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04.29.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Mood Indigo Coming to the Inland Empire

Mood Indigo Coming to the Inland Empire

Chambree Culbertson of Riverside models a short-length formal at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire’s first fashion show. Fashion students are planning Mood Indigo, a big budget fashion show at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center on Saturday, June 6.


Keeira Ford of San Dimas models an elegant white formal at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire’s first fashion show. Fashion students are planning Mood Indigo, a big budget fashion show at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center on Saturday, June 6.

Keeira Ford of San Dimas,  designer Cassie Betts of Beverly Hills and another model take a curtain call after The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire’s first fashion show. Fashion students are planning Mood Indigo, a big budget fashion show at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center on Saturday, June 6.  

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) “Mood Indigo” is coming to the Inland Empire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire has announced Mood Indigo, a first ever fashion extravaganza that is open to the public.

Featuring the work of student designers and local sponsors, Mood Indigo will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

“The festivities lead up to a runway fashion show, featuring professional models wearing fashions created by students of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire Fashion Design program, said Sherry West, Academic Director for Fashion. “The show will also feature selected fashions from Miss Me Jeans and Bebe’ Fashions.”

The Fashion Design and the Fashion & Retail Marketing students, along with their instructors, brand their work as “Fashion Empire.” West said she had three ideas that led to this name.

“First, the school is located in the Inland Empire region,” she said. “Second, every designer desires to have a fashion empire. Third, one of the most popular style lines in women’s wear is the empire waist.”

“Fashion Empire conveys the image of what we are,” she added. “I came up with this brand name before I arrived in the Inland Empire, and the fashion students and I have been preparing for the show since I came on board in December.”

After developing the brand, another of West’s early decisions was to select a theme for the fashion show.

“When coming up with the theme and title for the show I thought of the fashion trends,” West said. “I also needed a concept in which our first-year students could immerse themselves in a short period of time so, I thought of denim. Everyone loves denim. It has as much history as it has style, so denim was the concept.”

“Indigo is the dye that is used in denim, and Mood Indigo is the name of a 1930s jazz composition by Duke Ellington,” she said. “I wanted to create a play on words as fashion designers create moods. I remembered Duke Ellington’s composition, which seemed an appropriate title and theme for our inaugural show.”

With denim as the concept, and Mood Indigo as the theme, the fashions will focus on denim, but they will include everything from stylish jeans to evening wear.

West and her students have also worked hard to plan the show. They brought on Quyenzi Pham, CEO of Q. Zi Productions, Inc., a production company to handle many of the details.

Quyenzi has found professional sponsors, including: Bebe’ Fashions, Miss Me Jeans, IE Style magazine, Glacial Smart Water and Jade Aveda.

She is also locating professional models through top southern California talent agencies, and has arranged for other attractions besides the runway show. These will include performances by acrobats in the style of Cirque du Soleil and a beauty bar where guests can sample products and receive beauty advice from sponsor Jade Aveda.

Students are making behind the scenes preparations as well. Many will be dressing models, coordinating their accessories, styling their hair and applying their makeup.  Some will serve as ushers for the event.

“Everyone will be involved in some way,” West said. “Preparing for any fashion show has many facets and this is no exception.

Fashion Empire has already created a smaller fashion show for a private event. “Mood Indigo” is the second of many the students will plan and execute as they complete the requirements for their bachelor’s degrees.

“The experience these students gain, both as designers and as behind-the scenes workers, will be important preparation for the students’ future careers in the fashion industry,” West said.

“They let potential employers know where talent can be found,” West added. “These shows could lead to internships for our student or perhaps a job. Everyone is getting experience.”

Fashion shows also benefit Retail Management students, as they will eventually have to produce fashion shows for the retail organizations they will work for. Students are taking on different roles in each fashion show that Fashion Empire will produce, so they learn all of the different aspects.

As industry professional Quyenzi Pham sees it, the experience students receive through fashion programs will make a dynamic impact on the region’s fashion scene – and beyond.

“There is no other school that provides degrees in these specific areas here,” she said. “There are many creative, stylish, and capable students in the Inland Empire who will be able to gain a vast amount of knowledge and skills, which will spring board them into the fashion world as professional designers and marketers. These students will play a key role in bringing fashion design, retail, and merchandising to not just the Inland Empire, but to the fashion industry as a whole.”

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 18 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call Richard Green at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire), a system of more than 40 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. 

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04.27.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on INTERNATIONAL CULINARY SCHOOL DIRECTOR EYAD JOSEPH NAMED CHEF EDUCATOR OF YEAR

INTERNATIONAL CULINARY SCHOOL DIRECTOR EYAD JOSEPH NAMED CHEF EDUCATOR OF YEAR

Chef Eyad Joseph has been named the Chef Educator of the Year by the Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association. Carl Dameron Photo

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association has named Chef Eyad Joseph its Chef Educator of the Year for 2009.

Chef Joseph (CEC, CCE, CCA) academic director of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire was named the Chef Educator of the Year on Sunday, Jan, 11 at the Association’s annual gala at the Riverside Marriott.

“I was very surprised and honored to be selected,” Chef Joseph said. “This award is a wonderful accomplishment.”

Chef Joseph has been with The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire since shortly before it started its culinary arts and culinary management programs in January, 2007. In those two years, the programs have grown from four students and one instructor to 350 students and four instructors. The culinary arts program recently awarded its first degrees.

“The association nominated him because of the effort he has put into developing the programs of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire,” said Chef Gerald Eggers, vice president of the Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association and an instructor at the International Culinary School of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

“We also are recognizing his efforts in bringing talented new chefs to this area through the school, his community involvement and his advocacy for higher education in the culinary profession.”

“I enjoy what I do and I will continue to grow my program and contribute to the educational aspect of my craft,” Chef Joseph said. Education is what brought me here and I want to show students to push forward and recognize their talents in and out of class. “

Southern California Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association is the local affiliate of the American Culinary Federation, an organization formed 80 years ago to promote the image of American chefs throughout the world.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start working on a culinary degree from The International Culinary School. Courses begin May 18 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The International Culinary School at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.
The International Culinary School at The Art Institute California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.
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04.17.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Art Institute Technology Staff Expands

Art Institute Technology Staff Expands

Jason Diehl, Academic Director for Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Chris Sloan photo.

(SAN BERNARDINO Calif.) “We’re looking forward to hearing great things about the Web Design & Interactive Media program in the months and years to come,” said Dean of Academic Affairs Jerry Foust of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

Why? Jason Diehl was recently promoted to Academic Director for Web Design & Interactive Media after five years as an instructor at The Art Institute of California – Orange County and a year with the San Bernardino operation.

Diehl is a Northern California native, born in Santa Clara and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains town of Ben Lomand. In 1988 he moved southward, ultimately settling in the Inland Empire. In the mid-‘90s the lure of the booming technology industry was too much, and Diehl put his college career on hold, working instead as a Web Applications developer focusing on e-commerce, distance education technology and game design. His clients at the time included the Lexus Motor Corporation, Warner Bros. Studios and Roadrunner Cable.

At California State University, Fullerton Diehl completed his B.A. in American Studies, and then earned his Master’s of Business Administration in Information Science from Argosy University – Orange County.

In July of 2003 that Diehl was hired as a fulltime instructor at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, transferring to the Inland Empire in October 2007.

“We’re proud of Jason’s contributions to The Art Institute over the past six years,” Foust says in announcing Diehl’s advancement. “Both students and staff will benefit greatly from this move.”

It’s not too late to start your college career. Courses begin May 18, offering day, evening and weekend classes for new and reentry students. For details or a tour of the campus call (909) 915-2100, or go on line to artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Culinary Management, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion Design and Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. There are also Associate of Science degrees in Graphic Design and Culinary Arts. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

 

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04.09.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on TWO ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA – INLAND EMPIRE DEGREE PROGRAMS STIRRING UP INLAND EMPIRE’S PASSION FOR FASHION

TWO ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA – INLAND EMPIRE DEGREE PROGRAMS STIRRING UP INLAND EMPIRE’S PASSION FOR FASHION

Tiffany Leilani models a gown designed by Adrianna Diaz, a Fashion Design student at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. The Fashion Design and Fashion Retail Marketing programs at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire prepare students for exciting careers in the fashion industry.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – “If you want to see the world, fashion is a great industry to be in.”

So says Academic Director for Fashion Sherry West, who oversees The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s fashion programs. There are two programs of study within this discipline, Fashion Design and Fashion & Retail Management.

“You would spend three to four years in a Fashion Design program to obtain a position as an assistant fashion designer,” West said. “That is only the beginning. There are hundreds of opportunities within this field.”

Every level of fashion, from discount to luxury, relies on designers, she pointed out. And within each level there are men’s, women’s and children’s clothes. Designers create clothing from swimming suits to evening gowns to theatrical costumes, as well as accessories like belts and purses. They also create the designs for patterns (i.e. floral) and trims seen on clothes.

“You could pick a brand and go for it,” West said. “

“I don’t recommend anyone go straight from college to having their own fashion line” West said. “I think they should get the experience, travel and see their creations made and successfully marketed, without the pressure of being responsible for the overall success as a business owner.”

An ability to draw is one skill a fashion designer must possess, according to West. “They have to be able to convey their ideas in an illustratable form,” she said.

Another must is a love of travel. The fashion capitals of the world are Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Milan, West explained.

Ontario’s Anchor Blue is one of several fashion designers in the Inland Empire, and there are many others farther away from Los Angeles or New York. Still, these designers will need to travel, she said.

There is another side of fashion that’s just as exciting as design work, according to West. That’s the marketing side, and these are the careers for which the Fashion & Retail Management degree program prepares students.

“Fashion & Retail Management is an exciting program for our area retailers,” West said. “The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire has determined this area is a prime location for this program.”

“The Inland Empire area needs a qualified labor force in the fashion marketing industry, said Phyllis Clark an Art Institute of California – Inland Empire fashion programs instructor and member of the programs’ advisory board. “There are a growing number of large, upscale retail centers in the two-county area. A few of these are Victoria Gardens and the Ontario Mills Outlet Mall in the west San Bernardino Valley, the Galleria at Tyler and Riverside Plaza in Riverside, and the Cabazon Outlet Mall in Cabazon and El Paseo in Palm Desert.”

Fashion Design & Retail Management can prepare students to work as merchandise or store managers in these high-end malls or major department stores in the Inland Empire.

“We want them to aim high,” she said. “And to do that, most will have to leave the Inland Empire.”

Fashion advertising is another career field for which this degree prepares students, West said. Some of these people work for fashion magazines; others create brochures and catalogues used to market new fashions.

People with bachelor’s degrees in Fashion & Retail Management might also work in a design firm’s marketing or product development departments, as a human resources manager for either a design house or a retail chain or as a “visual merchandiser,” according to West. A visual merchandiser is a person who sets up creative marketing displays to help persuade either the wholesale or retail consumers to purchase fashions.

While the career paths for which The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s fashion programs prepare students are different, they are closely related, West said.

“Fashion designers need retailers to sell the clothes they design,” she said. “Retailers need fashion designers to have clothes to sell. I teach these students to work together.”

“There are entry-level opportunities for fashion designers and fashion and retail marketers with Bachelor’s degrees,” West said. “But they have to obtain an education. It is such a fast-paced industry they will need as much knowledge as possible. The more knowledge they have, the more marketable they are.”

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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04.08.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on “BOLT” ANIMATOR TELLS STUDENTS HOW TO OBTAIN BALANCE IN DEMANDING CAREER

“BOLT” ANIMATOR TELLS STUDENTS HOW TO OBTAIN BALANCE IN DEMANDING CAREER

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Charles “Boola” Robello will tell how he balances his duel roles as a character animator and father of two in a 12 noon presentation Saturday, April 18 at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

Robello, who works with the Los Angeles animation studio Rhythm & Hues, most recently did character animation for Disney’s movie “Bolt.” He also worked on Monster House, Spiderman 3, The Incredible Hulk and I Am Legend, as well as many other films.

“He’s one of the top animators in the industry,” said Santsosh Oommen, academic director for Animation & Media Arts and Game Art & Design. “He worked in traditional animation and now does character animation by computer.”

The presentation is open to the public at no cost. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by calling Santosh Oommen at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or (800) 353-0812.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

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04.08.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on “BOLT” ANIMATOR TELLS STUDENTS HOW TO OBTAIN BALANCE IN DEMANDING CAREER

“BOLT” ANIMATOR TELLS STUDENTS HOW TO OBTAIN BALANCE IN DEMANDING CAREER

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Charles “Boola” Robello will tell how he balances his duel roles as a character animator and father of two in a 12 noon presentation Saturday, April 18 at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

Robello, who works with the Los Angeles animation studio Rhythm & Hues, most recently did character animation for Disney’s movie “Bolt.” He also worked on Monster House, Spiderman 3, The Incredible Hulk and I Am Legend, as well as many other films.

“He’s one of the top animators in the industry,” said Santsosh Oommen, academic director for Animation & Media Arts and Game Art & Design. “He worked in traditional animation and now does character animation by computer.”

The presentation is open to the public at no cost. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by calling Santosh Oommen at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or (800) 353-0812.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

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04.08.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on “BOLT” ANIMATOR TELLS STUDENTS HOW TO OBTAIN BALANCE IN DEMANDING CAREER

“BOLT” ANIMATOR TELLS STUDENTS HOW TO OBTAIN BALANCE IN DEMANDING CAREER

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Charles “Boola” Robello will tell how he balances his duel roles as a character animator and father of two in a 12 noon presentation Saturday, April 18 at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

Robello, who works with the Los Angeles animation studio Rhythm & Hues, most recently did character animation for Disney’s movie “Bolt.” He also worked on Monster House, Spiderman 3, The Incredible Hulk and I Am Legend, as well as many other films.

“He’s one of the top animators in the industry,” said Santsosh Oommen, academic director for Animation & Media Arts and Game Art & Design. “He worked in traditional animation and now does character animation by computer.”

The presentation is open to the public at no cost. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by calling Santosh Oommen at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or (800) 353-0812.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

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04.08.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on “BOLT” ANIMATOR TELLS STUDENTS HOW TO OBTAIN BALANCE IN DEMANDING CAREER

“BOLT” ANIMATOR TELLS STUDENTS HOW TO OBTAIN BALANCE IN DEMANDING CAREER

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Charles “Boola” Robello will tell how he balances his duel roles as a character animator and father of two in a 12 noon presentation Saturday, April 18 at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

Robello, who works with the Los Angeles animation studio Rhythm & Hues, most recently did character animation for Disney’s movie “Bolt.” He also worked on Monster House, Spiderman 3, The Incredible Hulk and I Am Legend, as well as many other films.

“He’s one of the top animators in the industry,” said Santsosh Oommen, academic director for Animation & Media Arts and Game Art & Design. “He worked in traditional animation and now does character animation by computer.”

The presentation is open to the public at no cost. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by calling Santosh Oommen at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or (800) 353-0812.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

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04.07.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on THE ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA – INLAND EMPIRE TO DELIVER CAN STATUE TO SALVATION ARMY

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA – INLAND EMPIRE TO DELIVER CAN STATUE TO SALVATION ARMY

While this is a well-attended holiday dinner, The Salvation Army feeds nearly 200 people six nights a week at its Hospitality House. It will have some help doing so when The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire partners with The Salvation Army for its National Week of Service, April 19-25. During that week, instructors and Culinary Arts students will serve a meal at Hospitality House. Throughout the week, all students will collect cans. After displaying a “can sculpture” at its April 25 open house, The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will donate the cans to The Salvation Army.


(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Bring lots of cans.

That’s the message The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire has for everyone the week of April 19-25, as it partners with The Salvation Army for a canned food drive. It’s conducting this drive as part of the National Week of Service, a project in which most campuses of The Art Institutes schools are participating.

These cans collected by The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will provide nourishment to the more than 200 people The Salvation Army feeds every day at its Hospitality House shelter on Fifth Street. But first, they’ll be used for what The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire does best – create art.

“Our students will create a sculpture with the cans,” said Thomas Bustamante, dean of student affairs. “We will then display this creation during our open house on Saturday, April 25.”

Hospitality House dinner guests will actually benefit from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s community service project twice during the week. A second project calls for Culinary Arts students and staff from all departments of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire to prepare and serve a dinner at the Salvation Army’s Hospitality House shelter one day during the National Week of Service.

“The goal in both of these projects is to positively affect the Inland Empire, and to show the importance of service to our students,” said Emam El-Hout, president of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “This is our opportunity to have an impact on all of our communities.”

The public is invited to visit The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at its San Bernardino campus during the April 25 open house, at which the “can sculpture” will be displayed. The campus address is 630 E. Brier Drive.

The open house, which begins at 10 a.m. is an opportunity to learn more about the school’s programs, discuss educational goals, tour the facilities, learn about tuition scholarship opportunities and gain a first-hand look at how a creative education from an Art Institutes School can be the preparation for an exciting career.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire .

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu ), a system of over 40 locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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04.06.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on STUDENTS NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT ‘PORTFOLIO’ SHOW

STUDENTS NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT ‘PORTFOLIO’ SHOW

Tracy O’Bannon, a recent graduate of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s Interior Design program, showed her portfolio at the recent Winter Graduate Portfolio Exhibit held at the Riverside Art Museum. Manny Otiko photo

(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) New graduates received some help entering the job market when The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire hosted its Winter Graduate Portfolio Exhibit recently at the Riverside Art Museum.

Cindy Jones, director of career services, said The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire hosts a Graduate Portfolio Exhibit each quarter. One of the main goals of the exhibit is to introduce students to industry experts who can offer critiques and feedback on their work.

“Apart from educating students for careers in the creative field, the school is also responsible for providing them with skills that will help them succeed in the workforce,” said Jana Rawling, academic director for Graphic Design.

“I want to make sure that all of our students are hirable, and have the ability to get and keep a job,” Rawling said. “It’s important that students know how to dress up and show up in a professional manner.”

Another important part of the exhibit is helping students develop important ties with key members of their industry. “Some industry members are looking for future employees, while others are trying to figure out where the industry is going,” Rawling said. “The best way they can learn that is by talking to students, who are the future of the industry.”

Rawling said the exhibit featured work from interior design, culinary arts and graphic design students. Rawling said students are required to produce a portfolio before they graduate.
Tracy O’Bannon, an interior design graduate, was one of the students who displayed her work at the exhibit. “Creating a portfolio is a great way to keep track of all the work you have done during your degree program,” O’Bannon said.

“You sum up everything you have learned at school. My portfolio contains all the work I have done over the last three years,” O’Bannon added. “You don’t know how much you have done until you sit down and compile everything.”

O’Bannon said she talked to several potential employers at the exhibit who gave her great feedback. “They were very impressed with my graphic design work,” she said. “Most of the feedback was positive.”

Cesar Bahena, an interior design graduate, said the Graduate Portfolio Exhibit allows students to rub shoulders with industry experts and learn about the job market. He said he met several industry professionals and explained his design concepts to them. “They gave me great feedback on my 3D design work, and they liked my concepts,” Bahena said.

Bahena said that interior design graduates can pursue employment with design firms, architecture firms or do freelance work. They are often employed to redesign restaurants, office buildings and homes, Bahena noted.

Bahena also added that the Graduate Portfolio Exhibit is a great way for students to showcase their work to the public and industry professionals. “It gives us an opportunity to show everyone what we are capable of,” Bahena said.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 14 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a tour, call (909) 915-2100.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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