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College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

  They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday,...

Project Meets City Requirements

Editor, I’m writing in regards to John Hamil’s recent column in this publication entitled “Keeping Promises.” His letter was written in a response to a letter I wrote regarding the Long(i) Live-Work-Create project we have designed for local artist Louis Longi in Laguna Canyon. In...

Praise for Mentor Galleries

Editor, I’d like to gratefully acknowledge and thank Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk for their continued collaboration with LCAD in making the professional mentor/student program a huge success. The program, which culminates during every December First Thursdays Art Walk,...

Art Walk Features College Students’ Work

Students in the professional studies class at Laguna College of Art and Design were present at 15 Laguna Beach galleries, whose directors served as volunteer  mentors in the 12th annual collaboration between LCAD and First Thursdays Art Walk, which culminated on Dec. 5. The...

Art Sale Fundraises for Typhoon Victims

Laguna College of Art and Design students and faculty are donating small art works for “Art for Haiyan,” a fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Monday, Dec. 9. The 5-7 p.m. event takes place at LCAD’s Main Campus Gallery, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd. The show is open to the...

Minding Our Business: The Business of Art

When I moved to Laguna, I was pleased to see a museum downtown, and subsequently disheartened by the collection’s limited scope. I also felt the facility had set itself up as a landmark more than a community art center and I more often attended as an afterthought than a...

A Town and Gown Collaboration


Ingenuity and Original Music Animate Student Film   A young, slim redhead folds towels in a laundromat amid huge washers and dryers, greenish neon lighting, a rickety folding table and a bedraggled man who looks homeless. As she prissily brushes off specs of lint, she frowns...

College Installs New Gallery Director

While still a student at the Laguna College of Art and Design, Andrea Harris worked at the Laguna Art Museum as an installer and as an assistant to local artist Bridget Hoff. She became the museum’s registrar, the first hired staffer after the dissolution of the museum’s merger...

Studios of Their Own, Thanks to an Alumna’s Gift

  With the end of the term just weeks away, Laguna College of Art and Design seniors didn’t need all that much prodding to show up on a weekend to work on unfinished year-end projects in newly finished studios and workspaces. Though student animators, painters, designers,...

Stepping Up to a New Podium

Ed Peterson knows now how he expects to spend his summer. A concept by the Laguna Concert Band’s music director-conductor to collaborate on an animated film received the green-light last week. The proposal earned Peterson the $5,000 Seven-Degrees Inspiration Grant at this year’s...

Let’s Hear it for Laguna’s Art Stars

Laguna Concert Band Director Ed Peterson won a $5,000 Inspiration grant for his proposal to produce an original score for an animated student film while Heisler Park sculpture garden creators Scott and Naomi Schoenherr were declared artists of the year during Laguna Beach’s...

Kudos for Raising Safety Issue

Editor, Thanks for publishing an article on LCAD and my favorite topic, safe alternative mobility in Laguna Beach (“Pushing for Safe Canyon Crossings,” March 8). Kudos for the cover shot too, it captures the essence of the LCAD traffic problem: pedestrians playing chicken in a...

Pushing for Safe Crossings in the Canyon

Motorists who travel inbound on Laguna Canyon Road, often ignoring the posted 45 mph speed limit, present an escalating threat to pedestrians near the main campus of Laguna College of Art & Design, according to the college’s top administrator. While a pedestrian crosswalk and...

‘Peanuts’ Gang Finds a New Home

  With a few well-drawn lines, Charles Schultz’s created the comic strip “Peanuts,” a world inhabited by Charlie Brown and Snoopy and his neighborhood friends, a little gang that included Linus and Lucy, Sally and Schroeder, a little red-haired girl and Franklin, and a...

Town Gown Harmony

Editor, I am writing to comment on the Laguna Beach Independent story by Daniella Walsh, “Survival of the Fittest in Laguna Canyon,” (Aug. 24). As chair of the Laguna College of Art + Design’s board of trustees, I take issue with the characterization of LCAD’s recent expansion in...