Art Center Honors Norm

Following the tragic death of Art Center College of Design alumnus and faculty member Norman Schureman this past weekend, the College has established the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship, it was formally announced today by Art Center President Dr. Lorne M. Buchman. The Scholarship will be available to incoming Product Design students.

In making the announcement, Dr. Buchman said, “Norm inspired hundreds of students. Not only those that he taught but those considering whether or not they even had the gumption to apply to Art Center. One of the ways the College can be true to his memory is to make sure young creatives have access to pursue a first-rate design education.”

“Norm loved being a teacher and truly believed an Art Center education was something special,” Schureman’s widow, Fati, said. “Our family is humbled that the College has come together to honor Norm with a scholarship in his name.” Schureman’s father, Bob, himself a faculty member at the College said, “Art Center has been such a big part of my life and the life of my son and I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support the Art Center community has given our family.”

Karen Hofmann, Chair of Product Design at Art Center College of Design, said, “Norm was a friend and mentor and a source of inspiration both inside and outside of the classroom. He made students feel that they could change the world and this scholarship is a way to ensure his legacy continues.”

Individuals interested in making donations to the Scholarship can visit the College website at or contact Senior Development Officer Palencia Turner at 626.396.2366 or

Art Center’s Product Design students are taught that good design is about combining functionality, relevance and visual appeal—and that social responsibility is part of commercial viability. The program offers a rich foundation in the design sciences including user-centered
research, human factors and manufacturing processes. At the same time, students gain a comprehensive understanding of materials technologies, global trends and sustainability through the College’s state-of-the-art Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory. The Product Design curriculum also includes an invaluable entrepreneurial component that provides further education in the creation of business plans and the development of profitable product lines and retail opportunities.

Admission to Art Center is based on a strong portfolio and a sound academic record in high school or college. Admission is competitive and students are serious, motivated and talented. Once admitted, students are considered for the range of Art Center’s scholarship offerings. A
College catalog and financial aid brochure with scholarship information may be obtained by calling the Admissions office at 626.396.2373.

Schureman graduated from Art Center College of Design with a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design in 1985. He began teaching at the College in 1992.

In addition to the Norman Schureman Memorial Scholarship being established by Art Center, the family will open a trust fund for Schureman’s two young sons. For questions about contributing to the trust, please contact Jered Gold, Director of Public Relations and Communications, at 626.396.2251 or

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