Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends,

The Spring semester is fast approaching and we hope you will join us for a very special FREE event the Friday before classes begin. Rafael López and Angela Tu will be speaking and showing their work at the San Diego City College Theatre on Friday January 21 from 7-9pm. The event is sponsored by Art Center College of Design and is FREE so tell your students, friends and colleagues.

The event will be moderated by Nik Hafermaas of Art Center College of Design.

If you can join us please RSVP: at admrsvp@artcenter.edu

Speakers: Art Center Alumni: Rafael López and Angela Tu

ABOUT ANGELA:
Angela graduated from San Diego City College and went on to Art Center on scholarship. Currently Angela is a Senior Art Director for Young & Rubicam Brands. In that role, she directs design and brand strategy for a variety of clients, including Land Rover USA, Virgin America, Hitachi, KinderCare, Southwest and Orange County Pacific Symphony. Her work at Y&R has earned several awards in the industry including International Automotive Advertising Awards, International Communicator Awards, Orange County Advertising Awards, NY Festivals – Interactive Award and the Luster Wunderman Award. Her Identity work has been featured in the book “logolounge 2”.

Prior to her agency work, she worked for marchFIRST, an internet brand consulting firm. Her experience includes working for clients such as Allergan, Amgen, Mazda, iGeneration and Shoes.com. Angela has also designed for Vrontikis Design Office, Gadget Media, SimpleHuman, eContraptions and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). She continues to freelance for a variety of clients, including Bughouse Productions, Azina Communication Inc, LowerMyBills.com, DSD Companies and Umachines, Inc.

Her specialties are: Identity Design, Corporate Branding, Interactive Design, Packaging, Print, User Experience

Her work at Y&R has earned several awards in the industry including International Automotive Advertising Awards, International Communicator Awards, Orange County Advertising Awards, NY Festivals – Interactive Award and the Luster Wunderman Award. Her Identity work has been featured in the book “logolounge 2”.

ABOUT RAFAEL:
The work of Rafael López is a fusion of strong graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. Influenced by Mexican surrealism, dichos and myths he developed a style with roots in these traditions.

He is a children’s book illustrator and his illustrations for Book Fiesta! written by Pat Mora were the recipient of the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. This is given by the American Library Association to honor work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. His books for children have also won 2 Americas Awards and a Pura Belpré Honor.

In January 2011 five new stamps he created for the United States Postal Service were released celebrating Latin Music Legends Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, Tito Puente, Carmen Miranda and Selena. The Latin Dance Merengue stamp he created was featured on the cover of the commemorative stamp yearbook in 2006 and at a special exhibition at the Smithsonian called Trendsetters. His 2007 U.S.P.S. stamp paid tribute to an important legal case in equality of education called Mendez vs. Westminster.

His 2008 poster Voz Unida was selected by the Obama/Biden campaign as an official poster at Artists for Obama. His international clients includes Amnesty International, Apple, Chicago Tribune, Harper Collins, IBM, Intel, Los Angeles Times, the Grammy Awards, and the World Wildlife Fund and his work has been selected into multiple juried shows. In 2009 he was invited to create 3 paintings for Oprah Winfrey’s school in South Africa. He created murals for the Urban Art Trail Project that transformed San Diego’s blighted East Village with art installations and serves as a model of urban renewal that has been implemented in cities around the nation.

See: http://www.rafaellopez.com