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Academy Student Wins “Sustaining/Creating” Award

Academy of Art University student Cloud Wang was recently awarded a scholarship of $2,000 from the VSA and Volkswagen Group of America for his photo “Jigsaw”. VSA is an international organization on arts and disability and will present an exhibition of artwork by emerging artists with disabilities at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution for the “Sustaining/Creating” exhibit from September 11, 2012 to January 13, 2013.

Cloud was asked to address the theme “Sustaining/Creating” by creating artwork that illuminates innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity. Students went beyond its scientific definition, and touched on sustainability notions of responsibility and stewardship of our natural world, from the environmental to cultural awareness.

Academy Student Wins “Sustaining/Creating” AwardHis piece "Jigsaw" is a depiction of a mirage in a window, just like a jigsaw made up of many small worlds. “I used my photography work to express the tranquility of my heart. I am hard of hearing and it's difficult for me to talk with others, so I am likely to travel alone and keep away from the prosperous city,” Cloud said.

Although Cloud won this award for his photography piece, he is pursuing his BFA at the School of Interior Architecture & Design at the Academy. “I believe everyone wants to live in a beautiful environment, my purpose is to change and break the traditional style. I think interior design is probably the most related art form to our daily lives,” he said.

“The theme of this year’s VSA exhibition ‘Sustaining/Creating’ corresponds with Volkswagen’s Think Blue initiative of environmentally friendly personal mobility,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We applaud this year’s talented and deserving awardees, and are proud to partner with VSA to promote inclusion and accessibility.”

Cloud created “Jigsaw” last year, but did not show his art at any exhibits until he was informed of this competition. He said, “This was my first time to get an award and I appreciate Academy of Art University for providing me with this opportunity.”


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