The Department of Kinetic Imaging celebrates the graduating class of 2023 and highlights the work of this year’s talented seniors. Their work was presented in various platforms, including a screening of single-channel, time-based work, a pop-up show of web-based works, and physical installations in the Anderson Gallery. Click the links below for more info, and a bio for each of our graduating seniors.
2023 Senior Web Projects
- Claire Evan, Collective
- Xchashi Hare, Recognize Autism
- Rayna Hugo, My Favorite Apocalypse
- Acacia Oliver, Moments in Time
- chloe p, fuck florida
- Kennedy Patterson, Griot
2023 Senior Screening
- …How Are You Feeling Today?
- Password: furby2023
2023 Installations and Exhibitions
- Friday, May 5, 2023 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
- Alchemy Coffee (814 W Broad St)
- Monday, May 1, 2023 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- The Byrd Theatre (2908 W Cary St)
- Round I – March 15-20, 2023
- Round I Opening Reception: March 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
- The Anderson (907 1/2 W Franklin St)
- Round II – March 24-29, 2023
- Round II Opening Reception: March 24 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
- The Anderson (907 1/2 W Franklin St)
Marie Anderson, born in 2001, is a Virginia-based experimental animator, illustrator, and sound artist who portrays fantasies and variations of disruption, monstrosity, and memory. In their practice, they wield the obtuse, electronic intensity of horror aesthetics coupled with a quiet romance with the mundane to approach themes of gender, the fragmented self, the body-as-landscape, and introspective apocalyptic doom. Marie will graduate (tentatively) summa cum laude in 2023 with a BFA in Kinetic Imaging and a minor in Art History from VCUarts and the Honors College. They have received a departmental award of excellence and have gained professional experience from internships in the fields of animation and sound design. After graduation, they hope to begin their career in media arts commercially and privately, expanding on their portfolio and, in time, applying to festivals and residencies.
Samuel Mcminn Bautista
Samuel Mcminn Bautista, born in 2000, originally from Washington D.C, Graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 2019. By diversifying himself in multiple mediums through their visual arts program, Samuel began to create media artworks and visuals through the lens of cameras. Emphasizing his focus on his aesthetics, he began to find that movement reveals an inherent awareness to capturing his audience within his work, and an insight to what echoes our own vulnerabilities.Through the years of his work capturing and creating music videos, the artist considers the capturing and creating of new media artforms movement to be a media that directly responds to the surrounding environment. Using everyday experiences from the artist he has collaborated with, he often found that these framed instances would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, he seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. The Moments he depicts and captures in his video exist to punctuate the human drama in expression and to clarify our existence. His work isolates the movements of humans and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. By questioning the concept of movement, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical, and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
Through different music genres in his video, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the surrounding, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning.
Charles was born in 2000 in Herndon, Virginia. He graduated from Oakton High School in 2019, and will receive his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in summer 2023. Charles is a 2D animator and illustrator who specializes in dynamic action animation, and plans to work in a professional studio as a storyboard artist in the future.
Petra Cooper, born in 2001, is a Virginia-based Charecter/concept designer and 2D character animator. In her work, Petra plays with cute and dark asethtics with underlining social issues such as dealing with mental illness, anxiety, feminism, etc. with vibrant colors and stiking scenes. Petra will graduate Magnum cum laude in 2023 with a BFA in Kinetic Imaging from VCUarts. Petra Plans to work as a charecter and concept designer in a full stack studio, while creating short film animations on the side for her own creative practice.
Claire Evan (b. 2001) is a multimedia artist from Mechanicsville, Virginia. She will receive a BFA in Kinetic Imaging with a minor in Media Studies in May of 2023. Her current practice is centered around bookmaking, modular synthesizers, and sentimentality. Claire will pursue a career in graphic design and live audio in Richmond post-graduation. You can find her work at claireevan.com
Diamond Fields was born in Savannah, GA in the year 1995. As a child, she has always been interested in quirky animations and sound art. After moving to Virginia, she began to pursue her career in Multimedia Art. She got her associate’s degree in Multimedia Design at Onondaga Community College in Upstate New York and will be getting her BFA in Kinetic Imaging at VCU in May 2023. Her pieces mainly focus on comedy and mental health awareness. “You never know when someone is having a bad day. A simple smile is sometimes all it takes to cheer them up.” Diamond’s goal after she graduates is to increase her skills in sound art and collaborate with the well-known immersive art museum Meow Wolf.
Andrea Garcia Gamez
XIM3NA (b. 2001) is a Virginia-based artist originally from Mexico City. In 2023, XIM3NA will receive her BFA in Kinetic Imaging at VCUArts. While enrolled, she received a Student of Excellence Award, grant funding through a VCU YouFirst Fellowship to attend the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and remained on the Dean’s List all four years.
XIM3NA’s work focuses on the ephemeral space between reality and self-image; with the creation of self-produced comedy sketch bits and animated shorts, she explores how modern day self-expression is hindered in favor of standardized consumer cultures. After graduating, XIM3NA will continue to produce mixed-media video works with her brother, Manuel Guerrero-Zdeinert (b.2002).
Bijan Hosseini (b. 2001) is a multimedia artist, music producer, and DJ based in the DMV area. Hosseini will be graduating from VCUArts in 2023 with a BFA in Kinetic Imaging. He continues to carve his own lane as a producer, raising the bar with his masterful songwriting, sound design and engineering under his alias: OCTANE. Upcoming shows include Forbidden Kingdom Festival at Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Witchy Wubz Festival hosted in Millville PA. Hosseini currently lives and works in Richmond, VA. | Instagram-Twitter-Tiktok: @octanedubz
Rayna Hugo is a Filipina-American (b.2000) multimedia producer and designer from Virginia Beach, VA. A new chapter begins in May 2023, where she will earn a BFA in Kinetic Imaging with minors in Sound Design and Media Studies at vcuarts. As a new-age, circus art-practitioner, Rayna enjoys performing, making things, and making things perform— all to investigate social illusions and whimsy. Doing so, Rayna accepted an award of excellence in her major, was the first KI student to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea after the height of the pandemic, and has proudly held creative roles in 5 internships. Post grad, she hopes to craft immersive brand experiences as a 2023 MAIP fellow, as well as design visuals for live productions.
Jillian Jackson, Born in 1999 in Washington DC, is a multimedia artist currently based in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from Duke Ellington school of the Arts in 2018 and will get her Bachelor’s degree in 2023. She works in a diverse range of mediums but focuses on video and visual work. Her subject usually includes comedy, the strange and uncanny, and satire.
Kendall Kelly (b.2001) is a 3D artist and animator from Charlotte, North Carolina. She will complete her BFA in Kinetic Imaging in May of 2023. Kendall focuses mainly on interactive 3D work and creating a sense of wonder, utilizing game engines and creative coding to bring her ideas to life. While enrolled, she received a provost merit scholarship, was on Dean’s List for all four years, and received the Arts & Health research grant in 2022 from Virginia Commonwealth University for her virtual reality project Sentiment Voice, which was exhibited at the National Organization of Arts in Health Conference at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland in 2022. Kendall will pursue a career in Technical Art after graduation.
Zachary Kennedy, Born 2000 in Arlington, VA, is a multimedia artist with special interests in 3D modeling and analogue photography. Zachary will be graduating this spring with a BFA in Kinetic Imaging and a BA in Political science (Theory Concentration). His work often explores the
Rachel Keys, born in 2000, is a digital media artist from Lorton, Virginia. She will be graduating with a BFA in Kinetic Imaging and a minor in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Spring of 2022. Through her work she presents creative methods of storytelling and attempts to answer questions about identity, and cultural heritage. Following graduation she intends to find post production work while continuing to further develop her own personal projects.Her latest works can be found on Instagram: @rachelbetweenthelines.
Elliot Kim is a queer video artist based in Richmond, Virginia and will be graduating with a BFA in Kinetic Imaging at VCU in 2023. They’re passionate about the exploration of their identity, trauma and vulnerability, often which take the form of character-driven abstract narratives. These typically implement vivid colors, carefully crafted dialogue, and performance. Through being vulnerable before the camera, they hope to bring clarity and comfort not only to themself, but others as well. They plan to work on video pre and post production and motion graphics.
Karson Monger, Born in 1999 in Woodbridge, VA, is a 2D hand-drawn, frame-by-frame animator, who is also a videographer, editor, and cartoonist. Karson will be graduating in the spring of 2023 with a BFA in Kinetic Imaging. His films have been accepted into film festivals both internationally and globally and have won numerous awards. In his youth he attended courses at Light House Studio, and in later years went on to work there himself, mentoring the next generation of film students the principles in filmmaking in both live action and animation.
Tammy Nguyen (b. 2000) is a Vietnamese-American animator, illustrator, and storyteller based in Virginia. In 2023, Tammy will receive her BFA in Kinetic Imaging from VCUarts. Her works are often narratives, exploring repressed emotions and desires. Playful and warm are usually used to contrast the difficult emotional themes.
Acacia C. Oliver
Acacia C. Oliver b 2001 , is an Interdisciplinary , New Media Artist from Pg County, MD currently residing in the DMV Metropolitan Area . Acacia will receive her BFA in Kinetic Imaging May 2023 , graduating Magna Cum Laude . Acacia considers herself a tinker because her work explores experimental media, interfacing human experiences with digital tools intersecting community, art, and technology through creative expression. Acacia spends her time working with wearable technology, creative code , immersive sound design , video , and 2D/3D animations. During her time at VCUarts, Acacia became a Kinetic Imaging Department Representative , maintained her honors academic standing, and won a Kinetic Imaging Award of Excellence. Acacia was involved in a Nike x NOCTA Air Force One commercial and had the opportunity to shadow production; while on set she was handpicked to become a featured actor. Acacia plans on pursuing her career in the fields of production , creative coding, sound design, as well as actively applying to residencies around the world, seeking to further push the boundaries of art and technology.
chloe p (b. 1998) is originally from Estero, Florida but currently resides in Richmond, VA. she will receive her BFA in Kinetic Imaging from VCUarts in Spring 2023. chloe p revels in the promise of inherent distortion. her multimedia work manipulates moments & memories, recreating the past as the present. she is a jack of all trades & a master of some. going forward you can find her freelancing- making videos, animations & designs for brands & bands in the Richmond community. you can find her work on instagram @artbychloep_ , chloep_ on YouTube, and hear her speak on River City Sounds podcast.
Maxim Perov is an artist who examines the physical world utilizing a digital reality. Through the merging of sculpture, color, and sound, he explores our perception of existence and the thin strand that connects the two worlds. Graduating in 2023 with a BFA in Kinetic Imaging, Maxim hopes to continue his pursuit of comprehending the unexplored. You can find his work at lvl1artist.artstation.com
Michael Reeves (b. 2000) is a multimedia artist from Abilene Texas. He will receive a BFA in Kinetic Imaging in Dec. of 2023. His practice is currently centered around social dance culture, afro-diasporic history and culture, sound, and design. Michael desires to continue his work in curating safe spaces for release and designing the world that will facilitate the audio experience he seeks to impart upon his listeners.
Adam Santiago, Born in 1999 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is an multimedia artist with a focus on experimental exploration. He will receive his BFA in Kinetic Imaging and a Minor in Art History in 2023. He has taken part in a few shows and has been selected and shown at multiple events. Such as: the 2020(Richmond, Virginia)-VCUArts The Anderson Exhibition Undergraduate Juried Exhibition/Selection for viewing of work, the 2021(Richmond, Virginia)-VCUArts The Anderson Exhibition Undergraduate Juried Exhibition/ Department Award for Kinetic Imaging, and the 2022(Richmond, Virginia)-VCUArts Rough Cut Exhibition-Selection for viewing of work. He plans on attending Graduate school in pursuit of a Ph.D. in the arts.
Alyssa Scinta, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and now residing in Virginia, is a multimedia visual designer. In 2023, she received their BFA in Kinetic Imaging with a minor in Media studies. During her studies, she explored such topics as loss, synesthesia, disassociation, self awareness, and spiritual awakenings through media such as video, graphic art, visual programming, projection art, sound, and many more. After graduation, above all things, they hope to spread love through their community through media that speaks louder than any word. Scinta will pursue a video, lighting, or audio career for musicians, festivals, or recording labels. You may find her work at alyssalaurenscinta.squarespace.com
Leon Truong is a narrative filmmaker and multimedia designer based in Virginia. His works focus on fictional narrations. Those narrations tend to have minimum to no dialogues at all. Leon has a great passion for directing films and video productions, bringing his vivid vision to life. However, his specialization is in the post-production stage. With sharp eyes for aesthetic and details, Leon made a fine editor and colorist. He also has a background in animation and design, which allows him to contribute to other areas of post-production, such as motion graphics.
Dj Vang is a Hmong-American animation and visual design artist from Gainesville, Virginia. She will complete her BFA in Kinetic imaging with a certificate of product innovation through the Da Vinci Center in May of 2023. She has had many creative internships through her years at university which has helped her style and technical skills grow. Dj’s plans after graduation is to join an animation studio and continue her personal creative practice. You can find more about her works and projects at djvartist.myportfolio.com.