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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

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Alumni Notes and Events Coordinator: Matt O’Brien

Special Thanks:
Robert Dirig, College Archivist

Cover Illustration:
Andrew Holder ILLU ‘07

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LOOKING Hosts Legacy Circle Event

Through the Looking Glass

On Wednesday, June 16, John Clark and Looking will host a special Legacy Circle evening with Art Center alumni, faculty and scholarship students. Based in El Segundo, Looking is a design studio that works in print, digital and 3D media and has worked with clients as diverse as Electronic Arts, the San Francisco Symphony and HBO. Legacy Circle is an alumni-led group of volunteers committed to supporting Art Center students through scholarships.

When asked why he chose to host a Legacy Circle event, Clark responded that he believes there is “big potential for a fundamentally good shift at Art Center with Lorne Buchman coming in.” Clark, Looking’s founder and director who served as Art Center Europe’s Communication Design Department Chair, continued, “The timing is right. The energy is right. I’ve missed the College, and I’m delighted to be able to host in this part of the city.”

Looking’s origins stretch back to 1990 during Clark’s first term teaching at Art Center. The studio he worked for, Cross Associates, was purchased by Siegel+Gale. After the acquisition, Clark’s clients immediately began calling him, asking him if he would continue working with them. “The beginning of Looking literally started in Art Center Europe’s library,” said Clark. “The College was kind enough to let me work there and to use the fax machine, the only technology we really had. It’s funny, but it worked surprisingly well. Because of the time difference, when Art Center Europe’s classes were ending, it was only nine in the morning in California. So we could pretend we were back in California without ever actually seeing the client.”

What can the evening’s guests expect to see at Looking? The first thing they’ll notice is the dramatic tile work on the façade of the building—83 large glass fiber reinforced concrete panels, each individually molded, whose character playfully changes depending on the time of day. Guests should also keep an eye out for the ceiling’s suspended wood panels that Clark likens to “limp linguini, undulating through the space,” an installation of 20 large-scale bowls, a wall display featuring current projects in development and the studio’s glass and prototyping shops. 

As for the 8x12’ scrim of blues musician Muddy Waters? “He was a wonderful mentor to all the musicians he worked with,” said Clark. “Muddy Waters literally had a big house in Chicago, and many young musicians stayed with him. He helped them get recording contracts, record their own music, and played on their albums. That inspirational role always stuck with me.”

A recap of the event will be posted in a future issue of the Alumni News online newsletter.

If you are interested in attending on June 16, or would like more information about Legacy Circle, please contact Amy Swain in the Office of Development at 626.396.2427 or amy.swain@artcenter.edu