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Meet Our Academy Artists Featured at the New Hyatt Regency

Alumni and students of Academy of Art University proudly have their artworks on full display for all to see in the new Hyatt Regency hotel in San Francisco.

Initially announced in the latter part of the previous year, this partnership was intended to “showcase the evocative and inspiring talents of the Academy’s students within Hyatt Regency’s remarkable new hotel,” according to Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of the Academy.

The students and alumni who participated in this project came from various schools, including the Schools of Fine ArtArchitecturePhotography, and Interaction & UX/UI Design (formerly known as Web Design & New Media).

Today, the $70 million renovation of the establishment previously known as Park Central Hotel, is completed and open to the public. The one-of-a-kind artworks commissioned by the hotel can be viewed in its public spaces and gathering areas, as well the Executive and Presidential Suites. 

Congratulations to the 10 Academy of Art alumni and students for this successful collaboration with Hyatt Regency!

Excerpts of Artists’ bio from Hyatt Regency

Dora Duan, MFA Photography, 2012
Fine Art Photographer – San Francisco 

With a strong emphasis on the emotional content, Duan creates photographs that explore identity and personal experience on a psychological level. Her work evokes inner connections with viewers through minimal visual elements and aesthetic aspects. 

Ajin No, MFA Fine Art-Painting, 2021
Painter – San Francisco

Ajin No is a painter currently based in San Francisco, originally from Seoul, Korea. She has a BFA and an MFA in Fine Art Painting from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, USA.

She is more interested in expressing the invisible world rather than in how to interpret the visible world. This gave birth to her signature mixed media collages combining cityscape with abstract painting. A finite image that can best show her the appearance of a city that remains unchanged is a photograph. And infinite emotions are expressed in colors. A photograph shows the structure of the mind and the color expresses what breaks the frame. Also, using palette knives and rollers represents the ever-changing and moving emotional state, and helps visualize the invisible too.

Alana Burke Colville, MA Photography
Student – San Francisco