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Student animation exhibition opens at Fredonia incubator
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Student animation exhibition opens at Fredonia incubator

Animation artwork by Donny Malone.

“Fredonia Animation: Art Meets Technology,” a showcase of work by current students and alumni of the Visual Arts and New Media Department, will be the first exhibition of the 2017-2018 academic year at the Fredonia Technology Incubator (FTI).

An opening reception on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m., will provide an opportunity for community members to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments while viewing the artwork in the incubator’s art gallery. Reservations for the reception can be placed at online. Visitors can utilize the incubator’s parking lot adjacent to Washington Avenue.


The exhibition, made possible by a grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation, is free and open to the public. It can be viewed Aug. 28 through Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The incubator, part of Fredonia’s Division of Engagement and Economic Development and led by Dr. Kevin Kearns, is located at 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk.

Fredonia Animation features stop motion, cutout, line drawn, rotoscope and digital compositing animation by the following artists: Lindsey Alfred, Sam Anderson, Matt Avery, Andrew Baker, Brooke Brown, Nijah Brown, Morgan Burns, Stephanie Burns, Erin Caniff, Anais Cantres, Andy Carter, Stephanie Casella, Anna Christensen, Rowen Cichelli, Ken Clause, Pat Condon, Matt Corrigan, Rachel Crennan, Brian Csogi, Kimmy Decker-Fitzgerald, Tyler Degenfelder, Carolyne Deitz, Bryan Diesenberg, Fred Duchow, Shannon Dwyer, Kathleen Fenton, Alex Galbier, Ed Gallivan, Leslie Martinez-Garcia, Stacey Gawel and Brittany Georgalas.

Additional artists include: Anna Gilmore, Katie Graczyk, Mattea Guldy, Brian Hathaway, Michael Hernandez, Zach Herring, Sarah Hite, Christiee Hochstine, Lindsay Holmes, Taylor Hultquist, Ibey Jara, Alex Jun, Erica Kang, Max Klein, Billy Lauko, Jamie Lavigne, Cody Lester, Gia Ligammari, Victoria Lopez-Diaz, Mary Kate Lynch, Donny Malone, Dakota Marquardt, Katie McCarthy, Christine McMullen, Brittany Morelli, Michaela Nelson, Eric Osborne, Kaitlin Padlo, Hayley Patterson, Nicole Pattison, Sarah Peck, Rosalina Pena, Beatrice Peralta, Andrew Porter, Frankie Post, Lizzie Reid, Zoey Rich, Emma Roush, Michaela Ruggiero, Dan Salazar, Alissa Salem, Brittany Sambrook, Joshua Saville, Dylan Schacchetti, Zachary Schrage and Hannah Shea.

Also, Kyra Slawski, Stacey Stiffler, Kim Suchar, Mayumi Tanoue, Webster Thomas, Ariana Tressel-Orner, Carly Trivisonno, Matt van Lieshout, Rhiannon Vercant, Kassandra Wall, Aaron Weaver, Jack Weaver, Kevin Weil, Jordan Willis, Jessica Winner, Zakiyah Woodson, March Younglove, Kim Zazzara and Zach Zika.

The VANM Department’s Animation and Illustration program, led by Associate Professor Jill Johnston, integrates both disciplines in a unified curriculum where students participate in intro and intermediate courses for each area utilizing analog and digital media, a combined 3D modeling and animation class, advanced directed projects and a capstone illustrated series or senior independent animation.

The program focuses on drawing skills, concept development, experimentation, mixed media processes, narrative storytelling, historical research, critical thinking, and teamwork. Teams of students created several of the animation pieces in the exhibition.

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