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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Chronology : [Compiled from “History and Highlights” in Series 9 – Public Relations]
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material

  • 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


    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.