The Digital Media and Animation faculty presented their work in an exhibition titled in Fluent all, in the newly renovated Llewellyn Gallery this spring. Fluent in a variety of mediums, the faculty presented works ranging from traditional watercolors to digital animation and sound. in Fluent all demonstrated the versatility and uniqueness of the DMA program, which supplies a rich foundation in traditional mediums.
A generous gift from alum Brett Llewellyn allowed for the renovation of the gallery, which now sports brand new walls, track lighting, an HD video projector, and HD plasma screens among other upgrades. I'll be sharing more news about the gallery, including an invitation to the official ribbon cutting ceremony, in future posts. In the meantime, here's an opportunity to get to know the faculty who contributed to in Fluent all.
Susan Williams Beckhorn is the author of six children’s books, two of which she illustrated, as well as numerous magazine stories and articles. Susan holds an MA in English Education and a BFA from Alfred University. She has taught writing in mentoring programs and numerous school visits, at the annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival at Monroe Community College, served on the faculty of the Highlights Foundation Conference for Children’s Writers and Illustrators at Chautauqua in July, 2008, and most recently has been teaching drawing at Alfred State College. Her books have received a Junior Library Guild Selection, an International Reading Association Honor, Starred reviews from Book List and Kliatt, A Booksense Pick, ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Listing for literature which promotes equality for women, the University of Rochester’s Eiseman Award, and a Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Award.
Sandra Berry recieved her BFA with Honors in sculpture, from Alfred University in 1986. Her MFA in sculpture was given from the University at Buffalo in 1999. She recieved a NYSFA Grant in 1989 for craft in wood design. Both Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton own one of her wood carvings. She is retired from sculpting and now paints with watercolors as a hobby. Sandra is currently an adjunct professor at Alfred State College.
Tammy Renée Brackett has a BA from Alfred University and an MFA in Electronic Integrated Art from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University. She has exhibited work in China, Japan, Croatia, Hungary, and the United States and is a recipient of the College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship for Visual Artists, funded by the NEA. Her work has been included in the Albright Knox’s biennial exhibition, Beyond/In Western NY in 2005 and 2007. Her recent installation, (In)formation, was included in the IDEAS2009 exhibition at the Ball State Museum of Art. She has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University and Director of the Loupe Gallery in Prattsburgh, NY. Brackett is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College and Director of the Llewellyn Gallery.
Larry Neuberger received his BFA in 1995 from Kutztown University in Kutztown Pennsylvania and his MFA in 2000 from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been teaching at Alfred State College since 2002 and is currently an associate professor and curriculum coordinator of the Digital Media and Animation program. He is a 3D animator but has also taken up photography as a hobby. His most recent animated short, 2 Blind Mice, was featured nationally on the Independent Channel’s Media Lab. When he is not creating 3d animations he is out shooting photos and experimenting with new technology. He is a member of The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and recently had a photograph make it to the finals of Digital Photography Magazines Perfect Portrait contest and currently has work on exhibit at the High Falls Art Gallery.
Constance E. Pennisi, a resident of the Alfred area for 39 years, teaches traditional art in the Digital Media and Animation program at Alfred State College. She received a BFA from School of Art and Design at Alfred University and a MSEd from Alfred University. Pennisi continued her studies under Miss Katherine Nelson for five years and later with local artist through participation in the Tuesday Art Group. Her work has been shown regionally in New York and internationally in China. Presently, Pennisi is pursuing a MFA in the Electronic Integrated Arts program in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University.