Digital Media Show Features Genesee's Art Students

An exhibit featuring Genesee Community College digital art students is on display through April 30, 2007 in the Lobby Arts Gallery of the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College.

Seniors who will be exhibiting work include:

• Steven Ardo of Elba, NY
• Chelsea Cappon of Kendall, NY
• Allen Conlin of Batavia, NY
• Susan Cook of Albion, NY
• Stephanie Dawley of Arcade, NY
• Tina Kane of Leicester, NY
• Megan Maher of Oakfield, NY
• Kristy McConnell of Wadsworth, NY
• Shawn Mosier of Holley, NY
• Kathleen Reina of North Chili, NY
• Daisuke Seishi of Japan
• Yoko Taniguchi of Japan
• Charles Ward of Batavia, NY
• Kristen White of Le Roy, NY

In addition to exhibiting her work in the Digital Art Show, Yoko Taniguchi won Genesee’s 40th Anniversary Mug Design Contest. Taniguchi, a native of Japan, has had her commemorative design printed on coffee mugs, which are now available at Genesee’s Student Activities Office. Proceeds go to the Genesee Community College Foundation, which supports student scholarships.

Steve Ardo, a senior exhibiting in the Digital Arts Show, was the recipient of two Foundation scholarships. Steve was awarded the STAP Arts and Humanities Scholarship, which recognizes students who demonstrate superior accomplishment or potential in the fine arts and humanities.

“I’ve always been interested in all forms of art,” Steve said. “The scholarship has helped me try out different things and experiment with different courses.”

Upon graduation, Steve plans to transfer to the University at Buffalo and major in fine arts. He hopes to eventually get his masters degree in art. The digital art class at Genesee has been Steve’s favorite course to date.

“Professor Swarts allows us to improve ourselves with each project and to try new techniques and different approaches that we may not be very comfortable with,” Steve said. His artwork in the digital media show includes a poster for the play Hansel & Gretel, a magazine ad, coffee shop label design, and an image manipulation of his face.

“This is a great exhibit featuring some of Genesee’s most talented artists,” said Pam Swarts, Instructor of Digital Art. “We’re very excited to display the outstanding work that has been produced by these students.”

Genesee’s Digital Art program emphasizes the role of computer technology in creative expression. Courses develop students’ skills in animation, digital video, multimedia authoring, and web design, as well as more traditional techniques such as photography and drawing. Program graduates have found success working in agencies specializing in graphic design, multimedia, web development, and digital illustration.

The Lobby Arts Gallery is located in the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College, One College Road. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays and during college vacations. For more information, call the Arts Center office at 345-6802.
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Editor’s Note: A photograph of student Yoko Taniguchi is available by going to:

Yoko is standing in front of her artwork in the digital media show and is holding a commemorative mug displaying her winning design for Genesee’s 40th anniversary.