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Allen Stross audio

Allen Stross (PHOT 1948) discusses his student years at Art Center going into great detail about photography lessons and assignments, including Ansel Adams’s zone system. While looking at a 1950 school catalog and some photographs, he reminisces about field trips to Malibu and his favorite instructor, Al King. He talks about his professional work in Detroit and Berkeley and recounts some of his favorite photographs, including the llama photo that won him a car.

Stross, Allen

Allen Stross transcript

Allen Stross (PHOT 1948) discusses his student years at Art Center going into great detail about photography lessons and assignments, including Ansel Adams’s zone system. While looking at a 1950 school catalog and some photographs, he reminisces about field trips to Malibu and his favorite instructor, Al King. He talks about his professional work in Detroit and Berkeley and recounts some of his favorite photographs, including the llama photo that won him a car.

Stross, Allen

Gary Meyer audio

Gary Meyer (ILLU 1959) discusses his student years at Art Center including his interactions with the Japanese students from JETRO. While looking at a list of teachers from the 1950s, he reminisces about their teaching styles and personalities. He talks about his professional work with Universal Studios and other clients. Lastly, he discusses his return to Art Center as a teacher.

Meyer, Gary M.

Gary Meyer transcript

Gary Meyer (ILLU 1959) discusses his student years at Art Center including his interactions with the Japanese students from JETRO. While looking at a list of teachers from the 1950s, he reminisces about their teaching styles and personalities. He talks about his professional work with Universal Studios and other clients. Lastly, he discusses his return to Art Center as a teacher.

Meyer, Gary M.

George Porcari audio

George Porcari discusses his early years growing up in Gardena, his wanderlust which took him to New York, and his return to California. He talks about the Illustration and Fine Art Departments at ArtCenter and explains how his lifelong love of books led him to his dream job as Acquisitions Librarian. He reflects on changes in the library during his almost 30 years, especially in regards to collection development and employee camaraderie.

Porcari, George

George Porcari transcript

George Porcari discusses his early years growing up in Gardena, his wanderlust which took him to New York, and his return to California. He talks about the Illustration and Fine Art Departments at ArtCenter and explains how his lifelong love of books led him to his dream job as Acquisitions Librarian. He reflects on changes in the library during his almost 30 years, especially in regards to collection development and employee camaraderie.

Porcari, George

Joseph Henry transcript

Joe Henry discusses his career in Development at Art Center and as Director of Art Center (Europe). He talks about the establishment of the Pasadena campus including early fundraising for its construction. He discusses moving to a more administrative role as Assistant Director of the school and working closely with the President, Don Kubly. He also talks about the beginnings of Art Center (Europe) including searching for a location, why Switzerland was chosen, and early administrative challenges.

Henry, Joseph

Nancy Lilly audio

Nancy Lilly discusses her early career with the Los Angeles Art Association and as an art model. She talks about her years at ArtCenter as Manager of the Model Office and reminisces about faculty and models. She gives insight into the job of art modeling and how a skilled model can facilitate and enrich a painting class.

Lilly, Nancy

Nancy Lilly transcript

Nancy Lilly discusses her early career with the Los Angeles Art Association and as an art model. She talks about her years at ArtCenter as Manager of the Model Office and reminisces about faculty and models. She gives insight into the job of art modeling and how a skilled model can facilitate and enrich a painting class.

Lilly, Nancy

Oral History collection

  • Collection
  • 2013-

This collection contains oral histories with members of the ArtCenter community, conducted by the ArtCenter Archives beginning in 2013.

Paula Goodman transcript

Paula Goodman discusses her early years growing up in Los Angeles, her school years, and her professional life in advertising and education. She talks about early influences in her life which seeded her lifelong love of learning and led to her becoming an educator. She reflects on her experiences at Art Center in the Advertising Department, both as a teacher and an acting Chair. Finally, she describes her role in the expansion of Art Center’s Extension Programs (formerly Public Programs).

Goodman, Paula