Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lights! Action! Art! - Images of "Noises Off" Concepts and MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Opening Celebration of Student Art: West Wing Gallery of the Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center, November 27th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:15.  Refreshments will be served.  You are invited to join us!

This exhibition connects the Visual and Digital Arts program with the Theater Arts program as students created art that represents concepts from the play  "Noises Off".  Performance dates for the play: Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. 

Noises Off Concept:
Performance by Olivier Georges
Noises Off Concept:
Frustration by Don Drew
Student artists also read Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's speech "I Have a Dream" and then created art based on the imagery Dr. King painted with his powerful words.  And, some photography students explored the question: Are Photographs Truth?

COM major Ketirah Felder-Hogan wrote an appreciation  her classmates' creations:

From my Cultivating Creativity course these are three visual artist representations of the “I Have a Dream” speech concepts that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I loved how all three artworks all conveyed very similar yet different messages.  As a whole, each art work talks about race, but they all pinpoint different aspects within racism.  For example, the first image by Margarita Velazco represents colorism, and how in some cases siblings may look different but they are still related and they are very beautiful despite their differences in skin tone.

I Have a Dream Concept:
My Beautiful Twin Sister by Margaria Velazco
The next artwork done by fellow classmate Lui Sitama puts a different and unique spin on what Martin Luther King wanted to come from his activism and his speech:  opportunity for African-Americans in America.  I love the way Lui represents this concept by creating a check which I felt was a very compelling yet simple art choice.

I Have a Dream Concept:
A Check for Their Freedom by Lui Sitama
The last art work comes from another one of my classmates Ronneisha Lendon, who used birds to represent both white and black people in America.  I loved the showcase of life and freedom in America when it comes each particular race, especially the intricate detail of the chain being attached to the black bird.  I find these three paintings done by my classmates very eye-opening, yet interesting and enjoyable.

I Have a Dream Concept:
Free by Roneisha
(Ketirah also works as tech in the COM Department MacLab.  She penned this reflection on making prints of student photographs for the exhibition.)

The first image, taken by Samira Abdul-Karim, was a picture that I loved for its clarity.  When it came to printing out this picture, aside from some minor editing, there was not much for me to do. All I had to do was slightly lower the brightness of the image and sharpen small areas.  This picture was very clean, clear, and bright, and that made me enjoy printing it out.

I Have a Dream Concept:
"With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation, into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."
By Samira Abdul-Karim
The second picture, photographed by Dan Blouin, was also an image I enjoyed printing.  The focus of the picture was pretty clear and in focus.  The only thing I had to edit was the brightness, which I heightened a little bit.

Are Photographs Truth?
Photographs are truth because when you capture an image that subject is actually there. You cannot take a photo of something that doesn't exist. To make a photo not truthful you would need to alter it in some way, such as Photoshop.
By Dan Blouin
Lastly, the third image I printed was by Tia Caulton.  When I first saw this image, it was a bit intimidating.  This image has a lot of detail and I did not want to brighten it or sharpen to it.  I did not want the image to look muddled.  Instead I just brightened the image slightly.  I thoroughly enjoyed these images and found them enjoyable to print.  I was captivated by them.

Are Photographs Truth?
This photograph shows a not-truth. Everything about the photo is manipulated, including the color, the staging and the planning of the photo before it was shot.
By Tia Caulton

Visual and Digital Arts Major Ethan Murray created this exhibition poster for his Graphic Design class.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Do you like to express your ideas visually? If so, you have found the right place!

Welcome to the Visual and Digital Arts at American International College.  We invite you to scroll down for news about recent events and click on the menu tabs above to learn about the program's core courses and degree offerings.

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Self-Portrait by Jorangeliz Bermudez-Martinez

                                                                                                                                                                                                VDA Major Jessie Darnell made this video about our major for a class project in Digital Storytelling.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

3D Printed Cultural Objects Designed by AIC Students to be Exhibited at Construct 3D in Atlanta

Students in the VDA course Art and Culture: A Global Look received a two-part assignment:

Part 1. Design a cultural object.

Part 2. Go to and create a 3D model of the cultural object you designed.

After assigning these projects, Professor John Nordell learned that in response to the absolute lack of cultural objects found on major online sites for 3D designs, the #0Things project was launched. The initiative encourages students to design artifacts that represent who they are and where they are from.

The #0Things cultural objects will be 3D printed and exhibited at Construct 3D 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Alli Gavin with the Celtic Cross pendant she designed.

A 3D print, designed with details to look ancient, honors Alli's Irish roots.

Of Pacific Islander heritage, Kayla Clark designed this Shark Tooth pendant.  Click on the triangle to view in three dimensions.  Then, click and drag with your mouse to see various angles. Scroll to zoom in and out.

Shark Tooth Pendant by Kayla Clark

Ethan Murray designed this object in order represent two aspects of his culture: baseball and the 2nd Amendment.

America's Pastimes by Ethan Murray

Love is in the Air - VDA Major Katelynn Leclerc Turns Pro

Visual & Digital Arts major and rising junior Katelynn Leclerc sees professional photography in her future after graduation.  The dream has begun to manifest as she recently completed paid photo and video shoots for members of the AIC community.  If you have photography needs, she can be reached via email:

Aubera Allyssa and Peter Walsh get engaged!

Congratulations to Courtney and Ryan Albee!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Donated Student Art will Raise Money to Aid Springfield's Homeless

This is the third year that American International College students have created artwork to donate to Springfield's Friends of the Homeless benefit art auction.  Friends of the Homeless provides shelter and meals to people in need.  They work to find permanent housing for shelter guests and operate 100 units of low-income housing.

Last year, donated AIC student artwork raised a total of $1,025.  Please join us for the fundraising auction on June 18, from 5-8pm, at Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street Rt. 9, Hadley, MA  01035

Here is a selection of student work that will be on display:

3D digital design and text by Ethan Murray

These 3D printed wine glasses represent home because a home is a place where people gather.  Whether it is for a family gathering, a party, a holiday dinner, or just a place where you and your friends can be to have a good time.  Gatherings represent home because it brings people together.  It allows people to reconnect, rekindle, and strengthen current and past relationships.

Digital photograph and text by Kelly Shea

When thinking about the idea of home, I don’t necessarily think of a physical place. For many people, home is an object or a repeated action that creates a sense of comfort.  When taking this photo, I gained inspiration from my mom who drinks a cup of tea every morning before work and at night before she goes to bed.  To her, home is the comfort and sense of security in having that cup of tea before she conquers her day as well as closing off her day with the same action.  For her, it invokes a sense of comfort in the morning and closure at night.  To me, this is what home is.  Home is something that creates a feeling of security within a person and provides and outlet from the stresses of everyday life.

Watercolor painting and text by Katelynn Leclerc

I strongly believe that culture and home have a very strong relationship.  To me home means family.  I come from a very Irish family.  For this assignment I drew the Irish Celtic knot, which is a symbol for family.  In the background I used watercolor to create a light green and dark green mixture, to capture the Irish feel.  Culture is a big part of my family’s life and when we celebrate Irish holidays I feel at home.

Digital photograph and text by Regine Winifred

To me family means togetherness, through thick and thin.  The feelings I feel when I think of home are happiness and warmth.  In my opinion home does not have a look.  No matter where you are, as long as you are with family, you are home.  If I had to give “home” a look it would be never ending smiling faces of my family members.  My photo connects to the theme by showing that togetherness is all you need.

Digital aerial drone image and text by Zach Bednarcyzk

Home is not necessarily a single place. Some people prefer to stay in one place for long periods of time. I like to travel whenever I can, even if its a short distance for a short time. The world is a fascinating place, and that alone is my home.

Digital Photograph by Nadia Ciubotaru

When I come back to the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine, I know that I am home.  Although I call the United States my permanent home, the Black Sea will always be my birthplace, as I was born just a mile away from the sea.  This door represents the entrance to the Black Sea, and that is what greets me every time I come back to visit.  The door “Domus Solis” in two centuries old and was designed by Odessa's famed sculptor Mikhail Reva.

In 2001,  just before getting on the plane to New York for the first time, my mom stopped the car and rushed to the shore of the port while pulling my hand.  We arrived at the crashing waves where the water met the concrete slab of the port and my mom put a coin in my hand and told me to throw it in the Black Sea and wish that one day I can come back to the Black Sea and that it will always be my home.  I left the Black Sea at 9 years old and started a new life in the States which is now my home, but I will always have a place in my heart for my birthplace “the Black Sea.”

The door is always open and that to me means that Black Sea’s doors are always open for me and are happy to see me home.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

AIC Athletes from the Sky!

Students in Advanced Photography piloted a drone to capture aerial imagery of student-athletes using the athletic complex.  Each student shot footage for the collaborative project.  Each student then made a video by compiling the clips.  You can see all the videos on this Pinterest board.

Student Nadia Ciubotaru used tight edits and crisp sequencing with her video:

Professor Nordell made a behind the scenes video of the students using the drone:

Big thanks to FAA Pilot and student Zach Bednarczyk who taught his classmates how to use the drone.  And, huge thanks to all the participating student-athletes!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Building Postive Community by Sharing Traveling Tokens

Students created different Traveling Tokens that represent positive social ideas.  The tokens are shared from person to person to spread messages such as peace, infinite love, happiness or calm.  If you receive a token, keep it for a day, take a photo and post it with #aictt, and then pass it on the next day to build community!

A big thank you to arts educator Jessica Lazarus who developed this Traveling Tokens concept.

Happiness, 3D Prints, by Darcy
Infinite Love, Cut Branch, by Ryan
Relax and Stay Tropical, Clay, by Kayla