The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 and was established to be a school for advertising art. Until 1951 the school was led by the founder Richard S. Stephens, who also happened to be a magazine editor and a painter. Richard A. Stephens took over for his dad in 1951 and lead the school until 1992 when he was replaced by his daughter, Elisa Stephens. While she held presidency she amazingly was able to take the number of students from 2000 to 18,000 by 2012.
In 2007 The Academy of Art University was able to receive regional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Along with their other incredible accomplishments, the school has also been able to become a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In 2016 there was around 7% of the students that were able to complete a four-year degree within the appropriate amount of time. The school amazing accomplishments do not stop there though. The Academy of Art University Automobile Museum is also operated and owned by the Academy of Art University.
On September 9, 2017, the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion was able to hold their 21st runway showcase. The show was said to be of top interest by many due to the different backgrounds of many of the designers. Many of the designers were coming all the way from China to coastal Maine. This brought tons of interest due to all of the different ideas that were going to be expected to be at the show. This left many of the students panicking for hours as they all got ready for their 15 minutes of fame. The thing that made the students even more nervous was that they were not only showing their pieces in front of other students but also tons of celebrities that had come out that day to see all of their fashion pieces. So one by one each of the students showed what their visions were for the future of fashion and by the end, the show was a complete success for all.
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The chainsmokers have been around the music scene since 2012 and have had a ton of success with their music. They just released their newest summer anthem “Side Effects” and recently talked to Billboard.com about their growth as artists and where they are at in their careers now.
The chainsmokers are used to playing huge concerts in the club every weekend but they recently played at the Hollywood Palladium and they loved it. Drew Taggart told Billboard that “it’s really fun anytime we play a show in LA” while Alex Pall mentioned how often they get to play in clubs so the smaller venue was a good change of pace for them. That change of pace has spread to their newest song, “Side Effects” which released in Late July and has a very disco feel to it. The rest of their songs this year have been more mellow, low key jams while this song is “definitely funky” according to Taggart.
This song goes along with their general pattern of writing about what they feel, what they observe and especially about millennial relationships. They love thinking about things near and far and are very interested in sci-fi and the internet. Within this age of ultra-connectedness they enjoy looking at things everyone is doing online and poking fun at it without condemning it. The song also features Emily Warren, who is a frequent collaborator with the duo. The Chainsmokers love working with Warren as they find her funny and very intelligent and easy for them to get along with.
The Chainsmokers first found fame with their hit song “Closer“ and that song still holds a significant place in their hearts. They view that song as the middle point of their growing up as artists and a very personal song. It was actually the first song that Taggart had ever sung on and he has continued with his singing, singing more and more in recent years and really enjoying his time doing it. One thing is guaranteed with the Chainsmokers: They aren’t going to slow down anytime soon.