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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.  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

Contributor: Kristine Bowne

Writers: Lara Warren, Mike Winder

Design: Paul Gillis

Web site production:
Chuck Spangler

Alumni Notes and Events Coordinator: Matt O’Brien

Special Thanks:
Robert Dirig, College Archivist

Cover Illustration:
Andrew Holder ILLU ‘07

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80 Years in Pictures

South Campus at night.
“The neighborhood has a real industrial feel to it, especially with those water towers at the end of the street.

Architecturally, South Campus looked very serious, but there was a sense of humor to it as well. That was also true of the Grad Art program. Even with the seriousness of the work we did, we had to have a sense of humor to break the tension. Maybe that’s the secret of the architecture. ”
–Rebecca Norton MFA FINE ’10

7th Street Campus

3rd Street Campus

Hillside Campus

Vevey Campus

2004 – Present
South Campus

In 2004, Art Center opened South Campus, a 100,000-square-foot former supersonic wind tunnel in downtown Pasadena. Redesigned by architect Kevin Daly, South Campus is a dramatic example of adaptive reuse and among the first buildings in Pasadena to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

For several years, South Campus’ 16,000-square foot exhibition space, dubbed The Wind Tunnel to pay homage to its former usage by aircraft companies during World War II, hosted special educational events for the entire community, many of which engaged other institutions in explorations or art, design, science and technology. Such events included: The Art Center Design Conference (2004, 2006 and 2008); The Art Center Summit: Systems, Cities and Sustainable Mobility (2008); Supersonic: 1 Wind Tunnel, 8 Schools, 120 Artists (2004); and Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living (2007).

In 2009, the award-winning structure underwent additional renovation in order to accommodate the move of Art Center’s Graduate Media Design program from the Hillside Campus. The renovations provided additional classrooms, exhibition space and graduate studios for both Media Design and Graduate Art, which had also recently moved from Hillside. South Campus also houses: Art Center’s Public Programs (Art Center at Night, Saturday High, Art Center for Kids and the Summer Institute for Teachers); Archetype Press, a one-of-a-kind letterpress printing facility; a printmaking studio; the Judy Slasky Memorial Rooftop Garden; and The Agency, a select group of advertising students who develop projects for real-world clients.

In 2010, South Campus hosted the first annual 4 Hours Solid, an evening that presented work and ideas from all four of Art Center’s graduate programs: Art, Broadcast Cinema, Industrial Design (GradID) and the Media Design Program (MDP).