The UConn Digital Media & Design Department is excited to announce the 2022 DMD BFA Senior Exhibition, Resilience. After two years of virtual exhibitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to hold an in person exhibition which is open from April 2 to April 29, 2022 at the Jorgensen Gallery in the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, with an opening reception on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and prior to performances and during most intermissions. All events are free and open to the public.
Resilience features the work of 25 senior UConn DMD Bachelor of Fine Arts students from both the Storrs and Stamford campuses. Exhibited artworks range from 2D and 3D animations to narrative and documentary films, digital publications, interactive websites, and games. The title Resilience reflects the challenges and experiences of the exhibiting artists’ senior year during the transition from distance learning to in person. For many of them, this tumultuous year not only strengthened the extent of their creative process, but also brought forth new and meaningful ideas through their work.
Exhibiting Artists: Ben Anderson (Stonington, Conn.), Evergreen, 3D animation; Brenna Ashby (Hopedale, Mass.), Evolution, 3D animation; Natalie Curtis (Lebanon, Conn.), The Stolen Child: Animating Poetry, 2D animation; Megan Du Plessis (South Windsor, Conn.), Invisible Ties Oceans Apart, short documentary film; Quinn Erno (East Lyme, Conn.), Rise: Mountain Bike Documentary, short film; Arianna Gomes (Bridgeport, Conn.), Graphicsbyari Brand Suite, website; Colleen Green (Stamford, Conn.), ReadR, website; Alon Grinter, Be Ready, 3D animation; Paula Guerrero (Stamford, Conn.), Gatcha!, 2D animation; Eric Laputka (Bridgewater, N.J.), Pizza Time, 3D video game; Jon Larsen (Stratford, Conn.), Paint Knight, 2D video game; Samir Lee (New Haven, Conn.), Esc, VR experience; Matthew Luxeder (Prospect, Conn.), American Boy, short documentary film; Nicole Mata (Tolland, Conn.), How to Conserve Bread, 2D animation; EJ McCabe (Bridgewater, Mass.), Cats vs Robots, 2D animation/short film; Sofia Messerrly (Port Chester, N.Y.), Enter: Net, 2D animation/music video; Jaret Ostop (Madison, Conn.), Illusions and Witchcraft, 2D animation; Davis Peng (Old Greenwich, Conn.), Witch of the Forest, 2D animation; Lauren Platt (Skillman, N.J.), Starry-eyed, 3D animation; Kevin Rodican (Yonkers, N.Y.), Scholarship, short film/music video; Heather Rutishauser (Monroe, N.Y.), Floating to Freedom, short documentary film; Emmanuel Sainville (Stratford, Conn.), L’Union Fait La Focus, 2D & 3D animation; Meira Tompkins (Dunstable, Mass.), Internship, website; Cara Tracey (Darien, Conn.), PeakBag, mobile app; Miles Waterbury (Clinton, Conn.), Nutz, 3D animation; Chaofan Yu (Jinan, China), Vista, mobile app
The UConn Digital Media & Design senior exhibitions are the culmination of a year-long senior project. For the BFA senior capstone year, students take six credits of BFA senior project, a professional practices course, and a BFA Senior Exhibition course, which results in a portfolio-ready professional artwork. Students work closely with the BFA Senior Project Advisor, a faculty member they select to mentor them through the process, from pre-production and concept development to final display.
UConn's DMD program provides an innovative and transformative experience that employs the use of industry-leading concepts and technologies to educate students, creating future leaders in design, communications, business, entertainment, and other related industries. Students can study animation, gaming, web design and development, digital media strategies for business, film/video production, and the digital humanities. Under the guidance of faculty who are all experienced professionals and practitioners, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and engage with leading-edge hardware and software to both produce and measure digital media content for both today-and tomorrow's-brave new digital world.