Frankie Rodriguez A’99 Goes to Hollywood: The Advancement of Science and Art in Visual Effects

Monday, February 8, 2021, 6 - 7pm

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From Cooper Union to Industrial Light & Magic and Disney, visual effects animator Frankie Rodriguez, a 1999 School of Art alumnus, will discuss his meandering journey through various artistic roles that culminated in a career in visual effects. Hear how experiences in disparate disciplines, such as graphic design, drawing, 2D Animation, and computer science informed the development of major sequences in films such as Star Wars: Rogue One, Avengers: Infinity War, and Frozen 2.

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This event is part of Cooper Together 2021, the annual celebration of our founder Peter Cooper's birthday. The Cooper Together 2021 Global Block Party will feature a mix of live, interactive programs and on-demand content from February 1-10, 2021. 

Join alumni and members of the Cooper community in February as we gather virtually around the globe to commemorate Peter Cooper's philanthropic spirit.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.