School of Visual Arts (SVA) MFA Computer Art will host the MFA Computer Art 2016 thesis presentations. The event will be held on two days at the SVA Theatre and will include short talks and videos of graduating students’ work. The Tuesday evening presentations will highlight fine art and motion graphics thesis projects. Wednesday night will feature 3D animation. The order of the presentation is listed on mfaca.sva.edu. Both events will be streaming live.
The presentations showcase our graduates’ unique approaches to the themes and modes of creative self-expression. Over 40 thesis projects incorporate a variety of media, materials and cutting-edge technologies that address a range of topics, including: AGAIN, a dark-humor 2D animation about the search for freedom in an otherwise monotonous world by Chang Gao, Stray Sheep, a VR real time character animation with Oculus Rift following a sheep’s journey through uncanny realms by Tomonari Michigami, and The Moon is Essentially Gray, a 3D animated short about a young child and her flight to the moon, by Hannah Roman.
The presenting artists made use of programming languages, digital fabrication methods, projection mapping, as well as traditional art production methods to realize their creations. Linear video works include single and multi-channel installations exploring both narrative and abstract expression through 3D animation, motion graphics, and traditional animation. Department chair Bruce Wands comments that, “We place a strong emphasis on creativity and personal vision. This is essential in the development of an artist. Since our department is multidisciplinary by nature, our students have a broad palette of courses and a state of the art facility within which any idea in the digital and contemporary art realm can be realized.”
School of Visual Arts presents the 2016 MFA Computer Art thesis exhibition, an exhibition that brings together selected thesis projects from graduating MFA Computer Art students. Curated by Angelica Vergel, Assistant to the Chair, and Milan DelVecchio, Project Coordinator, the exhibition is on view May 31 through June 11 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City. The exhibition explores the different themes and media of digital art. “In this annual event, MFA Computer Art graduating students showcase not only their thesis project, but also how they vision the future of art making,” Vergel says. “This exhibition is the next step in the evolution of our students’ work,” says Bruce Wands, MFA Computer Art chair, “It includes 3D animation, motion graphics, experimental video, interactive installations and digital fine art. What makes it unique is the multidisciplinary artistic approach of our graduates.”
School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art emphasizes creative experimentation and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with eight Student Academy Awards. Please visit mfaca.sva.edu.
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SVA Chelsea Gallery
Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. Presenting over 50 exhibitions a year in three galleries, the exhibitions program at the School of Visual Arts advances the College’s philosophy of integrating life outside the classroom with the teaching that occurs within. For more information, call T 212 592 2145.