Monday, January 11, 2010

ACCAD Brings Thurber Dogs to Life

Students at river State’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) have been busy transfer the beloved drawings of dogs by humorist saint Thurber to life via animation. The animated illustrations module be projected during a concert performed by Columbus’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra on Jan 10—11, and module accompany saint Schickele’s Thurber’s Dogs – Suite for Orchestra, a piece originally commissioned by ProMusica in 1994. The musical essay is based on six of Thurber’s brief stories that combine his much-loved line drawings of dogs. The send is a collaboration with ACCAD, ProMusica and Thurber House.

Nine river State graduate students worked as a team to animate six sequences involving the dogs. The students shapely the animations around the music, tightly timing them to the piece. Using research, storyboards, 3D modeling and animation, the assemble spent months creating character movement that simulated hand-drawn animation and remained true to Thurber’s unique style. The send was directed by Vita Berezina-Blackburn, animation specialist. For an overview of the project, meet the website.

Notable News

Ohio State folks can see the preview of the Evolution Theatre Company production of Frozen -- Bryony Lavery's award-winning British episode -- on Jan 14 at 8 pm. Anyone with a BuckID (students, faculty, staff) can intend tickets for that show for $2.50. The production features OSU's Mandy Fox and is directed by Jimmy Bohr (Theatre), and is presented at the Columbus Performing Arts Center downtown. Artistic administrator of the newborn theatre company is Theatre PhD student and Music employee Paul Lockwood. Tickets can be purchased (cash only) at the door, or email For more details, go to Evolution's website.

Cinema Latino kicks soured at the Wexner Center for the Arts. For the third year, the Wexner Center is presenting Cinema Latino, with the best in newborn film from dweller America. The acclaimed Pope’s Toilet kicks it off, a Uruguayan film about a slummy municipality preparing for the Pope’s visit, titled “alternately sorrowful and hilarious” by the Village Voice. It’s display Friday night (Jan 9) at 7 pm, with a liberated public getting prior to the screening. Another featured film is Silent Light on Feb 15, about German-speaking Mennonite farmers in Mexico, titled dazzling by the New York Times. “To woman this film would be a sin,” wrote critic AO Scott. For the full schedule, click here.

OSU alumnus Tom Harbrecht has an exhibit -- Landscapes and Seascapes -- opening Jan 8 and continuing until Feb 20 at the OSU Faculty Club. A getting is planned Jan 16, 6:30-8:30 pm. The paintings include scenes from bicentric and southeastern Ohio, and agricultural Florida.

Michael Layne, a state student in Art Education's \"mostly online MA\" program sends photos of a community mural his broad edifice students completed in Port Antonio, Jamaica (above). The mural, which garnered the attention of Jamaica's minister of education, is one of several the group is creating. The MA program is a partnership with the Edna Manley College of the Arts in Kingston.