January 21st, 2013 - Hilton, NY
[01-21-2013] – Hilton. New York based, 3D lenticular artist, Peter J. Sucy has recently launched his first project on USA Projects. The first microphilanthropy site dedicated exclusively to accomplished artists working in the United States, USA Projects is a unique online community where anyone can discover original projects from some of today’s most innovative artists and make tax-deductible donations to support their work. With a funding success rate of over 75%, USA Projects has helped accomplished artists from thirty states realize their artistic projects with support from more than 14,000 unique donors.
The goal of Peter’s project is to raise $23,000 by April 15th to fund the production of a traveling exhibit of his 3D lenticular artworks. Lenticular printing is a process that uses a special lens sheet to provide a glasses-free, 3D viewing experience on a 2D print.
The Virtual Visions series spans nearly 28 years, beginning at the birth of digital photography. Photo composites made with early betas of Photoshop 1.0, 3D rendered elements from early 3D programs and later entire virtual environments created in his virtual 3D photo studios, Poser Pro and Strata Design 3D. Many early images have been converted to 3D lenticular, after 1994 most were built as complete 3D sets and stereo views are created by animating the camera.
The artist believes that backlighting 3D lenticular images makes for a more immersive experience. To that end he has designed what he calls a “Multi-Dimensional Display Portal” a stylish alternative to a standard light box, utilizing an ultra-thin LED panel, semi- transparent and solid surface acrylic materials.
The funds raised will be used to print the 3D lenticular transparencies, purchase LED panels, acrylic materials, and construct the “Multi-Dimensional Display Portals”. The final goal being the production of at least sixteen units for a traveling exhibit. Read more here:
As a program of United States Artists, the nonprofit grantmaking and advocacy organization for artists, USA Projects is uniquely aware of the needs of the artist community and provides an active support network and education program for artists. Donations simultaneously support artists’ projects and the nonprofit mission of United States Artists: to invest in America’s finest artists and to illuminate the value of artists to society.
USA Projects is also the only microphilanthropy site that offers a patent-pending Match Fund program that gives any individual, group, organization, foundation, or corporation the ability to create a matching fund, specify their criteria, and automatically identify and apply funds to appropriate projects. In total, more than $350,000 in matching funds has been committed from donors since the program’s launch.
The site features artistic projects in eight categories: architecture and design; crafts and traditional arts; dance; literature; media; music; theater arts; and visual arts. Each artist sets his or her own fundraising goal and deadline. The public can browse, learn about the artists and their backgrounds, and follow or donate to any active project that inspires them. Supporters can give as little as $1 or as much as they would like and receive a tax deduction as well as exclusive project “perks” offered by participating artists. If a project does not reach its fundraising goal by the deadline set by the artist, the artist does not receive any funding.
All of the artists seeking funding on USA Projects have been recognized for the caliber and impact of their work. Eligibility is currently open to honorees and grantees from prominent international, national, regional, and local organizations, including the USA Fellows program. Additional qualifying organizations are added on an ongoing basis. National partner organizations include American Composers Forum, Film Independent, Creative Capital, Franklin Furnace, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), National Performance Network (NPN), Penland School of Crafts, the Pollack- Krasner Foundation, and Rhizome. Regional partner organizations include the Arkansas Arts Council, Artist Foundation of San Antonio, Austin Film Society, California Community Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, McKnight Foundation, North Carolina Arts Council, PEW Center for Arts & Heritage, and South Carolina Arts Commission. Seed funding for USA Projects was provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
About United States Artists
United States Artists (USA's) mission is to invest in America's finest artists and illuminate the value of artists to society. Through the USA Fellows program, which annually awards 50 unrestricted grants of $50,000 to outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists across the country, USA has put $15 million in the hands of artists in the six years since its founding. USA has extended its mission beyond the successful USA Fellows program with the launch of USA Projects, an online community where people can connect with, learn about, and support America’s greatest artists and their next creative breakthroughs. Through the USA Fellows program and the expanded reach of USA Projects, USA continues the work of advocating for living artists and providing a community where they can connect with the public and each other.
For further information, please visit www.usaprojects.org.
About Peter J. Sucy
Peter, a 1980 RIT BFA graduate, was one of the first digital art and photography pioneers. Purchasing a Macintosh 128K computer for his freelance photography moonlighting in 1984, adding a single element sensor "Thunderscan" scanner to his ImageWriter the following year, he began scanning his photos and editing them in MacPaint. Employed by the Eastman Kodak Company for more than 27 years, Peter happened to be an original member of Kodak’s first Electronic Photography Division when it was renamed from the former Consumer Electronics Division in 1986.
Realizing the coming convergence of computers and photography at a time when personal computers were still evolving, and before many at Kodak, Peter utilized the new desktop publishing tools at his disposal to create hundreds of documents and proposals. Many designed to persuade the advanced development team and upper management to abandon analog video image storage in favor of digital image storage devices connected to desktop computers.
Peter shared an office partition with the inventor of the digital camera, Steve Sasson from 1986-1990. He was tapped to draft Kodak’s first digital product strategy. He also conceived a number of the very first digital products Kodak would ship, invented a key digital camera preview technology and was responsible for establishing the world’s first digital imaging training facilities, the Center for Creative Imaging in Camden, Maine and a more modest facility at the Kodak Marketing Education Center in Henrietta, NY in 1991.
Before symptoms from ME led to his departure from Kodak in 2001, he consulted for Kodak’s Dynamic Imaging Division where he would learn the intricacies of lenticular imaging. An ideal output medium for his personal 3D studio artworks. Pioneering the use of digital 3D capture and 3D modeling programs for creating lenticular images at Kodak, he created 3D lenticular images for clients like Pepsi, R J Reynolds, Pfizer, Martell Liquor, FAO Schwartz, Purina, Disney and more.
For more on Peter’s Kodak history visit his site peterjsucy.com
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