15 Buzzwords for 15 Years: INSPIRATION

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Brian Rea February 15, 2016


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The experience of teaching at ArtCenter, particularly classes under the Designmatters umbrella can be inspiring and humbling. The students seem to be wired to ask questions, to challenge those around them and to explore new directions in their work and their surroundings. They push me to consider what messages I deliver each class as well as how I approach my own individual work. That’s exciting for a teacher and it’s tough too. But I love being a part of that dialogue. As the students’ confidence grows they begin to make connections in their own work- it’s great to see. Not every student is like that, but students involved in Designmatters have proven to be.

On the Fence Studio – Timelapse from Designmatters at ArtCenter on Vimeo.

A short time-lapse video directed by ArtCenter Alum, Erik Anderson, documenting the installation of a mural depicting the realities of young people entering the job market.

This was part of the Spring 2013 Designmatters Illustration studio entitled “On the Fence” focused on large scale public art installations taught by Brian Rea.


Brian Rea produces drawings and paintings for magazines, murals, fashion and film projects around the world. His work has been exhibited in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Barcelona at the Fundació Joan Miro. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at ArtCenter College of Design and a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.

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