Art Center College of Design Appoints Arwen Duffy as Senior Vice President, Development and External Affairs

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Art Center College of Design has appointed Arwen Duffy to the newly created position of senior vice president, Development and External Affairs, responsible for the College's fundraising, marketing and communications efforts.

There is nothing more fundamental to Art Center than providing access and opportunity to talented, deserving students

Art Center College of Design has appointed Arwen Duffy as senior vice president, Development and External Affairs, it was announced today by College president, Dr. Lorne M. Buchman.

In this newly created position, Ms. Duffy will oversee Art Center’s fundraising, marketing and communications efforts. Among the College's top fundraising initiatives this year is the "80 for 80" campaign, a $2 million effort to provide the equivalent of 80 $25,000 scholarships for students in Art Center's undergraduate, graduate and public education programs. Launched in conjunction with Art Center’s 80th anniversary, the 80 for 80 initiative signifies the College’s long-term commitment to increase the accessibility and affordability of a superlative art and design education.

“We are fortunate indeed to find an individual with Arwen’s talents and experience to lead the College’s fundraising efforts in support of our core mission,” said Dr. Buchman. “There is nothing more fundamental to Art Center than providing access and opportunity to talented, deserving students and I look forward to a rewarding and successful future in partnership with her.”

“As the College celebrates its 80th anniversary it’s an auspicious time to join Art Center,” said Ms. Duffy. “The College has a wonderful legacy of support from distinguished individuals, foundations and corporations. I hope to build on this legacy to ensure that Art Center students have the resources needed to reach their full potential for effecting positive change through innovative art and design."

Most recently, Ms. Duffy has served as Vice President for Advancement at California Institute of the Arts, where she led the $150 million “Campaign for CalArts” to a successful conclusion in June 2009 and built highly effective programs in development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations and advancement services. Under her leadership, the Advancement office—through strong partnerships with the Institute’s academic and public programs—significantly increased CalArts’ visibility and community of supporters. Previously, Ms. Duffy worked at UCLA and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in various development roles. Arwen earned a MFA in Art from CalArts and a BA in Art from Yale University.

About Art Center College of Design
Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and non-profit agencies around the world. During the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

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