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Outer Circle is Art Center’s alumni publication and features alumni-driven content and stories. Produced by Art Center’s Office of Alumni Relations and the Marketing and Communications Department, the Fall 2008 issue is Outer Circle’s inaugural digital issue.  If you have story ideas for inclusion in future Outer Circle publications, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 626.396.2305 or email alumni@artcenter.edu.


Editorial Director
Vanessa Silberman

Design Director Steve Sieler

Kristine Bowne, Matt O’Brien

Lara Warren, Sasha Watson

Design Paul Gillis

Web site production
Chuck Spangler

Cover Illustration
Josh Cochran, ILLU ‘05

Art Center Portland Alumni Event
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
6:00-9:00 p.m., Design panel, 7:00-8:00 p.m. followed by reception
Nike World Headquarters, Tiger Woods Center
Walker Road at Murray Blvd. Beaverton, OR (see attached map with parking and security information)

Please join us for a design panel and reception discussing Art Center’s “Evolution of Design” at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Headquarters campus.

For the past two years the Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory (CMTEL) at Art Center has been the catalyst for developing design research methodologies and curriculum around material exploration and sustainable design, including recent collaborations with Nike.

The panel will be led by Karen Hofmann PROD ’97, Acting Chair of Product Design and Director, CMTEL at Art Center and will include fellow alum, Fridolin Beisert, MS INDU ’08, PROD ’98. RSVP by November 10th, to Alumni Relations, 626,396.2305 or alumni@artcenter.edu.

Celebrating 60 Years of Transportation Design
Friday, November 21
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles, CA

60th Anniversary Event Coming Soon! Art Center will be celebrating six decades of educational leadership by the Transportation Design Department at an elegant dinner at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Friday, November 21st. Some of the confirmed alumni in attendance will include Syd Mead, Harald Belker, Chip Foose, Dave Stollery, Ron Hill, Bob Gurr and Craig Durfey. Faculty will include Richard Pietruska, Gaylord Eckles, Dave Marek, Jae Min, Bumsuk Lim, Stewart Reed and many more.

Tickets are still available for this very special gathering of alumni, faculty, and friends of the department, but they are going fast. If you have not yet received an invitation but are interested in buying tickets, contact Amy Swain at 626-396-2427.

Highlights of the event will include:

  • The debut of a new short film documenting the Transportation Design department’s incredible 60 year legacy
  • The unveiling of a permanent new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum showcasing student work from the department
  • A silent auction of alumni artwork to raise support for student scholarships.

This is an evening you won’t want to miss, and all net proceeds benefit scholarships for students in Transportation Design. We hope to see you there!

December 11, 2008, 5-10:30 p.m.
Art Center Hillside Campus, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, 91103

You are invited to attend the Fall 2008 Grad Show Preview event. The Graduation Show Preview features remarkable student accomplishments from all major fields of study at Art Center: Advertising, Graduate Media Design, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Entertainment Design, Illustration, Film, Photography & Imaging, Fine Art Media, Product Design, Graduate Industrial Design and Transportation Design.

5–9 p.m. — Preview of Graduating Students Work. Industry professionals, employers, corporate partners, alumni and donors get the first look at this term’s Graduation Show.

9–10:30 p.m. — Graduation Preview reception. Join fellow industry professionals, employers, corporate partners, alumni, donors and graduating students for a reception in honor of the Fall 2008 graduating class.

To reserve your place for Graduation Show Preview, call 626.396.2435 or e-mail alumni@artcenter.edu by Monday, December 8th. 

SAVE THE DATE! The Art Center Summit 2009
February 17-19, 2009
Pasadena Convention Center Pasadena, CA

Join us for the third Art Center Summit as we engage in another pivotal exchange of ideas and information leading to the creation of new and sustainable methods for moving around the planet. Art Center alumni receive discounted rates!

The third in a series of five Summits, Expanding the Vision of Sustainable Mobility will explore the sustainable ideas and strategies from visionary leaders outside the fields of mobility and transportation. By expanding the discussion to include a broader range of fields, we hope to significantly enhance the ongoing development of solutions related to sustainable mobility.

Speakers to date include:

  • R. James Woolsey, Former Director, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.); Venture Partner, VantagePoint Venture Partners
  • Nathan S. Lewis, Ph.D., George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, Principal Investigator, Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center, California Institute of Technology
  • Amory B. Lovins, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Michael D. Meyer, Ph.D., Professor, Former Chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Former Director, Transportation Planning and Development for Massachusetts.
  • Leilani Münter, “Carbon Free Girl,” Indianapolis race car driver, biologist, activist
  • Bryan Nesbit, General Motors Vice President of Design, North America
  • William Reinerrt, National Manager for Advanced Vehicle Technology, Toyota, US
  • Michael Vernon Robinson, Founder, CEO, Crossover Creative Consortium