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Talented Art and Design Students Impress Industry Professionals at Spring Show 2011

Anticipating an exhilarating day full of opportunity and inspiration, industry leaders and Academy of Art University’s emerging artists and designers gathered for the opening day of the Annual Spring Show on May 25. The atmosphere was charged with creativity, and galleries hummed with excitement as attendees explored fresh, new work in a number of areas of art and design, including Architecture, Photography, Fine Art and Animation.

Spring Show 2011

Each year, Spring Show offers up-and-coming stars of the art and design world a much-prized opportunity to share their unique vision. Drawing over 150 distinguished guests from across the creative sector, Spring Show enables the industry to keep a finger on the pulse of the latest ideas. Students meet with representatives from top companies for one-on-one interviews and a shot at landing their dream job.

As a buzzing hub of innovation, it is hardly surprising that Academy of Art University’s Spring Show attracts creative professionals from across the country, including Apple, Pixar Animation Studios, Nike, DC Comics, BMW Group Design Works USA, Zynga, Canon USA, Sony Computer Entertainment, Ogilvy & Mather and many others.

Victoria Peak by Arthit Kaeoratanapattama
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This year, the event moved to a larger state-of-the-art venue to highlight all of the incredible pieces that students created. “Honestly, all of the work was impressive,” said David LaFleur of American Greetings. “I must say, it’s refreshing to see students with excellent drawing skills. The technical mastery of techniques both traditional and digital was at a very high level.”

American Greetings was so impressed with student work that the company hired three students on the spot. Lylyan Li, Elsa Chao-Chia Chung and Yeniu Pan of the School of Graphic Design will soon be joining their team.

Adam Deleeuw
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From Advertising to Web Design & New Media, the work of students was striking and inspiring for the professionals in attendance. “The amount and diversity of talent at Academy of Art University is very impressive,” said Robert Matthes of Mattel.

For many students, the event is a springboard to success through networking with people at the top of their field. Fine Art student Yen-Ching Chang exhibited at the show, and her paintings made a strong impression. “A gallery contacted me right after the School of Fine Art award ceremony that day,” said Yen-Ching.

Florist by Sidharth Chaturve
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Other students viewed Spring Show as a chance to meet with students and faculty in other fields. Ryan Houck, a Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media student, and Photography student Sierra Hartmann exhibited their unique collaborative project. Their video combined a series of 8,000 time-lapse pictures taken by Sierra with music written by Ryan to enhance the mood and setting of the piece.

Speaking with Director of Web Design & New Media Bob Rigel and Associate Director of Copywriting Mark Edwards, Ryan found new opportunities for working with fellow students. “The possibility of teaming up with Advertising was not something I had thought of, so it was good to be exposed to their department and work,” said Ryan.

For members of the industry, Academy of Art University’s Spring Show represents a chance to meet rising stars and find new creative talent for their companies. As they met with students to review their portfolios, many representatives found stand-out artists and designers. “Robert Lee is confident, well-spoken,” said Matthes. “He’ll do well at his internship with Mattel this Summer.”

Sculptor Lawrence Noble found the strong artistic core that students at the Academy receive to be particularly remarkable. “One department that really impressed me was Foundations. The work presented was, in my opinion, outstanding,” Noble said. “In that, I believe, is the secret to all the subsequent work from the different classes being successful.”

Shenghua Yang
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Spring Show continues to amaze industry attendees with the high quality of work that students exhibit. As Rob Taylor of Pendulum Studios said, “I was very pleasantly surprised to see the evolution in the overall show presentation and the caliber of the talent and reels that I was seeing.”

As opening day came to a close, students departed, their professional futures shining brightly in their sights. Industry members, excited by the work they had seen and the amazing potential of students, reflected on their continued admiration of each year’s show and looked forward to what next year may bring.

Congratulations to all of the student winners and many thanks to all of the industry participants who made Spring Show 2011 an exciting and memorable event.

Don’t miss your chance to see Spring Show:
May 26 – August 15, 2011
9AM – 6PM (closed Sundays and holidays)

Academy of Art University
1849 Washington Street (at Van Ness)
San Francisco, CA 94109

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