Revisit Kitchen Stadium!

October 3, 2012  |  Culinary  |  No Comments

Culinary students from The Art Institute of Phoenix compete on Iron Chef.

Don’t miss back-to-back episodes of Iron Chef America on Monday, October 8th, featuring students and graduates from The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes!

See the first-ever Student-Chef Challenger Team from The Art Institute of Phoenix — Katelyn Remick, Julie Fiedler, and Tyler Burke (Season 6—Symon vs. Culinary Students) — go head-to-head with Iron Chef Michael Symon; watch Ibiza restaurant owner and The Art Institute of Houston alumnus Charles Clark show off his international cooking skills against Iron Chef Mario Batali  (Season 5 – Batali vs. Clark); and last but not least, catch alumni Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale battle Cat Cora (Season 3 – Cora vs. Shook/Dotolo).

Tune in Monday, October 8th beginning at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel.

Can’t wait? You can catch a sneak peak of the competition and learn more about our Culinary programs, here.

Miami International University of Art & Design: Fashion Student Wins Diet Coke Design Challenge

September 6, 2012  |  Fashion  |  No Comments

25-year-old former Marine and current Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design (2013) student at the Miami International University of Art & Design, Gustavo Alonso is the Grand Prize winner of the Diet Coke Young Designer Challenge. In partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the competition awarded Gustavo a $10,000 scholarship in addition to having his design printed on t-shirts and sold in Target stores starting September 2!

You can hear what the likes of Zac Posen, L’Wren Scott, and Cynthia Rowley thought of Gustavo’s design in the video above. And, to learn about Gustavo’s story and his design inspirations, read more here. 





The Ultimate Food Truck Battle Hits The Road In SoCal!

September 5, 2012  |  Culinary  |  No Comments

Graphic wrapped and ready to go, The Ai Food Truck sets out on a SoCal tour.

There is no question that the latest culinary craze to sweep the nation comes on wheels.

We are talking about gourmet food trucks. From Twitter feeds to talk shows, these mobile sensations have permeated the media and drummed up a dedicated and widespread coalition of foodie fans (or truck chasers) in the process.

Joining the food truck phenomenon, The Art Institutes became a proud sponsor of season three of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. And now, to close out the summer season, The Art Institutes decided to go one step further: investing in their own set of wheels.

The Art Institutes will kick off a food truck tour this September, bringing the excitement of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race’s cooking competitions to The Art Institutes’ campuses throughout Southern California.

Students from The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes will be going head-to-head with food truck heavy weights in four Southern California cities as part of The Art Institutes Ultimate Food Truck Battle. The student-staffed Ai Food Truck will take on local food truck favorites like Truck Norris, India Jones and God Save the Cuisine while celebrity chefs, including Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo, and Jesse Brockman, Season 2 winner of The Great Food Truck Race, will judge mystery ingredient cook-offs and name one truck the TOP TRUCK.

To follow the tour, download recipes, and more, catch up with the truck on Facebook. 

The Art Institute of New York City: Designers Show At Fashion Week

August 28, 2012  |  Fashion  |  No Comments

Twelve talented fashion designers from The Art Institute of New York City are set to show their collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 6 at 7:00 PM.

These designers are a group of current students and recent graduates of the Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Design degree program. While they all honed their skills in the same classrooms and are now showing their graduate collections under the same tent, their aesthetics and stories could not be more diverse—a leather-lover, a latex specialist, a fashion model and a former member of the Israeli Air Force. This diverse group is sure to put on quite a show!

You can read up on each designer and catch a live stream of the whole show on September 6, here.

The Art Institute of California — San Francisco: Grad’s Film Makes It to New York City International Film Fest

August 7, 2012  |  Media Arts  |  No Comments

Official movie poster for Catch the Clock, a film by Jaena Sta. Ana.

Jaena Sta. Ana, a filmmaker and 2011 Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production grad from The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, is screening her narrative short film, Catch the Clock, at the New York City International Film Festival on August 15.

Catch the Clock is the story of Azra, an introverted mortician who lives side by side with death. Azra has found comfort in her position as a mortician, surrounding herself with the deceased. While visiting an antique shop after her watch breaks, she meets Trevor, a Chinese-American man who comes to the funeral home with his grandparents. Their unexpected friendship ultimately helps her come to life through death.

You can learn more and follow the film on the official “Catch The Clock” Facebook page. 

The Art Institute of California – Orange County: Industrial Design students raise $90K and counting to manufacture military-inspired lamp

August 7, 2012  |  Design  |  No Comments

Andromeda's military-inspired design is fully adjustable.

A group of four Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design students at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, have set out to raise $70k on the entrepreneurial capital-generating site; the students hope to use this money to manufacture their military-inspired tactical tri-rail lamp prototype.

With twenty days still left to go in the cyber fundraiser, Andromeda (the prototype’s name) has already far exceeded its creators’ expectations, garnering $91k and counting in investor backing.

To watch a video about Andromeda and follow it’s updates, visit the Kickstarter page.

Celebrity Chef Paula DaSilva Returns To Hell’s Kitchen

August 1, 2012  |  Culinary  |  No Comments

Executive Chef Paula DaSilva in her kitchen at 1500º Restaurant in Miami.

Paula DaSilva, a runner up on season five of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and a 1998 graduate of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, returns for a special appearance on this season’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Tune in to FOX on Monday, August 13, at 9:00 PM to watch Paula get back into the fire!

In the meantime, read more about what Paula is doing now!

The Art Institute of California – Hollywood: Student’s Artwork Helps Homeless In LA

July 24, 2012  |  Design  |  No Comments

John Stevens, a current student in the Set & Exhibit Design program at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, was one of the student artists selected by advertising agency David & Goliath to help design their unconventional pro-bono campaign for The Weingart Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the homeless.

Want to know more? Watch the video at the top of this post, or read the LA Times’ full article.

A Weingart Center volunteer curls up on the sidewalk with a chalk bedroom drawn around her. The street art’s purpose to is draw the attention of passersby to a nearby cardboard sign with directions for how to text donations to the nonprofit charity for the homeless. (LA Times, Sean Stell / July 19, 2012)


Best Teen Chef Competition Winner Announced!

July 16, 2012  |  Culinary  |  No Comments

Clockwise from top left: Chelsea with her parents outside their hotel in New York’s famous Meatpacking District; Chelsea about to enjoy her first slice of authentic New York pizza on the Greenwich Village Food and Culture Tour; Chelsea on the High Line, just three blocks from the hotel, before her tours began; Chelsea (right) with Food Network’s Megan Wilson (left) and Kim Resnik of The Art Institutes (center) at Food Network about to begin her exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Food Network Headquarters.

Now in its twelfth year, The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Scholarship Competition still challenges students interested in pursuing a culinary education at The Art Institutes to take a step closer to their goals.

This year, the first-place winners of all the local competitions for high school seniors were entered into a random drawing. The lucky winner received a VIP trip to New York City, where they were given a tour of Food Network Studios and a gift bag including some Food Network cookbooks. They were also treated to dinner and a tour of the kitchens at Del Posto, a spectacular restaurant founded by Chef Mario Batali of Food Network fame. To top it off, the lucky winner was given a food and culture tour of one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods, Greenwich Village.

The grand prize winner was Chelsea Brzostowski, who will begin attending The Art Institute of San Antonio in October.

“This has been a wonderful trip,” said Chelsea. “I’m so excited about all the wonderful places we’ve been – and looking forward to starting classes at The Art Institute of San Antonio.”

You can learn more about The Best Teen Chef Competition and how you can enter on the official web site. 

The Art Institutes Storytellers Photography Competition 2012 Winners Announced!

July 16, 2012  |  Media Arts  |  No Comments

Photo strips from left to right: High School 1st Prize, Katrina Clevenger, The Art Institute of Indianapolis; Her story is about her sister, who has Down Syndrome, and about how those with Down Syndrome make the world a better place. High School 2nd Prize, Asia Hagans, The Art Institute of San Antonio; Her story is about the surprising happy side of pregnancy. High School 3rd Prize, Sarah Cameron, The Art Institute of California - Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University; Her story is about a modern-day family in the early stages of life together, and it demonstrates that no matter what life may bring, the parental bond within a family will always be there. High School Graduate/Adult 1st Prize, Alexandra Hawley, The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago; Her story is about the world one can create even in the face of death and loss.

The Art Institutes challenges students to creatively package a series of six photographs that capture the theme “Storytelling Through the Lens.” This year, four talented student photographers earned full and partial scholarships to The Art Institutes with their strong submissions to the competition.

An acclaimed panel of industry professionals assembled in New York City to judge this year’s submissions. The panel included famed photojournalist Harry Benson, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh alumnae and Pulitzer Prize winner Martha Rial, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale alumnae and four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Guzy, and Rob Crites, Academic Director of Photography from The Art Institute of Philadelphia and professional photographer.

More information about how you can enter next year’s competition will be posted on the official web site soon!