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.
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.
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.
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.