As part of ArtCenter’s 85th anniversary, this special issue of Dot celebrates our creative community in three broad fields to which graduates through the decades have dedicated themselves with powerful results: art and visual storytelling; business; and education. Their stories highlight the circles of influence—intergenerational and interdisciplinary—that can ignite an idea, shape a career, define one’s lasting mark on the world.
Some alumni are legendary, like the late Kenji Ekuan, while others are achieving notable success still early in their careers, from the intrepid entrepreneurs building small businesses in three distinct Los Angeles neighborhoods, to the first-time independent filmmaker whose animated short garnered an Oscar nomination.
In terms of professional recognition, 2015 has been a year of superlatives for our alumni. Children’s book author and illustrator Dan Santat earned his field’s highest honor, the Caldecott Award; Diana Thater’s midcareer retrospective at LACMA opening November 22 is the largest exhibition by a woman artist in the museum’s 75-year history; and the founders of lynda.com, a radical innovation in teaching developed at ArtCenter in the 1980s, saw their company acquired by LinkedIn in its biggest deal ever.
Our next issue of Dot (Spring 2016) will serve as a companion to this Vol. 1 anniversary edition. In Vol. 2, we’ll meet leaders in fields such as product, transportation, interaction, graphic and environmental design, and we’ll look at transformative examples of design for social impact.
We are proud to bring you these stories and those of all our alumni across a suite of online platforms including Untold Stories, a new alumni showcase for your own projects and ideas. To fully capture the ever-widening circles of ArtCenter’s influence, we want to add your voice and images to the mix. So please be in touch by email, on social media, in person here on campus or at an upcoming alumni event in your area, and allow us to celebrate you—even if you’re not yet 85. There is no time like the present.
Lorne M. Buchman
ArtCenter College of Design