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Multimedia artists are contemporary artists who use a wide range of media to communicate their art. Multimedia art includes, by definition, more than one medium, therefore multimedia artists use visual art in combination with sound art, moving images and other media. The art can take the form of installation art, found objects presented in an artistic form, or kinetic sculpture, among others.

It is important to distinguish between multimedia art and mixed media artworks. Within the visual arts, mixed media tends to refer to work that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media such as certain works of Frank Stella or Jane Frank which merge painting and sculpture, for example. A work on canvas that combines oil paint, newspaper collage, chalk, glass and ink, for example, could be called a "mixed media" work - but not multimedia. Multimedia art implies a broader scope than mixed media, as in creations combining visual art media with elements usually considered the proper domain of literature, drama, dance, filmmaking, or music.

Multimedia artwork also frequently engages senses other than sight, such as hearing, touch, or smell. A multimedia artwork can also move, occupy time, or develop over time, rather than remaining static as with traditional media. Another frequent trait of multimedia artworks is the use of advanced technology, such as electronic or computer-generated sound, video, animation, and interactivity.

Certain traditional genres such as opera and film are inherently multidisciplinary or even "multimedia" in a very loose sense, since they involve drama, literature, visual art, music, dance, and costumes. Indeed, a union of the arts was exactly what Richard Wagner imagined in his ideal of the "Gesamtkunstwerk" or a "synthesis of the arts" (literally: "complete artwork").

Nevertheless, in contemporary terms, opera or even movies would not properly be considered "multimedia art." A work of multimedia art is usually mounted on a smaller scale than an opera or a movie and is typically created entirely by a single person (rather than the collaborative effort of opera or moviemaking). Multimedia works do not usually require performers. If performers are used, they are usually untrained people, as in audience members who interact with the piece, as opposed to trained singers or actors. Multimedia artwork is often presented in a curated museum or gallery setting, in which the piece is understood to be an extended form of visual art. The creator of a multimedia work of art is typically someone with a formal background in visual art.

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Matching Multimedia Art Colleges

Name
University of Oregon
Four or more years; Public; $26,415 average out-state tuition; $7,551 average in-state tuition
Platt College-San Diego
Four or more years; Private for profit; $25,120 average out-state tuition; $25,120 average in-state tuition
Maryland Institute College of Art
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $36,170 average out-state tuition; $36,170 average in-state tuition
Champlain College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $28,350 average out-state tuition; $28,350 average in-state tuition
New England Institute of Technology
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $18,525 average out-state tuition; $18,525 average in-state tuition
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Four or more years; Public; $16,374 average out-state tuition; $8,187 average in-state tuition
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Four or more years; Public; $26,400 average out-state tuition; $9,700 average in-state tuition

Multimedia Art Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Beinecke Scholarship Program $34,000 February 17, 2017
Artist Bill Fischer Foundation for Working Artists Scholarship Up to $5,000 March 15, 2017
Arts Scholarship - Hobart and William Smith Colleges Up to $17,000 January 15, 2017
Creative and Performing Arts Award - ISU $3,000 March 01, 2017
Kate Torp Scholarship Fund for the Arts $2,500 March 15, 2017
Steven Haynes Memorial Fine Scholarship $2,500 February 03, 2017
Mary Baker Emerick Scholarship Up to $2,000 January 01, 2017
Herron Out-of-State Scholarship Up to $8,000 January 30, 2017
Arts for Life! Scholarship $2,000 February 01, 2017
Zinggia Art Scholarship $2,000 March 04, 2017