Students to Watch in 2011
RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
Jeremy Griffith grew up in Pinellas County FL. Though involved in art throughout high school, he initially chose to pursue academics, studying international relations at Johns Hopkins University. However, after Ringling announced the Game Art and Design major, Griffith opted for art over academics, transferring from Hopkins after one year. With a strong passion for games as an art form, he firmly believes that games will eventually offer us experiences that are just as piercing and life-changing as those offered by the greatest films and literature. Griffith was recently honored with the Trustee Scholarship, one of the very highest honors at Ringling College; he is the first to receive the award for Game Art & Design.
What made you decide to go to design school?
I’ve always been torn between loves of art and academics (and two related passions of video games and politics). I initially tried the academic route but found that however much I loved studying, being creative was an absolutely necessary part of my life.
Has it been a positive experience?
The experience has been extremely positive. Ringling has a special sort of air of excellence and tenaciousness about it. Everyone here is extremely dedicated to what they do, and my own determination is rekindled daily by the passion of those around me.
Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid
Favorite TV Shows?
Modern Family, Stossel
Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown and East of Eden, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
Blade Runner, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Anything made with real heart and creativity. I hate music that feels manufactured on an assembly line.
Favorite Fine Artist?
realclearpolitics.com, gamasutra.com, digg.com, reason.com