Living Arts College goes under a dome transformation!
November 14th, 2016

“A dome transformation for one school”
Stewart Ulrich • Published 11/10/2016 at 11:00am

Monolithic Domes, just like any other building, need upkeep to stay in good condition. One place that needs attention is the exterior of the dome. Paint on the membrane can start to chip and wear off; repainting could be a large and timely endeavor. The solution: steel cladding.

Living Arts College in Raleigh, North Carolina is housed under three interconnected Monolithic Domes. Founded in 1992, the building needed an upgrade to the exterior. Steel cladding was chosen for the upgrade, which further protects the domes from wear and also gives a better look to the exterior.

The director of the college, Debra Hooper, stated the steel cladding was added mainly for aesthetics. A major reason for this upgrade, she stated, was to remove the need to repaint the domes. She described the makeover as “expensive but beautiful.”

This metal cladding prevents moisture from being trapped in the membrane. This is the long-term solution for the preservation of a Monolithic Dome. By doing this procedure, it can add more than 50 years of protection

Such steel cladding can come in various thicknesses, widths, and colors. This metal cladding is also flexible, which means it can be fitted over window and door framing. Applying the cladding is not a difficult process, but it does require special equipment. After it is completed, it only requires an occasional water spraying to remove dust.

That should be easy to maintain for Living Arts College. The school, formerly known as the School of Communication Arts, is a creative arts institution, offering degrees in filmmaking, game design, photography, audio design, interior design, and graphic design. The school is located on an 8 acre complex in North Carolina. Part of the complex houses studios for audio and video production and a photography studio.


Living Arts College Gallery Exhibit
November 10th, 2016

On October 13, 2016 Living Arts College held its semi-annual Gallery Exhibit. Everyone participating made the gallery showing at Wakefield Tavern such a huge success.

Everything was wonderful from the Food, Music, Setup, Gallery, Pictures, Decorations, Live Singing, Fellowship, Graduates, Current Students, and of course the Blue MASERATI.

The student turnout was fantastic and much thanks also goes to them because the event could not have been as successful without their help as well.

Thanks for all the hardwork and all the fun!!! And thanks to Wakefield Tavern for hosting the big event!

“It was a great evening!!!! Such a fantastic event. Thanks to all that attended and made the event so much fun! A special thank you to the organizers … especially Eundene Basnight and Dea Varone!!!” – Campus Director Debra Hooper

November 8th, 2016

On Friday November 4th, 2016 Professor Dea Varone took her Creative Thinking Class AD103 to the NCMA to see the “Rolling Sculpture” Art Deco Cars of the 1930s & 40s.

Miss Varone’s class was able to learn about how the international art movement influenced automakers of the 30s and 40s. Contrasting to modern day automotive incentives of fuel efficiency and cheap plastic parts, these cars and motorcycles are thoughtfully made using luxurious details and aircraft-inspired materials to create not only eye catching design but priceless works of art.

“I found the exhibit impressive and enjoyed the unique retro designs of the Art Deco cars that were displayed beautifully for the visitors to see and admire” – Clayton Wood (Living Arts College Filmmaking Student)

“The art deco period—from the 1920s to the 1940s—is known for blending modern decorative arts with industrial design and is today synonymous with luxury and glamour.”

Triangle AdFed presents Bill Oakley at Capstrat
November 8th, 2016

Triangle ADfed presented Bill Oakley, Advertising Guru with a pedigree that includes:

former Chief Creative Officer in the McCann Worldgroup,
Over 100 global awards including Cannes Lions,One Show, D&AD, National EFFIE’s (also judge),Communication Arts (also judge),
created one of Ad Age’s “12 Ads That Changed Super Bowl Marketing.”,
and currently he is at the University of Utah starting the ADTHING. “The ad agency staffed by students. Run by pros”

Bill’s talk centered around “Let’s all be Cows”…the theme focused on to “Tell a Story” to win the hearts and minds of your audience. He went through a series of historical ads that used story to elevate a product and captivate the audience. An important aspect of the talk was laid out in 10 elements that make a ads unforgettable. My favorite line from Bill’s presentation was “write with head and it will say something, but write with your heart and it will mean something”

This presentation was certainly memorable and educational. All the students that were able to be there felt moved by Bill’s wisdom and insights.

November 8th, 2016

Halloween is a time for candy, trickery, and most of all, the art of dress up. Living Arts College was not one to ignore this time of year. In the mood of the season LAC hosted a costume contest. The rules, simple: come in your best Halloween costume and let the school decide the winner. Led by the Student Services Department, the event lasted all day and had many people join in for the fun.
There was great participation amongst the faculty, staff, and students. Overall, twenty-three people were in this contest, including one group costume. Soon enough the results were in, and the winner and runner up were announced. Our winner was none other than Mykaela Hammonds, and our runner up was none other than Mathew “Wolf” Pinkerton. Mykaela sported an adorable panda costume, while Wolf dressed in a costume of his own design which could only be described as “Wolf”.

Students also “trick-or-treated” through the college to different staff members offices where they found a great supply of sugary goodness from which they chose their treats. Halloween, a favorite holiday at the college, proved to be both festive and fun again in 2016.

Written and edited by student, Sebastian Taylor and staff member, Maria Martin.

Trunk or Treat Event
November 8th, 2016

On Saturday, October 29th, Living Arts College teamed up with a local church for a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Event. For those who do not know, a Trunk-or-Treat is when people get together, decorate the trunks of their cars with Halloween décor, and then fill them with candy. This year we had five trunks in the Trunk-or-Treat with a nice turn out of students and community members. As music filled the atmosphere, people danced, socialized, and partook in the sweets of the night. Basketball and Four Square quickly became competitive and a joy for all who played and watched. Later in the night, there was voting to find the winner of the best trunk. Kasey Garren, a Living Arts student, won the grand prize of two tickets to NC Comic Con.

The trunks were not the only spotlight however, inside the college was hosting a double movie feature including Inside Out and the second Avengers Movie. Before the movies, one could partake in hotdogs, chili, drinks, and candy. This night was a joy for all ages.

A special thanks and congratulations to the MODIV student government, for this was their first student led Trunk-or-Treat. The event went off without a hitch and we hope to see more out the MODIV group soon.

Written by student, Sebastian Taylor and edited by staff member, Maria Martin.

Red Carpet Speaker Series: Photographer Steven Paul Whitsitt
November 8th, 2016

On Thursday, November 3rd at 10:30AM, Living Arts College proudly hosts internationally known photographer Steven Paul Whitsitt for a speaking engagement.

With over twenty-five years of experience, Steven’s accolades include working with Michael Jackson, other Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honored-artists, architectural and design firms, portraiture, food, fashion, theater and dance.

Mr. Whitsitt’s early career was spent in the Navy, and afterwards he set off on a photographic adventure through Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. After earning a photography, Steven then moved to Los Angeles, where he photographed music and recording artists before moving to North Carolina. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times.

Currently, Steven is the Director of Photography for Baroque Fashion Media Group, where he helps up-and-coming artists in the fashion, music, and sports fields create content and manage their brands to elevate their businesses.

Industry Insight: Professional Photographer Eric Kaufman
November 8th, 2016

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Kaufman.

Eric, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in a very small town in Central Pennsylvania. Attended North Carolina State University for their College of Design and was recruited to play soccer there as well. After graduating, and realizing I couldn’t make any money as a professional soccer player, I started a design firm in Raleigh North Carolina. The company had Fortune 500 clients as well as Indie record label clients.

Eventually, the lack of larger and more interesting clients had me leaving Raleigh for Los Angeles. Soon after my arrival in LA, I landed at Deutsch – one of the top ad agencies in the country.

Deutsch gave me the opportunity to expand my photography and design into live action work. I am currently the VP, Director of Content at Deutsch, which basically just means that I’m a commercial director. I’ve shot pieces for brands like Volkswagen, Target, Sprint, and Taco Bell.

I get to collaborate with incredibly smart and inspiring people; agency creatives, producers, editors – it’s a long list. I love what I do.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is a highly competitive creative scene here in LA, but I can’t say that I’ve had to face any more adversity the next person. It’s just been a lot of simply putting in the work; doing your homework, logging crazy hours, and fighting for your ideas.

When you look back, what are you most proud of?
I’m not sure I’ve had a “proudest moment” yet. I’m still working on that.

Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
It seems like there are always struggles in a creative field. Whether it’s a personal struggle with the creation of good ideas, or struggles with clients and co-workers to get those ideas sold through. Having said all of that, I think you’re pretty lucky to have a job as a creative, having to deal those issues.

What’s your outlook for the industry in our city?
I love LA. It gets a bad rep in my opinion. I’ve been lucky with the people I’ve had a chance to work with, but this city is filled with smart, passionate, and creative people. That’s not to say that it’s easy. All of those talented people make it extremely competitive. It can be both intimidating and inspiring at the same time.

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Game Night Club Charity Fundraiser
November 8th, 2016

Charity Begins at Home…

Wednesday, October 21st, the Living Arts College Game Night Club sponsored a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament fundraiser. Club officer Jaime Desper and fellow student Sebastian Taylor organized the event with 16 participants paying a nominal entry fee. Pizza and sodas were sold to players and spectators. The evening’s fundraising totaled over $110!

All proceeds will be donated to a local cause: , to assist beloved teacher Georges LeChevallier’s son Diego fly to Barcelona, Spain to train for two weeks with the professional soccer team of Barcelona. Diego was one of 250 boys selected out of 3000 to participate.

The tournament lasted several hours and had to resume in the dorm after the building closed. The winners received gift cards donated by Campus Director Debra Hooper (thank you Debra!) and the grand prize winner, Sebastian, received a special edition painting by Georges LeChevallier, who created the painting especially for the event.

Congratulations, Diego (and Georges) for the selection to the Barcelona soccer club training session. And great job Jaime and Sebastian! Congrats to all the winners and thank you LAC students for participating and showing the love to Mr. LeChevallier.



CEO from local Graphic Design firm visits the classroom!
July 27th, 2016

Jeff Lawson, CEO and Founder of Cowan Graphic Design came by to critique students work for Professor Marx Myth’s class. Our students had to create a poster and brochure from an existing charity they were passionate about. Each student presented their work to Mr. Lawson and he gave advice on the positives and negatives of each piece.

The key word for the critiques was “consistency”. Mr. Lawson used McDonald’s as an example. McDonald’s is successful because of their consistent brand identity. From their design, similar menus throughout the world and the taste of the food. He also mentioned it is important to add uniqueness to your designs, and limit stock photography when creating logos and branding your product or business.

One of Interactive Media students received a glowing review for her work. Nellie Griffith Bean created a poster and brochure to raise awareness for strokes, and she is also a stroke survivor! Mr. Lawson commented her work was, simple, strong, and effective.

It is always a pleasure and honor to have industry professionals take time out of their busy careers to come in and meet with our students and give invaluable feedback. Thank you so much Jeff Lawson for your contribution, everyone at Living Arts College is extremely grateful for you!