PITTSBURGH, PA— After receiving over 900 entries nationwide, The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, announced today, two winners in its “Live Your Creative Passion” scholarship competition (http://scholarship.aionline.edu).
“My creative passion lives in my ability to communicate, share ideas, educate, and incite action through my work,” said Windhoffer. “The Interactive Media Design program at The Art Institute Online will help me perfect my craft, and expand my skills to a new medium, so that I can use my voice to effectively communicate my views to the world.” Her submission can be viewed online at http://scholarship.aionline.edu/entry.aspx?id=828.
“I believe everyone has a vision of where they would like to see themselves in the future. My vision has not yet been accomplished. I have been doing art since the age of six. I want to embrace my talents and use them!” said Anderson. Her submission can be viewed online at http://scholarship.aionline.edu/entry.aspx?id=288.
HGTV television Host and Designer, Paige Rien, who is also a student at The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, served as one of the judges. She thought the competition brought out some very talented artists.
“I was very impressed by the quality of work that was submitted, indeed, this was a really tough competition to judge because there were so many extraordinary entries. I am honored to be part of this competition and truly moved by the talent and inspiring words of these participants. I think it's a fabulous competition that encourages drive, creativity and ingenuity,” Rien said.
Mark Stutzman, Illustrator and Designer at Eloqui, a former student of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and perhaps best known for his rendition of the young Elvis Presley stamp he created, also served as a judge. He felt the competition will help students move closer to their goal of becoming a creative force.
“My education at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh was a pivotal and memorable time for me. It was where I met my wife of 26 years; I started a career of 30 years and made life-long friends with fellow students. I hope the scholarship recipients will take full advantage of what the school has to offer to jump-start their careers as creative professionals,” said Stutzman.
Mark Stutzman’s, wife, Laura, an Illustrator and Designer at Eloqui, also served as a judge.
Additional judges for the competition included:
George Pry, President- The Art Institute of Pittsburgh:
Richard Rouse III, Director of Game Design - Midway Games; Richard is a game designer and writer who has worked in computer and video game development for more than a decade. Currently he is Director of Game Design at Midway Games, where he consults on a wide range of next-generation titles. Most recently, he was Creative Director and Writer on the hit action/horror title The Suffering and its sequel, The Suffering: Ties That Bind.
DJ Cassell, Creative Director - Rapid Reality Studios; DJ has been delighting video game audiences world wide for more than 10 years. His gaming credits include “Rugrats: Search for Reptar,” “Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas,” “Rugrats: Studio Tour,” “Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes,” “Danger Girl,” “Postal 2,” and “Medal of Honor: Allied Assault – Breakthrough.”
Tracy Spaight, Chief Operating Officer - Rapid Reality Studios; Tracy has been an avid observer of and participant in online games for more than a decade. Tracy has given talks on life on the cyber frontier at the 2003 and 2005 State of Play conference at New York Law School, as well as the Integrated Media Association conference in 2006.
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