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ASU in Los Angeles: Curating art to inspire joy

September 22, 2022 - 6:57pm
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2022 issue of ASU Thrive magazine. Nearly 15 years ago, Dhyandra Lawson got her start at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Then newly graduated from Occidental College in LA, where she studied art history and visual art, Lawson was in need of a job and eager to get a foot in the door at the museum. So she worked in the museum box office. She took her temporary role seriously, treating every day as something of an interview and an opportunity to make connections with art professionals. Eventually, a full-time position opened on the museum’s development team, where she worked for four years. Lawson was up for a promotion in fundraising when she made the leap to the photography department’s curatorial team in 2012. The transition was a rare opportunity. “At that time, it was hard because they weren’t...
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Heard Museum joins ASU-LACMA fellowship program to address Indigenous representation in the field

September 7, 2022 - 4:07am
The ASU-LACMA Master’s Fellowship in Art History was founded four years ago as a partnership between Arizona State University and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) . The goal of the program? To culturally diversify the leadership of art museums in the United States by supporting the professional growth of staff of color already employed at museums. Last year, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) came on board; this semester, the Heard Museum has signed on as a new partner. The Heard Museum's first fellow, Roshii Montaño, joins the cohort of individuals already in the three-year degree program, along with three new fellows from LACMA. “To remain a relevant and vital public resource, museums must do better at representing the diverse communities they serve,” said David Roche, Heard Museum CEO. “Not only through exhibitions and programs, but also by the staff who are making creative and financial decisions...
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Exhibit uses art to communicate scientific research to community

August 17, 2022 - 3:00am
Dyadic communication. Synaptogenesis. Repetitive behavior modification. All very important lines of scientific inquiry that are all being studied in the heart of downtown Phoenix on the 30-acre medical education and research campus known as the Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC), where innovative minds are engaged in an endeavor to enhance the health of the surrounding community. But to the average Phoenix resident, such concepts can seem vague at best and completely foreign at worst, when in reality they each refer to research having to do with cancer, traumatic brain injury and dementia — concepts that are not only easy to grasp but that have likely touched many of their lives. In the Artist + Researcher Exhibition , the first project to come out of the recently formed PBC Arts Committee , nine pairs of local artists and researchers from all three of the state’s public universities collaborated on visual art pieces...
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8 ASU undergrads headed to DC for Smithsonian's Latino Museum Studies Program

July 10, 2022 - 6:36pm
Thanks to a new partnership between Arizona State University and the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program , museum studies major Ruby Maderafont will spend the first 10 weeks of their junior year in Washington, D.C., helping to develop digital experiences for all for the National Museum of the American Latino. Maderafont, a student in Barrett, The Honors College who plans to work as a curator after college, said that most of what they’ve learned so far about museum operations and how Latino representation is addressed in museum spaces is “from an outside view, as a visitor and as a student reading scholarly articles in my coursework.” The opportunity to gain hands-on, intensive experience with the museum studies program will “propel my career in the museum field and simply be a dream come true,” they said. Maderafont is one of eight Herberger Institute undergrads who will spend 10 weeks in Washington,...
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Mark Klett: Artist shows new views from the top of Tempe

June 22, 2022 - 4:42am
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in ASU Thrive’s special photography issue, celebrating a day in the life of inspiring people across the ASU community. Hohokam people have cherished the high point now known as Hayden Butte for generations. Also known as “A” Mountain, the vantage point has been a recurring spot for artist Mark Klett, a Regents Professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and a Distinguished Global Futures Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. Sourcing a historical image as a reference point, he has made new photos to capture the view in progressive works. Klett is a founder of the Rephotographic Survey Project, and has worked on a several other rephotography projects in the past three decades, including the Third View, Yosemite in Time, After the Ruins (San Francisco) and Reconstructing the View (Grand Canyon). Before turning to photography he worked as...
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Samuel Peña, Zach Montana, Cameron Jeong, Milena Santiago: Space to create

June 21, 2022 - 6:53pm
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in ASU Thrive’s special photography issue, celebrating a day in the life of inspiring people across the ASU community. Fusion on First is a 16-story, 283,000-square-foot tech-driven project that immerses Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students in the heart of the arts district along the light rail. Designed by the internationally recognized architecture firm, Studio Ma, the building includes sustainability features, and houses studios, classrooms, offices, and exhibition and event space all under the same roof to create a complete focus for creativity. Learn about some of the talented students who chose to study, practice and live in Fusion on First during this snapshot of a typical day in their lives. Video of TikToker Posts Dad’s 43 Year Old Song, It Goes Viral, They Appear on Kimmel! In the photo above, Zach Montana, a junior during the spring semester majoring in popular...
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ASU alumna creates resource to find Black-owned galleries

June 16, 2022 - 9:40pm
While working in Washington, D.C., April Hobby was surrounded by impressive museum art galleries like the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art. She wanted to see what else was out there — especially Black-owned art galleries — but wasn’t sure where to start. Now, she’s helping others find these galleries. Originally from Southern California, Hobby joined Arizona State University as a student in the Herberger Institute’s School of Art. While at ASU, she had experience in art galleries on campus and saw plenty of behind-the-scenes setups of exhibitions. She graduated with an art history degree in 2014 and later went on to pursue a Master of Education in higher and postsecondary education from ASU in 2016, but maintained her interest in the arts when she moved to Maryland after graduation. In February 2021, she founded The Black Curation , a website that focuses on highlighting Black-owned art galleries and art...
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Forrest Solis named director of ASU's School of Art

May 16, 2022 - 6:25pm
The new director of Arizona State University’s School of Art wants to see art and arts education properly recognized for the important role they play in transforming the world for the better. A painter and associate professor, Forrest Solis said that she believes deeply in the value of arts education and feels fortunate to be a member of the School of Art and of ASU. She points out that she has numerous colleagues in the School of Art working at the intersection of, for example, art and technology, art and ecology, and art and health care, “but we haven’t really gotten to the place where we’re a central part of the conversation when it comes to use-based research.” Solis aims to strengthen the connection between such work and teaching and curriculum, “to get a foothold, and to demonstrate that artists make work that has the ability to advance and change...
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Double major defied the odds to achieve her dreams

May 4, 2022 - 9:24pm
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . When Yishu Li graduated from art school in China, she had been playing piano as a professionally trained musician for 12 years. She had chosen to attend the technical secondary school (the equivalent of high school in the United States) so that she could focus on music. But she wasn't sure she wanted to continue studying piano, and she began to question whether she was on the right path. Li was a big fan of Japanese pop culture and had begun learning the Japanese language in elementary school, when she also taught herself how to draw. These two passions would end up becoming her focus several years later at ASU. Now, Li is graduating as a Barrett, The Honors College student with bachelor’s degrees in Asian languages (Japanese) and art (painting) from the...
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Finals week event focuses on mental health through fashion

April 27, 2022 - 3:56am
Ask any college student: Finals week can often bring a lot of stress, but Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students at Arizona State University didn’t want that to be the case for their peers this semester. Based on their own experiences with stressful finals, several design students brainstormed how they could bring mental health in focus. The result: a collaboration for a pop-up shop with the Mayfair Group, a Scottsdale-based lifestyle brand whose merchandise features apparel with inspirational and uplifting messaging. The brand was inspired by CEO Sam Abrahart’s own struggle with mental health and her goal to create a more meaningful life through uplifting content. Assistant Professor Danielle Testa , who teaches fashion retail management, said she overheard her students talking about their own struggles with mental health as finals approached. The students then decided to promote kindness and positivity with a pop-up shop and fair that...
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