Shawn Brixey

SHAWN BRIXEY A faculty member of the University of California, Berkeley, Shawn Brixey heads up the Department of Art Practice's Digital Media Program, and is Director of their new Center for Digital Art and New Media Research.

He has served as Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1994 to 1998, Visiting Professor of New Media at The University of Kentucky from 1990 to 1994, and was the Inaugural Leonardo Fellow at the University of Michigan, 1989. At the University of Washington he Chaired the Cross-Disciplinary Arts Program, and was also Director of the University's Laboratory for Animation Arts. His research interests lie at the emerging interface of art, science and technology. He is currently developing radical new art forms which present important evolutionary transformations in digital media by synthesizing these technologies with elements of space time and biology as hybrid strategies for future computational expression.


A graduate of MIT's CAVS/Media Lab, he has exhibited art and technology works internationally; including Documenta in Kassel, Germany, The Deutscher Kunstlerbund in Karlsruhe, Germany, The Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit, the MIT Museum in Boston, The Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati, The International Symposium for Electronic Arts at the Chicago Art Institute, the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and the American Design and Architecture Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt, New York in 2000.

He is currently working on two new commissions for the Institute for Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University, and The Beall Center for Art and Media, University of California Irvine for 2001. He has received all levels of major grants and awards to support his research including: The Boxlight Corporation, The National Institute of Health, The Intel Corporation, Silicon Graphics, Newport/Klinger Research Corporation, Apple Computer, IBM GmbH, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Leica and Hughes Aircraft. He lectures widely in the U.S and Europe on new and emerging media art forms. Critical writing and reviews of his work have been featured in diverse sources, including The San Francisco Chronicle, Wired Magazine, The Cincinnati Inquirer, The Boston Globe, Art News, WolkenKratzer magazine Germany, and Smithsonian World Television. He appears in seven separate editions of "Who's Who", these include Media, Entertaiment, Communications, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in the Millennium. Significant review of his work is included in Thames and Hudsons 1992 book release, Art of the Electronic Age, and the new release from MIT Press, Information Arts by Dr. Stephen Wilson.

In 1997 he received the first Distinguished Visiting Scholar/Mentor award from San Franciso State University's, New Media Institute. This new award is presented to individuals whos work exemplfies significant innovation in the field of new media. In 1998 he was selected as a keynote speaker for The Mayor's International Multimedia Summit, San Francisco, California. In 2000 He is selected as the Keynote Speaker for the Kansas City International Film Festival and the Prix Ars Judge for the "ArtFuture" Award sponsored by Acer Computer Corporation, Taipei, Taiwan.