BFA, University of the Arts; MFA, California Institute of the Arts
Vanessa Sweet is an artist, illustrator, and animation filmmaker. She has created work for such clients as Fandango, Hallmark, the BBC, and more. Vanessa's independent work highlights social, environmental, and woman issues via the use of 2D animation. In 2017 she won the Rasmuson Individual Artist Grant for her film Wild Woman; screened in over 50 festivals across the globe and won numerous awards, including the 2020 Gold Award in Animation at the UFVA Conference. In 2021 she was a fellow of the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY. Vanessa is a graduate of the University of the Arts and California Institute of the Arts. She teaches in the School of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
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September 9, 2022
RIT offerings at this year’s Rochester Fringe Festival
RIT students, faculty, and staff will contribute music, dance, comedy, poetry, photojournalism, and more during the 11th annual Rochester Fringe Festival, which begins Sept. 13 and continues through Sept. 24 in downtown Rochester.
2D Animation 1: Fundamentals (MFA) - Animal Locomotion Studies @ Seneca Park Zoo (2022)
2022. 1st Yr MFA Animation students partake in an animal locomotion project and strike out to the Seneca Park Zoo to learn about the mechanics of different animals as well as partake in observational...
Combining Animation Techniques
Mattea Guldy and Youmee Lee
"For this project, we were required to use five animation techniques: sand, charcoal, paint on glass, stop motion and drawn on film. This animation was inspired by the history of...