Webby Awards Honor Professor's NetArt Project

'The Evolution of Silence' by Assistant Professor Rachele Riley is up for the prestigious Internet award

April 11, 2014

“The Evolution of Silence,” a web-based project on the nuclear destruction of Yucca Flat created by Graphic Design Assistant Professor Rachele Riley and developed with fellow Graphic Design faculty member Danniel Gaidula, has been selected as an official honoree in the 18th Annual Webby Awards in the NetArt category.

Hailed as the “Internet's highest honor” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Webby Award winners will be announced on April 29 and feted at a ceremony on May 19 in New York City.

Rachele Riley is an artist, designer, researcher and educator, whose multimedia work investigates the representation of conflict and its reconciliation within culture. She has been artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her print, drawing, video and web-based works have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and published in Print Magazine (Annual, 2008) and Motion Design (Woolman, 2004). She presents her research regularly at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and in September 2013, she exhibited at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in conjunction with “Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design” in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. She serves on the board of directors for DesignInquiry, a nonprofit organization devoted to researching design issues in team-based gatherings.

Riley has a BS in Studio Art from New York University, a Vordiplom in Communication Design from the Burg Giebichenstein School of Art in Halle, Germany, and a MFA in Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

“The Evolution of Silence” has been made possible in part with grants from the DigitalGlobe Foundation, the University of the Arts, the University of North Carolina Charlotte and with individual contributions made directly to the project via USA Projects/Hatchfund.

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