Paul Bielenberg Receives Outstanding Service Award


Congratulations to Outstanding Service award honoree Paul Bielenberg! Paul is a highly respected architectural photographer with numerous clients and projects nationwide. Dedicated to the widespread ArtCenter community of creative professionals, he regularly collaborates with fellow alumni on client shoots. He has taught architectural photography at ArtCenter since 1986. He epitomizes the entrepreneurial graduate with an established career and teaches a high standard of professionalism in his classes. A deeply committed teacher, he works tirelessly with students and supports them with guidance and expertise to discover solutions to artistic and business challenges.

ArtCenter College of Design will honor Paul and three additional distinguished alumni at the 2018 Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, October 27 at the Chevy Chase Country Club. The event, held in conjunction with the College’s inaugural Alumni Reunion, honors those who best represent the impact of an ArtCenter education on the world to shape a more humane future.


Urim Hong Receives Two International Photography Awards


Congratulations to ArtCenter 7th term student Urim Ray Hong. Ray received the First Place 2018 Editorial Photographer of the Year presented by the International Photography Awards for his series City Soleil: Eager to Learn. You can view the series here.

City Soleil is a small village within the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area in Haiti. Unlike its name—City of the Sun—however, it seems as though there is only a glimpse of light remaining.

Hong also received an Honorable Mention for City Soleil: A Light in the Darkness.

The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.


Become an Alpha Female Creator-In-Residence: $30K grant


Five professional creators with a lifelong commitment to photography or filmmaking. Six months to advance their careers. Are you one of them?

The Grant

$25,000 to remove what's been holding you back and take your career to the next level.

The Gear

$5,000 in gear — A new camera and lens? More lenses and accessories for the camera you already have? You choose. And if it's still not enough, we'll loan you more.

The Perks

Mentorship from another successful Alpha Female. Extensive education opportunities. Networking events with other creators in New York and Los Angeles. An exhibit of your work at the end of the program. And much more.

The Mentors

These Alpha Females have been changing the world for the better for years. Fighting for the environment, empowering women, creating extraordinary art that challenges tradition, imparting professional knowledge, building multi-pronged businesses — these women have been paving the way for the next generation of creators and are ready to help you take your career to the next level.

To Enter the Contest, here is what you will need:

  • Your current resume

  • Up to one-minute video introduction of yourself

  • Up to five (5) photos and/or video examples of what “Be Alpha” means to you

  • A short written essay describing your biggest career challenge and how this program will help you overcome it

  • A written pitch of how you would leverage the program to achieve your career aspirations and what the outcome would be

  • A high-level budget plan (what you'd be spending the money on)

Learn more:


Christie Hemm Klok Featured in PDN's Portrait Issue


Congratulations to ArtCenter alum Christie Hemm Klok (BFA 2010). She was one of five photographers featured in PDN’s September 2018 Portrait Issue. The issue interviews portrait photographers on handling tough assignments. Read the article here.

Hemm Klok, a San-Fransisco-based editorial photographer, was recognized for her work in a March 2018 Washington Post article photographing the Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: chickens.


Melinda Arredondo 1st Place Winner of 2018 California Open


Congratulations to ArtCenter Photography student Melinda Arredondo (BFA '20) on her first place win at the 2018 California Open!

The California Open, now in its 13th year, is a juried exhibition celebrating contemporary art created by emerging artists. The competition is hosted by TAG Gallery.

This year's juror was artist and curator Kim Abeles.

“This exhibition was selected from the 1547 works submitted to the TAG juried show," Abeles said. "It represents many talented and inventive artists nationwide. My curatorial choices reflect an eclectic interest in art, and the exhibit expresses a range of impressions including homages to nature and neighborhoods, gentle or forceful portraits, conceptually-based and process-driven work, and urgent political discussions. The work is spirited, sometimes humorous or enigmatic, and in various ways, creates images representing human life in this existential moment. The exhibit includes photography, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, and printmaking.”

The exhibition is currently on view at the gallery until Friday, August 24th. See all the submitted work here.


Call for Submissions: Emerging Photographer Award $10,000

 Hole, Coober Pedy, Australia – © Antoine Bruy,  2017 Emerging Photographer Fund winner

Hole, Coober Pedy, Australia – © Antoine Bruy,  2017 Emerging Photographer Fund winner


The Emerging Photographer Fund 2018 is now open for submissions! This year Burn Magazine is proud to offer two awards:

the Emerging Photographer Grant for $10,000 and
the Fujifilm Young Talent Award (25 or under) for $10,000.

For more information and to enter, go to:

The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2018 (6pm PST).

More from burn:

Burn Magazine revolves around the Emerging Photographer Fund (EPF). It is our most important curatorial contribution to the oftentimes chaotic landscape of photography today. By choosing a jury whose lifetimes have been spent in looking at photographs and making photographs, we try to give our Burn readers a distilled version of the best work of all that flows before their eyes everyday.  

Most importantly our mission is to give recognition to the finest emerging authors out there and to provide some funding to at least a few to keep going and to continue making a mark. $10,000 is given to the recipient of EPF to move forward in their work. This is made possible with a generous donation by Michael Loyd Young through the Magnum Foundation. Our previous winners prove this is not in vain.  

In addition, Fujifilm is partnering with us to offer an award, open to all photographers who are 25 or younger at the time of the deadline. All you need to do is enter into the EPF… and if you’re 25 or younger, you’ll be automatically eligible for the Fujifilm Young Talent Award. Fujifilm also offers a cash prize of $10,000 to the winner.  

Of course we are immensely proud of this partnership… and hope in this way we can give back to the young emerging ones amongst us… who just might need it more than we can ever imagine.


Submit for Tamron Photography Contest


Summertime is the time for socializing. Use this theme to capture your travels, a get-together with family and friends, sun-drenched beachy scenes and all the details in between.  Tamron EDU’s seasonal theme is open to your interpretation.

Keep your skills sharp by entering (2) top images for consideration.  

10 entries from each seasonal contest will win a Tamron Nike Polo Shirt and will be eligible to win the Grand Prize of a Tamron Lens of your choice!


PDNedu $1,500 Cash Award Contest Now Open for Entries


Gain important and critical exposure for your work!

The PDNedu Student Photo Contest is open to students of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, and also includes a category for high school students. Winners and honorable mentions will be recognized in the Spring 2018 issue of PDNedu, which has a circulation of 50,000 copies to students and educators nationwide. Featured photographers will also be promoted to PDN's online audience of more than 475,000 followers.

Grand-prize winners will also receive prizes that include a Nikon DSLR camera, $150 to B&H Photo and Video and a portfolio consultation with either an editor at PDN or a contest judge.

Visit the PDNedu website for more info on entering.

Contest Info

  • $1,500 cash award


  • A Nikon DSLR camera
  • A $150 B&H gift card
  • A portfolio review

WINNERS and HONORABLE MENTIONS will be featured in the Spring 2018 issue of PDNedu and in an online gallery, promoted to PDN’s network of more than 475,000 followers.

WINNERS and HONORABLE MENTIONS will receive a one-year PHOTO+ Membership.


November 21, 2017


SNAP 2 Students Unveil Images in Gala

 by  Esther Sutanto  ('17)

Photo and Imaging students who took the Spring 2017 course SNAP 2 exhibited their work in a gala on May 6, 2017. The class was in collaboration with the Pasadena Art Alliance, who also sponsored the gala. 

Class projects paired each student with two to three patrons from the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the term culminated in the unveiling of these portraits.

Click here to see all the photographs from the gala.



SJ Lee wins Sony World Photography Award


Los Angeles 2016 by Seung Jong Lee

Seung Jong Lee ('20) was announced as this year's winner of the Korea National Award by Sony World Photography Awards. Congrats, SJ!

According to its press release, the Sony World Photography Awards is the largest photography competition in the world. The National Awards is a global program open to all photographers and abilities. It aims to find the best single photograph taken by a local photographer in 66 countries. SJ Lee took first place for his photograph above.

SJ is currently a second-term student originally from Seoul. In his interview with Sony, he said:

The city is always bustling and filled with countless lights and colors. But behind the richness, there is so much loneliness, which is derived from the relationships. Sometimes the relationship itself makes us lonely.

You can see the other winners from other countries here.


Alum Kiu Kayee Flaunts her new short film

Director: Kiu Ka Yee Writter: Ivy Chang Producer: Daniel Chang Starring: Emily Jane Rosen Director of Photography: Walter Diaz Art Director: Jenny Nirgends Production Design: Jenny Nirgends & Hannah Bon Editor: Addie Liang Music Composer: J. Jpulido Sound Designer: Fung Yiu Tong Casting Director: Florine Nüesch 1st AD: Daniel Chang Makeup: Merry Cammack 1st AC: Cheok Lei B Camera Operator: Aaron Shapiro Production Assistants: Joy Sun & Ju Bon Lim Still Photographer: Ryley Paskal Fashion Brand: 69 Song: "Affection" - Cigarettes After Sex Special Thanks: Alberto Cuadros, Craig Robbins, Akerke Shatekova

Congratulations to alum Kiu Kayee ('16) on directing her first short film (above). She was also interviewed by Flaunt Magazine about her work. Read the interview here.




Alum Celia Sanchez featured in Upworthy

 From  Celia Sachez 's series  Devoted .

From Celia Sachez's series Devoted.

We are happy for alum Celia Sanchez ('16) for this well-deserved write-up in Upworthy. The story features Celia's series that challenges conventional depictions of motherhood.

As a young mom, Celia Sanchez felt like an outsider.

Sanchez, who became a mom 11 years ago at age 23, had many run-ins with fellow parents that she won't soon forget.

"When I would take my children to day care, I felt kind of ... like I didn't look like the other moms," Sanchez said. "They were much older than me. I just felt kind of separated from them. I would get a lot of 'Oh you're so young to be a mom,' 'You don't really look like a mom,' and I always thought that was a silly thing to say: 'Oh you don't look like a mom.'"

Read the rest of the story at Upworthy.


Mary Trunk debuts film Lost in Living


Mary Trunk has a new documentary out and it is now available to stream on Kanopy.

Behind the domestic curtain of motherhood, where the creative impulse can flourish or languish, are four women determined to make a go of it. Filmed over seven years, LOST IN LIVING, confronts the contradictions inherent in personal ambition and self-sacrifice, female friendship and mental isolation, big projects and dirty dishes. The complex realities of family life unfold in this documentary film about the messy intersection of motherhood and artistic expression.

Mary is a Los Angeles-based artist and teaches the class From Still to Motion at ArtCenter.