Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Art Institute of California-Inland Empire president Byron Chung has been recognized for arts leadership.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – The Inland Valley News has named Byron Chung, president of the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire, as the region’s Outstanding Leader in the Arts for the Inland Empire.

Chung, a Chino Hills resident, was chosen from a competitive field of highly qualified candidates for one of the 11th Annual Celebration of Excellence awards. These honors recognize leaders who have made a positive impact in the Inland Empire and the Inland Valley.

“I’m honored to receive the award,” Chung said. “However, I feel it is a culmination of the hard work everyone here has done over the last few years to build this wonderful school for young artists to develop.”

This year’s awards program is sponsored by The Inland Valley News. Leaders in Arts, Business, Civics, Community Activism, Community Service, Education, Religion and Youth Leadership will be recognized.

Chung and other honorees will receive their awards April 19 at the 11th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala at the Avalon Ballroom at The Fairplex, Pomona.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Culinary Management, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design and Media Arts & Animation and Fashion and Retail Marketing. There are also Associate of Science degrees in Graphic Design and Culinary Arts. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start classes. Courses begin March 31, with offerings in the days, evenings and on weekends for new and reentry students. For details or a tour of the campus call (909) 915-2100, or go on line to artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (artinstitutes.edu) with 38 educational institutions throughout North America providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.