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AU will use state award for artists residencies in electronic arts

A recently awarded $9,000 state cultural arts grant will be used to support an artist-in-residency program in electronic arts in Alfred University’s School of Art & Design, said Joseph Lewis III, dean.

The funding, available through the NYS Council on the Arts, will support eight, one to two-week artist residencies in the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA), he said.

Through Alfred’s program, artists will experiment with traditional and emerging technologies, explained Lewis. They will have access to state-of-the-art digital arts facilities, including HD Video and Blu-Ray capabilities, multi-channel digital video display, surround-sound audio, sensors, and interactive media.

The residency artists are engaged in work that is often exhibited and published in CDs, DVDs, catalogs, and books, he added.

The IEA, in its 12th year, supports a dialogue between the arts and sciences that leads to the creation of new ideas and investigations into new and emerging media art forms and work, explained Lewis.

The dean noted that Alfred University continues to serve as a resource for the artists, maintaining an open dialogue, technical support, exhibition support, and potential return visits to campus.

Lewis noted the IEA’s 10th anniversary was celebrated in Beijing, where art from a number of New York artists was featured for the first time. The institute is currently pursuing new opportunities, such as a New York-Beijing artist exchange and a DVD project, he said.

Announcement of the state funding was made through Assemblyman Daniel J. Burling R, C, I-Warsaw). The Arts Council for Wyoming County and the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts were also awarded funding.

“These groups play a key role in the cultural education and preservation of our community,” said the legislator. “I applaud Alfred University … for their previous contributions to our community as well as their ambitious plans for the future.”

The School of Art & Design is part of the NYS College of Ceramics, a state-supported unit administered by Alfred University. The School of Art & Design is internationally recognized, with its master of fine arts program ranked number one in the national for ceramic art, and 10th overall by U.S. News and World Report magazine.