By Alicia Cook
The Division of Creative Arts & Technology's Conference, Alumni Panel, and Luncheon was held on Saturday, March 24, featuring an Artist Talk by Flash Rosenberg, a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts and “Attention Span for Hire” who draws, photographs, writes and performs.
As artist in residence for LIVE from the New York Public Library she live-drew literary discussions in real time to create animated “Conversation Portraits.” She translates complex concepts into instant drawings for major clients, such as Visa, Gatorade, the nation of Mexico, Verizon, the Ford Foundation and the UN — and has created animations for PNC Bank, Advanced Solutions International, CNBC, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Amazon Publishing…and more. Her “FlashThink” cartoons were a weekly feature on Archetypes.com.
Her animations were featured on Broadway for The Rascals’ “Once Upon a Dream.” She is a Mainstage storyteller for The Moth, a performer in “Monologues and Madness,” a member of the poetry collective “brevitas,” and was the official DoodleClown for the New York Clown Theater Festival. She teaches Live-Drawing at The Art Students League and is the host of “Flash Perception Lab.” Flash Rosenberg Studio is a full service photography, motion picture, merriment and mischief factory based in New York City.
Flash Rosenberg, who legally changed her name to “Flash” once a nickname stuck, delivered an energetic and colorful keynote address to members of the Board, President Levao, faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the black box studio on campus.
“Stay curious, stay fun,” Rosenberg urged the crowd. “The better your ability is to see into the future, the longer you’re allowed to live to see it! That’s what I like to think.”
In an unorthodox fashion, at the conclusion of her time at the podium, Rosenberg opened the floor to questions, both from the crowd and herself. She presented guests with questions such as, “What surprises you?” “What do you wish people would ask you?” and “If you could ask the future a question, what would it be?”
Following Rosenberg, the room broke for portfolio reviews and reconvened for the alumni panel that was moderated by Peter Gordon, Professor of Music at the College. The panel featured Peter Parlegreco '09, Graphic Designer at BioReference Laboratories; Tim Fernandez ’08, Graphic Designer for Print & Digital Media at Harding Loevner LP; Jennifer Martinez ’15, a 3D Animator at NextWave; Ali Onque ’17, Junior Mobile Director at Dom & Tom; Cristina Wulff ’14, Animation Teacher at Cicely Tyson School in East Orange; and Justin Roberts ’17, who recently released his music.