Finding aid for Art Center (Europe) records

Cassandra Stearns, Cathy Lynn Folgate
Art Center College of Design Archives
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, California 91103
Phone: (626) 396-2208
Email: robert.dirig@artcenter.edu
URL: http://www.artcenter.edu
© 2007
Art Center College of Design. All rights reserved.

Finding aid for Art Center (Europe) records

Collection number: RG 19

Art Center College of Design Archives

Pasadena, California
Processed by:
Cassandra Stearns
Date Completed:
August 2004
Processed by:
Cathy Lynn Folgate
Updated:
July 2006
Encoded by:
Robert Dirig
© 2007 Art Center College of Design. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Art Center (Europe)
Dates: 1978-2003
Collection number: RG 19
Creator: Art Center (Europe)
Collection Size: 7.5 linear foot 12 box
Repository: Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)
Pasadena, California 91103
Abstract: Art Center (Europe) opened in the fall of 1986 with 39 students from 13 countries. It offered a preparatory program, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Product Design and Transportation Design. The school closed just before its tenth anniversary in March 1996. This collection consists of correspondence, administrative files, blueprints, and clippings that document Art Center (Europe)’s creation, operation, and closure.
Physical location: Art Center Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English French German Italian

Access

No restrictions. Collection is open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to Art Center College of Design Archives.

Preferred Citation

Art Center (Europe). RG 19. Art Center College of Design Archives. Pasadena, California.

Chronology : [Compiled from “History and Highlights” in Series 9 – Public Relations]

1981-1983 At the initiative of European industry and business, Art Center began researching the feasibility of establishing a European campus. The Château de Sully at La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland was selected as the future home of Art Center (Europe).
1984 Interim offices established in nearby Vevey, Switzerland.
1985 December David Brown appointed third President of Art Center.
1986 Senior Vice President of Art Center, Joseph R. Henry, appointed Director of Art Center (Europe). Initial ten-year lease signed on the Château de Sully. A Committee of Advisors established to advise on the educational program.
1986 October 6 Art Center (Europe) opened its doors to the first 39 students from 13 countries. Uwe Bahnsen, Vice President of design at Ford of Europe, is appointed Education Director.
1987 Completion of farm building with studios and workshop. The first Transportation Design workshop held at the Geneva International Motor Show and becomes an annual event. First scholarships awarded to three students from new Scholarship Fund.
1988 Publication of three brochures View, Involvement and Catalog aimed at promoting Art Center (Europe).
1989 Accreditation granted by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
1989 August 12 First graduation held with guest speaker Camillo Pagano, Executive Vice President of Nestle.
1990 Joseph R. Henry retires. Uwe Bahnsen appointed Director.
1991 New photography studio and Graphic Production laboratory opened.
1992 First Art Center (Europe) Alumni Reunion.
1994 Art Center (Europe) and Art Center joint Alumni Reunion held at the American Centre in Paris.
1995 Uwe Bahnsen retires. John Littlewood, former Advertising Department Chair at Art Center, appointed Director. An aggressive fundraising and recruitment campaign is put into operation.
1996 March Art Center and the Board of Trustees announce withdrawal of all fiscal support of Art Center (Europe), forcing the school to close its doors at the end of the spring term.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Art Center (Europe) collection documents campus administration and student activities throughout the school’s ten year history. The bulk of the collection is correspondence and administrative files which document the creation, operation and closure of the school. The Administrative Files in Series 2 also contain files on establishing a European campus. Series 3 includes general information about Admissions, including the course catalogs. The remodeling and construction phase of the school is well documented in the Buildings/Facilities files in Series 5. The chronological files in Series 6 were created by Art Center (Europe) and include correspondence, reports, memos, and clippings regarding classes, students, and recruiting. Public Relations materials in Series 9 document Art Center (Europe)’s media presence through the clippings and media summaries. This collection is an amalgamation of materials created by staff and faculty at both Art Center and Art Center (Europe). The files from Art Center (Europe) were sent to Art Center after the closure of the school.
The collection has been arranged alphabetically into ten series. The earliest material consists of files on proposed campus sites in the Administrative files, but the bulk of the collection dates between 1986 and 1995. Oversized items, including the publications, are housed in Box 12.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)
Art Center(Europe)
Chateau de Sully (La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland)
Bahnsen, Uwe 1934-
Brown, David R.
Henry, Joseph R.
Pepper, Virginia 

Separated Material

Photographs removed to photograph archives.

Container List

 

Series 1: Accreditation

Box:Folder 1:1

Self-study Report to NASAD and WASC (copy 1) 1987

Box:Folder 1:2

Self-study Report to NASAD and WASC (copy 2) 1987

Box:Folder 1:3

Appendix to Self-study Report (copy 1) 1988

Box:Folder 1:4

Appendix to Self-study Report (copy 2) 1988

Box:Folder 1:5

Visitors Report 1988

 

Series 2: Administrative Files

Box:Folder 1:6

Board of Trustees 1991

Box:Folder 1:7

Budget 1987-1989

Box:Folder 1:8

Budget 1984

Box:Folder 1:9

Budget 1985

Box:Folder 1:10

Calendar 1993

Box:Folder 1:11

Campus Proposals – Switzerland 1982-1984

Box:Folder 2:1

Campus Proposals – Turin, Monaco, Antibes 1981-1983

Box:Folder 2:2

Committee of Advisors 1991-1993

Box:Folder 2:3

Committee of Executives 1991-1992

Box:Folder 2:4

Corporate Donors 1983

Box:Folder 2:5

European Campus Position Paper 1983

Box:Folder 2:6

European Campus – Proposal and Planning 1981-1982

Box:Folder 2:7

European Campus/Switzerland, Vol. 1 1978-1983

Box:Folder 2:8

European Campus/Switzerland, Vol. 2 1984

Box:Folder 2:9

European Campus/Switzerland, Vol. 2 1984

Box:Folder 2:10

European Campus/Switzerland, Vol. 3 1985-1988

Box:Folder 3:1

Faculty 1988-1995

Box:Folder 3:2

Finances 1984-1988

Box:Folder 3:3

Finances 1991-1992

Box:Folder 3:4

Founding Council Minutes 1987

Box:Folder 3:5

Founding Sponsors, “An Invitation to Participate” 1986

Box:Folder 3:6

Fundraising 1991

Box:Folder 3:7

Library 1990-1992

Box:Folder 3:8

Map undated

Box:Folder 3:9

Monthly Reports 1984-1985

Box:Folder 3:10

Open House 1986

Box:Folder 3:11

Opening 1986

Box:Folder 3:12

Organization Chart 1992

Box:Folder 3:13

Pasadena Advisory Committee 1987-1990

Box:Folder 3:14

Prometheus Workshop 1988

Box:Folder 3:15

Reports 1984-1987

Box:Folder 3:16

Reports 1988-1993

Box:Folder 4:1

Sponsored Projects 1991-1994

Box:Folder 4:2

Staff Meeting Minutes 1987-1988

Box:Folder 4:3

Student Lists and Photos 1995-1996

Box:Folder 4:4

Switzerland Visit 1982

Box:Folder 4:5

Syllabi undated

 

Series 3: Admissions

Box:Folder 4:6

Academic Programs Information 1987-1988

Box:Folder 4:7

Application Forms [Blank] undated

Box:Folder 4:8

Catalogs [Reference Copies] 1988-1996

Box:Folder 4:9

Catalogs 1988-1996

Box:Folder 4:10

Recruitment Brochures 1986-1996

Box:Folder 4:11

Recruitment Buttons undated

Box:Folder 5:1

Recruitment Folders circa 1986

Box:Folder 5:2

Recruitment Folders circa 1988-1996

Box:Folder 5:3

Recruitment Posters 1986-1990

Box:Folder 5:4

Recruitment Team Report 1991

Box:Folder 5:5

Student Handbook 1990

 

Series 4: Alumni

Box:Folder 5:6

Directories 1990-1996

Box:Folder 5:7

Reunions 1991-1994

 

Series 5: Building / Facilities

Box:Folder 5:8

Building History undated

Box:Folder 5:9

Gallery 1992

Box:Folder 5:10

Grand Council Session 1993

Box:Folder 5:11

Karl Steiner, Ltd. 1991

Box:Folder 5:12

Lease on Chateau de Sully 1985

Box:Folder 5:13

Lighting Design Program 1985

Box:Folder 5:14

Plans and Specifications -- Chateau, Attic and Roof 1985

Box:Folder 5:15

Plans and Specifications -- Chateau, Cellar 1985-1990

Box:Folder 6:1

Plans and Specifications -- Chateau, Exterior and Grounds 1988

Box:Folder 6:2

Plans and Specifications -- Chateau, First Floor 1985-1990

Box:Folder 6:3

Plans and Specifications -- Chateau, Ground Floor 1985

Box:Folder 6:4

Plans and Specifications -- Chateau, Second Floor 1985-1990

Box:Folder 6:5

Plans and Specifications -- Farm House, Attic and Roof 1985

Box:Folder 6:6

Plans and Specifications -- Farm House, Cellar 1985-1990

Box:Folder 6:7

Plans and Specifications -- Farm House, Exterior and Grounds 1983

Box:Folder 6:8

Plans and Specifications -- Farm House, First Floor 1985

Box:Folder 6:9

Plans and Specifications -- Farm House, Ground Floor 1985-1988

Box:Folder 6:10

Plans and Specifications -- Floor Surfaces 1991-1994

Box:Folder 6:11

Plans and Specifications -- Furniture and Furnishings 1986

Box:Folder 6:12

Plans and Specifications -- Work Schedule 1986

 

Series 6: Correspondence

Box:Folder 6:13

Correspondence 1981-1983

Box:Folder 6:14

Correspondence 1984

Box:Folder 6:15

Correspondence 1985-1986

Box:Folder 6:16

Correspondence 1987

Box:Folder 6:17

Correspondence January-May 1988

Box:Folder 6:18

Correspondence June-September 1988

Box:Folder 7:1

Correspondence 1989-1992

Box:Folder 7:2

Correspondence 1993-1996

Box:Folder 7:3

Chronological File August 1986

Box:Folder 7:4

Chronological File March 1987

Box:Folder 7:5

Chronological File April 1987

Box:Folder 7:6

Chronological File May 1987

Box:Folder 7:7

Chronological File June 1987

Box:Folder 7:8

Chronological File July 1987

Box:Folder 7:9

Chronological File August 1987

Box:Folder 7:10

Chronological File September 1987

Box:Folder 8:1

Chronological File October 1987

Box:Folder 8:2

Chronological File November 1987

Box:Folder 8:3

Chronological File December 1987

Box:Folder 8:4

Chronological File January 1988

Box:Folder 8:5

Chronological File February 1988

Box:Folder 8:6

Cummings, Pat 1984-1985

Box:Folder 8:7

Henry, Joseph 1986-1987

Box:Folder 8:8

Telexes 1987

 

Series 7: Graduation

Box:Folder 9:1

First Graduation Commemorative Sketches 1989

Box:Folder 9:2

Grad Book 1990

Box:Folder 9:3

Grad Book 1991

Box:Folder 9:4

Graduation Students Exhibitions (Degree Shows) 1991-1995

Box:Folder 9:5

Invitations 1989-1995

Box:Folder 9:6

Pencils and Pins 1992

Box:Folder 9:7

Posters 1989-1992

Box:Folder 9:8

Programs 1989-1995

Box:Folder 9:9

Speeches 1989-1995

 

Series 8: Printed Materials

Box:Folder 9:10

Business Cards undated

Box:Folder 9:11

Design Associates Brochure 1996

Box:Folder [Oversized - Removed to Box 12]

Diplomas [Blank] undated

Box:Folder 9:12

Exhibitions 1987-1995

Box:Folder 9:13

Fundraising Brochures circa 1995

Box:Folder 9:14

Holiday Cards 1988-1993

Box:Folder 9:15

Letterhead/Stationery undated

Box:Folder 9:16

Scholarship Competitions 1992-1995

Box:Folder 9:17

Special Events 1989-1996

Box:Folder 10:1

Workshop and Lecture Programs 1987-1996

 

Series 9: Public Relations

Box:Folder 10:2

Calendar of Events Posters 1990-1992

Box:Folder 10:3

Clippings 1981-1985

Box:Folder 10:4

Clippings 1986

Box:Folder 10:5

Clippings January - April 1987

Box:Folder 10:6

Clippings May - December 1987

Box:Folder 10:7

Clippings 1988

Box:Folder 10:8

Clippings 1990-1991

Box:Folder 10:9

Clippings 1993-1993

Box:Folder 10:10

Clippings 1994

Box:Folder 10:11

Clippings 1995-1996

Box:Folder 10:12

Clippings undated

Box:Folder 11:1

Graduates at Work 1991-1995

Box:Folder 11:2

“History and Highlights” 1987-1996

Box:Folder 11:3

Mailing List Update Cards [Blank] 1993

Box:Folder 11:4

Media Summaries January 1990 - June 1991

Box:Folder 11:5

Media Summaries January 1990 - August 1991

Box:Folder 11:6

Media Summaries January 1990 - December 1991

Box:Folder 11:7

Media Summaries January 1990 - February 1992

Box:Folder 11:8

Media Summaries January 1990 - March 1992

Box:Folder 11:9

Media Summaries January 1990 - May 1992

Box:Folder 11:10

Media Summaries January 1990 - August 1992

Box:Folder 11:11

Memos 1987

Box:Folder 11:12

Press Releases 1984-1987

Box:Folder 11:13

Press Releases 1987-1996

Box:Folder 11:14

Sponsors Lists 1991-1994

Box:Folder 11:15

View Book Project 1988

 

Series 10: Publications

Oversize Box:Folder 12:1

Art Center (Europe) in Pictures October 1988

Oversize Box:Folder 12:2

At Art Center (Europe) [Reference Copies] 1985-1993

Oversize Box:Folder 12:3

At Art Center (Europe) [17 issues] 1985-1993

Oversize Box:Folder 12:4

Inside Art Center (Europe) [Reference Copies] 1989-1991

Oversize Box:Folder 12:5

Inside Art Center (Europe) [6 issues] 1989-1991

Oversize Box:Folder 12:6

Inside Out 1995

Oversize Box:Folder 12:7

Review 1993-1995

Oversize Box:Folder 12:8

Diplomas [Blank] undated

Oversize Box:Folder 12:9

Building Plans 1988