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Greetings from the Chair

Greetings! And welcome back to students, faculty and staff. The last few years have been a particularly exciting time for the Art and Design Department!

We keep strengthening our existing programs while being adventurous and using our imagination and creativity to expand in new areas. Last semester we received the final approval from both the University and NASAD, our accreditation organization, for a new concentration in Animation and Interactive Media. Students have been waiting for this and a number of them have already signed up for it. Welcome to this new program!

We are starting the academic year with a new professor in the area of sculpture, 3D design and expanded media. She is not only qualified to teach traditional sculpture, but also has extensive experience with new technology, including 3D modeling and 3D printing. She looks forward to introducing students from all concentrations to this rapidly growing and exciting field of study.

In the last few months, we received continued support from the University’s administration for the creation of a Fabrication Lab. This new lab is located in Dugan B4, a room adjacent to the students’ individual studios and sculpture area. In this lab, you will find state-of-the-art equipment, including a laser cutter, several 3D printers and industrial sewing machines. This allows for fabrication activities focusing on the needs of Animation and Interactive Media, Graphic Design, and Studio Art students. It allows students to become familiar with twenty-first century fabrication methods and generate prototypes.  If you have not seen the lab yet, please make sure to drop by.

We are in excellent shape to start the semester! I look forward to sharing a creative and productive year with all of you!

-  Jehanne-Marie Gavarini, Art & Design Chair