L.A.’s The Art Institute of California has tapped Vi Ly to serve as the dean of academic affairs effective June 22. Ly has served as assistant to the dean of academic affairs since 2004, and has worked with The Art Institute since 1998. Previous positions include department chair for the Media Arts and Animation program, as well as the Game Art and Design sector.
Over the years Ly has made a wealth of contributions to the school’s community, cultivating one of the Art Institute system’s most extensive animation programs. Students under her instruction have had their work featured in highly regarded animation and film festivals with a few garnering regional Emmys. Former pupils have also gone on to work at major studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Disney Features Animation, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. Feature Animation and Activision.
A widely exhibited artist with work on display in multiple private and public collections, including the Permanent Collection of the San Jose Museum of Art, Ly has a Bachelor’s degree in drawing/printmaking from the University of Cincinnati, and a Masters in painting courtesy of San Francisco’s Art Institute. Before her arrival at The Art Institute of California, she was a department chair at Learning Tree University, a Clarity Station graphics artist and a member of the drawing faculty at Monterey Peninsula College, Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz and San Jose City College.