June 1, 2007

Several award announcements have come in recently for members of the SVA community. JeSeok Yi, who is a senior in the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department, won a prestigious award in the college competition of this year’s One Show Festival, organized by The One Club, a non-profit organization that works to promote excellence in advertising. Yi received a Gold Pencil award for his anti-pollution ad, which integrates a large banner with a building’s smokestack and features the message, “Air pollution kills 60,000 people a year.” In addition, the department won a Pencil award for its 2005 Senior Library, which was designed by faculty member and Masters Series laureate Paula Scher.

Recent alumnus Peter Gregorio (MFA 2007 Fine Arts) was awarded one of 15 Joan Mitchell Foundation 2007 MFA Awards. The $15,000 grant goes to help graduates of master’s programs in painting and sculpture pursue their artwork. Also, MFA Computer Art Department faculty member Kurt Ralske has been selected to receive a 2007 Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship. Presented by the American Academy of Art, the fellowship program supports the work of innovative and pioneering filmmakers and media artists. Ralske’s project, The Inevitable, is an installation that takes sets of matching frames from films and presents them on six synchronized video monitors.

Image: JeSeok Yi, Gun, 2007.

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