First Annual Homecoming for Academy of Art University Draws Crowd of Leading Graphic Designers

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The first annual Homecoming for the Academy of Art University last week brought together 135 respected designers representing more than 90 nationally and internationally recognized design firms, all alumni of the School of Graphic Design, Academy of Art University. A juried alumni exhibition, mounted at the Academy's 79 Gallery at 79 New Montgomery, featured work of alumni for such clients as Adobe Systems Inc., award winning See Magazine, The North Face, CLIF Bar, and Gmund, the world-renowned paper manufacturer. The exhibit is available for public viewing through January 2, 2008.

This is the best event I've attended at the Academy, ever

The first annual Homecoming for the Academy of Art University late last week brought together 135 respected designers representing more than 90 nationally and internationally recognized design firms, all alumni of the School of Graphic Design, Academy of Art University.

A juried alumni exhibition, mounted at the Academy's 79 Gallery at 79 New Montgomery, featured work of alumni for such clients as Adobe Systems Inc., award winning See Magazine, The North Face, CLIF Bar, and Gmund, the world-renowned paper manufacturer. Noted designers from some of the region's top design firms were in attendance including David Schuemann, CF Napa; Bill Cahan, Cahan & Associates and Daisuke Maki, Landor.

The keynote speaker was Michael Osborne, MOD/Michael Osborne Design, an MFA graduate of the School of Graphic Design and a faculty member. "The evening was very special in many ways. Students and classmates, teachers and students, old friends and new, reconnecting and sharing stories, many for the first time since they graduated. It was so beautiful to see their individual successes hanging right there on the wall. As a teacher, there is no better feeling," said Osborne.

A surprise for the alumni were the wines exhibited and poured throughout the evening: 43 wines, with labels and packages designed by alumni of the Academy of Art University were featured in the exhibit and served to guests. "This represents a fraction of the work our alumni have created in the wine category. I do believe Academy graduates have designed more wine labels than any design school in the country," said Mary Scott, Chair, School of Graphic Design. Labels included Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon, Bacio Divino Janzen and Vagabond (CF Napa); Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon, BEX Riesling, and Saracina (MOD/Michael Osborne Design); Hey Mambo and Mia's Playground (Don Sebastiani & Sons). Crowds gathered and clamored for entry to a retro photo booth that enabled up to eight alums at a time in the booth to take yearbook-type photos. "This is the best event I've attended at the Academy, ever," commented one alum.

MFA Director Phil Hamlett said he was pleased, but not surprised, at the attendance and graduates, "This is an incredible group and I am happy to see so many here. Academy graduates from the School of Graphic Design are finally beginning to get the national recognition they deserve."

The exhibit is available for public viewing through January 2, 2008.

The School of Graphic Design recognizes design as a cultural force that spans consumer, commerce and social causes. Under the aegis of Mary Scott, Chair, and Phil Hamlett, Graduate Director, the School of Graphic Design is noted for its real world approach to teaching the art of graphic design, and ardently preparing its students for presenting themselves into the profession of graphic design. Graduates from the School of Graphic Design work in many of the industry's most prestigious firms.

About the Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Founded in 1929, the Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art & design university, offering accredited Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in thirteen areas of art & design, and over 30 areas of academic emphasis. With close to 11,000 students both online or on campus, majors include Advertising, Animation/Visual Effects, Architecture (MFA only), Computer Arts/New Media, Digital Arts/Communications (AA, BFA Only), Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television and Photography.

Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, and nationally accredited by NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER), (BFA-IAD), and NAAB (M-ARCH). http://www.academyart.edu

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