Two MFA Alums Are the Recipients of Rockefeller Fellowships

Two MFA Alums Are the Recipients of Rockefeller Fellowships

Date posted: 2007-07-25 10:01:00

Photo:  Rich Pell

May 2, 2007 (New York, NY) – In a ceremony at the American Academy of Art, Renew Media announced the recipients of the Media Arts fellowships for 2007, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, awarding nearly $750,000 to 22 innovative and pioneering filmmakers and media artists. Film producer Jim McKay (Brother to Brother, Stranger Inside) joined Renew Media representatives in handing out the fellowships to some of the most promising and respected independent filmmakers working today, including Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy), Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation), Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk), Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi), and Ken Jacobs (Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son).  

The Fellowships recognize the artistic excellence of 20 film, video and new media artists in the United States with cash awards of $35,000 each. The program also awards two additional Fellowships of $10,000 each to emerging film and video artists. The Fellowships are intended to provide support to filmmakers and media artists whose work represents creative risk-taking – pushing the boundaries of genre, form, technique, medium, and content – as well as social and political relevance. Renew Media also awards between four and six Fellowships of $20,000 each to Mexican filmmakers and media artists.

Troy, NY

Knitoscope Sampler is an installation that will use custom software to translate digital video feeds into the appearance of knitted stitches. Handmade designs will be collected and scanned into a computer to create a database of patterns from which the video will be "stiched." The resulting animation series will narrate stories about the labor movement, drawn from interviews with activists, historians and textile workers.
Catherine Mazza combines digital technology and pre-industrial craft in order to initiate discussion about sweatshop labor. She holds an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her work has been exhibited internationally in England, Italy, Russia, Brazil as well as throughout the United States. She was also a founding member of Eyebeam, a new media art and technology center in New York City.


Troy, NY

The Institute for Transgeneography is a project whose primary objective is to create the world's first comprehensive map of engineered transgenic flora and fauna. The project will consist of a database of transgenic organisms and the web interface that will make the information available to the public at large.
Richard Pell is an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. His work is a cross-disciplinary combination of art, science and engineering. He has exhibited at museums, galleries and film festivals worldwide including the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the Kassel Documentary Film Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona.

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