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SJSU wins New York Society of Illustrators Gold Medal

Associate Professor David Chai and his production team consisting of current SJSU A/I students and alumni won the Gold Medal in the Moving Image Category at the New York Society of Illustrators 55th Annual Exhibition for their animated short film “A Knock on My Door.” The film has a two-fold San Jose State connection as it documents the life of David Chai’s father, Hi Dong Chai, Professor Emeritus, SJSU Electrical Engineering.

The awards ceremony was held on January 4th in New York City. The Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition is open to artists worldwide, and each year a jury of top professionals considers thousands of entries before selecting the best for inclusion in their exhibition at the Society’s gallery in New York. Professor Chai’s accomplishment marks the first time that SJSU has received a Gold Medal at this prestigious venue.