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Norm Schureman Memorial

Out of Tragedy Comes Hope for a New Generation
Norm Schureman Memorial Scholarship Established for Product Design Students

In late March, the Art Center community was shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of one of its own, faculty member and alumnus Norm Schureman PROD ’85. Schureman was a beloved instructor, colleague, mentor and friend to hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni. 

“Norm was one of the most influential figures in my career,” said Tyler West PROD ’04. “He inspired me to grow not only as an artist, but as a person as well. His dedication to Art Center was unmatched—he gave everything he had to his students and their growth. I will miss him and the immeasurable pride he had for his students.” 

Schureman’s relationship with Art Center began almost 40 years ago when his father, Bob, taught Industrial Design classes and a young Norm would tag along to campus. Years later, Norm returned to Art Center as a student, graduating in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in Product Design. Schureman began teaching at Art Center in 1992, first at the College’s European campus and then in Pasadena. 

“Art Center has been such a big part of my life, as well as the life of my son,” said his father Bob. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support the Art Center community has given our family during this difficult time.”

Schureman devoted himself to the College, instilling in his students a passion for design, a love for drawing and an eye for excellence. To his Visual Communication, Dynamic Sketching and Product Design classes, he brought criticality tempered with humor. Each term generated new and innovative ideas, images and prototypes. A place in the student gallery was continuously reserved for the phenomenal projects created by his students.

“Norm’s Vis Comm classes profoundly shaped the course of my work after I graduated,” said Thom Olson, ILLU ’00. “He epitomized the Art Center ideal. He was a demanding teacher, yet one who enthusiastically fanned the creative sparks in his students, lifting us up as much as he pushed us.”

“Norm encompassed the highest ideal of an Art Center instructor and designer—an endless curiosity, a boundless commitment to his students, a tenacity for excellence, and an immeasurable loyalty to Art Center,” said Product Design Chair Karen Hofmann. “He is simply irreplaceable. He will be forever missed.”

To help Schureman’s legacy live on, the College established the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship, which will be available to incoming Product Design students.

“Norm inspired hundreds of students—not only those that he taught, but those considering whether or not they even had the gumption to apply to Art Center,” President Lorne Buchman said. “One of the ways the College can be true to his memory is to make sure young creatives have access to a first-rate design education.”

To date, $40,620 has been raised for the scholarship.

“Norm loved being a teacher and truly believed an Art Center education was something special,” Schureman’s widow, Fati, said. “Our family is humbled that the College has come together to honor Norm with a scholarship in his name.”

Individuals interested in making donations to the Scholarship can donate online or contact Senior Development Officer Palencia Turner at 626.396.2366.

In addition to the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship, the family has opened a trust fund for Schureman’s two young sons. For questions about contributing to the trust, contact Director of Public Relations and Communications Jered Gold at 626.396.2251.

Norm Schureman

Norm Schureman

Video of the memorial service for Norm Schureman, which was held at Art Center's Hillside Campus.