Sandler to be honored at Outfest screening

December 21, 2016  Outfest, the world’s foremost LGBT Film Festival, will honor Barry Sandler with a screening of The Mirror Crack’d. Sandler wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Agatha Christie. The 1980 comedy/mystery stars Elizabeth Taylor in her final starring role, along with Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Tony Curtis, Angela Lansbury...

Raimundi-Ortiz Named Visiting Artist at Renowned School

December 21, 2016  Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz has been invited to be a visiting artist at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. next fall. Sidwell has been described as “the Harvard of Washington’s private schools.” Raimundi-Ortiz will also present a solo exhibition of her work at the school’s Daryl Reich Rubenstein Gallery. In addition, Raimundi-Ortiz...

Kovach Presents Photo Journey through Cuba

December 21, 2016  Cuba In Transition: A Photo Journey, a new book from Keith Kovach and Linda Grimm-Kovach, explores the island nation through image and text. Fine art photographer Keith Kovach captured the images in Cuba in May 2016. His compelling street photography illustrates subtle urban beauty that’s nearly invisible to hurried passersby....

Students and alumni launch all-girl art 'zine

December 21, 2016  An All-Girl Art-Zine Set Out to Empower and Inspire! A group of students and alumni have pooled their talents to create their first digital art-zine. Lana Lasher and Stephanie Nava are two recent UCF graduates that are also active in the Orlando art community. They launched their ‘zine in October...

American Advertising Federation Chooses Two Knights for Most Promising Minority Students Class

December 12, 2016  Two Nicholson students were named to the 2017 class of the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students Program. Alexandra DeCespedes and Linnea Goodman are advertising-public relations majors who will graduate in the spring. Alexandra DeCespedes, an advertising-public relations and graphic design major, said she felt honored to be recognized....

Grinch Christmas TV Special Turns 50, Reminds What is Important – UCF Animator

December 12, 2016  You’d think that after a half century the Grinch would remember his lesson. But every year since the December 1966 television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! first appeared, the animated green curmudgeon returns to his old tricks of sabotaging the holiday once again. “Basic human nature does not change,”...

UCF Video Game that Integrates Limbitless Technology Wins Innovation Award

December 02, 2016  A video game collaboration that stemmed from UCF’s Limbitless Solutions and the School of Visual Arts & Design was recognized today for its innovation at the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge, an event that brings together top companies in the simulation and gaming industry. Limbitless Training Games won the Best...

UCF alum wins Command X design competition

November 23, 2016  UCF alum Adam Lehman won the Command X competition at the 2016 AIGA conference. His first-place award include $1,000 cash and a trove of prizes. Adam, a 2015 graduate of UCF’s School of Visual Arts and Design, was one of seven young designers selected to participate in the prestigious and...

UCF community joins charity quilt drive to honor Pulse responders

November 23, 2016  UCF faculty members Anastasia Salter and Anne Sullivan contributed to a charity drive for victims, families and responders following the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse LGBTQ nightclub. Orlando Modern Quilt Guild president Alissa Lapinsky was looking for a way to help, and she coordinated with the guild to launch a...

Blending Technology and Traditional Art to Inspire A Love of Science

November 23, 2016  Ryan Buyssens was the kind of kid who would take his toys apart and rebuild them in new ways. Sometimes they worked. Sometimes they didn’t. He didn’t think he’d make a career out of his tinkering, but he has. Not only is he an assistant professor for sculpture and art...

Art in Odd Places to Feature Pop-Up Exhibits on Campus

November 10, 2016  Keep your eyes and ears open Wednesday and Thursday around UCF’s main campus – you just may stumble across some pop-up displays that are part of the national Art in Odd Places event. Mixed-media sculptures, photography, plein air paintings, musical compositions and other interactive works of art will be scattered...

Underberg-Goode invited to Science of Storytelling Summit

October 31, 2016  Natalie Underberg-Goode is one of eleven scholars invited to the Science of Storytelling Summit Organized by the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, the event was held October 27-28. Inspired by the work of cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner, the summit brought together a group of interdisciplinary...

The Citizen Curator Project

October 13, 2016  UCF faculty members Yulia Tikhonova (UCF Art Gallery), Barry Mauer (English), and John Venecek (Libraries) have been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services. The grant is devoted to the development of the Citizen Curator Project. In partnership with the Orlando community, the grantees will...

Architect Curtis Fentress to Discuss Orlando International Airport Project in Free Talk

September 29, 2016  The UCF School of Visual Arts is hosting a lecture by architect Curtis Fentress on Monday, November 7 in the Bridge Auditorium at UCF’s Center for Emerging Media. The talk will begin at 6 pm and advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Fentress, the principal in charge of design at Fentress...

UCF Professor Creates Latina Personality to Explain Art World

September 21, 2016  Before she became a professor, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz had her work exhibited in galleries around the world. Now, this assistant professor in UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design serves as a self-styled for first-generation college students and any others who are intimidated by the culture of academia. To read more...

UCF-based Limbitless Solutions Visits White House

September 15, 2016  Stephanie Valderrama, creative director for UCF based Limbitless Solutions, is visiting the White House today as part of the White House Design For All Showcase. The event, including a fashion show to celebrate inclusive design, assistive technology and prosthetics, is designed to highlight the ways that assistive technology breaks down...

SVAD's Assistant Professor of Art collaborates with the National Museum of Mexican Art

September 14, 2016  Visual Arts Director / Chief Curator of the National Museum of Mexican Art Cesáreo Moreno invites Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz to participate in the 30th annual Day of the Dead Exhibition this September. Ortiz will create a site-specific ofrenda style installation in response to the recent tragedy of the Orlando Pulse nightclub....

ARTBORNE features SVAD's Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz as September Cover Story

September 14, 2016  Artborne Magazine is an independently published, print and online publication dedicated to the development and advancement of Orlando’s art scene. The monthly magazine features local artists and organizations, and ranges from Q&A’s, essays, reviews, and artists spotlights on the fine arts, music, performance, fashion, and literary worlds. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz is...

Sandler's Crimes of Passion Restored for Blu-ray Release

August 22, 2016  Crimes of Passion, a film written by associate professor Barry Sandler, debuts on Blu-Ray this summer. The new Blu-ray/DVD set features commentary and interviews by screenwriter Barry Sandler and director Ken Russell. The new 2K restoration of the 1984 film is based from the original, unrated Ken Russell director’s cut....

UCF Patent Helps Grow Local Tech Firm

August 17, 2016  A popular Orlando-based organization app for students plans to relaunch at University of Central Florida with a new feature. Schoolflow, a mobile app that helps students automatically organize their school assignments, now is licensed to feature UCF’s remote collaboration tool – software that broadcasts an instructor’s lecture with interactive notes....