Archive for January, 2013

January 3, 2013

Spring Gallery Exhibitions 2013

David Ostro, Penteracts from Center for the Digital Arts on Vimeo.

David Ostro



April 16 – May 18, 2013

Gallery Opening: Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk 6:30 pm

“All the skill of the artist cannot turn a process into a thing.”

-Lee Smolin, theoretical physicist

While ROYGBIV* limits our eyes, and 20Hz-20kHz limits our ears, nothing limits our minds alone. But a mind with limited senses has limited reach; and so I build synesthetic experiences that interlace our modes of perception to extend this reach. The outcome is an emerging bodily awareness over the confluence of energy and matter.

David Ostro is a multimedia artist who lives and works in NYC. He holds a BA in Studio Art and Philosophy from Vassar College and a MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts.

* An acronym for the sequence of colors in the visible light spectrum in order of shortest to longest wavelengths: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.

peekskillproject_finalsmThis exhibition is co-produced as part of Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s Peekskill Project V, A Citywide Festival of Contemporary Art devoted to bringing cutting edge contemporary art out of the museum and into the community.


Center for the Digital Arts Student Show

January 22 – February 23, 2013

Gallery Opening: Wednesday, February 6, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Special Screening of Student Multimedia Work: 6:00 pm

This exhibition of artwork by students from the Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts will include the traditional fine arts of painting and drawing including work from the digital arts, such as Digital Imaging, Computer Illustration, Desktop Publishing, Digital Video, Multimedia, as well as, 2-D and 3-D Animation. Animation and Video will be exhibited at a special gallery screening during the opening and will play during the exhibition.

student artwork by: Melissa Mazzocco


Brian Doyle

Obsidian Collapse

March 5 – April 6, 2013

Gallery Opening March 5, 5:30 – 7 pm

Artist’s Gallery Talk at 6:30 pm

Brian Doyle’s artwork questions the idea of common experience. His films, installations and photos examine the collision of cultural and natural phenomena. Often developed through the lens of a developing storm, his quasi-fictional documentaries gracefully uncover realities just beneath the surface of our recognition. Themes include information overload, technology as progress substantiated, and the future and past colliding into a transfigured present. Doyle’s award winning films have been shown on television, in film festivals, museums, and in galleries around the world. Screenings include the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Reel New York (WNET New York, Channel Thirteen, PBS), Tribeca Film Festival, and Slamdance. He recently participated in the Peekskill Project V, organized by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.

Doyle graduated with a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Beacon, NY. He is a 2009 fellow in Film from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


January 3, 2013

Spring 2013 Lectures and Workshops

 “I found this great image on the Internet, but can I use it?”

Art and Ethics for Artists and Graphic Designers

Eileen MacAvery Kane emk_savannah

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:00 pm

Learn how your decisions while making art and or designing have ramifications beyond your studio or desktop. Find out the rules that pertain to visual art and design; including copyright law, piracy, plagiarism, fair use, and photo manipulation. Ms. Kane will help you consider principles of conduct that relate to your visual art and design practices. She will address topics including: spec work, crowdsourcing, and responsibility to clients. This talk will also examine the general nature of moral choices to be made by visual artists and designers including sustainability, social responsibility, and cultural influence. Join us for this exciting chance to examine the larger ramifications of visual choices in art making and design.

Eileen MacAvery Kane is a photographer, graphic designer, educator and the author of “Ethics: A Graphic Designer’s Field Guide”, 2010 and the blog

These events are open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at


Film Screening


With the filmmaker Michael Corriere

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 7:00 pm

Alien Connection, a documentary film by first time writer/director  and producer Michael Corriere, was chosen by the NewFilmmakers as part of their winter series and was screened at the Anthology Film Archives—Deren Theater in New York City in March of 2012.

The film deals with two historical events in American history and presents strong and compelling evidence of a military cover-up, sabotage of an American B25, Soviet espionage activity and the introduction of two new “smoking gun” documents related to the Roswell UFO crash. Michael has introduced a new concept in documentary storytelling he calls “logical extensions” that attempts to bring the audience into the critical decision making process of the period. Alien Connection is an exciting “cold war” documentary! Michael is a former decorated New York City Police Officer who began his research for this project in 1998.

You Tube link to the trailer:

Produced by: MC Productions

These events are open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at


The Metropolis Organism:metro.jpga New Perspective of Cities, a Vision of the Evolutionary Future

Frank Vitale

Multimedia Presentation: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:00 pm

In 15,000 words, 
200 images, 
11 videos, 
1 living cover.

The Metropolis Organism comes alive before your eyes and within your mind. A new, evolving medium, the enhanced ebook, is the perfect vehicle to bring to life a daring concept: cities are living, breathing organisms of which humans are necessary but unremarkable organelle. If this sounds startling, don’t worry. You will get used to it. We humans have had practice adjusting to scientific theories that humble us.

Copernicus took us out of the center of the universe and placed us on a minor planet orbiting a minor star. It took a while, but humanity got used to the idea. Darwin took humanity off its pedestal and put us among the swarthy animals that crawl the earth. It took a while, and may take a while longer for some, but eventually we’ll all get used to it. It may be hard to see now, and even harder to accept, that we are parts of another organism, but it will be seen and will be accepted because, quite simply, it is obvious.

The purpose and the goal of the eBook, The Metropolis Organism, is to help you see the next stage of the evolution of life. Like the transition from single cell organisms to multicellular organisms, we are experiencing the transition stage from a species of independent humans to the Metropolis Organism.

Frank Vitale: B.Sc. in physics from McGill University and Masters in creative writing from Manhattanville College. Director/producer/writer of numerous feature films, television shows and corporate communications productions.



Personal Branding for Artists, Designers and Job Seekers

Speaker: Becky Livingston, President and CEO, Royal Apple Marketingbrandimage

3-Hour Workshop: Thursday, March 28, 2013

6:30 – 9:30 pm

Personal branding is very important when looking for a job, starting a business, or changing careers. During this three-hour workshop, you will be provided with tips and techniques to help define your personal brand. The speaker will share examples on how to create a personal brand strategy and brand statement, from color theory and tag lines to an online presence. In the end, you’ll gain access to job aids and the Personal Branding Toolkit to help you create your own personal brand.

Becky Livingston is the President of Royal Apple Marketing, a marketing firm specializing in social and digital marketing. Speaker, author, and trainer, Becky has more than 20 years of marketing and communication experience in the engineering, technology, and financial services industries. Connect with Becky or her firm on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google +, or Pinterest.

These events are open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at