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Laguna College of Art and Design Celebrates Class of 2018

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- On Monday, May 21 at 5 p.m., one hundred eleven students became graduates of Laguna College of Art and Design's (LCAD) Class of 2018. President Jonathan Burke and Board of Trustees Chair Jared Mathis conferred undergraduate degrees in Animation, Drawing & Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, and Illustration. LCAD Provost Helene Garrison, Ph.D. conferred graduate degrees in LCAD's MFA program in Art of Game Design. Peter Zokosky, chair of LCAD's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in Drawing and Painting, conferred graduate degrees in Painting.

Steve Van Doren, son of Vans cofounder Paul Van Doren and Vans' Shoes Vice President of Events and Promotions, delivered the College's Commencement address that included a classic Van Doren surprise. After he praised LCAD for being the only art and design college offering an Action Sports Design program, he asked students to look under their chairs to find a Vans Custom Card, giving them an opportunity to design their own unique pair of Vans shoes. Steve Van Doren and Jonathan Burke will judge the students' custom designs and select a winner who, with friends and family, will enjoy an evening out on the town with Vans' official Ambassador of Fun, Steve Van Doren.

During the past six years Vans has generously collaborated with the LCAD. The "Vans Honors Lab" teaches the creative process of footwear design and past student designs have been selected for production and sale around the world. The company also partners with the College to host an annual Vans Custom Culture high school shoe design competition that includes immersive workshops. Vans offers scholarships to competition winners, contingent upon their acceptance to LCAD.

After the commencement ceremony, Van Doren was presented with an original painting of Vans checkerboard shoes by new LCAD BFA in Drawing & Painting alumna Christina Matadama.

Cristina exhibited her work titled "Cozy" during LCAD Gallery's Senior Fine Arts Exhibition and, when Burke saw Cristina's painting, he knew it would be a perfect gift to commemorate Van Doren's Commencement speech to the Graduating Class of 2018. Burke also arranged for Cristina and her family to witness the opening of the gift and greet her newest collector.

Chloe Allred, summa cum laude MFA in Painting alumna, was LCAD's 2018 Student Commencement Speaker. She is a contributing artist and writer for the book, "We Believe You" (published by Henry Holt in 2016.) Her paintings and writing have been featured in Orange Coast Magazine, Huffington Post, USA Today, and the BBC. She is a founding and active member of The Body Joy Project, a feminist artist collective that critiques and challenges the way our culture thinks about body image. Chloe is currently a teaching artist at The Artist Lab.

Allred encouraged her fellow students to "Show up for yourself. Give yourself a chance and have some faith in the crazy ideas that you're going to have."

For more information about LCAD's 2018 Commencement, please visit: https://www.lcad.edu/.

About Laguna College of Art and Design:

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing + Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration, and Illustration in Entertainment Design, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Art of Game Design, Drawing, and Painting. The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD houses the historic archives of the College and The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers.

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit https://www.lcad.edu/.

Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

Web Photo Caption: Steve Van Doren (son of Vans' co-founder Paul Van Doren), Vans Shoes vice president of Events and Promotions, delivered the College's Commencement address.

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Laguna College of Art and Design Honors Vans at 28th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala and Live Auction

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) raised more than $315,000 at its 28th Annual Collector's Choice Gala and Live Auction held on Saturday, October 7th at Montage Laguna Beach. The total amount raised beat last year's record.

Orange County art collectors joined LCAD trustees, faculty, students and staff for a live auction of paintings, sculpture and luxury experiences donated by college alumni, faculty, respected artists and local businesses. LCAD Trustee and owner of LCA Wine Nancy Milby donated a Jeroboam of Spanish Cava by Juve and Camps to kick off the live auction.

The artists who donated paintings and sculptures included Gerard Basil Stripling, Jonathan Burke, James Galindo, Michael Harnish, Mark Jacobucci, Kathy Jones, Jason Kowalski, Richard MacDonald, Wade Reynolds, Henry L. Richter, Carolyn Robles and Jeff Sewell. LCAD Trustee and owner of Salt Fine Art in Laguna Beach Carla Arzente donated a mystery item later revealed to be a sculpture titled, "Goodbye My Love" by Cuban Artist Esterio Segura.

Additionally, Tesla donated a two-day test drive of the Tesla Model X which was coupled with a weekend stay at L'Auberge Del Mar + Spa. Montage Laguna Beach donated a dinner at the Chef's Table at Studio.

During the evening, The Decorative Arts Society, Orange County honoring Julia Argyros made a gift of $10,000 to merit-based scholarships. More than fifty attendees spontaneously raised their bid cards raising more than $93,000.

The College also honored Vans with the LCAD Creative Partnership Award.

"Since 2012, Vans has collaborated every semester with LCAD in an Honors Lab that teaches design students the creative process of footwear design and marketing," said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. "The LCAD community has benefited greatly from our relationship with Vans, giving our students internship opportunities as well as employing many of our alumni."

Vans' generosity has totaled over $45,000 in its history of giving to LCAD. Vans partners with the LCAD's Graphic Design + Digital Media program to host Vans' annual Vans Custom Culture design competition by hosting immersive workshops on campus for competition finalists and offering scholarships to the winners contingent upon their acceptance to the College.

LCAD Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Honorary Co-Chair Jared Mathis shared a story about his great grandmother, Nellie Gail Moulton. "On her 90th birthday, rather than accept birthday gifts for herself, this daughter of a store merchant born on the plains of Kansas, gave the gift of education. She committed to paying for the full tuition of twenty-one students," he said. "She explained to the Los Angeles Times, 'I've traveled the globe and points in between multiple times. I've lived a blessed life, but there has always been something missing. You see, I never could go to college.' She went on to say that while it was a little late for her to start college, she wanted to make sure that others could have the opportunity she never had."

In 2015, LCAD commissioned LCAD Drawing and Painting Alumna and Sculpture Coordinator Brittany Ryan to sculpt the Creative Partnership Award using the likeness of Moulton.

LCAD Graphic Design and Digital Media senior Alexis Lanz spoke about her gratitude for receiving scholarships in support of her education. She is also currently enrolled in this year's Vans Honors Lab.

"Going to college is a privilege, and the privilege of attending LCAD was made possible for me and many LCAD students because of the support of each and every one of the generous donors and trustees," Lanz said. "Now more than ever, the world needs creativity. Your donations are the investment in the future of designers and artists who have the ability to change the world for the better through their creativity. Thank you for your constant support and overwhelming generosity."

LCAD's 28th Annual Collector's Choice Gala and Live Auction was co-chaired by LCAD Trustee Terry Jones with his wife, Judy.

There will be a 28th Annual Collector's Choice Silent Auction held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach. For more information about this event, please visit www.lcad.edu.

About Laguna College of Art and Design:

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Creative Writing, Drawing and Painting, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Art of Game Design, Creative Writing, Drawing, and Painting. The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD houses the historic archives of the College and The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers.

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit http://www.lcad.edu/. Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

PHOTO CAPTION: Steve Van Doren, vice president of Vans with Jonathan Burke, president of Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD).

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Laguna College of Art and Design Welcomes Best-Selling Author Dean Koontz

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) hosted New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dean Koontz on Tuesday, July 11 at LCAD's historic Main Campus in Laguna Beach for an exclusive speaking engagement.

The celebrated author spoke to an intimate crowd of approximately 35 attendees comprised of students of author and LCAD Liberal Arts professor Gwendolyn Oxenham's Introduction to Nonfiction: Literary Survey, Analysis, and Application course; LCAD trustees; and select Liberal Arts faculty. Koontz spoke candidly about the business of writing and publishing fiction.

"You need to know about the business," Koontz advised students. "If you're not learning about business, you will be a victim. I don't think writers should be victimized."

Koontz, published in 38 languages, spoke of his love for writing that drove him to produce more than 120 novels across multiple genres. His books have sold over 450 million copies to date. When asked how writers can tell fresh, original stories, he said, "The most natural way about it is: who are you as a person and a writer and what about your way of your personal style and way of seeing the world. That will lead you into handling anything differently than other people."

After his talk, Koontz took the time to sign copies of his books brought by students and fans alike.

"Dean's commitment to his craft and passion for storytelling inspired all of us to hold our work to the same level of excellence he has pursued in his 40-year career," said Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD. "We will never forget our morning with him and thank him for taking time from his writing schedule to share his experiences and hard-won lessons with our students."

LCAD's Liberal Arts curriculum aims to elevate each student from an artist with great technical skills to a complete artist who becomes an active citizen of the world with the power to affect positive change through thoughtful and creative work. The department offers a minor in Creative Writing led by published LCAD faculty who regularly lead panels on the writing process - from research and writing to submitting work for publication. Outside of the classroom, the College's newly expanded, Dennis and Leslie Power Library hosts regular open mic nights and special reading events featuring LCAD students and faculty.

For more information about LCAD's Liberal Arts department, including its Creative Writing minor: https://www.lcad.edu/site/liberal-arts/

About Laguna College of Art and Design:
Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing and Painting, Entertainment Design, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, and Illustration, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Art of Game Design, Drawing, and Painting. LCAD Fine Arts alumni are accepted to the most prestigious graduate programs and go on to become internationally recognized artists and educators who shape dialogue with renowned collectors, museums and gallerists. The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at LCAD houses the historic archives of the College and The Rex and Joan Irving Brandt Papers.

For more information about LCAD admissions, news, events and Annual Fund, visit https://www.lcad.edu/.

Facebook at @LCADBFA, Twitter @LCAD and Instagram @lcadbfa.

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