About the Pool

The Pool is the alumni magazine of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), a nationally recognized visual and performing arts college located in Valencia, Calif. The magazine is published online and printed twice a year at the end of each semester by the CalArts Office of Marketing and Communications. The Pool is delivered to alumni, parents of current students, friends of CalArts, and distributed on campus to faculty, students and interested applicants. 

The mission of the publication is to inform and entertain readers; to engage alumni and friends with feature stories and short items that profile CalArtians recognized for excellence in their fields and métiers. A robust section of Class Notes includes all written submissions and selected images of alumni and their work. Letters from the president, editor, and readers round out the editorial content. Web extras — stories, videos, sound — complement what’s found in the printed magazine.

We hope The Pool and thepool.calarts.edu help all CalArts alumni to connect, reconnect and network professionally with their peers, classmates, faculty and friends, as well as to foster pride in the Institute among all of its 20,000+ graduates worldwide.

PRESIDENT
Ravi S. Rajan

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT
Meredith Robbins

INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Marylou Ferry

DIRECTOR OF ALUMNX & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
Harmony Frederick

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Christine N. Ziemba

WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
Melissanthi Saliba

ART DIRECTION 
Stuart Smith (Art MFA 02), Julie Moon (Art MFA 11)

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Juliet Bennet Rylah, Soleil David, Greg Houle, Elizabeth Liang (Film/Video MFA 18), Michael Rogers, Adam Smeltz, Jean Trinh, Taya Zoormandan

VIDEOGRAPHY
Nicolas Savignano (Film/Video MFA 15)

INSTITUTE PHOTOGRAPHY
Rafael Hernandez (Art BFA 11)

COPY EDITOR
Caroline Pardilla

PRODUCTION  MANAGERS
Debbie Stears, Denise Nelson

WEBSITE PRODUCTION FOR THIS ISSUE
Julie Moon, Melissanthi Saliba, Debbie Stears, Taya Zoormandan


Contributing writers, photographers, and graphic designers for The Pool and thepool.calarts.edu are often CalArts alumni and/or Institute faculty and staff. Additional contributors are drawn from a community of talented freelance creative professionals conversant in specific areas of content.

To contact The Pool editorial team or submit story ideas, please email thepool@calarts.edu.