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CI Students Sweep Interactive Media Awards at Statewide Media Arts Festival

Media Arts Festival 2013 winners

Media Arts Festival 2013 winners

Four art students from CSU Channel Islands (CI) earned top awards for their interactive media and video work at the statewide CSU Media Arts Festival this month.  The annual festival, held Nov. 9 at Cal State Fullerton, recognizes the best in film, video and interactive media work by students from all 23 CSU campuses.  The CI student victories continue an impressive 11-year winning streak for the youngest campus in the CSU system.

CI students dominated the Interactive Media category – earning all three top spots.  Eamon Stewart took home first place and a $500 Rosebud Award for his personal website,, which showcases his portfolio of work in film, animation and motion graphics.  The Ventura native graduated last spring from the Art Program.  He works at a branding company, is completing an animated short film, and is co-creator of “Waffle Party,” a weekly Web comic that he produces with friend, collaborator and fellow CI alumnus Erik Scoggan, at

Nichole Couch, a spring graduate from Lancaster now working as a graphic designer, earned second place in Interactive Media for the website she created as a class project for a cheesecake company,

Dani Kwan, a spring 2013 art graduate from West Hills, won third place in Interactive Media for her portfolio website,, showcasing her work in graphic design, illustration and fashion design.  Kwan is a graphic designer for a Los Angeles-based swimwear company and is also pursuing her interests as a costume designer and freelance web designer.

The three winning websites in the Interactive Media category were designed and created as final projects in Web design courses taught by CI Associate Professor of Art Liz King and CI Senior Web Designer and Lecturer Ryan Garcia in the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.

Adam Webber, an art major from Lafayette, took second place in the Experimental Video category for “Einstein’s Dream,”  The video, completed in Elizabeth Leister’s Art 312: Time-Based Imaging and Compositing course, explores the concept of time as inspired by the book “Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman.

The Media Arts Festival allows students in the CSU system the opportunity to be judged in professional competition.  More than 150 student entries were received and evaluated by a panel of faculty and industry experts who chose 31 finalists for award competition in nine categories: animation, documentary, experimental, interactive, music video, narrative, television, feature screenplay, and short screenplay.

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