LIVING ARTS COLLEGE ALUMNA WINS SEMI FINALIST AWARD FROM ADOBE
October 1st, 2014

Living Arts College alumna Kristina Fick won a Semi-Finalist award from Adobe for her graphic design. The competition was worldwide. she competed against thousands of other designers, including designers from 26 countries. It is a extreme honor to be recognized by the company who creates the software designers use.

The contest is held every year for students to enter their designs. Finalist winners can recieve cash prizes and free a Adobe subsription to the Adobe Cloud. The contest is open to all students allowing them to submit graphics and motion graphics work created on a Adobe program.

Kristina entered her design piece called” Indulge,” which is a combination of photography and graphic design. She has won other awards on this piece,  including a Sliver Student ADDY at the American Advertising Awards in Raleigh-Durham.

Kristina Fick graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Interactive Media Arts in 2013 and is currently working in the industry.




LIVING ARTS COLLEGE ALUM FEATURED IN CHARLESTON CITY PAPER
October 1st, 2014

Local photographers imitate one New Yorker’s quest to spotlight the common man

Humans of Charleston

By Elizabeth Bowers (ARTICLE PROVIDED BY CHARLESTON CITY PAPER)

One of photographer Jeb Brigman’s subjects photographed for Humans of Charleston

At this point, the cons for social media outweigh the pros. Just look at Mark Sanford’s recent Facebook update for a lesson in oversharing. But if there is one redeeming quality of social media, it’s the potential it has to humanize strangers.

The Humans of New York (HONY) project is a perfect example. A photographic project described as “an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants,” the HONY website has 9.5 million likes on Facebook and 1.7 million followers on Instagram. A lone photographer named Brandon — no last name — started out in 2010 just wanting to catalog the citizens of New York City. Four years later, the portraits and their accompanying quotes serve as a reminder that we are all human beings with our own joys and afflictions. In part, this is a result of the quotes that range from the beautifully brief to near-novellas. It’s heartbreakingly poignant stuff, and several locals have started comparable campaigns in Charleston.

Douglas Carr Cunningham and Iveta Dzurenova-Butler are two of them. The Holy City photographers are working on an exhibit called Charleston: One City, One Soul. Together, Cunningham, a former U.S. Navy photojournalist, and Dzurenova-Butler, a photographer originally from Slovakia, have roamed everywhere from Waterfront Park to the Cistern Yard, snapping one or two well-timed photographs of people. As of late August the pair had captured 70 subjects. Their goal is 100.

They only use medium format film and ask their subjects three questions: Where are you going? Where are you coming from? What is your favorite thing?

Some responses are simple, “To the park” or “To Heaven.” Others are more existential. It’s those answers, the ones with depth, that they’re looking for. Cunningham and Dzurenova-Butler have favorites, like a photograph of a laughing couple. “Her favorite thing was a peacock feather. His favorite thing was her,” says Cunningham.

Douglas Carr Cunningham, Iveta Dzurenova-Butler

Emily Spear said her favorite thing was a peacock feather. Miles Vanderveen said Spear was his.


Brigman

The idea behind Charleston: One City, One Soul came from Cunningham and Dzurenova-Butler’s desire to highlight the fact that we have more in common than we don’t. Cunningham explains, “We have similar or the same goals, desires, hopes, and dreams. We are a people living together under the umbrella of America, individuals forming the wonderful whole of the United States. Therefore, we must be united, despite differences, because our differences are secondary.” At its heart, One City, One Soul is a campaign of compassion.

For other fans of HONY, their endeavors are an exercise in flattery. Take Jeb Brigman. He loved the project so much, he started humansofcharleston.com. It has the look and feel of Humans of New York, but instead of just sharing one quote with an image of a citizen, the site’s creator gives excerpts from a conversation.

Brigman liked HONY for its humanizing element and says, jokingly, “Charleston’s just an old creepy city with no people in it!” Brigman feels Humans of Charleston are what really make the city, well, the city.

Brenda Peart, ROTC members made it into Brenda Peart’s Humans of Charleston collection

The second HONY duplication is a Facebook and Google+ page started by Brenda Peart, who moved to Charleston from Brooklyn four years ago. Peart, noted for the tripods she carries and straw hat she always wears, has been attending events around town and taking photos, capturing affairs as varied as the Bridge Run to a Gullah basket-making class.

“Folks have gotten used to me around town,” she says. “If not, I flash a smile.” Peart thinks that Charleston is “an event type of town,” and she is just there to document the good times. She’s not posting any prose with the images. No real conversation happens with her subject matter.

“Like I said, that smile and let them know I’m from Humans of Charleston. Usually it’s all in a wave,” Peart says. “I don’t like posed shots, but maybe give folks a moment, especially if they’re eating.”

Douglas Carr Cunningham, Iveta Dzurenova-Butler, Anthony Attanasio joined by Isaiah Browning were photographed for the upcoming exhibit Charleston: One City, One Soul

Peart’s first Humans of Charleston profile image — taken at an art show — was of Ade Ofunniyin, the grandson of famous local blacksmith Philip Simmons.

But it’s not all artsy plays on a cultural meme. Just as we knew Blur’s “Song 2″ (of “woo hoo” fame) would end up in a Michelob Ultra commercial, the “Humans of” idea has made it into a local PR campaign. Tom Aspinwall is the one-man show behind Charleston World Heritage, an effort to get World Heritage designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for Charleston. To promote the World Heritage effort, Aspinwall hired Row Collective, a digital branding agency who specializes in social media and PR. Row Collective loosely based their marketing plan on Humans of New York to get the word out. The way the campaign works is a member of Row Collective takes a quick photo of a local for Instagram (@chsworldheritage) and captions it with the subject matter’s favorite thing about the city. One of the company’s founders, Haley Shaw, says, “We focus on why people love Charleston. The hashtag is #ourcharleston. We’re building a conversation around why Charleston deserves an honor like gaining World Heritage status.” Incidentally, Aspinwall is in two of the 38 images (as of press time).

Shaw’s subjects are limited to those at the Charleston Farmers Market. She doesn’t have a set spiel she uses when walking up to people, but her questions center around the idea of “civic pride.” “People get really excited to answer the question,” she says. And why wouldn’t they be.

In our selfie-driven era, perhaps it makes sense that this introspective art form has caught fire. And with five different locals creating their own projects around the “Humans of” theme, one thing is clear: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.





LIVING ARTS COLLEGE STUDENT WORKS FOR ESPN
September 24th, 2014

Living Arts College professors have taught the audio students the “know how” to succeed in their field.

Living Arts College student Louis Roussel had the opportunity to work on a live ESPN game, performing audio
for live TV. After taking the location audio classes at the Living Arts College, Louis was able to have the experience
and knowledge he needed to work for ESPN. Louis was a first and ten spotter for the UNC vs. San Diego
game, where he worked inside the audio control booth relaying live audio feeds to the ESPN TV broadcast truck.

Louis does not graduate from the Living Arts College until May 2016, but is already working in his industry.
After working that one event, it has allowed Louis to possibly have a full time job after he graduates with ESPN if he pursues it.

Students can feel confident while attending the college that they can get real world hands-on experience in the
creative arts field and work on top industry jobs right out of school and during they tenure.

“The school taught me exactly what I needed  to work in the audio industry,” said Louis Roussel.




Living Arts College Audio Professor from Raleigh, NC NSAI Chapter Co-Wrote Title Track and Songs for Word Films’, “A Long Way Off”
September 23rd, 2014

NSAI members Craig Brandwynne, Program Coordinator / Associate Professor at Living Arts College and Christa Wells co-wrote the title track for the 2014 film,  “A Long Way Off “, distributed by Word Films. The song was recorded in Raleigh, NC at Living Arts College’s B2R Studios and mastered by John Mayfield, (Nashville, TN). Brandwynne is also the music supervisor, composer and sound supervisor for the film. “A Long Way Off,” hit theaters around the country and can be found in Walmart stores this October. Wells also wrote “Life Costs So Much” and “Kingdom Coming”, two others songs included in the film. “One More Time”, “He Belongs To Me” and “Sweet Memories,” were produced by Brandwynne and written by Betty Swain. Brandwynne and Christa Wells are a part of the NSAI Raleigh.




HUMANS OF CHARLESTON – A JEB BRIGMAN PROJECT
September 20th, 2014

Living Arts College loves to highlight the successes of past graduates. Jeb Brigman graduated from the College in 2005 with an Associate’s degree in Animation. He studied animation for personal enrichment and utilized many of the skills learned to work in the IT field as a Network Administrator.

One of Jeb’s amazing talents is telling stories through photography. Humans of Charleston is a celebration of the people and diversity in Charleston, SC. Jeb photographed his subjects and interviewed them on various topics. This astounding project can found online http://www.humansofcharleston.com/ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/holycityhumans. Jeb will also be featured in the local paper in Charleston.

We are extremely proud of Jeb’s accomplishments. In a recent Facebook posting, Jeb acknowledged that everyone at the College can take some credit for teaching him how to properly run a camera.

The programs at Living Arts College go beyond teaching the basics of a chosen field. The students learn versatility, which enables them to have an understanding of different types of media used in the creative field.




ANIMATION & GAME DESIGN GRADUATE BEST OF THE BEST FOR CREATIVITY
September 15th, 2014

According to the judges at this year’s artSPARK event at SPARKcon, they said “What an AMAZING weekend we had! This was the largest artSPARK street painting we have ever had! We were blown away by the INCREDIBLE art that filled Fayetteville Street!!”

Mingled in with all those artists, square #240, Megan Ritchie, Living Arts College Animation & Game Design graduate was awarded Best of the Best: Creativity in the College category.

We are so proud of Megan…job well done!!




LIVING ARTS COLLEGE MAKES THEIR MARK ON THE STREETS AT SPARKCON
September 13th, 2014

Many many many artists of all ages are involved with artSPARK, an event at the SPARKcon, an interdisciplinary creativity, art & design festival produced by the non-profit creativity incubator, Visual Art Exchange, in Raleigh NC. There are a host of installations, exhibitions, workshops, AND chalk art at artSPARK covering three entire city block lengths of Fayetteville Street Downtown Raleigh.

This year, Living Arts College faculty, staff, students, and alumni participated in artSPARK. Under the direction of Professor and Assistant Campus Director Matthew Kelly, everyone met on Fayetteville Street at 9am and quickly began on the three-dimensional design created by Mr. Kelly. The College had three 5’ x 5’ squares which were then split into 20” x 20” smaller squares where each participant completed a section of the design. Despite the rainy weather, the participants worked well and efficiently together.

All in all it was an exciting day!!




INTERACTIVE MEDIA ARTS GRADUATE WINS STAR AWARD
September 11th, 2014

The 2014 North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) Star Awards took place recently and Living Arts College Interactive Media Arts alum Mike Donatacci was awarded for Best Communications/PR Effort for a weekly video marketing campaign, The Minton Minute. This marketing piece consists of discussing everything that is happening weekly at the HBA. What makes the video effective and unique are the motion graphics and effects used. “A lot of  which I learned while at Living Arts College,” proclaimed Mike. “In my Broadcast Design classes at the College, I learned about motion graphic elements using After Effects and Premiere Pro, two programs I use in my job today. Living Arts College really helped prepare me for the business world.”

Congratulations Mike!!




The Black & White Student and Alumni First Friday Exhibition
September 8th, 2014

Living Arts College students and alumni were featured in an exclusive First Friday Art Exhibition at Mosaic Wine Lounge in September. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff dressed to the nine in black and white attire guided guests around to see the diverse samplings of student and alumni photography, design, filmmaking, audio, interior design, and animation talents.

Live performances including electronic dance music was mixed by Living Arts College alum, Andres Ramos aka DJ Oko Yono, and on the outdoor patio acoustic guitar sounds were performed by Audio student, Robert Christian.

Living Arts College students and alumni will be featured quarterly at First Friday events around Raleigh. The Black & White First Friday event will be held annually in September. We are looking forward to seeing the amazing talent at the second annual event in 2015.




LIVING ARTS COLLEGE AUDIO CLASS HELPS WITH RECORDED OPERA PERFORMANCE RESTORATION PROJECT
August 26th, 2014

On Tuesday August 26, Living Arts College had a visitor, Dr. DaBeth Manns from Washington, D.C. Dr. Manns brought with her three audio files that were recorded by her late mother Belinda Staten Womack, a classically trained Mezzo Soprano and school teacher from Winston Salem, NC and Washington, D.C. The files were in need of restoration on the account of the equipment used to record the performance. Professor Brandwynne and his portfolio studio class proceeded to go through the files with a fine tooth comb. By utilizing the SSL duality and some state of the art software, the team was able to clean up and bring back the presents of the original performance. Dr. Manns was immensely impressed with the facility and the students’ knowledge of their craft during the project. Living Arts College prides itself in bringing real world experience for students to participate, in addition to the traditional methods of teaching.