CalArts Alumni Magazine

Issue 6

Winter/Spring


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In Memoriam

Haruko Tanaka ’03 (1974–2019)

Haruko Tanaka (Art 03) passed away in October 2019. She was an artist photographer, graphic designer, and filmmaker who was also engaged in social practice. U.S.-born, Tanaka was raised in England and Japan, and earned a B.A. degree in Fine Art from the University of Southern California in 1997. Her CalArts MFA was in Photography and Media Art.

          Tanaka’s visual work was exhibited widely, at venues including The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Japanese American National Museum, Museum of Modern Art, CUE Art Foundation, Torrance Art Museum, and Armory Center for the Arts. In addition, her work screened internationally at festivals including The Rotterdam International Film Festival and Asian American International Film Festival. In 2014 the Echo Park Film Center awarded Tanaka an L.A. Artist Residency….

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Milton Quon ’39 (1913–2019)

Chouinard alumnus and Disney animator Milton Quon passed away on June 18 at the age of 105. Quon joined Disney in 1939, where his work on Fantasia (1940) included his contributions to the “Waltz of the Flowers” and the “Arabian Dance” scenes. He was also first assistant animator on Dumbo (1941).
Born to immigrant parents from Canton in Los Angeles in 1913, Quon had seven siblings, all sisters. He received a scholarship to Chouinard, and as a young freelance graphic designer Quon designed menus and other graphics for restaurants in L.A.’s Chinatown including Man Jen Low, Grandview Gardens and Soochow Restaurant. His exterior signage for Grandview Gardens is an historic landmark….

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