Last month, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) selected the finalists for its 34th Annual Student Academy Awards, and three recent SVA graduates were included amongst the country’s top young filmmakers. This weekend, the AMPAS named the gold-medal winners in the competition’s five categories: in the Alternative category, Kun-I Chang (MFA 2007 Computer Art) took home gold for Fission, and Youngwoong Jang (MFA 2006 Computer Art) tied for the Animation category’s top honor for the short film Mirage. Both winners received their awards at a gala ceremony on June 9 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.
Another award this week went to the MPS Art Therapy Department. On June 12, the National Arts Club (NAC) presented its Medal of Honor to Department Chair Deborah Farber, who accepted the award from NAC President Alden James on behalf of the program. The NAC’s Board of Governors selected SVA’s graduate department for the honor in recognition of the exceptional work that the College does training new practitioners in this specialized field. The NAC began bestowing its Medal of Honor in 1957, and this year marks the first time it has gone to an institution that combines art and science.