Director of the School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media (WRI). Nigrosh first joined the department as an online director in 2015. 

    Nigrosh’s career is steeped in the entertainment and publishing industries and she is sure to be an asset to the Academy’s curriculum. She is teaching a new class this semester that will help students learn how to not only nab an agent, but how to survive in the industry. Nigrosh will lean on her professional experience in these areas to pass down the hard lessons that are obtained when working hands-on.

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    Virtual Storytelling

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    Photo by Bob Toy.

    The Schools of Motion Pictures & Television and Multimedia Communications have come together in creating a new virtual reality class open to all students at Academy of Art University. This course provides students with the latest VR technology and opens a gateway to a new storytelling experience that’s sweeping the entertainment industry and Silicon Valley. 

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    Making 'The Hollars'


    Left to right: John Krasinski as John Hollar and Margo Martindale as Sally Hollar. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

    Opening in San Francisco this week is The Hollars, directed by John Krasinski (13 Hours) and written by Jim Strouse (The Winning Season). Krasinski, who initially signed onto the film as an actor, rounded out the all-star cast with Margo Martindale (The Americans), Richard Jenkins (Jack Reacher), Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect). The film focuses around John Hollar (Krasinski), a struggling artist and impending first-time father in New York City, who returns to his small town roots upon learning that his mother (played marvelously by Martindale) is in the hospital.

    Krasinski, most notably known for his role as Jim Halpert on NBC’s The Office, and Martindale, who is currently nominated for an Emmy for her work on FX’s The Americans, were in the city recently to promote The Hollars, where they spoke with Academy Art U News about their experiences working on their film.

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    'Southside With You': An Interview With Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter


    Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers in Southside With You. Photo credit: Matt Dinerstein. Courtesy of Miramax and Roadside Attractions.

    With the upcoming release of Richard Tanne’s first feature film, Southside With You, Academy Art U News got to chat with actor/producer Tika Sumpter and actor Parker Sawyers, who play Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson—two people that became iconic political power couple. The film, with it’s detailed character development and careful plot beats, takes the audience on a walk with Barack and Michelle, before they were “the Obamas,” during their first “kinda-sorta” date.

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    Film Review: 'Suicide Squad'

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    (L-R) Jay Hernandez as Diablo, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Karen Fukuhara as Katana in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure Suicide Squad, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. Photo credit: Clay Enos/ TM & (c) DC Comics.

    ***Warning: spoilers ahead***

    With all of the hype this past year promoting Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ release of the long awaited Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (Fury, The Fast and the Furious, Training Day), the film is disappointing most likely due to the speed at which the film was produced. That being said, Ayer’s vision for the film needs to be taken into consideration.

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