2013 Achievement Award for Outstanding Arts Organization
Founded over half a century ago in 1961 by members of Laguna Beach Art Association and the Festival of Arts, Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) has evolved into one of the leading visual arts colleges and is the only dually accredited BFA- and MFA-granting institution of its kind in Orange County, offering degrees in Animation, Fine Art, Illustration, Game Art and Design and Digital Media.
For 39 years, LCAD has hosted Color It Orange, a multimedia exhibition of works created by pre-college students countywide. LCAD also opens its campus to the community at large for admission-free, world-class exhibitions and programming. Recently, the LCAD Gallery has hosted such prestigious exhibitions as the original sculptural works of Auguste Rodin.
Between January 2012 and May 2013, LCAD mounted premiere and debut solo exhibitions of rare and original works by such world-renowned artists and designers as Federico D'Allesandro (head Storyboard Artist and Animatics Supervisor for Marvel Comics), Charles Schulz (the revered illustrator of The Peanuts), Jerome Witkin (an artist characterized by New York Times as a "a virtuoso figurative painter whose work mixes elements of the old masters, social realism and Abstract Expressionism") and Andrew Byrom (the world's leading designer of three-dimensional typefaces).
Additionally, LCAD has hosted visits and lectures from such art luminaries as Frank Gehry, Brenda Chapman (Academy Award winning director and first female director of a feature length animated film), the Charles M. Schulz family, the Chuck Jones family, Bob McKnight (co-founder and former CEO of Quiksilver), Charles Solomon (the world's leading animation critic and historian), Eric Goldberg (acclaimed Walt Disney animator and director of Pocahontas) and John Kricfalusi (celebrated animator and creator of The Ren and Stimpy Show). Recently, LCAD expanded its facilities by adding a three-acre East Campus, one of five campuses it operates along Laguna Canyon Road, including a state-of-the-art residence hall, directly across from its historic Main Campus.