Message from the Director

Kotaro Nakamura Headshot

Hello Everyone,

The 2016-2017 school year has finally come to a close. We said goodbye and best of luck to over 100 undergraduate and graduate students this spring and are busily making preparations for a new crop arriving this fall. Though our activities and events tend to wane when the weather heats up, we are happy to announce a couple of new exhibitions this summer, Estamos Aqui/We Are Here at the SDSU Downtown Gallery as well as a student Jewelry award exhibition at Taboo Studio in Mission Hills. Please read on for more details.

On a more personal note, I was fortunate enough to present in South Korea this past May where I discussed the effects of culture on the development of sustainable cities. This international forum was organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) which is headquartered in Barcelona. It was great to see people engaging worldwide in cultural activities to better their communities. On a side note, this was the longest flight I have ever taken! It took a total of 16 hours just to get to Jeju Island!

In this issue, we highlight several gifted and hardworking students who received awards and accolades this past year. The quality of their work and enthusiasm for their craft never ceases to amaze me.

Thank you as always to our generous donors and Art Council Ambassadors who help to underwrite scholarships, grants, lectures, workshops, and other School programs. To donate or become an Art Council Ambassador, please visit: To donate or become an Art Council Ambassador, please visit:

Thank you for a great year and hope to see you at an event!
Kotaro Nakamura
Director, School of Art + Design, SDSU