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Media Arts Seniors Veronica Black, Amy Wilson Receive Seabury Fellowships


Veronica Black and Amy Wilson                                           

Media Arts Seniors Veronica Black, Amy Wilson Receive Seabury Fellowships

Two New Mexico Highlands University media arts students received $2,500 fellowships fall semester, thanks to the Seabury Foundation and a full match from the university’s foundation.
Outstanding seniors Veronica Black and Amy Wilson were tapped for the honor. They showcased their multimedia projects at a Dec. 8 presentation and reception. 
“These students have turned out extraordinary, impressive work that is so advanced,” said Deborah Seabury Holloway, Seabury Foundation board member. “The Media Arts Program at Highlands is a jewel.”
Holloway’s grandfather established the Seabury Foundation in 1947. This is the third semester Holloway has teamed up with the university’s foundation to award fellowships to media arts students at Highlands. The fellowships give students  the financial support and freedom to produce independent portfolio projects.
“My dream is to be accepted into the MFA program at the Savannah College of Art and Design,” Black said. “It has an amazing program called motion media design, which will take what I’ve learned here in media arts to the next level. Participating in so many media arts museum design projects at Highlands has inspired me to take my skill set to museums when I complete my graduate studies.”
As a Highlands student, Black worked on numerous real-world multimedia projects, including producing videos for the New Mexico History Museum and the Marian Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C. She’s also presented her work at the international Museums and the Web Conference.
For her Seabury fellowship project, Black produced a typography and stop motion video, titled ‘Blue Bird Fly,’ she will submit with her MFA program applications. Another stop motion video she produced was selected for the Santa Fe Film Festival. Stop motion is an animation technique that creates the illusion of objects moving.
“Veronica is good at so many things and has always upped the ante in terms of creating multimedia design projects that meet industry standards,” said Megan Jacobs, media arts professor and scholarship coordinator. “Her filmmaking skills are exceptional, very creative and nuanced, and she’s also an excellent film editor. The Seabury project she produced is not only a technically superb video, it’s engaging and playful.”
Amy Wilson transferred to Highlands in 2008 to compete on the university’s rodeo team as a barrel racer and breakaway roper and pursue her degree in media arts.
“Being a cowgirl is not just something I’ve loved, it’s who I am,” said Wilson, who hails from Kansas and was named Miss Rodeo America in 2008. “I’m really passionate about the sport of rodeo and my dream job is to be a rodeo reporter and commentator. My goal is to work for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which is increasing its news coverage.”
For her Seabury fellowship project, Wilson produced a video resume she will submit to the PRCA and other rodeo broadcasters. Her video features her interviewing big-name rodeo professionals she met during her reign as Miss Rodeo America.
As a media arts student, Wilson used still photography to create striking images that portray what she calls “the intimate beauty of ranching.” Her videos of the university’s rodeo team vividly capture the true grit of the sport and the determination of the athletes.
“Through media arts, Amy has found a way to bridge her passion for both rodeo and media,” Jacobs said. “She’s very well spoken and visually creative. Amy’s definitely ready to take the next step professionally. Now we just need to wait to see her on TV as a rodeo commentator.”

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