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 ethicsingraphicdesign.org.

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


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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxjsJiWjGFg

Produced by: MC Productions

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


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 peekskill@sunywcc.edu



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