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School Of Visual Arts' Web Site Wins 2005 Webby Award

SVA takes home Webby prize in the School/University category (June 10, 2005)

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has selected the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Web site,, as a winner in the ninth annual Webby Awards, which honor excellence in Web design and creativity. SVA took home the Webby prize in the School/University category; this is the sites third major award since it was redesigned last year by Creative Director Anthony P. Rhodes, SVA's executive vice president, and the Web team of Toni-Ann Agay, Adam Behar, Abimbola Famuyiwa, Steve Osit, Ben Rhodes and animator Celia Bullwinkel, in collaboration with media-development firm Funny Garbage. Previous honors have come from the Web Marketing Association and the University and College Designers Association.

The College received its Webby at a gala ceremony at Gotham Hall on Monday, June 6, where former Vice President Al Gore was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony was hosted by Rob Corrdry, of Comedy Centrals The Daily Show with John Stewart, and featured the unique rule of only allowing five-word acceptance speeches from winners in the contests 60 categories. Rhodes accepted the Colleges award with, ?SVA wins, art world flourishes.

Hailed as ?the online Oscars by Time magazine, the Webbys are the leading international honors for Web sites and the people behind them. The awards are presented by the Academy, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and fashion designer Max Azria.

One of the SVA sites main elements is the series of animated cartoons featuring Squidley, the mascot designed especially for the site. The animations were originally created by Celia Bullwinkel, a 2001 graduate of SVAs Animation Department, who based the characters experience at art college on her real-life experiences at SVA.

About The School of Visual Arts
School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the College has instituted numerous educational innovations, including the selection of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields as instructors. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

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