Several recent SVA alumni have earned some notable year-end prizes. Rachel Papo (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media) has been tapped by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture (NFJC) for its Ronnie Heyman Prize for an Emerging Jewish Visual Artist. The NFJC selected Papo on the strength of “Serial No. 3817131,” her SVA thesis project that looks at the lives of young women in the Israeli army. The Heyman Prize is given annually to an artist who, according to the NFJC, “is creating a body of work that reflects the Jewish experience.”
There’s more awards news from the film-festival circuit. In Pyo Hong (MFA 1999 Computer Art) and Tak Hoon Kim (MFA 2005 Computer Art; faculty, BFA Animation Department) have taken several awards for their short film, Public Bath: Best Short Animation at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival’s Los Angeles event; Best Animation at the Long Island Big Fish Film Festival; and the Third Jury Award For Best Short Film from the 12th Lyon Asian Film Festival in France. Youngwoon Jang (MFA 2006 Computer Art) won several awards for his thesis film, Mirage: Best Animation at the San Diego Asian Film Festival; Best Animation at the U.K.’s Signals International Short Film Festival; Best Animated Short and Best Student Film from the River City Film Festival; and Best Animation at the Secret City Film Festival in Tennessee.