ArtCenter Student Designs Exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition

ArtCenter College of Design is one of only three colleges from the United States to have student work featured at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the exhibition, Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture from April 8 through September 18, 2022. Transportation related designs by students from ArtCenter, MIT and Yale will be presented in a gallery dedicated to the future of mobility.


“We are incredibly proud and honored that our students will be featured in this groundbreaking exhibition on a global stage,” said Jay Sanders, executive director, Transportation Design department at ArtCenter College of Design, who will represent the College at the opening events and press conference. “We are particularly excited to show work that highlights our corporate partnerships such as recent sponsored projects with Lincoln and Genesis and internships with Honda.”

These young designers’ works will be sharing space with the works of historical giants in the field of architecture and art such as R. Buckminster Fuller, Constantin Brancusi, Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright.

The ArtCenter exhibition space will feature a variety of student projects from the Transportation Design department including Future Pasadena, a video which presents student work from recent design courses and sponsored projects with Genesis and Lincoln to illustrate a vision of future mobility scenarios for the City of Pasadena.

The exhibition also includes three ¼ scale models completed by students Hu Hao, Frank Guan and Jun Yeop Hwang during internships at Honda R&D Americas. The two exterior models and one interior model are explained in detail through a video on a nearby monitor. A second monitor features an animation of an Audi branded vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed by student Aven Shi.

The final monitor in the exhibition space will feature the evolution of auto design and Lincoln’s unique and innovative mentorship program with ArtCenter. Lincoln tasked a select group of 22 students to imagine how the future of Lincoln’s ‘Quiet Flight’ ethos – beauty, human, gliding and sanctuary – might be represented in 2040 vehicles. Multidisciplinary teams from Transportation Design, Illustration and Film came up with specific interior and exterior vehicle designs as well as the environments and scenarios in which those vehicles would operate. Each concept will come to life through animated videos seen by visitors in the museum.

In addition to the student work, an example of designs by ArtCenter graduates Gurminder Bhandal (Class of 2012) and Edward Tseng (Class of 2016) will allow visitors to enjoy an augmented reality experience showcasing two 1/3 scale Genesis models. Alums Bhandal and Tseng created an experimental concept embracing athletic elegance and the sophisticated sculpture and beauty of Genesis.

Engagement with industry has been a critical element of the ArtCenter experience since it was founded in 1930. Hundreds of corporate sponsored studios have taken place in the College’s classrooms—indeed they are now woven into the very fabric of an ArtCenter education. These sponsored collaborations bring industry thought leaders into unrestricted and creative environments, looking through the lens of the next generation of artists and designers to explore the future of design. At the same time, students experience real-world design challenges that impact their future as well as provide them with potential job opportunities.