// '14 MFACA Alumnus Naiwei Liu Officially Selected to Cinanima Animation Film Festival//

MFACA alumn Naiwei Liu (‘14) piece Something Important was officially selected for International Competition, in the category of School Film and/or Graduation Film at the 2014 Cinanima. Cinanima is an animation film festival in Espinho, Portugal that will take place between November 10-16th 2014. 

// MFACA Alumnus Hwayong Jung Mentioned in the New York Times//

MFACA alumn, Hwayong Jung (‘11) was mentioned in a New York Times article published yesterday — “Gems Among the Ruins.” Exhibiting in the 7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair 2014, Hwayong piece Euphoria was called by NYT art critic Ken Johnson as”hypnotic and hallucinatory.” Make sure to check out both Hwayong and another MFACA alumn, Harsha Biswajit pieces at the Governors Island Art Fair. The art fair is free and open to the public on the weekends for the month of September (11am-6pm).


// MFACA in SVA Alumni Film and Animation Festival//

SVA will be hosting our very first Alumni Film and Animation Festival this month. As part of the festival, there is a screening of short films, commercials, and music videos created by MFACA alumni, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers/animators:  Kun-I Chang (2007), Nathan Freise (2009), Shiouwen Hong (2009), Q-hyun Kim (2012), ChuChi Lin (2010), John Mattiuzzi (2012), Joshua Planz (2013), and Taili Wu (2009).  Included in the screening will be the world premiere of Zerogon, the newest short film by Student Academy Award-winner John Mattiuzzi and Joshua Planz.  Jen Hurler (MFA 2015 Computer Art) will moderate the Q&A. 

This specific screening will take place on Saturday, September 20 at 4pm in SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street. See below for other screening schedules.
Please come and support our own MFACA alumni! Screenings are free and open to the public. General Admission RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes prior to each screening. For more information, please visit here
Hope to see you there!

// SVA’s Graduate Reception//

Last week SVA welcomed new students entering Fall 2014 with a Graduate Reception hosted by Graduate Admissions & Student Affairs. Our new MFACA students and a few staff members were at the event. Here are some photos from the Graduate Reception: 






// MFACA Fall 2014 Student & Alumni Exhibition: Call for Entries//

Call for Entries!

MFA Computer Art will have an exhibition for current students and alumni this Fall 2014 at SVA’s Flatiron Gallery (133 W. 21st. Street, 1st Fl.)

Exhibition Dates: October 25th to November 26, 2014
Exhibition Reception: November 6, 2014 at 6pm

We welcome prints, sculptures, installations, web based artworks, animation and video projects for submission. 

If you are a current SVA MFA Computer Art Student or Alumni, we invite you to submit! If interested, please email mfaca@sva.edu for details about submission requirements. Deadline for submission is 5pm Friday SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.

// MFACA Alumnus Harsha Biswajit Exhibiting in the 7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair //

MFACA alumn, Harsha Biswajit (‘14) is exhibiting his video sculpture The Animal is Absent, at the 7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair 2014. The Art Fair is free and open to the public on the weekends for the month of September (11am-6pm). 

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