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Spotlight: Roya Mahdavi Movahed

Roya Mahdavi Movahed is a Greenhouse Studios SFA Graduate Research Assistant.


My name is Roya Mahdavi Movahed and I am pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design.  I have been in the field of visual communications for several years working as a visual designer and multimedia specialist.  Before coming to Greenhouse Studios, I worked for five years in multimedia and worked for two years as a visual designer for a prominent telecommunication company in Iran, called MTNIrancell. In 2013, I was awarded first place at the Iranian Visual Arts Festival.

My research focuses on the impact of motion and static visual elements on social media.  During my time at UConn, I will be focusing on User Experience Design and examining the aesthetic, psychological, and sociological aspects of digital product design.  I am a highly motivated, creative, and conscientious professional who is eager to learn the principles of digital arts, so I am able to achieve more effective methods of communication.  My personal passion as designer is to enhance visual literacy by creating effective designs.

Can’t find me at Greenhouse Studios? I’m at the gym!

Spotlight: Alyssa McDonald

Alyssa McDonald is a Greenhouse Studios SFA Graduate Research Assistant.


My Name is Alyssa McDonald and I am a first-year graduate Student at the University of Connecticut.  I am pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media and Design.  Before attending UConn, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and worked in the fine art photography industry for four years.
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Spotlight: Lauren Cronan

Lauren Cronan is a Greenhouse Studios SFA Graduate Research Assistant.


My name is Lauren Cronan and I am a first-year graduate student at the University of Connecticut. I’m pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media and Design with a focus on digital culture, learning & advocacy. Before relocating to Hartford, I contributed service, design, programming and instruction in academic and public libraries in Richmond, Virginia. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Filmmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts).

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Spotlight: Wenchao Lou

Wenchao Lou is a Greenhouse Studios SFA Graduate Research Assistant


I am very happy to be able to work with professors and students in Greenhouse Studios. I also learned a lot during this year. In my first year at Greenhouse Studios, I was involved in Overrated’s board game design by designing cards and tokens, and using laser cutting to create tokens and cards from cardboard and wood, which will greatly increase the interest of game players. I also worked to continuously improve and update the game rules during playtesting. One goal of the game is to let players get together, and starting discussions to help them better understand each other. 

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