School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1991
Columbia College Chicago – Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts, 2003
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1999- present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Film, Video and New Media
Columbia College Chicago 1997 – present
Film Department - Animation Concentration
INDEPENDENT WORK AND EXHIBITIONS
The Guilt Trip, or The Vaticans Take a Holiday -2004
Stop-motion animation, filmed on 16mm and mastered onto DigiBeta. 14 minutes – 2004
Selected Screenings: 2004 – The Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, The Chicago Underground Film Festival
2005 – Slamdance Film Festival - Park City Utah, The Black Maria Film Festival - Jersey City NJ, MadCat Women’s Film Festival - San Francisco CA, Ohio Independent Film Festival - Cincinnati OH, The Director’s Forum, Berlin Germany, Boston Underground Film Festival, Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, The American Cinemateque at the Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, 2006.
Awards: Best Animated Film - Chicago Underground Film Festival
Juror’s Choice – Black Maria Film Festival
Best Animated Film – Ohio Independent Film Festival
The Ordovicians - 2004
Collaborative film made with Jim Trainor
16mm film 5 minutes – 2004
Screenings: 2004 - The Gene Siskel Film Center- Chicago, CinemaTexas – Austin TX,
2005 -New York Underground Film Festival – NY, NY, Movieside Film Festival – Chicago IL,
20,000 Leagues Under the Industry Film Festival –Cleveland OH, Rooftop Film Festival - Brooklyn NY.
Woman Without a Past - 2003
Mixed-media animation shot on 16mm and mastered onto mini DV
4.5 minutes, 2003
Screenings: 2004 - The Gene Siskel Film Center – Chicago, The Hideout – Chicago, 2005 - Madcat Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, THe Ice Factory, Chicago, 2006.
Mermaid - 2003
Performance piece incorporating projected animation and live puppetry
2003 – 45 minutes
Performances: Columbia College Chicago’s Mayfest, The Rhinoceros Theater Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center, Cucaracha Cabaret, Chicago.
Mermaid – (film ) - 2007
2-dimensional multi-plane stop-motion and sand animation. 17 minutes
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND CHICAGO-BASED CLIENTS
Galways Shadow, 2001 – Designed and created 2-dimensional puppets for a perfomance projected in the windows of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Salao, the Worst Kind of Unlucky, 2002 - Designed and created puppets for theatrical production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Received Joseph Jefferson Citation (JEFF Award) for Puppet Design.
Winter Pageant, 2003 - Created scratch-animated (cameraless animation) for projection during performance.
The Cabinet, 2005 – Designed and created puppets for adaptation of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
The Seldoms Dance and Performance Company-
Little Roy and the Weird Sisters, 2004 - Created stop-motion animation utilized in site specific performances, performed at Architectural Artifacts, a multi-level warehouse.
Giant Fix, 2005 - Created mixed media abstract animation for dance performed at Chicago’s Hamlin Park, in an outdoor empty pool.
Blair Thomas and Company-
Buster Keaton’s Stroll, 2003 - Designed and built puppets for staged adaptation of work by Federico Garcia Lorca.
Graphics / Animation
Specific Research Areas
Animation techniques - classical drawing for animation, stop-motion animation, experimental methods in animation, editing, and sound design for animation