Character animation students' short films win accolades

January 08, 2018  “Cuddlefish” and “Dreamweaver” are two films created by School of Visual Arts & Design students that are ending 2017 and beginning 2018 on a winning note. Both films from the 2017 cohort of the Character Animation program have been selected for national, regional, and local awards and screenings. Character Animation...

Q&A with SVAD Grad Yasiman Ahsani

November 21, 2017  Yasiman Ahsani is a recent SVAD alumna who now works for a well-known game developing company, Epic Games. She received a B.A. in Digital Media with a specialization in Game Design and a minor in Film in May 2017. We sat down with Yasiman to talk about life after graduation...

UCF to Host HASTAC Conference

October 26, 2017  Collaborations of the digital and humanities worlds will be presented at an international gathering Nov. 3-4 at the University of Central Florida to look at new ways of teaching and research in an age when many say the printed word is no longer the main medium for education and its...

SVAD Alumni Finalists in Startup Competition

October 26, 2017  Omnimodal, a transportation tech startup co-founded by David Thomas Moran ‘14 and Nathan Selikoff ‘04, was one of nine finalists admitted into the Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator (CFL SEA) program committed to creating positive social change through entrepreneurship. The first program of its kind in Central Florida, CFL SEA...

Faculty Recognized with Inaugural Luminary Awards

October 19, 2017  Six College of Arts & Humanities faculty members were among those honored with the inaugural UCF Luminary Award, designed to shine a light on exceptional faculty whose work is advancing their discipline and making a difference. The 2017 recipients from the arts and humanities include Keith Folse, Professor in the...

SVAD Professor's Internationally Recognized Projects

August 30, 2017  Matthew Mosher, assistant professor in UCF’s School of Visual Arta and Design (SVAD), and his projects are gaining international recognition: His project, Tributaries of Our Distant Palpability, was installed at the Sound and Music Computing conference in Espoo, Finland. The interactive sculpture responds to changing light levels with bubbly music...

SVAD Artist Develops Fabric-Gaming Interface

August 16, 2017  Slate Magazine discusses some innovations in making fabric, featuring SVAD assistant professor Anne Sullivan’s project, Loominary. Loominary is a game system that uses a tabletop loom as the controller for the games. The games are written in Twine and the choices in the game are shown in distinct colors. The player...

UCF Game Designers to Showcase Work at Smithsonian, Meet White House Staff

August 03, 2017  A team of video game designers from UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD) will visit Washington, D.C., this week to showcase its accessibility-friendly video game at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Team members also will meet with the secretary of the Smithsonian to demonstrate the power of video...

Screenwriter Barry Sandler talks about film 'Making Love'

July 10, 2017  School of Visual Arts and Design associate professor Barry Sandler sat for an interview with David Reddish, UCF alumnus (B.F.A. Film) and film editor of Queerty magazine, to discuss his groundbreaking screenplay, Making Love. Making Love was the first major studio production to present gay characters and relationships in a positive light. Michael...

UCF is One of 75 Organizations Nationwide to Receive Big Read Grant

June 16, 2017  ORLANDO to Read and Celebrate THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS JANUARY 8 –FEBRUARY 4, 2018 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, IN COLLABORATION WITH SEMINOLE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, is a recipient of a grant of $14,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Orlando. An initiative of the National Endowment for...

UCF Students’ Solar-Powered Art Sculpture to be Installed in Lake Nona

May 25, 2017  A team of University of Central Florida students who designed a solar-powered art sculpture celebrated this week after the Orlando Utilities Commission and Tavistock Development selected its project to be built in the innovative, master-designed Lake Nona community later this year. Four teams of senior-level undergraduate students in mechanical engineering,...

Art in State Buildings Program Project

May 03, 2017  Dr. Phillips Academic Commons (UCF 578) UCF Downtown Campus University of Central Florida, Orlando Art Allocation: $85,000.00 The University of Central Florida is pleased to announce a major public art opportunity. The UCF/Florida Art in State Buildings Program seeks qualifications from artists and artist/design collectives to design, fabricate and install...

WAC Hosted Schell Award Ceremony and the Faculty Fellows Program

April 28, 2017  On April 19, the UCF Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program, housed in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, hosted the Schell Award ceremony and the showcase of the WAC Faculty Fellows Program. The Schell Award for Implementing Innovative Writing Instruction in the Disciplines is given annually to a UCF...

Alumnus Filmmaker’s The Discovery Jumps from Sundance to Netflix

April 20, 2017  For as long as he can remember, UCF alumnus Justin Lader thought about becoming a filmmaker. “It’s all I ever wanted to do. I was making little movies with my action figures back when I was 4,” he said. “I’d lock myself in my room, and in my mind I...

Gerstein to Show in Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

April 20, 2017  Mark Gerstein, associate professor of UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design, has been chosen to exhibit in the 2017 Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. This annual event celebrates the achievements and innovation of Florida artists and the vision and talent inherent in their work. This...

Successful UCF Celebrates the Arts 2017 Already Looking Ahead to 2018

April 20, 2017  Just a few days after the third annual UCF Celebrates the Arts concluded its eight-day run of concerts, presentations, lectures and workshops, planners have already started working on next year’s festival. “If you liked UCF Celebrates the Arts 2017, just wait until you see 2018,” said Steven Chicurel-Stein, interim director...

Dr. Keri Watson Awarded Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award

March 27, 2017  Dr. Keri Watson of the School of Visual Arts and Design has received a 2018 Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art in China. The award, sponsored by the Fulbright Scholar Program, offers an opportunity to teach American Art History prior to 1980 at the undergraduate or graduate...

UCF Art Professor and Performance Artist Lands Spot in Smithsonian Exhibit

March 22, 2017  Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz feels she represents more than just herself in her art. When she is creating, she feels the characters bursting forth to tell their stories – and all the while she struggles with all they represent. “I keep them [characters] locked up, you know, because if I let them...

UCF Celebrates the Arts Expands Venues for Works by SVAD Students, Faculty

March 22, 2017  Presentations by students and faculty in UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design – fine art, tableau vivant (living art), films, interactive gaming and other fields – will expand to multiple venues in this year’s UCF Celebrates the Arts. In addition to art presentations at the host site of the...

UCF Students Present at the Florida Conference of Historians

March 13, 2017  March 10-12, 2017 Punta Gorda, Fl Several UCF students from the History and School of Visual Arts and Design presented their work at the 57th Annual Florida Conference of Historians March 10-12 at Florida Southwestern State College. The conference highlighted historical subjects through paper and new media presentations, and gave...