Thomas Nelson Digital Arts Society to Hold Film Festival

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Computer arts students at Thomas Nelson Community College may be using the same digital software that created blockbuster movies like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Shrek, but the results are on a more intimate scale. Whether it’s animating Barbie and Ken in a story about love gone wrong or a cartoon animation lampooning political figures, these students are using high-end technology to create pieces that synthesize their technical knowledge with a personal creative aesthetic.

Over 40 young artists will be presenting their final visions at the annual Student Digital Film Festival at Thomas Nelson Community College on Wednesday, November 15.  The festival will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall on the College’s Hampton campus. The festival is free and open to the public.


Thomas Nelson Photography Students Connect with Elders for Unique Exhibit

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Fourteen Thomas Nelson Community College photography students will showcase their works on Friday, November 3 in a unique exhibit at a Newport News retirement community, Assisted Living at Warwick Forest. Scheduled for 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the 866 Denbigh Blvd. facility, the exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit coincides with an Alzheimer’s benefit to support the Alzheimer’s Association and all donations will be welcomed during the event, according to Derek Eley, a Thomas Nelson Photography Instructor and project coordinator. Eley is collaborating on this project with Warwick Forest Activity Coordinator Regina Morris.  The photo array entitled, “Picture This,” features portraits of Warwick Forest residents who posed for students as clients.


TNCC Presents Chicago Artist John Hisel

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Thomas Nelson Community College is sponsoring two presentations by Chicago artist John Hisel. In his presentations, Hisel will be giving a mini-retrospective of his work. Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, Hisel started out as a photographer and currently works as a painter. Hisel’s life and work is all about art. Living in an artist’s co-op just south of downtown, Hisel co- founded Arts For Life, an organization dedicated to promoting the works of artists with AIDS and other terminal illnesses.

The first presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the TNCC Historic Triangle campus located at 161 B John Jefferson Square, Room 122, in Williamsburg. Hisel will be offering a second presentation on Thursday, September 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the TNCC Hampton campus, in Diggs Hall, Room 100.