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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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Alumni Notes


Victor Cass ILLU '89 is involved in his third year of 'Artful Solutions: Pathways from Homelessness' at the Armory Center for the Arts. In a program he co-founded, the Armory, in partnership with Union Station Homeless Services and the Pasadena Police Department's Homeless Outreach-Psychiatric Evaluation (HOPE) Team, is offering free art classes to the homeless families in Union Station's shelters. The 8-week session, which lasted from February through March, will be celebrated with an art show of students work on Saturday, April 24, at the Armory Center. Cass teaches the adult classes.

Paula Chan ILLU '95 will be selling handmade jewelry, greeting cards and knit scarves in Oakland just in time for the holidays. Check out her stuff at Oakland Unwrapped Holiday Buy Night Dec. 10-11, 5-10 pm inside Jack London Market; and at the Crucible's Holiday Gifty Open House Dec. 12-13, 10 am-4 pm at 7th and Union Street.

Ching Ching Cheng ILLU '09 will have two paintings on display at the Louvre in June. For more information, read this article in the Pasadena Weekly.

Dean Fleming ILLU '87 has been invited to participate in the 2010 International Exhibition of Neo-Surrealism. His painting "Discovery" will be included in the show which runs from May 20 to June 30 at the Bissaya Barreto Museum in Coimbra, Portugal. For more information, visit deanfleming.com.

Ed French ILLU '62 says he's really cranking out the paintings these days—check out his paintings at his website at edfrenchart.com.

Gerardo Garza ILLU '03 has completed his fourth title, Guitar Hero: Van Halen, shipping soon under Activision Blizzard Publishing. Other upcoming work includes pre-production on Capcom's Dark Void. Garza is always seeking new freelance clients looking for professional concept design or 3D modeling. Contact him at g@gerardogarza.net.

Chris Hopkins ILLU '79 Beginning January 29, 2010, the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale will present 'Chris Hopkins: Honoring Northwest Coast Native Culture.' The exhibit will feature art depicting both historical scenes and images that show the reemergence of a vibrant contemporary Native culture. Hopkins has created art from the native point of view with exceptional historical accuracy.
Hopkins has distinguished himself with numerous awards and honors from the art and entertainment communities, with acknowledgments from the AIGA, the Society of Illustrators, and many others, as well as the Vargas Achievement Award, nominations for a Grammy Award for Album Package Design, and finalist for the prestigious Cleo award. Hopkins has often chosen projects that explore human potential in its diverse forms, and in the complex modern society of today, his paintings are known for their ability to reflect as well as influence the world. To see more of Chris's work, please visit chrishopkinsart.com. For more information on the exhibit at Forest Lawn Museum, please visit forestlawn.com

Victoria Howard ILLU '89 and Keri Rosebraugh ILLU '89 recently formed Responsible Education and Media (R.E.M.), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness and consciousness of social and political issues concerning the global community. Combining art and entertainment with factual analysis of global injustice, they strive to educate the public on various issues of importance. R.E.M.'s newest info-ad against Arizona Senate Bill 1070, appeared in the Phoenix New Times newspaper on April 29, 2010.

Valda Hsu ILLU '89 will be teaching a Chinese language and culture course at the Kansas City Art Institute. Hsu currently teaches Chinese brush painting for adults at KCAI, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas, where she is also special programs instructor for Chinese language and culture. She teaches brush painting in the adult continuing education program for persons with developmental disabilities through the University of Kansas and Longview Community College, and also teaches Chinese at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School. Every year she is invited to do a Chinese brush painting demonstration in the Chinese gallery at the Nelson-Atkins Museum during the museum's Chinese New Year celebration. She says her frequent visits to China and Taiwan have inspired her to teach Chinese to visual artists "in order to promote the understanding of its culture and its timeless, authentic art form through the language."

Noël Ill ILLU '05 works is an illustrator for HBO's The Life and Times of Tim. Be sure to watch the second season of animated series on Friday nights at 9:30 pm on HBO. Ill has also has published a book of her paintings, Look Inside , available from blurb.com.

Mike Kelley ILFA '99 and Junc Gallery Present:
Blood is the New Black:
5 Year anniversary Exhibition
November 7 - December 14, 2009
Opening Reception and Party
Saturday November 7 , 7-11.
Junc Gallery
The Saturday night opening party will be an all out celebration with DJ, drinks, giveaways and more. Hope to see you there!

Martha Rich ILLU '00 will have her food art on display as part of "Palate," a group show at the SCION Art space in Los Angeles. For more information, and to see images of Martha's latest work, visit Cake and Lobster.

Savanna Snow (Eckles) ADVT '03, along with Art Center alumni Mark Ryden ILLU '87, Rob Clayton ILLU '88 and Christian Clayton ILLU '91 , are participating in Art Shack an upcoming art show at the Laguna Art Museum.
Aaron Smith ILLU '88 recently curated the group show 'I'm an Animal' featuring new work by 'fierce females'. The show runs through February 13th at the Black Maria Gallery. Aaron Smith is a painter who has mounted several solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, with reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Art Ltd. and the Chicago Sun Times among others. He attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he is now an Associate Chair. He was the first Artist in Residence at the J. Paul Getty Museum. For more information, visit Black Maria Gallery blackmariagallery.com.
Robert Bellm ILLU 01
Katherine Guillen ILLX '06
Pam Henderson ILLU '04
Jay Horinouchi ILLX '06
Levon Jihanian ILLU '02
Kiyoshi Nakazawa FADM '99
Eric Nyquist ILLX '07
Saejean Oh ILLX
Ryan J. Smith ILLU '01
Edwin Ushiro ILLU '00
Connie Wong ILLU '09

Are all featured in a group show Giant Robot is hosting. 'Year of the Tiger' opens February 13, and is up through March 10.

Join us at the reception:
Saturday, February 13, 6:30 -10:00
2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to host Year of the Tiger, a group art show celebrating year 4708 on the lunar calendar. Pieces will include illustration, oils, pencils, prints, watercolor, sculpture, and other media -all dedicated to one of the most powerful but sensitive animals in the Chinese zodiac. Come see Eric's piece up close, and the work of many of our gifted friends!

Cecilie Starin ILLU '75 recently launched Cecile Starin Interior Design and was profiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.

John Parra ILLU '97 wants to share some good news. His third childrenĂ­s book, Gracias/Thanks, recently won the Pura Belpre Honors Award for illustration from the American Library Association (ALA) as well as the Golden Kite Medal Award for Picture Book Illustrations from The Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

John Trinh ILLU '97 "Agent Orange: 30 Years Later" is officially accepted to Cannes Independent Film Festival and will be screened May 12-23 as part of the Villa Cannes programming selection. The screening will take place in a 40-seat screening salon at the CIFF Villa, a short walk from the Palais de Festival. Schedule will be on the Web next week. In August, the film will be screened at Washougal International Film Festival.


In Memoriam

Charlie O. Hayward ADVT '70

Steve Madden ADVT '49

Norm Schureman PROD '85

Herb Weiland PROD '76

Robert Bartlett Young ILLU '92