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Forbes '30 Under 30' List Includes Two Otis College Alumni

Kour Pour and Vanessa Stofenmacher
Kour Pour ('10) and Vanessa Stofenmacher ('09) on Forbes' Arts List for Europe and U.S.

Kour Pour ('10 Painting) was named to Forbes' 2017 '30 Under 30 Europe: The Arts' list. Of British-Iranian decent, Pour's work explores the social and cultural connections between western and eastern cultures. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Dublin, Naples, and Hong Kong. 

"For me, the viewer is as important as the artist," said Pour in an interview with LAXQ. "Meaning is always co-produced—there’s a producer and a consumer, and each is bringing their own references to a work." He currently has an exhibition with Kazuo Shiraga at Ever Gold [Projects] in San Francisco. The exhibition Earthquakes And The Mid Winter Burning Sun will be on view through March 18, 2017. 

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Otis College president Bruce W. Ferguson on a recent visit to Kour Pour's studio. (Photo: Patrick J. Mahany)

Vanessa Stofenmacher ('09 Communication Design) is the founder of the direct-to-consumer fine jewelry startup Vrai & Oro. Launched in 2014, the online retailer sells minimalist pieces that are all made in downtown Los Angeles. "We founded our company through the ideas of quality, simplicity, transparency," said the designer in a 2015 interview with Forbes. "We personally live our lives with the same philosophies that we apply to our company- cutting out the unnecessary, and surrounding ourselves with things that we truly love and appreciate." Stofenmacher was named to Forbes' U.S. '30 Under 30: Art & Style' list for 2017.