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MFA Sculpture Students Bridge the Gap between Art and Electronics

The worlds of fine art and electronics finally converge as two sculptors break away from the plaster molds to embrace modern technology.  Lindsey K. Eisentraut and Mike F. Feeney, MFA Sculpture students in the School of Fine Art at Academy of Art University, have recently been honored as the first recipients of the 2008 Raident Technology Fine Arts Scholarship.  As winners of the innovative scholarship program, Lindsey and Mike will spend the next year creating works of art out of Electronic eWaste.  Recycled eWaste materials like hard drives, PC boards, monitors, computers, heat sinks, and other electronic components will be crafted by these two talented artists to create exceptional sculptural display pieces and fine jewelry.

To receive the Fine Arts Scholarships, the students had to present their art-work and come up with a project plan. The project plan had to include ideas and descriptions for future pieces incorporating the use of 75% recycled eWaste materials. 

“We reviewed a number of candidates, but Mike and Lindsey stood out with their interesting and creative art pieces as well as with their proposals of what they could craft out of our Electronic eWaste materials,” commented Albert Lozano, president, CEO and co-founder of Raident Technology, Inc.

Raident Technology, Inc. is a leader in the field of asset recovery and Electronics eWaste recycling solutions. This year they decided to implement another way of recycling – making art out of used working and nonworking electronics and electronic components. By creating art of out scrap materials, Raident Technology wishes to support Bay Area artists, as well as draw more attention to the arising pollution problems and encourage individuals and companies to reuse and recycle more than ever before.

Charlene Modena, Graduate Director of the School of Fine Art Sculpture, is excited at the possibilities this sort of partnership project creates. “I want to give my deepest thanks to Raident Technology for extending this amazing and generous opportunity to Graduate Sculpture students at the Academy of Art University. By examining and embracing the process of transforming and reconstructing eWaste, these two students will bring their personal vision to the creation of unique, contemporary sculpture works. They will be expanding beyond the arena of ‘usual’ and into one of discovery.”

Delving into the world of discovery, Lindsey and Mike will be working on both individual and collective pieces throughout the year. The awarded scholarship will help offset their tuition costs and art supplies. 

“Raident is proud to be associated with the Academy of Art University and intends to establish an ongoing relationship between our two progressive thinking organizations,” shared Albert Lozano.  So are we.   Congratulations to Lindsey and Mike!


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