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It’s Your Show 2013! Call for Entries

It’s that time again!  Time for “It’s Your Show,” our annual exhibition of student work from the areas of design, fine art and photography. This is a great event that brings together students of all disciplines to share their ideas and show the exciting variety of work created in our courses.

Please read the submission guidelines below carefully. It’s important to properly label your e-mail entries, and remember that it’s limited to three entries per student.

Submission Deadline:
Midnight on Sunday, April 14

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 3rd, 6:30 – 8:30pm
UCLA Extension
1010 Westwood Center Gallery, 4th floor
Exhibition runs through May 30th

Open to all original work created in a UCLA Extension Studio Arts, Photography or Design Communication Arts course during the past two years. All genres, formats, and media are eligible. Three submissions maximum per student.

Submission Guidelines:
Digital submissions only.

Email design work to
Email photography and fine art work to

Files should be .pdf or .jpeg images no larger than 1MB and named in the format described below. Include your name and phone number in the body of the email.

Digital File Label:


All entrants will be emailed on or before April 19 regarding their submission(s). Students will be asked to bring their original artwork to 1010 Westwood Boulevard in advance of the show and be required to sign a release of liability at that time.

Special recognition will be given by a jury of Los Angeles artists to projects displaying excellence in specific elements of art and design.

Questions? Call (310) 206-1422.

Duff by Design: An evening with Duff Goldman

Join the “Ace of Cakes,” Duff Goldman, for a night of inspirational words, thought-provoking discussion and the unbridled creativity of cake design!

We’ll begin with a tour of Charm City Cakes West, Team Duff’s west coast HQ for their legendary custom cake designs. Duff will then share his experiences as a designer, entrepreneur, and brand ambassador, followed by a Q&A. And finally, the pièce de resistance: a no-holds-barred cake design competition next door at Duff’s Cakemix, judged by the Duff-man himself.

Spaces are limited! Register today via this link.

Upcoming Adobe Events

Adobe Create the Web & Create Now

Adobe Illustrator User Group / Los Angeles

Monday, February 25, 2013 / 5 to 10:30 PM / Barnsdall Art Theatre

> Creative Cloud for Print and Interactive Design
> Touch Apps / Illustrator / InDesign / Photoshop / Muse
> Create the Web: The next generation of HTML and CSS

Featuring Terry White and Terry Ryan

RSVP here

Create NOW Los Angeles 2013

Adobe Illustrator User Group / Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 13 / 5:30 – 10:30 PM / Barnsdall Art Theatre

Explore Creative Cloud and see the power and flexibility of CS6!

> Learn from industry professionals how to enhance your workflow
> See how Creative Cloud is revolutionizing the design world
> Meet other creative professionals from around the area

Featuring Kevin Stohlmeyer, Justin Seeley and Sally Cox

RSVP here


UCLAx AIGA: Vrontikis Studio Visit

Graphic Design: Career-Wise

UCLA Extension AIGA student group is proud to announce our upcoming studio tour to the Vrontikis Design Office.

Petrula Vrontikis is a designer, author and educator, based in Los Angeles, California. She is creative director and owner of Vrontikis Design Office. Since 1989, she has taught senior graphic design studies at Art Center College of Design. In 2007, Petrula received the AIGA Los Angeles Fellows Award honoring her as an essential voice raising the understanding of design within the industry and among the business and cultural communities.

The Details:

Tuesday September 11, 2012
3:00-5:00 pm

2707 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California  90064  USA

Open to AIGA Students with priority registration for UCLA Extension students.
Limited to 15 students.

RSVP BY September 7, 2012 at

Questions? Email UCLAx AIGA president Ben Anik at

Enjoy these photos from the event:

Art and Electronics? Can it be done?

It can and it will.

This fall, multi-talented UI designer and Synn Labs co-founder Richard Whitney will bring his considerable skills and ingenuity to the DCA program with a new elective entitled Build Your Dreams: An Applied Approach to Art and Electronics for Designers.  

In this course, you will be guided through the selection and construction of your own project, with tutorials and lectures tailored to the specific interests of the class.  Arduinos, programming, soldering, and electronics will all be covered, bringing these “simpler than they look” tools and resources within your grasp.  As Mr. Whitney writes, projects could include “virtually anything including sensors, actuators, net connectivity, computation, display… the limits are defined by the laws of physics and the motivation of the student.”

This past May, Richard Whitney joined our own Scott Hutchinson to lead a 2-part workshop in Art and Electronics for students at CalArts and SeoulArts.  Using a small computer called an “arduino” and camera, the workshop sought to capture the moments “we filter out of the vast majority of visual information” coming at us each day.


Michael Newman’s Super Skee Ball Shooter at The Tech Museum

Now featured at The Tech Museum in Silicon Valley, instructor Michael Newman’s Super Skee Ball Shooter uses technology to put a new twist on an old game. The nostalgia of arcades and state fairs is given a high tech yet elegant upgrade, allowing the player to control the  firing of the skee balls all with simple hand gestures. 

Michael’s Super Skee Ball Shooter joins huge cardboard robot arms and puppets that swing and jump on a trampoline, conductive play-dough that lights up, twirls around, and buzzes, and simple circuits & motors combined with everyday objects like markers, clocks, and scrub brushes to make robots that draw or clean the floor as just some of the wildly inventive projects that were selected from the 2012 Maker Faire, now featured @ The Tech Museum through August 17.

AIGA Visionary & Fellow Awards on June 21

Thursday, June 21st
7:00 – 9:30pm
Royal T
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Heralding the newly established Visionary Award along with the AIGA Los Angeles 2012 Fellow Award!  Recognize and socialize with this year’s Fellow Award recipients, Agustin Garza and David Mayes and our new Visionary Award recipients founders, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin.  Meet, greet and speak with L.A. design leaders, visionaries and influencers as well the current and past Fellows.
AIGA Member: $50
Non-Member: $75
Student: $35
VIP Fellows Lounge: $100 (includes valet parking)
Valet or street parking available.
Complimentary valet parking with VIP ticket purchase.
For more information or to register, please see here.
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