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Landscape Painting with Michael Hernandez, 2000-2005

A sample of oil paintings done by students in Michael Hernandez's Landscape Painting class. Class description: In this class, students will explore the challenges of landscape interpretation by painting on location using various oil techniques.

Outer Circle, 2001-2007

If you're an Art Center Alumni, the 'Outer Circle' is your new voice, an outlet for communicating, learning, reminiscing. (from the Spring 2001 issue)


Series 6 consists mainly of student-designed t-shirts that are distributed to incoming students at New Student Orientation. Also included here are Dia de los Muertos t-shirts for the Contraste student group.


Series 1 has materials from Art Center's main exhibitions, featuring many prominent artists. Some of these exhibits are traveling, and some are curated by Art Center staff and guests. There is a gap in our collection between 1955 and 1976. An exhibit on Richard Avedon's photographs was an important event for Art Center, shown just two months after the opening of the Ellwood building in 1976. Also historical was the Christopher Le Brun exhibit in 1992 that launched the new Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery. Beginning in the early 2000s we began more partnerships with neighboring Pasadena institutions, such as with Neuro, 2003 and ear(th), 2004 (both collaborations with Caltech), The Universe, 2001 (with related exhibits around Pasadena), and In the Dermisphere, 2007 (part of a Pasadena festival: SKIN: Art and Ideas).

Administrative Files

The Administrative files are various files Nowlin created in the administration of his position. The correspondence files consist of cards and letters from friends, colleagues, and local arts organizations offering congratulations on exhibitions and thanks for tours. Of interest is the file on the school's original website, for which Nowlin served as art director and producer from 1997 to 2001.


The Clippings files contain photocopies of newspaper (mainly Los Angeles Times) reviews of exhibitions. The first folder includes a typewritten bibliography of the clippings from Nowlin's original binders.

Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden files focus mainly on the 1984 loan of sculptures from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and consist of loan agreements, condition reports, maps, and artist biographies.

Student Gallery

The Student Gallery files are mainly information sheets filled out by the students identifying their work for exhibition labels, except for the Photography Department which submitted spreadsheets that include images of the student work. Individual forms are not dated, but most are circa 2007-2015.


The Exhibitions files document the many exhibitions Nowlin curated in the Williamson Gallery. Included are gallery mockups, loan agreements, and lists of art/artists. Of interest is his research at, and correspondence with, local institutions such as the Huntington Library and Caltech.

Photographs and exhibition brochures have been removed to their respective Exhibitions collections.


The ArtNight files consist of brochures, meeting notes, and correspondence documenting ArtCenter's participation in the citywide cultural event.

Freelance Work

This series contains materials related to George Jergenson's freelance work from 1944-1968 for American Motors Corporation (AMC), Outboard Marine Corporation, and Pan Am. Included are correspondence, contracts, billing ledgers, design evaluations, itemized invoices, market research reports, meeting notes, and technical drawings. The Pan Am files contain stress and weight analysis and patents for the sleeperette units Jergenson designed.

Review, 1987-1991

This is the first issue of a publication that, in itself, is part of a larger effort we've undertaken in the past year: to strengthen the communication and ties between Art Center graduates and Art Center. 'Review' replaces the 'At Art Center' newspaper, and...will be published three times a year, as a recap of each term." (from the May 1987 issue)

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