RICK ROBINSON, Artist, Author, & Out-of-Home (OOH) Media Advocate. A Member of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) Hall of Fame, Rick Robinson is a life-long Out-of-Home (OOH) Media advocate. He’s also recognized as a creative thinker, public speaker, fine artist, and author. His 30 years in the business have been driven by passion across multiple disciplines. He got his start in 1987 as a local salesperson for Ackerley Airport Advertising in Central California, moving on to Business Development Manager at Gannett Outdoor SF & LA, and gaining industry notoriety as National Creative Director for Outdoor Systems in the late ‘90’s. Rick jumped to the agency side in the new millennium opening up MacDonald Media’s LA office in 2001 and building its West Coast roster to $30MM in annual billing over the next 13 years. Seeking new challenges Rick took on the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Billups in March of 2014, now the largest independent OOH Media agency in the country. Rick accepted his current role of COO in September of 2015. Rick’s industry achievements include helping launch the now renowned Tall Walls on The Sunset Strip, serving as a two time OBIE Judge, Founding Chairman of the OAAA Creative Committee, Creative Director for the award winning “Big Boy” Power 106 Radio campaign, authoring the OAAA-published book “The People’s Space”, and as Co-Chair for the 2013 OAAA Convention in Los Angeles. Rick has lectured at Universities and Ad Clubs all over the U.S., including several stops in Latin America. He has also been featured on everything from The History Channel, CNN, USA Today, Ad Age and Adweek to Juxtapose, Flavorpill, Coagula Art Journal, Art Voices, Fabrik, and PBS Television. Rick’s volunteer work includes the role of Board Advisor (Former President) for Art Share LA (www.artsharela.org). He’s also a steel sculptor in his free time (www.primitviepop.net).
KaleidoLA: The Speaker Series of the Department of Art & Art History provides a context to explore a "kaleidoscopic range of interdisciplinary and intersecting experiences and pathways in the art world and Los Angeles. The Friday speaker series features presentations and workshops by a spectrum of emerging and veteran practitioners, as well as recent alumni with studio arts, art history, and beyond.
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