Current Student in Residence


Zizi Àsta

Rockford student, Zizi Àsta is our first Student in Residence. She will use NGAS’s equipment, space, and resources for one year—culminating to a screening of her animation in the summer of 2020.

Zizi is a freelance artist, illustrator, and animator, and a fledgling cosplayer and costume designer. Her passions and inspirations are video games, animated television shows and movies, and manga. Some examples include Don’t Starve, Pokémon, and many animated shows like Futurama, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Her hopes for the future are to work as a character/monster artist for a company like Klei Entertainment, or an animator for a cartoon series like Spongebob Squarepants. She hope’s to spend this year learning storytelling through animation and new animation techniques.

About the Student in Residence Program

New Genres Art Space’s Student in Residence Program supports a promising young digital artist/animator by providing technical and conceptual support while they produce a short, but in-depth animation. Through one-on-one college level instruction, the student develops advanced skills in a variety of animation techniques. The program lasts for one year culminating in a free public screening of the young artists work. 

NGAS supports the student after the residency by being life-long advocates for them and their work. Through connecting them to university and college programs throughout Illinois, writing recommendation letters and referrals, and exposing them to new exhibition opportunities, New Genres Art Space weaves a network of support that will act as a continual springboard for the young artist’s career. 


  • Access to all NGAS classes, workshops, summer camps, and after school programs free of charge.

  • One on one instruction with a concentration on a final animation short film.

  • Exposure to exhibiting NGAS artists and animators.

  • Assistance in film-fest submission preparation.

  • Assistance in website and portfolio development.

  • Assistance in creating resume and artist statements.

  • Public screening or exhibition at the end of residency.