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Animation Students Help to Promote Awareness of Nature

The Art Institute of Washington (February 03, 2006)

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta has partnered with the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland to develop and produce 2-D and 3-D student-driven animation projects that will educate and promote public awareness of this nature facility.

 In addition to the students, a couple of faculty and alumni are also driving the projects.  Kishore Vijay leads both the projects with the assistance of fellow faculty member, Yanan Wu. Students enrolled in the Animation Team Studio classes have teamed up to develop and produce two different products. First team will focus on a two-dimensional Public Service Announcement to promoting public visits to the Refuge and the second team will focus on creating a three-dimensional piece that would be used as a featurette in the visitor center.

Students are creating original signature characters, storyboards, images, audio and generating the entire work from the computer labs and studios at The Art Institute.  The faculty is paring the course skills competency with the development of each project.

The following students are dedicated to this project and completion is scheduled for the end of March 2006.  Justin Goultrey; Jens Green; Amanda Hardee; Shannon Henderson; Joshua Lohr; Melody Martin; Jonathan May; Richard Neuendorf; Balvina Osegueda; John Perren; Scott Peterson; Todd Ries; Aaron Seigo; John Stone; Melissa Young; Zachary Zajdel, Bethany MacKay (alumna.) 

About the Patuxent Research Refuge

The Patuxent Research Refuge is one of over 540 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Established in 1936 by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Patuxent Research Refuge is the Nation's only National Wildlife Refuge established to support wildlife research. Today most of the research on the refuge is conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) through the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  The Refuge present size is 12,750 acres with lands surrounding the Patuxent and Little Patuxent Rivers between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD.

About The Art Institute of Washington

The Art Institute of Washington  is located at 1820 N. Fort Myer Drive in the heart of Rosslyn  and offers bachelors and associates degrees in Advertising, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Production, Game Art & Design, Graphic, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design and Media Art & Animation. 

The Art Institute of Washington ( is a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta and is one of The Art Institutes (, with 32 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. The parent company of The Art Institutes, Education Management Corporation ( is among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America, based on student enrollment and revenue. Student enrollment exceeded 72,000 as of fall 2005. EDMC has 72 primary campus locations in 24 states and two Canadian provinces. EDMC's education institutions offer a broad range of academic programs concentrated in the media arts, design, fashion, culinary arts, behavioral sciences, health sciences, education, information technology and business fields, culminating in the award of associate's through doctoral degrees. EDMC has provided career-oriented education for more than 40 years.

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