Academy of Art University’s 2010 Spring Show Awes Creative Professionals

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Exhibition of the Best Student Work opens in San Francisco and Online

“Like everything Academy of Art University does, the Spring Show just keeps getting better.”

Anticipation of fresh talent fueled excitement as up-and-coming artists joined industry leaders for an exhilarating day at Academy of Art University’s Spring Show. Stepping into the Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities, attendees were met by breathtaking displays of art and design. Galleries brimming with brightly colored illustrations, inventive product designs, fine art sculptures and more ignited the senses for all to experience.

The Annual Spring Show provides a unique opportunity for the rising stars of the art and design world to shine. Students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Academy of Art University display their best work. Hundreds of industry professionals attend each year to keep a finger on the pulse of emerging talent and to hire the year’s top graduates. For students, the event is a springboard to success. They meet with creative professionals for one-on-one interviews and a chance to land their dream job.

Academy of Art University Board Member and owner of JTDNA, Jeff Teague, found himself astonished by the caliber of work produced by Industrial Design students. “They really stood out as being top notch, really professional, and really ready to go,” Teague said.

The Spring Show has earned a sterling reputation with recruiters as well. Bill Maughan, Director of Graduate Illustration, received an enthusiastic response from representatives of Disney-ABC Television Group. “They were told as they were recruiting at other art schools, ‘Wait until you get to San Francisco. It’s going to blow you away,’” Maughan said. They arrived with high expectations, which were easily exceeded by work they saw at the Spring Show.

With such well-earned prestige, it’s no surprise the Spring Show drew representatives from more than 100 top companies such as Mazda, Sony, PDI/Dreamworks, Electronic Arts, Nickelodeon, Facebook, PDN Photogroup, Gensler Associates, Dark Horse Comics, Zynga, Williams-Sonoma and many others.

Paul Harney of architectural and interior design firm Perkins Will felt the Spring Show work far surpassed work done by students at other architecture schools. “Because the faculty comes from a perspective of working in the industry, the level of work is just more professional,” Harney said.

Ralph and Diane Waterhouse, of Waterhouse Gallery, went even further, comparing the Spring Show work to professional artists they have seen in the past. “We go to many professional shows each year. And this is better!” said Diane Waterhouse.

Academy alum Brent Jentzsch of 3D animation service Mixamo complimented students not just on their work, but on their outlook as well. “There are some great attitudes here, great personalities and great work,” Jentzsch said of the students.

Academy of Art University’s facilities also impressed guests. At the show, students and professionals joined Director of Multimedia Communications Jan Yanehiro in exploring the potential of the brand new equipment students will use in the School of Multimedia Communications studio this Summer. This cutting-edge technology provides students with hands-on experience using industry-standard tools.

Graphic Design students received high praise for their innovative design concepts. Rod Dyer, President of Rod Dyer International, has been in the graphic design business for over 50 years, working with clients like Absolut, Shangri-La Entertainment, and Gramercy Pictures. “I was very impressed with the Graphic Design Department. Unbelievable,” said Dyer.

Amid elaborate fashions and stunning photography, students waited anxiously to show their portfolios to industry representatives. Piper Robbins, recent Photography grad, seized her opportunity to meet with Rolling Stone and The Lucie Awards representatives. “It’s the best possible ending to the last five years, getting to meet people that I really admire and getting them to give honest feedback on my work,” Piper said.

Industrial Design students who specialized in Toy Design were especially excited to meet Bryan Benedict, Hot Wheels Design Manager at Mattel. Benedict admired the impact of the Academy’s instructors – all industry professionals – on the caliber of student work. “There’s a great knowledge base that they’re learning from and an understanding of the industry,” Benedict said.

As opening day came to a close, students departed, focused intently on their future careers. Industry professionals, thrilled and inspired by the day, eagerly turned their thoughts to the immense potential of next year’s show. As Jeff Teague said, “Like everything Academy of Art University does, the Spring Show just keeps getting better.”

Spring Show student work will be on display through July 31 from 10AM to 6PM at 79 New Montgomery St. in San Francisco (closed Sundays and holidays). An online gallery of Spring Show work can be viewed here: http://www.academyart.edu/springshow.

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco

With more than 16,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, MA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 16 different majors, as well as continuing art education, with classes in Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music for Visual Media, Photography and Web Design & New Media. Art Education is the school's newest major, offering BFA and MA degrees. Students can also enroll in flexible online degree programs in most majors.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

For more information, visit http://www.academyart.edu or call 1-800-544-2787.

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