News from Hampshire College

January 28, 2014

Hampshire College Media Arts and Sciences Professor Chris Perry


Hampshire is well represented in this 2014 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards season. After wins at the Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Awards, Lupita Nyong’o 03F is widely considered a frontrunner for the best supporting actress Academy Award® for her impressive work in 12 Years a Slave. Jonathan Kitzen 86F is a co-producer of inspiring short documentary nominee The Lady in Number 6.

But first to pick up a prize will be media arts and sciences Professor Chris Perry, who will be honored at the Academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation in February. Along with Peter Huang, Hans Rijpkema, and Joe Mancewicz, he will be presented a Technical Achievement Award certificate for work on the Voodoo application framework.

Perry worked at visual effects and animation company Rhythm & Hues in 1995 when he proposed the idea of a new architecture designed to accommodate changes. He served as lead designer and engineer on the project.

For more than a decade, Voodoo has enabled artists at Rhythm & Hues to generate groundbreaking computer graphics animation and memorable synthetic characters. It has been used for over 100 feature films, including Best Visual Effects winners Life of Pi and Golden Compass.

Since Professor Perry joined Hampshire’s faculty in 1999, his students have gone on to work in industry settings, including Rhythm & Hues and Pixar, and as independent filmmakers. Perry received Hampshire’s David Gruber Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. More »


Russian Journal 1989-1999, an installation and video by Professor kara lynch, is part of “The Wayland Rudd Collection,” an exhibition in New York City’s Winkleman Gallery through February 15. The collaborative project focuses on the representation of Africans and African-Americans in Soviet visual culture. More »

Afrofuturism: Artists on Three Continents Explore “Black to the Future” will be in the Goethe Institut, Washington DC, February 3-28. Professor Daniel Kojo Schrade is one of three artists from three continents using “the lens of fiction to address alienation and otherness” as they “travel through space and time to explore identity and reexamine the past.” More »


Hampshire has been awarded a 2014 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant for the purchase of scientific equipment. Professor of Chemistry Dula Amarasiriwardena wrote the proposal for the grant, which will purchase a UV-visible spectrometer and field instruments for chemistry labs and environmental analysis fieldwork. More »


Work by Hampshire alums won’t only be highly visible at the Academy Awards® — you can also look for it at the Super Bowl. Ian MacKenzie 79F of MacKenzie Cutler Inc. is producing two ads (a 30-second and a 60-second spot) that will air Sunday night, February 2.

Sam Singer 00F is launching Wyoming Stargazing and aims to build a public observatory. More »


More than 1,500 alums (17.6 percent participation) made a gift to Hampshire by December 31, resulting in a $40,000 gift to the College from a member of the 1977 entering class. Your support and participation are greatly appreciated, as the Hampshire Fund looks toward an ultimate goal of 30 percent alum participation by June 30.

For those who might like to consider adding Hampshire into estate plans, you can make a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime. More »



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