There have been big changes at ArtCenter since we last spoke, starting with the moving inauguration of Karen Hofmann as the sixth president of ArtCenter College of Design.
It was truly a heartfelt and historic ceremony as Karen, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, took the podium as the College's first female president.
I couldn't imagine a more qualified individual to lead ArtCenter into this next chapter. I admire Karen's commitment to using creativity to elevate humanity, and ensuring DEI initiatives remain cornerstone of the College's strategy.
A true trailblazer, Karen is always looking for ways to break down barriers—whether economic or geographic—to allow more learners access to an ArtCenter education, bringing more voices and perspectives into our community and the worlds of art and design.
Karen has said that the greatest ideas and the highest levels of creativity require a commitment to diversity. In this video, she looks back on her personal path as she charts the one ahead for the College, making inclusion part of her presidential agenda.
With inclusivity in mind, we invite our alumni, friends, fellow artists and designers to give the gift of scholarship on Giving Tuesday (November 29). Donor scholarships are a way that ArtCenter provides additional financial resources to support students from a diversity of backgrounds as they work toward completing their degree.
Donor scholarships are also, in the words of The Ray Charles Foundation Scholarship recipient and recent Illustration alumna Victoria Imo, “encouraging to minorities and those from different ethnic backgrounds or immigrant parents for whom art and design is not something they get to choose in life.” Victoria added that the scholarship “also reinforced my capability as an artist and pushed me to finish my degree.”
Please, join me in extending this invisible hand by making a donation to the scholarship of your choice.
It was a heartfelt, historic ceremony as Karen, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, took the podium as the College's first female president.Aaron I. Bruce, MIBA, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer
As I mentioned last month, we're in the process of planning Identificar(x), an exhibition spotlighting ArtCenter's Latin-identified alumni community. I'd like to dedicate space in each newsletter to introduce the artists and curatorial team, starting with ArtCenter faculty Ryan Perez (BFA 08 Fine Art). The Filipino-Mexican-American artist, who works primarily with photography, has been exhibited at LACMA and other prestigious sites. Through his work, Perez engages the image as a window through space-time and uses its reference frame to ask questions about the self, while intersecting with societal indifference and cultural hegemony. You can view more of his work on his website and Instagram.