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October 7, 2010
Laguna College of Art & Design will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and the college is already abuzz about its many accomplishments and plans for an even brighter future. During a well-attended President's Circle breakfast on Sept. 29 at the Hotel Laguna, college President Dennis Powers outlined some impressive achievements. The college is in the "top three" nationally for its figurative and representational drawing and painting program, Powers said. Moreover, the college is boasting what may be its largest student population ever — 426 full-time students.
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By Ashley Breeding | September 4, 2009
Artist Greg Spalenka has joined the Laguna College of Art & Design as the new professor of fantasy art. Classes began Monday. The course is an advanced and comprehensive study of fantasy art as it relates to the entertainment and print media fields, Jennifer Daniels, media relations manager for the college, said. ?Science fiction and fantasy art will be studied and its context through historic and contemporary periods. Students will conceptualize, design and produce fantastic and fictional content using a variety of drawing and painting methods.
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By BARBARA DIAMOND | October 12, 2006
Three key players in the evolution of the Laguna College of Art & Design were honored recently at the 45th anniversary gala of the founding and flowering of the art school. Special recognition was given at the festive black-tie event to David Young , 94, Roger Armstrong , Nancy Lawrence and Jonathan Burke , representing the many contributors to the success of the school over the years. Young, 94, only recently retired from the board of the Festival of Arts, which joined with the then-Laguna Beach Art Assn.
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By Candice Baker | December 7, 2007
It was showtime for artist Colleen Police and her classmates, as they exhibited their work at local galleries during the December First Thursdays Art Walk. Police joined other seniors from the Laguna College of Art & Design in a unique mentoring program, now in its sixth year, that pairs students with gallerists to teach them about the business of art. Police said program leader Robin Fuld has equipped her students to go into the art world with confidence. The program, which dovetails with the skills students learn in Fuld’s class, allows students to learn about everything from framing to business forms firsthand.
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By Candice Baker | November 24, 2006
Many art students are gearing up for their first professional gallery show, through the benefit of a one-of-a-kind mentoring program. Fourteen senior fine arts majors from the Laguna College of Art & Design's professional studies course will exhibit their work at 14 galleries during the December First Thursdays Art Walk, held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. The professional studies class is taught by Robin Fuld, a 22-year art-business veteran, currently...
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By Ashley Breeding | November 26, 2009
For Laguna College of Art and Design senior Mallory Rose, dreams of pursuing her passion for drawing and painting became a reality unexpectedly, when she received a generous donation from a high school classmate’s family to attend art school. “Their daughter, Amy, was killed in a car accident on her way home from a portfolio day at an art college she planned to attend in the fall,” Rose said. “Since she no could no longer fulfill her dream of going to art school, her family wanted to honor her memory by helping someone else live out that dream.
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By Imran Vittachi | November 23, 2011
The December installment of the First Thursdays Art Walk will mark a milestone for Robin Fuld, a professor at the Laguna College of Art & Design and its career services director. Thursday's Art Walk will be the 10th anniversary of a mentorship that she fostered between LCAD and Laguna Beach art galleries. A decade ago, Fuld ran an art gallery in Laguna Beach and was chatting with Jeannie Denholm, then an LCAD faculty member, about the lack of a formal relationship between Laguna's plethora of galleries and the local campus that trained future artists.
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By Alisha Gomez | August 23, 2012
Forty freshmen got a nice surprise when they moved into the newly remodeled student housing Saturday at Laguna College of Art & Design's South Campus. The student dorm studios, at 795 Laguna Canyon Road, all featured a modern, edgy and urban feel. "It's actually pretty impressive," said Donna Vu, 18, from San Jose. "It's much more than I thought. " She discovered LCAD through a college website. "It seemed like a interesting place ... like a gem in the cloud of big campuses - magical and surreal," said Vu, who plans to study animation and game art. LCAD converted previous teaching and art studios into the extra student housing, which now accommodates 40 students and also has two apartments for resident managers.
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By Joanna Clay | September 22, 2011
Nestled in the canyon and hidden amid hills within walking distance of the ocean, the Laguna College of Art & Design has beaconed artists to its campus for 50 years. With LCAD marking its milestone this year, faculty and graduates reflected on how the college has grown since its establishment in 1961. LCAD's new president, Jonathan Burke, came to the school 31 years ago, when it was just starting on the road to accreditation, he said. Now it has regional and national accreditation validating its liberal arts and art courses.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Pamela Martinez approached Sarina Shohet with a proposition late last year. "I said to Sarina, 'Can I give you a really difficult assignment?'" Martinez recalled. "She said, 'Yes.'" Students in Martinez's Advanced Placement art class at Irvine-based Tarbut V'Torah drew a single portrait for the project. But Sarina drew two - one on white paper and the second on a differently textured brown sheet. The final graphite sketch, which depicts a friend whose parents are in the throes of a divorce, was titled "Cognizance of Her Teenage Psyche.
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By Bryce Alderton | May 1, 2014
Bob Hurley, founder and chief executive of Costa Mesa-based clothing company Hurley International, will speak at Laguna College of Art + Design's graduation, the college announced in a news release. "Bob is more than a business success story," college President Jonathan Burke said in the release. "He led a cultural phenomenon that brought the surfing lifestyle into the mainstream. His philosophy of hard work and nurturing great talent - many of whom are LCAD students and alumni - is significant to our new generation of graduating artists and designers.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
At the request of Laguna College of Art + Design's president, Caltrans and the city are looking at ways to speed up installation of a traffic signal along state-owned Laguna Canyon Road. LCAD President Jonathan Burke's request comes after 22-year-old Nina Fitzpatrick, a fine-arts student, died after she was hit by a car in the crosswalk at 8:45 p.m. April 3 in front of the main campus, at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Police said an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan struck Fitzpatrick, who lived in Costa Mesa.
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April 23, 2014
The Festival of Arts' latest exhibit, "Sculptures by Miriam Shelton," will be on display at downtown Laguna Beach's Wells Fargo building until May 12. "Miriam's sculpture is a significant part of the festival's permanent art collection," exhibit curator Tim Shockley said in a news release. "We are honored to have the opportunity to share her award-winning work with the public. " A city resident in her late 80s, Shelton was a festival exhibitor between 1974 and 2006 who has been honored by the Laguna Beach Art Assn., Madonna Festival of Los Angeles, San Bernardino Art Festival and elsewhere.
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By David Hansen | April 16, 2014
It has been said that a volcanic eruption can create its own lightning. Well, a perfect storm is brewing in Laguna Canyon, and the lightning has already started. Have you been hearing all the sonic booms? The first salvo was the recently approved but hotly contested artist live-work project. Right on its heels was a massive public storage proposal, which failed to get past initial planning reviews but is not necessarily dead yet. In the background is the ever-expanding Laguna College of Art + Design, and coming Tuesday to the City Council is the Friendship Shelter's proposal for permanent supportive housing for Laguna's homeless.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 11, 2014
Friends said Nina Fitzpatrick could light up a room when she walked in. On Thursday night, those same friends and family paid tribute to the 22-year-old Costa Mesa woman, a senior at the Laguna College of Art + Design, by lining Laguna Canyon Road while holding glowing tea lights. Fitzpatrick died earlier this week after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in front of the college's main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road about 8:45 p.m. April 3. About 200 mourners gathered to hug, share stories and remember the fine arts student, an oil painter whose bubbly personality was contagious, friends said.
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April 10, 2014
I know many hearts are broken over the loss of Laguna College of Art + Design student Nina Fitzpatrick, a pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in a crosswalk. But sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. I wish tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If we as a community had learned this lesson, then a bridge might have been built for the student body.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Pamela Martinez approached Sarina Shohet with a proposition late last year. "I said to Sarina, 'Can I give you a really difficult assignment?'" Martinez recalled. "She said, 'Yes.'" Students in Martinez's Advanced Placement art class at Irvine-based Tarbut V'Torah drew a single portrait for the project. But Sarina drew two - one on white paper and the second on a differently textured brown sheet. The final graphite sketch, which depicts a friend whose parents are in the throes of a divorce, was titled "Cognizance of Her Teenage Psyche.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 8, 2014
Laguna College of Art + Design senior Nina Fitzpatrick has died, five days after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road, the college announced in a news release Tuesday. Fitzpatrick, a 22-year-old fine arts student and Costa Mesa resident, was hit by a Honda sedan driven by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the crosswalk adjacent to the main campus at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. She was critically injured and transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, according to Laguna Beach police.
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April 8, 2014
A 22-year-old Laguna College of Art + Design student was struck by a vehicle and critically injured in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road on Thursday night, Laguna Beach police said. The woman was crossing from the main campus side of the road at 8:46 p.m. when she was hit by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan, said Capt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police did not elaborate on the extent of the pedestrian's injuries, but said she was transported to the trauma center at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 18, 2014
Anybody stepping into One Laguna should feel, well, connected. Exposed brick and hardwood interiors, outfitted with surfboards, art, motor suits and other memorabilia, are juxtaposed with 17 touch screens of different sizes. Details and images of Laguna Beach's recreational offerings lie at a visitor's fingertips. One Laguna functions as a digital visitors bureau in a 5,000-square-foot building owned by Firebrand Media LLC to show off all that the city has to offer. It includes a radio station owned by Firebrand and shares space with the Laguna College of Art + Design's gallery, called LCAD on Forest.
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