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04-29-2010

Clarkson University Digital Arts & Sciences Seniors to Exhibit Artwork May 7

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Clarkson University’s digital arts & sciences seniors will exhibit their artwork at Clarkson’s Denny Brown Adirondack Lodge on Friday, May 7, at 9 p.m.

The third annual Digital Arts & Sciences Senior Exhibition will feature a variety of digital artwork, including 3D digital animations and 3D digital product design.das-lafrance

This commencement weekend event showcases the graduating students’ thesis projects in a screening-style exhibition.

The following projects will be shown:

Marty’s Night (3D Digital Animation, 2010) by Mike Ledda, West Winfield, N.Y. Inspired by the artist’s experiences during his time at college, Marty’s Night is the tale of a man confronted by his inner demons. Marty has to choose whether to face his fears, or run from them forever. In the end though, sometimes life makes our choices for us. http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/das-ledda.jpg

ARV- Amphibious Recreational Vehicle (3D Digital Product Design, 2010) by Mollie Boise, Sodus, N.Y. The ARV merges together revamped designs of the classic WWII duck boat and Volkswagen’s Schimmwagen, geared toward recreational use. Serving as the ultimate weekend getaway vehicle, the high ground clearance, aggressive tires, and an undercarriage designed as a boat hull with retractable wheels enable this vehicle to carry you anywhere you like. The roof is fully retractable to give a boat-like feel when coasting on the water. With the added comforts of a pull out bed, water filtration tank and shower system, and a built in cooler, this weekender is ideal for the adventurous type who wants to travel without boundaries. http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/das-boise.jpg

Ohkwarikowa (3D Digital Animation, 2010) by Rarihwenhawi LaFrance, Akwesasne, N.Y. Ohkwarikowa (The Great Bear) is an animation inspired by the oral history and story-telling traditions of the Mohawks of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). The animation illustrates the formation of the constellation known as the Big Dipper. The story encapsulates the vision of a childhood tale and expresses it through a unique style of animation. http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/das-lafrance.j pg

The Spider (3D Digital Animation, 2010) by Samantha Raut, Blossvale, N.Y. The animation takes the stereotypically scary character of the spider from the Little Miss Muffet nursery rhyme and turns him into someone who is innocent and simply looking for a friend. Throughout the story, we see the spider inadvertently scare away various nursery rhyme characters, causing a chain reaction of events that actually occur within each rhyme. By bringing their verses to life, Raut offers a new perspective on the often twisted, brutal events in the childhood rhymes we grew up with. http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/das-raut.jpg

The public is invited to attend this free event, which will be followed by a reception for the artists.

For more information, please contact Dave Beck, director of the Digital Arts & Sciences Program, at dbeck@clarkson.edu or 315-268-4205.

Digital Arts & Sciences is an interdisciplinary major, which spans the boundaries between the sciences and the arts. Students take advantage of programs in digital art, math, computer science, and communication & media. The program’s objective is to combine artistic and scientific skills and interests to develop creative talent, with a strong technical foundation. Graduates pursue careers in media such as product design, video games, film, graphic design, animation, Web design, and architecture.

Read more about Digital Arts & Sciences at http://www.clarkson.edu/digitalarts .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Ohkwarikowa (3D digital animation, 2010) by Rarihwenhawi LaFrance. Ohkwarikowa (The Great Bear) is an animation inspired by the oral history and story-telling traditions of the Mohawks of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). It will be shown at Clarkson University’s third annual Digital Arts & Sciences Senior Exhibition in the Denny Brown Adirondack Lodge, Friday, May 7, at 9 p.m.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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