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Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design university in the nation. Founded in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, B.Arch*, MA, MFA, and M.Arch degree programs in 26 areas of study, as well as continuing art education, pre-college art experience programs, and teacher grants. Classes are available in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Art Teaching Credential, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Styling, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design (Transportation & Product Design), Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Studio Production for Advertising & Design, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media, and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media. Students can also enroll in flexible online degree programs in most areas of study.

  • 1 – Bullitt Mustangs
  • 2 – 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 3 – 1932 Marmon
  • 4 – 30 Dues Pebbel Beach Driveway

Lovers of classic cars will have the opportunity to get close-up views of some of the most revered automobiles ever built when the 61st Annual San Francisco International Auto Show opens November 21, 2018.

Cars personally selected by Curator Wayne Barnes from the San Francisco Academy of Art University collection will be showcased at the Moscone Convention Center for the entire run of the auto show.

“We are proud to be able to exhibit vehicles that represent the elegance, style, craftsmanship, technology and innovative spirit of automotive designers of the past and the future,” said show Director Kevin Diamond. “We appreciate the opportunity provided by Elisa Stephens, president of the university.”

The university was founded in 1929 by her grandfather, Richard S. Stephens, a painter and creative director of Sunset Magazine, and his wife, Clara, in a rented loft on Kearny Street. His son, the late Richard A. Stephens, who began the car collection, served as president until 1992, when he was named chair emeritus. He was succeeded as president by his daughter.

More than 9,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in the university’s 19 degree or certificate programs, including the industrial design department, home to the car collection. Department head Tom Matano uses the collection on the Van Ness Avenue campus to inspire for his students.

“The collection is also open to the public by appointment,” said Barnes. “Proceeds from the admission fee are donated to the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco and Rotary,”

Graduates of the industrial design program have been hired by an impressive list of companies, including BMW Design Works, GM, Mazda, Toyota, Fox Racing, Black & Decker, Camelback, Hasbro, Mattel, Tigo, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Nike, VIDIA, Palm Inc., Samsung, Tony, Sketchers, North Face and Timbuk 2 Designs.

The university also offers majors and continuing education programs in acting, advertising, animation and visual effects, architecture, art education, art history, fashion, fine art, game design, graphic design, illustration, interior architecture and design, jewelry and metal arts, landscape architecture, motion pictures and television, multimedia communications, music production and sound design for visual media, photography, visual development, and web design.

Students can also enroll in flexible online degree programs in most majors.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of Western Association of Schools and Colleges, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Council for Interior Design Accreditation and NAAB (M-ARCH).

For more information, visit or call 800.544.2787 (U.S. only) or 415.274.2200.

The following vehicles are expected to be displayed this year:

1935 Auburn 851 SC Speedster
1934 Buick 56S Sport Coupe
1949 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville
1941 Cadillac Fleetwood 60S
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
1933 Chrysler Imperial CL Dual Windshield Phaeton
1942 Chrysler Town and Country
1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
1930 Duesenberg J Convertible Sedan
1934 Ford Cabriolet
1940 Ford Cabriolet
1956 Ford Thunderbird
1939 Graham SC Coupe
1929 Hudson Sedan
1952 Hudson Super Wasp Coupe
1934 Lincoln K V12 Convertible
1938 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Cabriolet
1932 Marmon 16 Convertible Sedan
1930 Packard Model 740 Sport Phaeton
1939 Packard Darrin Convertible
1931 Pierce Arrow Model 43 Club Sedan
1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat
1930 Willys-Knight Plaid Side Roadster

Special display:

1968 Ford Mustang – Original car from the movie “Bullitt”
2019 Ford Mustang – 50th Anniversary Bullitt Edition
1968 Dodge Charger – Tribute car from the movie “Bullitt”

*Please note that the list of expected vehicles is subject to change without notice.


What trucks are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s #SFAutoShow? The event runs Nov 28-Dec 2, 2019 at the Moscone Center ...

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