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Feb. 22, 2013/For Immediate Release, high res. photos available

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



(Winston-Salem) A graduate student in the School of Design and Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is one of the world’s most promising makeup and prosthetic designers. Lauren Wilde of Peachtree City, Ga., was one of eight students chosen from hundreds of applicants around the world for a competition at the International Makeup Arts Trade Show in Los Angeles in January.

Wilde competed in the character/prosthetic category, using supplied prosthetic pieces to create a character – using a live model -- inspired by the upcoming movie OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

“You’re given your prosthetics the day of the competition, so you have no way of planning ahead of time,” Wilde explained. “I was given elf ears, a pointy nose and eye bags, and I had three hours to complete my design.”

Incorporating a wig she had created a few days earlier, Wilde created a wood nymph. For her model, she recruited Los Angeles resident Alex Perrone, who received a B.F.A. in wig and makeup design from UNCSA in 2012.

Wilde competed against students from Vancouver Film School in British Columbia, Canada, and Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles.

While she did not place in the top three in her category, Wilde said she valued the experience. “It was nice to be chosen to go, from so many applicants all over the world,” she said. The M.F.A. candidate came away with a “swag bag of makeup” and leads on a few jobs when she graduates in May.

Joseph P. Tilford, Dean of the School of Design and Production, said he is not surprised that Wilde was approached at IMATS about a job. “A very high percentage of our graduates in Design and Production have jobs upon graduating. Our faculty provides our students with the superior training that the industry wants and demands,” he said.

Alex Perrone models Wilde's design work

Lauren Wilde and Alex Perrone

“Lauren has built an impressive and beautiful portfolio to showcase her talent, her hard work and her accomplishments. Her strong training and elegant work, combined with face-to-face contact with industry professionals, place her in a perfect position for a great entertainment industry job right out of school,” Tilford said.

Michael Meyer, director of UNCSA’s wig and makeup program, said the industry professionals who interviewed Wilde were impressed with her depth of knowledge about a variety of industry-standard materials.

 “The feedback from the judges was that no school compares with the high standards of our wig and makeup program,” Meyer said. 

In March, Wilde will receive the 2013 Makeup Design Award from the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT), the 4,000-member national association for performing arts design and technology professionals. She has a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University.

Wilde has designed special effects and makeup for numerous UNCSA student films, including SEVERE PSYCHOSIS OF A MUSICLESS MAN, which was accepted by the alternative film festival Slamdance in 2011. She also has designed for Stone’s Throw Films, Gorill Films, and for music videos and television commercials.

The International Makeup Artist Trade Show is the makeup world’s biggest gathering. Thousands of makeup artists, vendors and enthusiasts discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer. Makeup pros from fashion and film (including Oscar, BAFTA and Saturn award winners) provide education and demonstrations at IMATS, and new products often debut there. The show is held six times annually—in Los Angeles; New York; London; Vancouver, B.C.; Sydney; and Toronto.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.