Stars and Students Align for Los Angeles Academy Day
On Saturday, March 4, at Universal Studio's Globe Theater, over 900 Los Angeles area residents
attended the Academy of Art University's elaborate "Academy Day." The event showcased emerging
artists, offered information on the Academy and its twelve schools, and brought together
representatives from all corners of the art and entertainment industry.
The Academy partnered with the Bravo Channel's
Teen People and
Animation Magazine to properly showcase the diversity and excitement of an education in
art and design,
The Globe Theater was packed with fashion faces, designers, media, celebrities, and anxious
prospective students as DJ Kevin Carney rocked the house spinning music live.
As it was "Oscar" weekend, Dr. Elisa Stephens, the Academy of Art University's President, hosted
the Academy's own awards ceremony. "Outstanding Actress of the Year" Award was presented to Jaime
My Name is Earl,
Not Another Teen Movie, and
Joe Dirt. The "Outstanding Actor of the Year" Award was given to David Boreanaz from
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The "Entertainment Leader of the Year" Award was given to Tracy
Brennan, the Co-Head of the Motion Picture Talent Department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
The crowd was filled with other notable faces cheering on the students such as Santino Rice from
Project Runway, actor Efren Ramirez from
Napoleon Dynamite, actress Rachel Melvin from the upcoming movie
Days of Our Lives,
8 Simple Rules, and
Jack & Bobby,
Alumni, and LA-based fashion designers Desanka and Coco Kliks, MTV Asia host and fashion
designer Anand Jon, as well as celebrity stylists such as "Q" from
America's Next Top Model and Fati Parsia.
In addition to the large number of attendees and special guests, over 200 professional artists
and alumni attended the day's event. They viewed recent student work and were urged to participate
in the Academy’s eMentor program, which directly connects them with promising new talent. Companies
represented included Disney, Paramount Studios, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Black & Decker,
Speedo, Oglivy & Mather, Mazda, Rhythm & Hues, KROQ, and Brickyard VFX Animation.