15,000+ Attendees and Growing at the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas
March 24th, 2010

The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) held its 30th anniversary this year reaching record high attendance. Photographers from Japan, Russia, Australia and several other countries joined 15,000+ photographers to share and learn the tricks of the trade.

Living Arts College photography students experienced four nights in Las Vegas, at one of the largest photography conventions in the world. They mingled, socialized and learned from the world’s most talented photographers.

For the city that never sleeps, the photography students attended classes by day and toured the city by night. They learned marketing strategies, photography techniques, and the must know basics of photography. They captured photos of the city lights and architecture.

The Canon Keynote Speaker Gregory Heisler, world renowned photographer presented an exciting overview of his portrait work for magazines, advertisements and private commissions. His photography has been featured in more than 70 issues of TIME magazine as well as LIFE, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times Magazine.

The photography student attendees had an overwhelming experience and had this to say:

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but the photographs don’t.” – Jill Brunkhorst

“I learned new things and loved meeting people from all over the world.” – Shaquanna Kelly

“WPPI was an awesome experience. I got to meet and learn from professional photographers and experience what the work force could be like.” – Renate Stokke




Close up with Top Photographers
July 28th, 2009

Students Travel to “Look 3”

Students Travel to Look 3

Living Arts College students from the School of Communication Arts recently got an upfront, close up look at creative photographers. Students and Professor Eversoll attended “Look 3 Festival of the Photograph” in Charlottesville, Virginia sponsored by National Geographic magazine, Apple and Canon. This festival of creative image making that displayed the progression of photography into different media applications.

The  photography students enjoyed three days of gallery viewing, presentations and involvement with skilled photographers from around the world. All were eager to discuss their backgrounds, experiences and love of photography.

The students’ journey through “Look 3” started off with the World Press Photo 2009 North American Debut. The exhibit showcased photojournalism containing 196 winning photographers. Photos ranged from natural disasters to the Olympics in Beijing to a single full-time working mom caring for her six small children.

Each evening, the students had a chance to listen to renowned photographers. Some of these photographers were Sylvia Plachy, Martin Parr and Gilles Peress. Each photographer had a distinctive artistic style in their photography. Sylvia Plachy’s photographs have appeared in over 50 major publications and exhibited internationally. Her photography is acclaimed as “diverse, surprising, and humorous, transforming the elusive into the poetic.” Martin Parr is a contemporary photographer with a unique style and is very popular in the worlds of art, fashion and journalism. Gilles Peress’ photography represents the complexity of war and peace. He has documented events in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Lebanon, Palestine, and Rwanda.

Under the nights’ stars, the students enjoyed viewing the work of the most exciting and innovative current photography from emerging photographers along with nationally and internationally recognized photographers. The projections in the pavilion presented a dynamic cross-section of work from photojournalism to art. The photographers showed many images and added voice and/or music to accompany their work.

The final night of the festival, students celebrated the closing moments by meeting and shaking hands with some of the world’s most famous and renowned photographers. They met photojournalists from “National Geographic”, “Sports Illustrated”, “The White House” and “Aperture Magazine”.

The photography program at the College embraces three essential aspects of professional photography–camera technique, digital manipulation and business practices.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




Weight of the Ribbon
July 17th, 2009

A Perfect Evening with Curtis Brown


How do you describe Curtis Brown? Passionate, Artist, Designer, Independent, Actor, Photographer, Theatrical, Dancer, Loves a Challenge, Driven, Unique Style, Rooted in Human Emotion….. He combined all of these elements in “Weight of the Ribbon.”

The disease somber, the mood inspiring, when photographer Curtis Brown captures a moment the images transcend time. Curtis and dancers from the Carolina Ballet translated his concept into visual form through “the lens” with distinct expression and movement using a ribbon suspended from the studio ceiling.

Each inspiring image has an emotional journey of a breast cancer victim in their battles against the disease. The images depicted moments from strength and triumph to moments of defeat and collapse. Colette George said, “The exhibit was emotional and awe-inspiring.”

The “Weight of the Ribbon” gallery event brought in volunteers from all over the Raleigh area. The pictures were on display and available for sale with half of all proceeds donated to “Susan G. Komen For the Cure”, which funds breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment programs.

Curtis is a graduate of the School of Communication Arts. He studied Advertising Design with a concentration in Photography. To view his work, visit his website at http://www.curtisbrownphotography.com.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




SCA In Full Bloom at Spring Gallery Show
May 11th, 2009
2009 Spring Gallery Show
2009 Spring Gallery Show

An array of budding talent blossomed in the theater of SCA this week. There were flash designs, student films and maquettes OH MY! The Gallery Show proved to be “a sight to behold” with the use of vivid colors, exciting motion graphics, spectacular animations, entertaining student films and “wake you up” sounds designs.

Professor George LaChevallier entertained the audience with his quick wit and humorous stories while Professor Lena Corter handed out awards for categories from Electronic Media to Sound Design. The work shown at each gallery show continues to get better and better, which tells me that School of Communication Arts has the best talent in the country!

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




Happenings in May @ School of Communication Arts
May 4th, 2009

May 6th, 5-8pm : Spring 2009 Gallery Exhibition

The Exhibition showcases juried creative works of current students in Animation, Film, Audio Production, Advertising Design, Web Design, Photography and Interior Design.

May 7th, 9am-3pm : Professional Development Day & First SCA Talent Show

School of Communication Arts is very excited to be holding their first Talent Show hosted by the student government, MODIV.

Motivational speaker, Karen Gilliam will speak at 10am. A workshop by Laurie Muriel will be held at 11am on “How to Get a Part-time Job in These Challenging Economic Times”. This is in preparation for the upcoming Part-time Job Fair.

May 11th, 10:30am :  Local Rock Band Defines the Importance of Branding

Ariel Down is Setting the Rules for “Breaking In” with Their Ideas About Music Promotion. Experience a national touring independent rock band based out of Raleigh, NC.

May 14th, 2-4pm : SCA Part-Time Job Fair

Are you looking for a part time job? Local non-industry businesses will be on campus advertising open positions and doing on-site interviews.

May 27th, 10:30am : Multimedia Expert to Present: “How to Prepare your Career for the Unexpected”

Plan to be entertained. Greg Carter’s work is wild and vivid.

Mr. Carter has designed print media for Reebok and Sports Illustrated and multimedia for Discovery Channel. He has worked on projects for Warner Brothers and the American Lung Association.

All events are open to the public and there is no cost. Media are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




World Famous Photographer, Henry Grossman Speaks to SCA Students
April 20th, 2009

World Famous Photographer, Henry GrossmanWednesday afternoon’s guest speaker has worked for over 40 years in the commercial photographic business around the world. Grossman brought a vision and style to School of Communication Arts that was enjoyed by all.

There was standing room only as students, professors, alumni and guests filled the 200+ seat theatre and sat for over two hours mesmerized by the photographs and stories of Mr. Grossman. He may be known as a “world famous photographer” but incredible “storyteller” should be added to his accolades. Every photograph had a story!

Mr. Grossman brought his recently released Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper, featuring his rarely seen photographs of The Beatles during the recording of Sgt. Pepper Lonely Heart Club Band, arguably the most iconic and influential album of all time. Grossman’s book contains compelling photographs of four of the 20th century’s most popular and publicized figures. While showing the book, Henry shared incredible stories to captivate the audience and show the personalities of these powerful creative musicians.

Now I have the book signed by Mr. Henry Grossman.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




Debra Hooper visits with Henry Grossman
April 20th, 2009

Debra Hooper & Henry GrossmanSchool Director, Debra Ann Hooper visits with world famous photographer, Henry Grossman. Mr. Grossman’s career began in the early 1960s. As a contributing photographer for Time, Life, Newsweek and People Magazine, Grossman covered a variety of important figures, including Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Nelson Mandela, Duke Ellington and Truman Capote. Grossman gained unprecented access to President John F. Kennedy in the White House and abroad. Through his work he also befriended The Beatles and went to Abbey Road Studios to photograph them during the legendary Sgt. Pepper session.

Mr. Grossman recently released Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper, featuring his rarely seen photographs of The Beatles during the recording of Sgt. Pepper Lonely Heart Club Band, arguably the most iconic ad influential album of all time. Grossman’s book contains compelling photographs of four of the 20th century’s most popular and publicized figures. Among the photographs, Henry shares incredible stories to captivate the personalities of these powerful creative musicians.

The best is yet to come… Mr. Henry Grossman is visiting School of Communication Arts in the near future.

Read about Mr. Henry Grossman’s visit here.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus