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.
John Baker, assistant professor and program coordinator
John Baker joined KCAI in 2010 and teaches courses in digital media and animation. Previously he was an animator with MK12, a Kansas...Read More
John Baker joined KCAI in 2010 and teaches courses in digital media and animation. Previously he was an animator with MK12, a Kansas City-based motion graphics firm, where he was responsible for generating concepts for clients from storyboards to final animation and worked as editor and data manager on national and international film and video production. At MK12 he was responsible for shooting footage, including client work and internal short films, and he handled filming and processing green-screen footage, rotoscope work and various visual effects. Before that he was an animator with Video Post Productions in Kansas City, where he worked in 2-D and 3-D animation for national and international clients. He has worked on projects for the Salvation Army, Oregon Lottery, Microsoft, BBDO, Harmonix, Swiss Air International, Fox Television, Mastercard, Universal Pictures and Budweiser, to name just a few.
David Steele Overholt’s studies and research have covered areas of art, graphic design, technology, communications, urban architecture,...Read More
David Steele Overholt’s studies and research have covered areas of art, graphic design, technology, communications, urban architecture, psychology, sociology, philosophy, theology and more. He has worked in the commercial field and has taught in the academic environment with his main areas of focus in web and new media applications, rapid prototyping, usability testing and user-centered and experience design. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative eye, which are used to seek out new ideas and tools to help design and develop for himself and others.
Overholt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and a Master of Professional Studies from Tisch School of the Arts' Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University in New York.
Lara Shipley is from rural Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She...Read More
Lara Shipley is from rural Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a photographer, writer and bookmaker who primarily makes work about people and their relationships with the out-of-the-way places they call home. Her work has recently been exhibited at photo-eye in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is slated for exhibition at 555 Gallery in Boston. Lara’s photographs appear in publications such as The British Journal of Photography, The Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones Magazine, Vice Magazine, GOOD Magazine, Slate Magazine and Oxford American and on NPR. She is the founder of the photography book publisher SEARCH PARTY and recently released a series of books, "Spook Light Chronicles," with collaborator Antone Dolezal. Before becoming a professor of photography, she was an online photography producer for National Geographic and a freelance photographer in Washington, D.C. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri.
Gareth M. Skarka joined KCAI in 2014 and teaches classes in game design. An award-winning game designer, writer, developer and...Read More
Gareth M. Skarka joined KCAI in 2014 and teaches classes in game design. An award-winning game designer, writer, developer and consultant with over twenty years professional experience in the entertainment industry, he has worked on high-profile properties ranging from Doctor Who to Star Trek, with over 200 products to his credit. Skarka is the founder and director of Adamant Entertainment, which began as a game design studio before expanding into publishing and transmedia development. He is a multiple Origins Award and Ennie Award nominee and winner, and has been featured in articles on the growth of independent digital publishing appearing in the Washington Post, ABCNews.com and CNNMoney.