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December 28, 2023

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Top 10 Wins of 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, we'd like to take a look back at all the big wins achieved by our creativity community. While this is by no means a comprehensive list (see more accolades here and here) we see it as an inspiring recap of a year where our students, faulty and alumni use their creative superpowers to make the world we share a more sustainable, colorful and comfortable place. We can't wait to see what's next for 2024.

View From the Top

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Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce ranked ArtCenter the No. 1 art + design college in the country for ROI. ArtCenter also ranked No. 1 in The One Club for Creativity's 2023 list of top art + design schools.

Wonderfully Awkward

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Alum, NYT best-selling author Dan Santat won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for A First Time for Everything, a coming-of-age, graphic memoir based on his awkward middle school years.

A Good Run

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Forrest Gump DP and alum Don Burgess will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fit to Print

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Recent grad Reiten Cheng's Polyformer — an open-source machine that transforms PET water bottles into filaments for 3D printers — won the IDSA Best in Show, Jury Award and IDSA Gold.

From Disney to Dinner

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Former animator + film alum Justin Pichetrungsi is crowned California’s best chef by James Beard.

Design Driven

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MotorTrend named the Genesis G90 Car of the Year — alum SangYup Lee is head of design.

Player No. 1

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ArtCenter students' Chú Mó, a deeply immersive gaming experience exploring themes of East Asian exorcism, won IndieCade's Live Action Award.

Sit With Us

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An astounding 12 ArtCenter students won SIT Design Awards, celebrating worldwide excellence in furniture and interior design.

Best in Showcase

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The L.A. Times ranked our "free-wheeling" 1960s Ceeje Gallery among 10 most memorable exhibitions of the year. On view through March 9.