Each spring semester since 2017, DAC 661 Digital Engagement Seminar students create comprehensive projects which demonstrate their mastery of the Digital Arts and Culture learning goals. In the Spring 2020 semester the cohort of this DAC capstone course had been planning a final showcase of projects they had been developing. Because the COVID-19 pandemic brought an end to in-person gatherings on campus and in the Wisconsin after spring break, the opportunity to share these works with in a public event had to be cancelled and reconfigured.
Instead of a physical showcase situated in space, the 2020 showcase is now published here on UWM’s Digital Commons. Being resilient, creative individuals, the students represented here demonstrated remarkable flexibility during a time when several unfamiliar obstacles were being hurled at them. Despite the sudden disruption of their lives, the DAC students represented here not only completed their capstone projects but did so with stunning results.
Many thanks to Ann Hanlon who dedicated time and resources to publishing these projects on Digital Commons. Thanks also go to DAC director Marc Tasman who was instrumental in guiding the course.
Foremost, however, I want to thank William Barnes, Beth Deyo, Jack Feltes, Stephen Jensen, Juliana Rattin, and Brehme Quidinski for sharing their gifts with us. It is truly a privilege.
Submissions from 2020
How to make YouTube videos, William Barnes
Ephemeral, Bethany Deyo
The Conceptual Blend, Jack Kieran Feltes
Odyssey (original composition), Stephen Jensen
Sports Animations, Brehme Smiler Quidzinski
Sundae bar, Juliana Rattin