// MFACA Semifinalists at 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards//

Another great year for SVA MFA Computer Art at 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards! This time we have 8 talented 2014 alumni selected as semifinalists with their amazing thesis projects. Congratulations to all of them. We are extremely proud. Please take a look at their work below by clicking on the names of the projects.


Cupidiculous by Panop Koonwat - Animation & Motion Graphics categories


Something Important by Nai Wei Liu - Animation category

REVENGE by Yu Fei Kao - Animation category

TREASURE NEST by Joy Tien, Allie Botkin & Mike Bourbeau - Animation category

Marcescent by Hungling Wu - Animation category

Cocodile by Wendi Wu & Wenting Wu- Animation category

The Great Silence by Shuren Hao - Animation category

Rock is Not an Attitude by Xiaoxiao Tang - Animation category

// Blue Flower/Flor Azul by MFACA Faculty Federico Muelas is Featured on CODAmagazine Techonology + Art//

Federico Muelas is a new media artist and is also a faculty at SVA MFA Computer Art Department. In 2008, he was commissioned to create a permanent Public Art installation for the University of New Mexico. “Blue Flower/Flor Azul” is now featured on the CODAmagazine Technology + Art. Please see here for the article by signing in your Flipbook account.

(Photo by Federico Muelas)

(Photo by Federico Muelas)

// What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones//

Yesterday we were extremely excited and honored to attend the opening reception for the “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones" at the Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibition truly celebrates the legacy of Chuck Jones’ brilliance and creativity!

SVA MFA Computer Art is thrilled to participate in this exhibition with the invitation from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES). Our student projects were selected to be included in a short film, “Chuck Jones in the 21 1/4 Century”, that explores how Chuck Jones’ styles and techniques influence new generations of artists and filmmakers in this age of computer animation.

If you are in the area, you MUST check out this incredible exhibition! If not, don’t worry. The exhibition will be traveling to different cities through 2019. For more information about the future dates, you can find out from SITES.

Here is the article about the exhibition in New York Times!

imageRemarks by Linda Jones

Carl Goodman, Executive Director of the Museum of the Moving Image, & Bruce Wands, Chair of School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art Department

Linda Jones & Bill Plympton

(Left to Right)
Ashley Rae Pearsall, Assistant to the Chair of SVA MFACA
Deborah Macanic, Exhibition Project Director of SITES
Bruce Wands, Chair of SVA MFACA
Myriam Springuel, Acting Director of SITES

Hsiang Chin Moe, Director of Operations of SVA MFACA

Robert Castillo (2004 MFACA Alumnus) & Bruce Wands

SVA MFACA Alumni Participated in the Short Film and SVA MFACA Staff

SVA MFACA Staff: Hsiang Chin Moe & Ashley Rae Pearsall

// MFACA at Annecy 2014!//

Once again, MFACA travels to Annecy, France! We have been attending many screenings, including graduation films, short films as well as feature films. We are again part of INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL AND MARKET to meet with prospective students, film festival coordinators, and recruiters. Lots of love here! Here are some photos to show how much fun we have over here…


Chair, Bruce Wands, attending screening at Salle Pierre Lamy


Screening at Salle Pierre Lamy


Bruce Wands & Deb Stone, Manager of Talent Department at Blue Sky Stuios


Bruce Wands & Juck Somsaman, SVA alumnus from The Monk Studios


Bruce Wands and Celia Bullwinkel, SVA BFA Animation Faculty and current MFACA student


Bruce Wands working at Mifa


Bruce Wands with Nancy & Nik from Annecy +


Annecy late night outdoor screening

// "The Animal is Absent" by Harsha Biswajit is featured on The Creators Project//

Harsha Biswajit (MFA 2014 Computer Art) will be graduating this May. His thesis project, The Animal is Absent, is featured on The Creators Project. To see the post, please visit the link. This project will be part of SVA MFA Computer Art 2014 Thesis Exhibition, ZERO:ONE, exhibition. The exhibition will be on view from May 28 to June 7 at SVA Chelsea Gallery. The reception will take place on Thursday, May 29, 6-8pm. Come check it out!

Congratulations!! Three MFA Computer Art graduates have made it to the Final Round of the 41st Annual Student Academy Awards!!

OSCILLATE - Daniel Sierra (MFA 2013 Computer Art) (Alternative)

STAIRCASES - Steinar Nedrebo (MFA 2013 Computer Art) (Alternative)

LIGHT MIND - Jie Yi (MFA 2013 Computer Art) (Alternative)

And congratulations to the other students who have advanced to the final round in Animation:

MARCEL - Eric Cunha & Seung Sung (BFA 2013 Computer Art) (Animation)

SCATTERED - Lindsay Lindenbaum (MFA 2013 Social Documentary) (Documentary)

SVA made a huge presence with 7 out of 11 films representing the Animation, Alternative, and Documentary categories in the Region Three Semifinals. SVA is awesome!

// [inter]sections - Curated by Claudia Jacques (MFA 2009 Computer Art)//

March 24 - April 19, 2014
Reception: Friday, March 28, 5-8pm
Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery, Valhalla, NY

[inter]section is an exhibition curated by Claudia Jacques (MFA 2009 Computer Art). The exhibition shows five male artists, Andy Deck (current MFACA faculty), Carlos Delgado, Matt Ferranto, Dusty Grella (MFA 2009 Computer Art) and Kurt Ralske (formal MFACA faculty) using code, drawing, mail, software, sound, sculpture, and video to explore the intersections of education, art and technology. Highlighting process and practice, this exhibition seeks to involve the viewer both physically and metaphorically as form emerges from function within the gallery environment.

// 'Toñita's' at MoMA Documentary Fortnight!//

Beyza Boyacioglu (MFA 2012 Computer Art) and Sebastian Diaz's short documentary, “Toñita’s" will have its world premiere at Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media. The film will screen as a part of the Shorts Program: American Stories, on February 22 at 2pm and on February 23 at 5pm. Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with the directors Beyza Boyacioglu and Sebastian Diaz, along with other filmmakers.

Toñita’s dives into the microcosm of The Caribbean Social Club, fondly labeled ‘Toñita’s’ after its owner Maria Toñita, in order to talk about identity, urban space and displacement. Revealed as the matriarch of the community, Toñita is devoted to sustain the club as a hub for the Caribbean people “until she falls”. The film interweaves observational club scenes with testimonials of its colorful regulars, revealing the infamous history of a Caribbean neighborhood, as well as the club’s resistance to rapid gentrification. Music and dance constitute a crucial part of the film, as Toñita’s is a love letter to ‘Nuyorican’ culture.

Building upon Toñita’s short film, the filmmakers are currently developing a feature length documentary, titled The Caribbean.

Toñita’s was produced in 2013 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and is a part of UnionDocs’ Living Los Sures project. This multi­faceted project restores Diego Echeverria’s 1984 film Los Sures (Southside), makes it accessible to audiences online, remixes local histories through a web documentary platform, and reinvestigates Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn today through a collection of short films.

Shorts Program: American Stories
February 22 2014, 2:00pm
Premiere & discussion after the program ­
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1, MoMA
February 23 2014, 5:00pm
Discussion after the program ­ The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2, MoMA

Since 2001, February has marked the return of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s annual showcase of innovative recent nonfiction film and media. This year’s festival runs from February 14­28 includes 20 feature films, 10 shorts, two classics, and one installation, from more than 20 countries, in an examination of the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and of new approaches to nonfiction practice.
MoMA is located at 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019 | (212) 708­9400 |

// SVA Named One of the Best Art Schools in the World//

Reblogged from SVA’s Trending Now…

From Spear’s magazine: “…Here, Spear’s takes a look at some of the leading art schools internationally—from those right at the forefront of Contemporary art across modern media to others renowned for developing more traditional skills such as painting, sculpture and print making.

…Training at a prestigious art school also gives students invaluable opportunities to collaborate with likeminded talents, while the name of a well-respected institution can provide a foot in the door with both galleries and collectors…

The School of Visual Arts, New York

First established in 1947 as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, New York’s School of Visual Art began offering degrees in 1972.

Consistently rated as one of the best US art schools and with two prime Manhattan addresses, SVA also has three gallery spaces for over 50 exhibitions a year from both students and professional artists.

It currently conducts 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs - offering everything from fine art, graphic design, photography and filmmaking to art criticism and art education… (continue reading)

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// MFACA Alumni Winning the 2013 Taiwan International Student Design Competition//

This year is the 6th Annual Taiwan International Student Design Competition with the theme of “Sights and Sounds.” Among 7 semi-final selections of MFACA 2013 alumni, this year we are proud to announce Daniel Sierra’s “Oscillate" (MFA 2013 Computer Art) winning the Gold prize along with Steinar Bergoey Nedreboe’s "Staircases" (MFA 2013 Computer Art) and Xun Wang’s "IRON HANS" (MFA 2013 Computer Art) awarded honorable mention under Digital Animation category. Congratulations to all of them!


Oscillate" by Daniel Sierra (MFA 2013 Computer Art) is an abstract procedural animation set to music. It explores the complexity emerging from multiple waves oscillating in different ways. The music sets the pace and tone of the animation, which explores not only oscillating movement but also the secondary effects that emerge from particle systems that inherit the velocity of these movements. Complex visual styles are further explored through the application of different noise algorithms on top of the base oscillations.


Staircases" by Steinar Bergoey Nedreboe (MFA 2013 Computer Art) is an animated short about time, life, the experiences and preservation of memories and how we perceive them.


Xun Wang’s “IRON HANS" (2013) adapts traditional animation techniques to retell Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, which transport the viewer to Xun’s childhood bedroom when she would listen to books on tapes with her mind drifting between reality and dreams. Here is the blog for this project: http://ironhans.wordpress.com

The MFA Computer Art Department emphasizes creativity and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies.