Professor Stephan Larson received a Gold Award from the Spotlight Short Film Awards for his animation In Capricious Hands. The Spotlight Short Film Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers through a unique and important international film competition. The spirit of the Spotlight Short Film Awards is to value each film based upon it’s artistic merit alone. The organization is composed of industry professionals: filmmakers, independent film consultants, film festival organizers, festival programmers and judges who have been in the business nearly 20 years, and share a passion for independent film. For the 2015 awards, over 25,000 independently produced film submissions were reviewed and 75 Gold Awards were given. Larson’s animation, In Capricous Hands, finished the film festival circuit in early 2016 with over a dozen festival appearances across the United States including the Phoenix Film Festival, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, and the Boston Underground Film Festival.
Professor Brian Kakas received an Honorable Mention “Awarded in recognition and appreciation of the originality and quality of his ceramic art” at the Cluj International Ceramics Biennale. His work will be on display through October 30th in Cluj, Romania.
The second edition of Cluj International Ceramics Biennale is a synergic series of cultural events which, besides their artistic component, is aiming for an extensive intercultural dialogue as well as creating educational awareness in visual arts by introducing the Romanian viewer to contemporary ceramic artists and contemporary practice in the field. The biennale is also getting national and international institutions to work together with the aim of creating an environment for ceramics in the city of Cluj – from Biennale Web Site
Professor Michael Letts was awarded “Best in Show” at the 70th Anniversary Art Annual of the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The exhibit runs from March 4th to May 10th, 2015.
The Art Annual is open to artists in the 24 counties of northeastern Wisconsin and the 14 counties of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Of the 54 artists that applied this year, 22 had work that was accepted into the show. The juror was Ryan Mandell, a professor of art at UW-Milwaukee. The show this year addressed a theme of Legacy.
Mandell felt that of the 129 individual pieces of submitted work, 29 pieces told the best story about this region’s landscape and its change over time. Letts had two paintings selected for inclusion in the exhibit, “Sanctuary” and “Monument II.” He won the award for his painting “Sanctuary.”