Four new episodes this fall: Textile artists Jacob Olmedo and Sagarika Sundaram from Parson’s School of Design, ballerina Mira Nadon from School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet, and marimba player Andrew Bambridge Rutger’s University.
New Episodes Premiering Weekly Thursday, September 17 through October 8 at 12 p.m. on the ALL ARTS
The first two episodes profile animator Mulan Fu from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, whose creations fill a void for Chinese representation in animation, and interactive designer Rachel Balma from the School of Visual Arts, who has created a blanket that allows sensory-impaired children to feel music.
Premieres Thursday, March 12 at 12 p.m. on the ALL ARTS
Rising Artist, the series profiling creative student talent, returns Thursday, March 12 at 12 p.m. on the ALL ARTS streaming app, YouTube, Facebook and allarts.org with two artists from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the School of Visual Arts’ MFA program. Animator Mulan Fu wants to fill the current void of Chinese cultural representation in the industry with her unique animations drawing on Chinese folklore and her personal experiences, while interactive designer Rachel Balma is inspired to create a blanket that allows sensory-impaired children to “feel” music after herself suffering an auditory injury. Premiere dates for the subsequent episodes in the season will be announced at a later date.
- Thursday, March 12 at 12 p.m. – Rising Artist: Mulan Fu
- Thursday, March 19 at 12 p.m. – Rising Artist: Rachel Balma
- Thursday, September 17 at 12 p.m. – Rising Artist: Jacob Olmedo
- Thursday, September 24 at 12 p.m. – Rising Artist: Sagarika Sundaram
- Thursday, October 1 at 12 p.m. – Rising Artist: Mira Nadon
- Thursday, October 8 at 12 p.m. – Rising Artist: Andrew Bambridge
Rising Artist: Mulan Fu
Mulan Fu’s animation is inspired by personal experiences, emotions, and her family’s Chinese culture.
Mulan Fu, animator from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, draws inspiration from personal experience and her family’s Chinese culture, combining her unique designs, musical compositions, and storytelling. She describes animation as a creative outlet that has “no physical restraint,” and hopes her films fill the present void of Chinese cultural representation in animation.
Rising Artist: Rachel Balma
Interactive designer, Rachel Balma, creates a blanket through which sensory-impaired children can feel music.
Rachel Balma, interactive designer, is earning her MFA at the School of Visual Arts. After suffering from partial hearing loss at a concert, she became interested in alternatives for children with sensory impairment. She hopes her design of a blanket through which music can be felt will not only improve the lives of users, but also will modify the perspective of the sensory-typical.
Rising Artist: Jacob Olmedo
Fusing fashion and environmentalism, Jacob Olmedo describes his art as subtle activism.
Fusing fashion and environmentalism, Jacob Olmedo describes his art as subtle activism – probing the intersection of creativity, sustainability, and the exploration of his queer/Latino identity. In addition to techniques such as crocheting, knitting, beading, tufting, Jacob has used hydroponics to create garments that are wearable gardens. He earned his MFA in Textiles at Parsons School of Design.
Rising Artist: Sagarika Sundaram
Sagarika Sundaram makes abstract painting and sculpture with naturally dyed felted wool.
Sagarika Sundaram makes abstract painting and sculpture with felted wool, using natural dyeing and craft techniques from India and around the world. With indigenous wool sourced from the Himalayas to Hudson Valley, Sundaram’s practice is in dialogue with notions of migration and nomadism as age-old expressions of pacifist values. She received her MFA in Textiles at Parsons School of Design.
Rising Artist: Mira Nadon
Mira Nadon of New York City Ballet started her dance training at the age of seven.
Mira Nadon started her dance training at the age of seven. A graduate of the School of American Ballet, at 16 she became a member of New York City Ballet as an apprentice. The following year, she was offered a contract as a member of the corps de ballet. She originated a corps role in Gianna Reisen’s Judah.
Rising Artist: Andrew Bambridge
Actor, composer, percussionist Andrew Bambridge plays the marimba on an elevated platform.
Andrew Bambridge is a percussionist, composer, and actor known for known for Pixels (2015), Happyish (2015) and The Onion News Network (2011). At Rutgers University, he is pursuing a master’s degree in music performance. Born with achondroplastic dwarfism, he plays the marimba on an elevated platform.
Run Times: 5 minutes
Rising Artist profiles creative student talent at NYC area universities and arts training programs. Rising Artist is generously made possible by the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation.
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Jacob Olmedo's Dear World
Mira Nadon. Photo by Paul Kolnik