WNY Collaborative Media Project

Canon camcorder in a Pelican case.

At the 2019 Art and Media Study Day at the University at Buffalo, teachers and organizers brainstormed ideas to increase excitement and engagement around media arts education, and grow MATA in the process. We came up with an idea to conduct a collaborative media project that could involve all WNY high schools that choose to participate, culminating in the screening of the work at next spring’s Art and Media Study Day at UB.

These questions must be answered before we begin:

  • How could we incorporate both still photography, video and animation?
  • How can we give access to and support these technologies to students who don’t have it at their schools—workshops at UB, CEPA and Squeaky Wheel; visits to the schools?
  • What would the theme of the work be, if any?
  • What would the structure of the work look like?
  • What about process—does each school create their own content and contribute it to a common pool that every school can combine and edit, or do we pass around a growing set of media that each school adds onto…?
  • Can we provide funding to schools that need it? Busses, supplies…

If you are a WNY Media Arts teacher and would like to join in on the project, first, be sure your MATA membership is up to date. Then, sign-up for and sign-into the discussion on our Slack channel: matatalk.slack.com.

Hope to see you on Slack!

Justin Conley, NYSSSA 2013

The NYSSSA program opened my eyes to types of filmmaking that I had never been exposed to previously. My high school, Kingston High School, has no film or media program. Since attending, I have begun making more experimental films, having now much more confidence than I had before in expressing myself as an artist. It was a truly enlightening experience, the most life changing and educational that I could have possibly hoped for. I made the best friends of my life, people that I am now collaborating with on projects, people that I could have never hoped to meet while still in high school without this program. For that alone, for the shift in perspective I’ve undergone by becoming their friend and collaborator, I am eternally grateful to the program. — Justin Conley

Call for Work: 1st Annual WNY High School Media Arts Juried Exhibition and MATA Show

WNY MATA Call For Work

Juried Exhibition

March 8–14, 2014

Closing Reception

Thursday, March 13, 5–7pm

MATA Show & Exhibition Awards Ceremony

Friday March 14, 9am–1pm

University at Buffalo
Dept of Visual Studies Gallery
B45 Center for the Arts, North Campus

Download the flyer (245kb PDF)

Call for Work

The Western New York Region of the Media Arts Teachers Association and the UB Departments of Visual Studies and Media Study announce the 1st Annual High School Media Arts Juried Exhibition. All area high school media art students are invited to submit work. A Closing Reception will be held for students and their families in the Gallery on March 13, 5-7pm.


Prizes will be awarded to the top four works as selected by jurors.

  • Best of Show: $100
  • 1st Place: $75
  • 2nd Place: $50
  • 3rd place: $25

Awards will be announced during the annual MATA Show at UB on Mach 14.

WNY MATA Annual Media Arts Show

Teachers and students are invited to attend the annual MATA Show from 9am–1pm at the UB Center for the Arts. The event features hands-on media workshops, student work viewing, and tours of the Departments of Media Study and Visual Studies. Contact MATA Director Liz Randell <ERandell@tona.wnyric.org> for info.


Students are invited to apply to the New York State Summer School of Media Arts. A NYSSSA adjudicator will be present to speak with applicants on March 14 from 9am–1pm. Applicants must present a completed application and a portfolio of prints or video, according to the guidelines.

Exhibition Criteria

  • The following media are accepted: Photography, Graphic Design, Film, Video, Animation, Sound Art.
  • Maximum four 2D and/or two electronic (five minutes or less each) pieces per student. Jurors will decide which, if any, works from each entrant will be included.
  • All 2D work must be ready to hang (unframed white or black mats) with top indicated. The mount should have stable hardware or margins to display the work with exhibit pins or magnets.
  • Film, Video, Animation and Sound Art should be MP4/H.264 or MPEG-4 (video) and mp3 (audio) provided on a Data-DVD or flash drive.
  • Each piece must be labeled on the back with Name, School & teacher name, grade, title, and medium.
  • Each body of work must include an Artist’s Statement of no more than one page. Please format using 12 pt Arial or Helvetica. Statements should include Artist’s Name, Grade and School Name. Each piece should not be described individually, but instead a general statement should address the overall intent of the artist.

Exhibition Dates

March 8–14, 2014
Closing Reception: March 13, 5–7pm
MATA Show & Exhibition Awards Ceremony: Friday March 14, 9am–1pm
Visual Studies Lower Gallery

Drop-off  Work

March 3 – 6, 11am – 6pm
Art Resource Center
B41 Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Pick-up Work

Friday, March 14, 1pm – 4pm
from the Gallery, B45 CFA
Saturday, March 15, 11am – 5pm
from the Art Resource Center, B41 CFA

The Jury

The 5-member jury will tentatively consist of faculty from the Departments of Media Study and Visual Studies, 2 representatives from local arts organizations, and a NYSSSA Media Arts alumnus.


Domenic J. Licata, UB Visual Studies

Invitation to Participate in the New York City Youth Media Art Show | March 13, 2014

Dear Media Educators,
pioneering educators who facilitate youth creating expressive media:

On Thursday, March 13, 2014 a unique event will take place in our media-rich city. Students from New York’s high schools and middle schools will come together in the HD theater at the stunningly redesigned Museum of the Moving Image ( 35th Ave. and 36th St., Queens, New York, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to share the varied media works they have created. This is the annual 2014 New York Youth Media Arts Show, where students show their creations in film, video, photography, and computer multi-media. You’ve heard of the proverbial three R’s. Perhaps today’s fourth R is recording, applying media tools to project a spectrum of expressions. Students see media everywhere. Now they’re responding by creating their own! As you can imagine, all the subjects learned throughout school are vigorously strengthened in the sequential process of creative media production. Here is educational motivation at its finest. We know you are well aware of the depth of the media process; that’s why we are sending this note to you.

When students use language, the arts, technology, community investigation, teamwork, and problem solving, they are engaged in the process of what education is all about. The display of student video and multi-media productions is a vivid demonstration of authentic portfolio learning.

At the Show at the newly reopened Museum of the Moving Image’s HD Theater on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m., students will project their media creations in a magnificent auditorium; visit the pioneering museum exhibits of communication and media arts ; and, get a pep talk ( or cautionary tale) from a media pro. Media creators such as Spike Lee, LL Cool J, the anchors of New York’s news stations, and pioneers of computer animation have come as coaches inspiring tomorrow’s media makers with their talks.

We would be delighted if you could share some of your students’ media works and present them in the auditorium of student media makers on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Each school or media group will be limited to a total of 10 minutes in the interest of engaging the most schools. Due to construction at the Museum of the Moving Image, we were grateful to have our Show at the Museum of Modern Art and the Sony Wonder Technology Lab during the past years. Now we are delighted to once again collaborate with the newly redesigned Museum of the Moving Image, a national leader in film and television education and outreach. Participating students will be invited to interact with the hands-on media exhibits in the Museum (free admission for Show participants) in addition to presenting their student productions in the unique Museum auditorium.

Student DVD’s must be received by the end of February, so they can be tested in the HD auditorium before the show. Please E-mail Dr. Heyworth the number of students attending and how the DVD’s will be delivered (mail or hand delivery as per phone or E-mail arrangements). Student media makers interested in the New York State Summer School of Media Arts should come with completed applications (with parental signatures) and evaluation forms for the Summer School to show their work on March 13th, 2014. Our special guests from the professional world of media always provide an engaging showing and commentary for all participants.

At the New York Youth Media Arts Show, students will be presented awards for their dedicated contributions to student media production; several high school students who present their works and bring completed applications will be eligible for scholarships to the 2014 N.Y. State Education’s Summer School of Media Arts at its up-state media campus; and all will take pride in the knowledge that they are part of the newest generation of media creators. We look forward to the enthusiastic participation of our New York City students and the unique dedicated teachers who facilitate their creative environment. We are grateful that the pioneering Museum of the Moving Image has generously offered its distinguished HD Theater to present New York’s student media creations for the N.Y. Youth Arts Media Show. The pride of students seeing their work on the 30 foot screen is phenomenal!

We´re looking forward to the participation of you and your students, reaching out to share your students’ work in video, film, photography, and multi-media computer production. We look forward to projecting your students’ DVD creations. This year is especially significant as it marks the initial years of the N.Y.C. Department of Education’s vital Blueprint for the Teaching and Learning of the Moving Image. This new curriculum blueprint promises to spark continued growth of media expressions as a vehicle for learning in our schools.

Each school can come with a group of students whose number should be forwarded before hand. (Admission is free for participants, but student numbers must be made precise with an E-mail confirmation.) We’ll contact you shortly with additional details once you E-mail information about your participation and DVD data (titles, genre, times). The students’ creations demonstrate the richness of media production as a path to learning. Congratulations to both students and their devoted teachers! READY!, CAMERA!, ACTION!

Educationally Yours,
Dr. Eric Heyworth, Director
N.Y. Youth Media Arts Show

Buried Film Project

NYSSSA FILM 2009, Ghen Dennis + Taylor Dunne, Instructors. Students make three films using materials from the organic world instead of cameras: pond water, algae, rocks, urine (indeed), the surf of Lake Ontario. Some of the footage was buried for weeks in order that weather and other elements have time to affect the film surface. Each film follows documentation of its making, respectively.

New York Youth Media Arts Show 2013 | Special Anthology Showing May 18

We are delighted to show the expressive creations of New York City youth at the Theater of the Sony Wonder Laboratory Center. This diverse collection of student video and animation works was shown at the Museum of the Moving image on March 13, 2013. Many students , parents, and friends requested we show the video collection again, so we are grateful that the  Sony Wonder Technology Lab has offered its stunning Theater as a venue on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm. Here we see video as an educational vehicle melding language, history, the arts, and technology. The student creations foster team work and perseverance in pursuit of a significant goal. Here is evidence of education at its finest! Please invite your friends and family as well as other student media creators. Participants may also wish to tour the Sony Wonder Technology Lab’s hands-on exhibits by coming at 12 o’clock on the same day.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Eric Heyworth, Director, NY Youth Media Arts Show.

2011 WNY Media Show

The 2011 WNY MATA show schedule has been posted. The event will take place Mar. 11, 2011, in the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo Amherst Campus. Students and their teachers are invited to exhibit their still images, video and animation; attend workshops on graphics manipulation with Processing, screen printing, pinhole cameras and cyanotypes; and tour the Departments of Media Study and Visual Studies. If you are in the WNY region and are interested in attending, you can contact Liz Randell, though no prior registration is required.

Niskayuna High School student filmmakers named finalists in the 1st annual “Peoples Pixel Project”

Three short films from the Advanced Studio in Video class at Niskayuna High School were selected (out of a total of 17) as finalists in the 1st annual “Peoples Pixel Project” sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project.

Last fall, a call for video entries 3 to 5 minutes long was placed to anyone living within 75 miles of Lake George, NY. From these entries three awards were selected for each of 6 categories. Awards will be screened on Saturday, February 6, 2010, 7 pm at Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls. Continue reading Niskayuna High School student filmmakers named finalists in the 1st annual “Peoples Pixel Project”