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Clarkson University Students to Display 21st Century Adirondack Structure Renderings in Saranac Lake

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In visual design, an artist often needs to draw from the past in order to define the future. And the natural and social stories of the Adirondacks are some of the most interesting in the country.

A Clarkson University 3-D digital object design class has defied convention and used this philosophy as the basis for their conceptual designs of 21st century Adirondack structures, which will be displayed at the 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in November. machia

The exhibition opens on Friday, November 7, from 7-9 p.m.

Through extensive research on both natural and historical Adirondack issues, each student designed and modeled a unique and innovative 21st century Adirondack structure in 3-D digital software.

"The works of these students speak wonderfully to Clarkson's leadership in sustainability," said Dave Beck, assistant professor of digital art, who teaches the class. "The renderings also reflect the University's long history and North Country traditions."

Lean-tos, libraries, great camps, and bus shelters are just a few of the conceptual designs that will be presented through wireframe models, preliminary sketches, 3-D animations, and photorealistic rendered images.

About Clarkson University's Digital Arts & Sciences Program The Digital Arts & Sciences ( is an interdisciplinary major, which spans the boundaries between the sciences and the arts. Students take advantage of programs in digital art, math, computer science, and communication and media. The program's objective is to combine the artistic and scientific skills and interests to develop creative talent, with strong technical foundation. Graduates from this program pursue careers in media such as product design, video games, film, graphic design, animation, Web design, and architecture.

About the 7444 Gallery It is the goal of the 7444 gallery to encourage artists of a local to international scope to find the passage of understanding in their own work and provide them an environment to create, display, and connect their work to an eclectic audience. For more information about the gallery, visit

For more information about Digital Arts & Sciences or the work in this particular exhibition, contact Beck at or 315-268-4205.

Photos: Jacob Swain has designed a new public library for Lake Placid. The design takes cues from other structures in the Adirondacks and then adds some modern touches. The library is very open and is designed with the modern user's needs in mind. Mollie Boise has designed a self-sustaining Adirondack structure based on themes of winter and industry. The structure is also made of recycled boxcars from the trains that were once used in the Adirondacks. Nick Machia has designed a floating version of the Adirondack lean-to for park visitors who canoe and kayak. Spencer Nowak has created a sustainable mountaintop concept home that embodies the simplicity of Adirondack ranger cabins.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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