Fine Art Inspiration

    Game development student LiGang Zheng  named Rookie of the Year award winner for Digital Illustration


    "Black Dream" by LiGang Zheng.

    As a recipient for this year’s Rookies awards, LiGang Zheng can consider himself one of the best rising artists in the world.

    “I couldn’t believe I won, it was a big surprise,” said Zheng, a B.F.A. game development student at Academy of Art University. “I think it’s very hard to win [a Rookies award], because [the student work] is very good.”

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    Unifying a Community

    School of Fine Art – Sculpture students create centerpiece monument for Andy’s Unity Park

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    FASCU faculty member Peter Schifrin (pictured second from right) with members of the Art Team. Photo courtesy of Peter Schifrin.

    Academy of Art University is no stranger to connecting its classrooms and students to the real world. But for Peter Schifrin’s Maquette to Monuments course, School of Fine Art – Sculpture students were able to turn their assignment into a real piece of (commissioned!) public art for Andy’s Unity Park in Sonoma County.

    “The Academy’s mission statement is to ‘help students build a career in the arts,’” said Schifrin, who has been an Academy sculpting instructor for 25 years. “This (Andy’s Unity Park) monument is one example where a direct line can be drawn from the classroom to a professional, high-exposure, permanent artwork.”

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    JEM Students Impress at Annual Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference


    M.F.A. JEM student Julessa Barnes displays her heart armor at SNAG. Photo courtesy of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts.

    The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is the largest professional metalsmith organization and every year, it hosts a conference to invite the who’s who from the jewelry and metal arts industry.

    The professionals, trailblazers, educators and rising up-and-comers attending maintains a conference gold standard and this past May, the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM) from Academy of Art University joined in on the fun at the conference in Portland, Oregon.

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    Navigating the Digital World

    To call Kristi Pelzel ambitious is an understatement. Since moving to San Francisco, the Texas native and online graduate from the Academy of Art University’s School of Communications & Media Technologies (COM) has set herself on a journey to learn anything and everything she can to advance her career. She completed her B.A. this past spring (which took her three years) and has since embarked on high-level achievements, including a stint in the U.S. government and being recently named Director of Multimedia at Georgetown’s news outlet and academic blog, gnovis. We sat down with Pelzel and learned more about her motivations, aspirations and resolve. 

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    Design Influencer


    Academy of Art University School of Landscape Architecture alumnus Eric Arneson was recently selected by Alvin Drafting to be a featured designer in their YouTube tutorial videos. Photo courtesy of Eric Arneson.

    Social media has become a much more vital instrument within the creative tool box and Academy of Art University School of Landscape Architecture (LAN) alumnus Eric Arneson knows firsthand how social platforms can be a display for current work as well as create new opportunities for the future.

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    Seizing Opportunities

    MPT graduate Carl Nenzén Lovén’s passion, talent and attitude have landed him exciting opportunities in the film industry


    School of Motion Pictures & Television graduate Carl Nenzén Lovén. Photo courtesy of Carl Nenzén Lovén.

    At work, Carl Nenzén Lovén must be highly calculated, yet when he’s not behind the camera on set, Lovén is actually quite spontaneous.

    He recently moved to Los Angeles on a whim, for example. He spent a weekend down south a few weeks after walking the stage with the School of Motion Pictures & Television (MPT) graduating class of 2018 at Academy of Art University and returned to San Francisco with his mind set on a newfound change of scenery.

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