Academy of Art University Students Win Fabrica Scholarships

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Two lucky Academy of Art University students are headed to Treviso, Italy to work at Fabrica for a year.

There are volumes to speak of the students' work. Every portfolio showed individuality, we were very impressed. Fabrica in a way, begins where your work in formal training ends. Fabrica is possibilities, Fabrica is probabilities.

After reviewing over 75 Academy of Art student portfolios, Enrico Bossan and Erik Ravelo, the editorial and creative directors of Colors magazine, along with Babak Payami, acclaimed director of video and film at Fabrica, awarded Tomi Lahdesmaki, School of Graphic Design, and Hanna Abi-Hanna, School of Animation, one-year, fully paid scholarships to intern with Fabrica's creative team.

At the awards presentation, Fabrica's Babak Payami said, "There are volumes to speak of the students' work. Every portfolio showed individuality, we were very impressed. Fabrica in a way, begins where your work in formal training ends. Fabrica is possibilities, Fabrica is probabilities." It is the dream child of Luciano Benetton and Olivero Toscani. Fabrica's purpose is to create an environment of independence for young, ambitious, and audacious artists who have no fear of the unknown.

Other students whose talents had impressed the Colors team were finalists, Jure Favran, Sumila Mehta, Katie Freathy, Tadashi Omura, and Jayde Cardinalli, School of Graphic Design; Maureen Olund, Motion Pictures and Television; and Nursani Siagain, School of Animation.

About Fabrica and Colors:
Created in 1994, Fabrica is Benetton's communication research center, where young artists and researchers from various countries and cultures are invited to develop communication projects in the fields of design, music, video, photography, publishing, and new media. Fabrica's challenge is both an innovative and international one, to marry culture and industry through communications. Fabrica's publishing activities include Colors, a quarterly magazine sold in over 40 countries and published in four languages.
http://www.fabrica.it, http://www.colorsmagazine.com

About the Academy of Art University, San Francisco:
Founded in 1929, the Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university, offering accredited Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in thirteen areas of art and 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 and Design, Motion Pictures and Television, and Photography.

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

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