Morse Elected VP of International Association

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- A Grand Valley State University professor in the School of Communications has been elected as vice president of the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation, an organization affiliated with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Deanna Morse, an animation artist and director for more than 35 years, will serve as ASIFA vice president for three years. Founded in 1960 in France, the organization has 30 chapters around the world. Their goal is to promote cultural exchange through the art of animation and encourage international peace and universal respect by promoting collaboration among nations.

"I am very excited to have been selected as a member of the executive board," said Morse, who came to Grand Valley in 1979. "This is a well-established and globally important organization."

Morse has served for 17 years on the Midwest Chapter board and six years on the international board. She arranged to bring ASIFA President Sayoko Kinoshita from Japan, as a guest artist at Grand Valley in fall 2006, when she presented a program Animations for Peace.

This past summer, Morse participated in an international ASIFA project that connected young animators around the globe in a group production that premiered in Hiroshima, Japan, last August. Her section was created by Grand Rapids teens in a unique collaboration between Grand Valley and the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology.

In 2005, Morse received the YWCA Tribute Award in Grand Rapids. In 2001, her animation work was compiled in a DVD, MOVE CLICK MOVE, which won several awards for design, and has been distributed internationally. She has created pieces for Sesame Street, aired worldwide, and her films are represented in a number of collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As an animation festival juror, Morse has served on national and international selection committees and advisory boards.