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School of Art and Design lands digital art and design award

November 12, 2013

The School of Art and Design at University of Wisconsin-Stout has won its second award in California in less than six months.

The school received the juried Student Showcase Award Friday, Nov. 8, during the International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. The IDMAA serves educators, practitioners, scholars and organizations interested in digital media.

From left, Dave Beck, Cody Hartleben, Keith Catalano and Robert Fraher.As part of the event the IDEAS exhibit recognizes faculty and student work. The award goes to the school judged as having the highest quality of work.

"Our exhibit at the conference demonstrated the depth and breadth of what is taught at UW-Stout," said Dave Beck, an assistant professor. "The Student Showcase was an opportunity for IDMAA to recognize students and programs across the country who are pushing the boundaries of digital art and design."

Last June in Los Angeles, a UW-Stout student team was named co-champion in the collegiate video game competition at the Entertainment Software Association E-3 conference.

Keith Catalano's 3D digital art, At the IDMAA event UW-Stout was represented by Beck; Assistant Professor Robert Fraher; and students Keith Catalano, of Green Bay, and Cody Hartleben, of Wittenberg.

Beck and Fraher displayed student work from courses they teach in graphic design and interactive media; 3D modeling and animation; and game design and development.

Catalano exhibited 3D digital models, digital sculptures and 3D video games. "It was a tremendous honor to represent UW-Stout. The conference provide me with opportunities to network as well as a chance to see work that students from other programs are creating," said Catalano, who has a double major in multimedia design and in game design and development-art.

Cody Hartleben's pop art website History, Influential Artists and Additional InformationHartleben exhibited design research and process materials as well as websites he has created. "Representing Stout and being part of IDMAA was a great experience. I was able to connect with individuals from around the world and gain insight I can apply to my own practice," said Hartleben, who is majoring in graphic design and interactive media.

Catalano and Hartleben both have websites where some of their work can be seen.

The School of Art and Design oversees UW-Stout's five undergraduate art programs and the Master of Fine Arts in Design graduate program. For more information, go to the website.

The trip was funded through the university's Research Services; School of Art and Design; and College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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