On Monday, June 12, SVA was presented with a Webby Award for the best Web site in the School/University category. This is the second year in a row that the College has won the award, which recognizes excellence in Web design and creativity. SVA Executive Vice President and the Web site’s Creative Director Anthony P. Rhodes accepted the award at a star-studded ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan: musician Prince, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and performers from the Broadway show Avenue Q were among those who took the stage during the gala event. Rob Corddry of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart served as master of ceremonies, keeping the audience laughing with off-the-cuff jokes and comedic short films. Rhodes received the award alongside other Webby winners, which included such well-known organizations as NPR, Google and ESPN.
In other online news, WPS1, the Web radio station from PS1 Contemporary Art Center, has partnered with SVA to broadcast an ongoing series of lectures and presentations. Lectures by MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department Chair Thomas McEvilley and faculty member Mira Schor and the On Kitsch panel discussion are now streaming on www.wps1.org; more Webcasts will be added throughout the year.
Image: Rob Corddry hosting the Webbys; photo by Zack Seckler.