Advisory: 18th Annual Viz-a-GoGo Visual Arts Exhibition Showcases Work of Future Special Effects and CGI Professionals

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This student-run film and art exhibit showcases productions of the students of the “Viz Lab,” the Master of Science in Visualization program at Texas A&M. The program focuses on creating professionals in the visual science industries, including film special effects, animation, gaming and graphic design. The program’s former students, affectionately known as “Vizzers,” are among the creative talent at studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Dreamworks Animation, Electronic Arts, Laika, Rhythm & Hues, Reel FX and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Student showcase a precursor to festivals such as SXSW and Sundance.

The program’s former students are at studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Dreamworks Animation, Electronic Arts, and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

The Texas A&M University Department of Visualization will hold its 18th annual Viz-a-GoGo exhibition and film showcase the week of May 2 – 7th, in historic downtown Bryan. This student-run film and art exhibit showcases productions of the students of the “Viz Lab,” the Master of Science in Visualization program at Texas A&M. The program focuses on creating professionals in the visual science industries, including film special effects, animation, gaming and graphic design. The program’s former students, affectionately known as “Vizzers,” are among the creative talent at studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Dreamworks Animation, Electronic Arts, Laika, Rhythm & Hues, Reel FX and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Open to the public,Viz-a-GoGo provides a sneak-peek into the creative world of the future leaders of the entertainment and visual science industries. Since 1989, the Visualization program at Texas A&M has used a combination of art and science to provide a steady stream of aspirants for the growing fields of digital and electronic visualization, producing some of the industry’s most recognized technical directors, computer animators, and software designers, with the majority working in the animation, visual effects and electronic gaming industries.

Student work submission categories in this year’s exhibits include film and animation shorts, installations and interactive work, as well as “flat art” productions. The entries are judged by esteemed alumni, with scholarship awards presented to winning students.

WHAT:    
18th Annual Viz-a-GoGo

WHEN:    
Exhibitions will be ongoing May 2nd – 7th
May 2nd – 5th 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
May 6th & 7th 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Film screenings will be held May 6th and 7th, starting at 8:30pm

WHERE:
Exhibitions will be on display at the former location of the Texas Furniture Store
206 N Main St.
Bryan, TX 77803

Screenings will be held at:
Palace Theater
105 South Main Street
Bryan, TX 77803

For further information on Viz-a-GoGo, please visit: http://vizagogo.tamu.edu/. For more information about the A&M Department of Visualization, please visit the department’s website at http://viz.tamu.edu/.

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