UNM amplified its reputation as the leading university working in immersive media with a major award earned by recent graduate Barbara Ryckman. She won the Creativity Award at the Fulldome Film Festival, an international program at the Zeiss Planetarium in Jena, Germany – the birthplace of the planetarium.

Ryckman created her winning immersive art film "Wander" for an assignment in the Immersive Media: Fulldome course, under the instruction of Assistant Professor Claudia X. Valdes, electronic arts program, Department of Art & Art History. Valdes' course is supported by UNM's ARTS Lab and its gDome, a small research and education digital dome studio in the transdisciplinary new media laboratory which supports research, education and economic development for the university and statewide media industry.

All works developed in Valdes' course screened in the international competition at the festival. Of 10 submissions, three were selected as finalists, including Ryckman's. Student submissions to the fulldome festival also came from four German universities, including Bauhaus University at Weimar and Tongji University in Shanghai.

UNM Master of Fine Arts student Mitchell Marti received an honorable mention for his code-based film "Oculus."

This is the second consecutive year Valdes and ARTS Lab collaborated to offer the course and for a UNM student to win a top prize at the festival in Germany.

Ryckman earned her Bachelor of Art degree from UNM's Department of Communication & Journalism this spring.

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