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04-21-2011

Clarkson University Digital Arts & Sciences Senior Exhibition May 6

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/clarkson-das-2011.jpg]

Clarkson University's Digital Arts & Sciences senior exhibition will take place on Friday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the forum of Clarkson’s new student center.

Colleen Murphy’s project has brought a collection of Aesop’s fables to life in order to study the 12 basic principles of animation.The public is invited to attend this free event, which is followed by a short reception for the artists. 

The commencement weekend event, titled “</DA&S>,” is a screening-style exhibition that showcases six different senior capstone projects from the graduating class of digital arts & sciences majors at Clarkson University. 

Projects possessing both artistic and scientific qualities will be presented by the students, accompanied by personal explanations about the creative process.

 A wide variety of pieces will be shown, including character design and development in multimedia, a video game research project in self-learning artificial intelligence, a unique vision of the underworld shown in a 3d digital set, artistic content for a video game set in outer space, a web site designed specifically for the North Country theatre community, and a series of 3D animations based on Aesop’s Fables. 

The following projects will be shown:

Colleen Murphy of Sheldon, VT has brought a collection of Aesop’s fables to life, in order to study the 12 basic principles of animation.  She aimed to further her understanding of 3d animation, while allowing the audience to become absorbed in the unique morals of each individual fable. See http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/murphy-das-2011.jpg .

Allison DeVoe of Syracuse, NY created the “Theatre Exchange of Northern New York”, a website application that connects theatre and other artistic groups in St. Lawrence County to share advice and resources.  A fully functional editing area allows people with little web experience to add and edit information for their group without extensive training.  See http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/devoe-das-2011.jpg .

Matt Elser of Philadelphia, PA recently completed an honors thesis of a series of scenes based on literature.  In his latest project, he has explored his interest in environments and the subtleties of an interior.  He hopes to convey a story and concept that stands on its own, and the importance of a setting.  See http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/elser-das-2011.jpg .

David Kaplita of Wappinger Falls, NY developed an application programming interface (API) called “Search Artificial Intelligence”, which other game programmers will be able to use in future game designs.  He is using a game he created, titled “Hide and Sneak”, to test and demonstrate his research. See http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/kaplita-das-2011.jpg .

Stefan Wickstrom of Elkins, NH created a video game prototype in collaboration with a senior Clarkson Computer Science student.  Based around zero gravity combat, the game allows players to pilot space craft in momentum-based environments.  Stefan used his knowledge of 3D modeling and texturing to create all of the visual components of the game. See http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/wickstrom-das-2011.jpg .

Evan Bujold of Tupper Lake, NY has created digital sculptures of the seven deadly sins, in order to showcase character conceptualization, design, personality, and story. He will talk about his early work in character creation, 2D flash game design, and the characters developed in a 3d digital sculpting program for his capstone project. See http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/bujold-das-2011.jpg .

The Digital Arts & Sciences Program 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 from this program pursue careers in media such as product design, video games, film, graphic design, animation, web design, and architecture. For more information about Digital Arts & Sciences, visit http://www.clarkson.edu/digitalarts.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Beck, director of the Digital Arts & Sciences program, at dbeck@clarkson.edu or 315-268-4205.

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: Clarkson University’s Digital Arts & Sciences senior exhibition will take place on Friday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the forum of Clarkson’s new student center. Above, Colleen Murphy’s project has brought a collection of Aesop’s fables to life in order to study the 12 basic principles of animation.

[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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