27 Global Artists Named Finalists for 7th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival

After reviewing more than 200 submissions from all over the world, Alys Beach announced the final digital artists who will now compete for $10,000 in cash prizes at the 7th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival on June 5–7th at Alys Beach.

The 2014 finalists for Digital Graffiti–the world’s first outdoor projection art festival at Alys Beach–represent 24 cities in 12 countries on 4 different continents:

— David Bennett of Nashville, Tennessee for “SCAN-A-MATION”
— Zlatko Cosic of St Louis, Missouri for “Elans”
— Terri Dilling of Atlanta, Georgia for “COLORCAST”
— Jason Giles of Boulder, Colorado for “Dubstep Dispute”
— Irene Mamiye of New York, New York for “Veils”
— Aaron O’Laughlin of Green Cove Springs, Florida for “The Hifi Envelope — Cold Day, Warm Tide”
— Onur Senturk of Los Angeles, California & Instanbul, Turkey for “Triangle”
— Matt Swift of Columbus, Ohio for “City Lights — Oglebay Park Festival of Lights”
— Joseph Toney of Boone, North Carolina for “Imbroglio”
— Michael Wyshock of Sarasota, Florida, for “Perpetual Muscle Memory”
— Claire Bennett of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for “Phylogeny”
— Evond MediahBlake of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for “DAXIM14”
— Sandra Araújo of Porto, Portugal for “runtime error”
— John Clive of London, United Kingdom for “transitions”
— Mickael Doczekalski of Paris, France for “Atlantis”
— John-Paul Frenay of Brussels, Belgium for “Artificial Paradise”
— LIA of Vienna, Austria for “Transition 89-2.0”
— Mendeni Marco of Milano, Italy for “r lightTweakSunlight 01”
— Christian Niccoli of Berlin, Germany for “Ohne Titel (untitled)”
— Robert Seidel of Berlin, Germany for “folds”
— Matteo Pasin of Ponzano Veneto, Treviso Italy for “idclip”
— Brit Bunkley of Wanganui, New Zealand for “Paradox of Plenty”
— Gunja Bose of Kolkata, India, for “Ballet”

In addition to the finalists, this year’s festival will showcase the site-specific work of four American artists who workshopped their pieces during the Artist in Residency program held at Alys Beach in January:

— Amber Bushnell of Missoula, Montana
— Dmitry Kmelnitsky of Los Angeles, California
— Richard Kroehling of New York, New York
— David Montgomery of Fernandina Beach, Florida

Brett Phares
Brett Phares

“Digital Graffiti brings out the best in projection art from local and international artists, and this year is no exception,” said Digital Graffiti curator and judge Brett Phares. “This year you can expect to see more color, more site-specific pieces designed during our winter residency especially for Alys Beach, and though you will see work that emphasizes design and shape, you will also see work that is very personal and soulful — these artists have stories to tell.”

For 2014, the world’s first outdoor projection art festival has expanded adding a new offering on Thursday night — an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour lead by DG2014 curator Brett Phares beginning at 8 p.m. 

Friday evening includes activities and a meet-and-greet gallery stroll featuring some of digital artist finalists.

Digital GraffitiThe excitement continues on Saturday with a VIP red carpet arrival experience from 6:30-8:30pm, followed by the live festival exhibit lighting up Alys Beach beginning at 8:30pm and ending with the poolside party at Caliza Pool, featuring music and video mixing by DJs and VJs, light bites and cash bars. 
Tickets for Friday night are $50 per person for adults and $20 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets for Saturday are $75 (for adults and children). Saturday night patron tickets are $100 and include an official Digital Graffiti t-shirt and a refillable Tervis Tumbler. Weekend passes are available for $200 per person and includes admission to the event on all three days, an official Digital Graffiti t-shirt and a Tervis Tumbler. Proceeds benefit The Alys Foundation, which supports select local charities.

Tickets are limited, so pre-purchased tickets are highly encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, Alys Shoppe and Fonville Press in Alys Beach. Digital Graffiti will be presented rain or shine.

For more info, check out Digital Graffiti and the event’s official Facebook page. Also, watch this video to learn about Digital Graffiti’s origins:

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