Tom Lewis, associate professor and chair, photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media
Tom Lewis is chair of photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media. He taught photography and new media at KCAI in 2001...Read More
Tom Lewis is chair of photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media. He taught photography and new media at KCAI in 2001 and 2003 and joined the foundation faculty in 2005, becoming director of the School of the Foundation Year for 2012-2013. He joined the KCAI faculty after having taught at the University of Washington, Seattle.
While in Seattle, in addition to teaching at the University of Washington School of Art, Lewis served as an assistant to Rod Slemmons at Crux Photographic Restoration printing for photographic restoration and stabilization, research and exhibition. He also assisted Michael Van Horn, curator for "After Art-Rethinking 150 Years of Photography," at the Joseph and Elaine Monson Collection. He was co-founder and manager of CORE 317, an alternative space in Denver, and completed an internship at the International Center of Photography in New York.
His range of expertise includes photography; photographic restoration, stabilization, research and exhibition; installation; archiving; printing; processing; and cataloging.
His work has been exhibited at the Soil Invitational; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College-Chicago (a group exhibition in conjunction with "Persistence of Vision," a Paul Berger retrospective); the University of Texas; the Art Space Gallery in Seattle; the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, and the University of Notre Dame among others.
Lewis studied at KCAI on a Presidential Merit Scholarship and went on to earn a B.F.A. degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Washington, where he held the Jane and David Davis Fellowship and Parnasuss Endowment.
Dwight Frizzell, an alumnus of KCAI, is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance,...Read More
Dwight Frizzell, an alumnus of KCAI, is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance, installation, music, audio art and writing.
Collaborative in nature, his projects emphasize research and a commonality between the fine and performing arts. "The Irish Wilderness: A Phantasmic Meditation" received a Golden Reel Award. "Center of the World," from Frizzell's work about his boyhood neighbor, Harry S. Truman, was featured in the Peabody-awarded "Lost and Found Sound" series broadcast on National Public Radio.
Diana Heise’s practice engages video, photography, performance, installation, film, writing, sculpture, public intervention and sound...Read More.
Diana Heise’s practice engages video, photography, performance, installation, film, writing, sculpture, public intervention and sound. Heise’s work is invested in exploring psychological states and creating a free space for contemplation that lends itself to the promotion of awareness and non-violence. Her work has been exhibited galleries and festivals internationally, including at the Brooklyn Museum, the Film Anthology Archives, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, and the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y. She is also a recipient of a Performance Art Fund Grant from the Franklin Furnace Inc. as well as a Presidential Fellowship at the American University in Cairo.
Heise is currently a resident artist at Review Studios in Kansas City, Mo. She has spoken about her work in venues such as the Parsons School of Art and Design, the H&R Block Artspace and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. After receiving a research grant from Vassar College, she published her research on Slovene art collectives in Global and Local Art Histories, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Her curatorial projects include exhibitions with artists such as Aziz + Cucher, Julia Jacquette and Karen Rifas. She holds an M.F.A. degree in photography, video and related media from the School of Visual Arts and a B.A. degree in art history from Vassar College. She lives and works in Kansas City, Mo., and North Hero, Vt. For more information, please visit www.dianaheise.com.
Cyan Meeks is a digital artist who takes a transdisciplinary approach...Read More
Cyan Meeks is a digital artist who takes a transdisciplinary approach to her collaborative practice, blending installation, performance, filmmaking, sonic design, curation and media study. Both her collaborative and solo works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films Festival at MoMA, Deuxieme Manifestation International Video et Art Electronique and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She has received first place awards from the American Film Institute and the New York Film Festival and received a grant from the National Park Service. Her commercial work within the music industry has received accolades by NME and Spin magazines. Meeks received her B.F.A. degree in new media from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995, studied for her M.F.A. degree at the California Institute of the Arts in 1997 and completed her M.F.A. degree in media studies at the State University of New York in 2003.
Trey Hock has been producing short films, commercial work and acting since he received his M.F.A. degree in 2007 from...Read More
Trey Hock has been producing short films, commercial work and acting since he received his M.F.A. degree in 2007 from the film and television department of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where his emphasis was on writing and directing. His films have screened at Sundance and SXSW, as well as at other international film festivals, and his commercial clients have ranged from Alfa Romeo to eBay.
Since his return to Kansas City, he has become an active member of the film community. He is a film critic for scene-stealers.com, the weekend film critic for KCTV-5 (Kansas City's CBS affiliate) and has been a guest on Central Standard Fridays, which airs on KCUR-FM Radio, Kansas City's NPR affiliate. Hock has been a member of the Kansas City Film Critics’ Circle, the second oldest film critics’ organization in the U.S., since July 2011.
In the classroom, Hock believes in community-based learning and active exploration and discussion through interactive technology such as Google+. This gives his students a means to continue the conversation beyond the classroom walls. By doing this he is able to encourage his students to curate the conversation and take responsibility for their own learning.
Jeff Eaton is an artist and curator who lives and works in Kansas City. His work has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,...Read More
Jeff Eaton is an artist and curator who lives and works in Kansas City. His work has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, SIGNAL, Terminal Projects and Smith-Stewart. In 2010, he was a Curatorial Fellow at the Neuberger Museum of Art. He has organized many curatorial projects, including SUNY SUMI - SUMI INK CLUB at State University of New York and The Bulletin Board Program. He was curatorial associate/archivist at White Columns, New York's oldest alternative art gallery, and is presently archive project manager at Grand Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a co-founder of SPECTRA, a platform presenting time-based artwork in Kansas City. In 2010, he received his M.A./M.F.A. degrees in studio art and art history from SUNY Purchase College. In 2007, he earned a BF.A. degree in photography and art history from KCAI.