Participant Bios

xtine burrough is a new media artist, author, and Associate Professor of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. Sabrina Starnaman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. Upon meeting at UT Dallas in fall 2016, burrough and Starnaman discovered a shared passion for embodiment, literature, and labor. The two became fast friends and quickly set forth to merge burrough’s artistic interventions with Starnaman’s scholarship in Progressive Era social reform.

Nick Bontrager is an interdisciplinary artist whose work and research explores the physical and conceptual nature of the moving image, game-based interactions and exchanges, and the idea of replicas or facsimiles as tools of preservation. Nick received his MFA from The Ohio State University for studies in Art & Technology and his BFA at the University of Houston in Photography & Digital Media.

While developing the New Media Art program in the School of Art at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Nick has built bridges between the Arts & Sciences while infusing traditional techniques with new and experimental methods.

Gregory Scott Cook received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Communications and Coordinator of Studio CreaTec in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas in Arlington (UTA). He teaches User Interface design as it relates to interactivity on the web, information visualization, and design problems involving emerging technology. A nationally and internationally shown artist and designer, he maintains a studio practice in the media of Print, Drawing, Audio Recording/Performance, Installation, Digital Fabrication—specializing in the creative use of emerging technology.

Dickie Cox is a transmedia artist, designer, and technologist uniting strategies of interactivity, immersion, and play. His recent Play Interventions series incorporates human collaboration, electronics, abstraction, and whimsical elements to evoke mischievous imagined worlds that invite audiences to play with one another. Cox holds an MFA in Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.

Jeff Donaldson is a US based artist who began applying extended techniques for musical instruments to video systems while studying music composition in 2001. His prepared video systems offer a new and, ultimately very influential approach to video art, textile art, installation and performance. Donaldson has exhibited and performed internationally including at the Tate Modern, London; Microscope Gallery, NYC; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio De Janeiro; The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, UK; Leap, Berlin; Isetan, Tokyo; LABORAL, Gijon; iMAL, Brussels.

Travis Donovan is a North Carolina interdisciplinary artist and educator. Donovan received a BFA in Sculpture from Appalachian State University in 2004 and his MFA from the University of North Carolina in 2011. Employing a range of techniques from traditional casting and fabrication practices to studies in kinetics and new media, Donovan explores the relationships between objects, exaggeration, and identity. His current research investigates poetics and utilitarian materials of the South and their links to gender and Class. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including solo shows at The William King Museum of Art and Neil Britton Gallery and has work in the permanent collection at The Yingge Ceramics Museum in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Donovan is Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Area Coordinator at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Gabrielle Duggan was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and earned a Master of Art and Design degree in Fibers and Surface Design from North Carolina State University. Duggan’s work is represented by AH Arts in Manhattan, N.Y., has been exhibited at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (NC, 2011-2012), and Garis and Hahn (NY, 2016), and been supported by the North Carolina Arts Council (RAPG 2011) and residencies such as Salem Art Works (Fellow, 2016), the Musk Ox Farm (2015), Governor’s Island Art Fair (2014), and ArtspaceNC (2013-2014). Duggan recently taught Textile Art and Design as a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University in Atlanta and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas.

Frankie Flood is an Associate Professor and area head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design area at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Flood previously served as Director of the Digital Craft Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and for eleven years served various roles in the Department of Art such as Director of Foundations, area head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing program, and Coordinator for the BA in Digital Fabrication and Design. Flood is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Master of Fine Art degree in Metalsmithing.

Jonathan Hils is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts. Hils received his MFA from Tulane University and his BFA from Georgia State University. He’s completed numerous gallery exhibitions, public art exhibitions, and commissions domestically and internationally. His research involves the act of drawing using various means of materials that overlap visual aesthetics of ornament, weaving, and assemblages of gathered information that are rooted in repetitive processes. He’s the recipient of the Oklahoma Visual Art Fellowship and has been nominated for a USA Artist Fellowship. He maintains his studio in Norman, OK where he lives with his wife Jackie and their two dogs Moose and Charlotte.

Sophie Kahn is a Brooklyn- based, Australian digital artist. She earned a BA (Hons) in Fine Art/History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London; a Graduate Certificate in Spatial Information Architecture from RMIT University, Melbourne; and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded a full-tuition Trustee scholarship.

Sophie has taught in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute as a Visiting Associate Professor, and at Columbia College, Chicago, as a visiting instructor. She has recently completed residencies at the NARS Foundation and at the Museum of Arts and Design, both in New York City. Her work has been featured in numerous festivals including Zero1 Biennale, Transmediale, and the Japan Media Arts Festival. She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Digital and Electronic Arts Fellow.

Julie Libersat is an intermedia artist and art educator born in Kerala, India and raised in Philadelphia PA. Libersat received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003 and earned an MFA in New Media in 2016 as well as a Masters in Art Education in 2017, from the University of North Texas. Libersat has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, School 33 in Baltimore, The Center for Art and Culture in France, Currents International New Media Festival, Paseo Taos and Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico.

R. Eric McMaster’s works involve fabricated objects, performers, actions, and images exploring themes or order, resistance, and vulnerability. He has exhibited in New York, Hiroshima, New Delhi, Paris, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Phoenix among others.  He is the recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund, and numerous scholastic grants and scholarships. R Eric McMaster teaches sculpture and digital fabrication courses at the University of Texas at Austin, where he founded the department’s digital fabrication lab.

Darcy Neal is an electronic artist,  workshop curator and co-founder of LadyBrain Studios, where they specialize in interactive electronics, 3D design and rapid prototyping techniques.  They have a strong affinity for physical computing and exploring the cross-pollination of the senses by using various electronic mediums, which culminate in handmade electronic sound sculptures and interactive installations.  Aside from the creation of unique artworks, LadyBrain Studios exists as an entity to help support other females and non-binary individuals who are interested in working with electronic mediums, and has been dedicated to providing electronic-themed workshops to encourage a broader diversity of students to enter the field of engineering.  This has culminated in the form of ongoing workshops taught at various maker-spaces, educational centers, and now at S1 in Portland, OR. They help build synthesizers at 4MS Company and help run the Fab Lab at Portland Community College. With the rise of the plastic waste epidemic, Neal has begun to shift interests to include the development of 3D printing techniques that utilize recycled material as an additive alternative to encourage more eco-friendly alternatives.  

Colby Parsons’ work explores the potential meanings and aesthetics within the convergence of traditional and digital media, and is produced in a range of formats including ceramics, digital fabrication, projection mapping, installation and interactivity. His work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including Navy Pier in Chicago, the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum; the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark; the Cameron Art Museum in North Carolina; the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California, and the University of Pennsylvania Art Museum. In 2015, Colby was awarded the $20,000 Zanesville Art Prize.

Adetty Perez de Miles earned a dual Ph.D. in Art Education and Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation, Dialogic Encounters: The School of Panamerican Unrest investigates the pedagogical function of contemporary art. Dr. Pérez Miles was the recipient of the Penn State University Alumni Association Dissertation Award in the Fine Arts and Humanities Category. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art Education: Visual Art Studies, at The University of North Texas.

Brittany Ransom is an artist and educator currently living in Long Beach, California. Ransom has shown internationally and nationally and has been featured in numerous publications. Her most recent work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Berlin (as part of Transmediale 2017), Chicago, and Dallas. Ransom served as the 2017 SIGGRAPH Studio Chair and will serve as the 2019 SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Chair, both in Los Angeles. Ransom received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2011) and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Art and Technology (2008). Ransom is currently serving as the Program Head of Sculpture/4D and is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture + New Genres at California State University Long Beach.

Niki Selken is the founder of Emoji Foundation and the creator of the Emoji Dictionary and VR game, EmojiFlower VR. Her work focuses around storytelling, games and interaction design. She is a resident artist and creative code teacher at in the Gray Area where she is researching VR and AR. In 2014 she won New York NASA Space Apps and placed as a global finalist for wearable tech project, Senti8. Her game, Find Maria Rivera was exhibited and selected as an Award Finalist at Indiecade 2015. In 2016 she was selected as a Kill Screen game design scholar and Parsons E-Lab fellow for her Augmented Reality platform, Wayscape. Niki's design and Emoji work has been featured by Yahoo Tech, Adafruit, Buzzfeed and Make Magazine among others.

Hector Siller is currently a faculty member of the Department of Engineering Technology at The University of North Texas, where he leads the Digital Manufacturing Lab. He holds a PhD from the Universitat Juame I in Spain.

Caitlin Skelcey is an art jeweler currently working and teaching in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her MFA in Metals at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and a BFA in both Metals and Jewelry Design and Fine Art Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. As a jewelry artist, she is interested in subversions of the artificial and natural; where divisions blur between visceral body and machine.

Kyoung Lee Swearingen, prior to joining the Department of Design faculty at The Ohio State University, worked in the film industry over the last decade as a Technical Director of Lighting at Pixar Animation Studios and DNA Productions. Kyoung has worked on a variety of features and shorts including Ratatouille, Wall-E, UP, Cars 2, Toy Story 3, Brave, Monsters University, Presto, La Luna, The Blue Umbrella, Mater’s Tall Tales, Partly Cloudy, Ant Bully, and the Jimmy NeutronTV series. Her work has claimed numerous awards from the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Visual Effects Society, The American Film Institute, as well as many others. Her current research focuses on the creation of Virtual Environments with 3D Printing and Photogrammetry. Her main expertise in teaching and research is lighting, pre-production, post-production, visual storytelling and cinematography for animated films and games.

Scott Swearingen, prior to joining the Department of Design faculty at The Ohio State University, worked in the video game industry since 2003 as a game designer, level designer, and environment artist. Scott has worked on a variety of award-winning games and franchises including Medal of Honor, Brothers In Arms, The Simpsons, Dead Space, The Godfather and The Sims. His current research and creative works focus almost entirely on cooperative, multiplayer games where players must collaborate with one another as they strive towards shared goals. Scott is also interested in the bridging of digital and analog games and in particular, the spaces in which player interactions occur.

James Thurman is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas’ College of Visual Arts & Design, where he coordinates the 3D Core program as well as teaches in the Metalsmithing & Jewelry area.  He received his MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA in Sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2010, he completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and is now currently serving as Editor of Technical Articles for the organization.  In 2012, he was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar, working with Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey, on curricular development.