Opportunities and Choices

The Visual Arts Imaging Research Center (IRC) Fellows Program is a unique fellowship designed to recognize, reward and encourage students who have displayed exceptional artistic talent and skill in computer technology during their first two years as undergraduate art majors.

An example of a recent IRC Fellows project is The Crystal Egg, a work produced by the Theater department. Visual Arts Professor Tim Nohe and his IRC Fellows students collaborated with Professor Colette Searls, director of "The Crystal Egg", to realize this performance December 2-5 and 10-13, 2009.

Based on the story by sci-fi pioneer H.G. Wells, this new adaptation mixed humanoid puppets with animated creatures in an extraordinary tale of otherworldly encounters. The Crystal Egg featured curio shop owner Mr. Cave, a lonely old man whose life is forever changed when one of his curiosities — a small crystal egg — reveals itself as the home of creatures from another world.

Using innovative new animation tools, The Crystal Egg featured creatures created by UMBC’s Imaging Research Center Fellows who came to life and engaged with puppets in real time. Set to an original score by sound artist Timothy Nohe, The Crystal Egg offered a unique experience in visual and aural storytelling.

A performance excerpt is available on youtube at The Crystal Egg