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education

1991

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, Cambridge, MA
MSVS: Visual Studies, Media Lab | Thesis: The Transitional Image, Visual Perception, Data Visualization, Interactive

1980

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, College of Fine Arts, Amherst, MA BFA: Fine Arts, cum laude | Interdisciplinary Studio Art: 3D Design and Computer Graphics

awards/honors

1980

Ford Foundation Fellowship

solo exhibitions and performances

2017

Resonate with stillness, experience light, Steckline Gallery, Wichita, KS, March 31 – April 25

2016

Flickering light, unto sleep I concede, performed live with the Impulse Percussion Group (IPG), WSU Miller Concert Hall, Wichita, KS, 11/13

2016

Home to the immortals, fragments of paradise, performed live with the IPG, WSU Miller Concert Hall, Wichita, KS, 11/13

juried group exhibitions

1984

CADRE ’84, computers in art and design, research and education, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, USA

1983

Homage to Mondrian, Film Short, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

1981

Computer Culture ‘81, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1981

High Technology Art: A Congressional Exhibit, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA

1981

SIGGRAPH ’81 Art Show, Inaugural SIGGRAPH Art Show, Dallas, TX, USA

visual effects film and broadcast credits

2006

Charlotte’s Web, compositing/lighting artist

2005

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Oscar® nominated), lighting/compositing artist

2004

Garfield, lighting artist

2004

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, lighting artist

2002

Stuart Little 2, composting artist

2002

The Chubbchubbs! (Oscar winning animated film short), lighting artist

2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, look development and lighting lead

2000

Hollow Man (Oscar nominated), look development and lighting lead

2000

Dinosaur, lighting artist and digital effects technical director

1997

The Fifth Element, digital effects technical director

1997

Dante’s Peak, digital effects technical director

1988

CBS Election Graphics–Primary Elections, digital effects technical director

conference and guest lectures

2017

“Resonate with stillness, experience light,” Art for Lunch Lecture Series, 2016–17, Newman University, Wichita, KS, USA

2011

“Building Photorealistic Materials with Mental Mill and Iray,” Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, CA, USA

2009

“Platform-independent Shader Development with Mental Mill: The making of Dead Rising 2,” GDC, San Francisco, CA, USA

2008

“Mental Mill & MetaSL: Advances in Cross-Platform Shader Authoring,” GTC (nVision 08), Visual Computing, San Jose, CA, USA

2008

“Bringing Your CAD Models to Life: An Overview of Rendering Technologies,” COE 2008 Annual PLM Conference & TechniFair, Orlando, Florida, USA

2008

“Shader Development with Mental Mill and MetaSL,” FMX/08, Stuttgart, Germany

2001

“Visual Effects for Feature Film,” Fine Art Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA

1991

“Transparency and Blur as Selective Cues for Complex Visual Information,” SPIE, Imaging Tools for Design, International Society for Optical Engineering ’91, San Jose, CA, USA

1989

“Artificial Intelligence, Art and Design,” Session Co-chair, NCGA Arts Conference ‘89/CADRE Institute, San Jose, CA, USA

1988

“Artificial Intelligence in the Arts,” Panelist, First International Symposium Electronic Art (FISEA) ‘88, Utrecht, Netherlands

1986

“Design and Computer Graphics,” College of Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA

1986

“Design Principles in Graphical User Interface Design,” IntelliCorp, Mountain View, CA, USA

1986

“Concepts of Graphical User Interface Design,” Art History Information Project, Getty Center, Santa Monica, CA, USA

1985

“Heuristic Rules for Visualization, ” IEEE Graphics Interface ‘85, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

research papers and publications as author

1996

“Interface Design Methods for Image Search,” Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs white paper

1991

“Transparency and Blur as Selective Cues for Complex Visual Information,” (with Colby, G.) Proceedings of the SPIE Conference, San Jose, CA, Vol. 1460:114-125, August

1985

“Heuristic Rules for Visualization,” Computer-Generated Images: The State of the Art, Springer Verlag, pp. 386-391

1985

“Heuristic Rules for Visualization,” Proceedings of IEEE Graphics Interface ‘85, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, pp. 443-446

1984

“The MindSet Computer, ” Whole Earth Software Review, Issue #3, Fall

teaching

2015-17

Newman University: Art Department, Wichita, KS | Assistant Professor Graphic Design and Digital Art

2016-17

MakeICT, Wichita, KS | Program Director Maker Academy: STEM/STEAM courses and workshops

2015

Butler Community College: Digital Media, Andover, KS | Adjunct Professor Digital Photography

2014-17

Women Who Code, Wichita, KS | Co-Director: Programming courses Processing, Java, and Python

2007-09

Mental Images GmbH, Berlin, Germany, Los Angeles, CA | Workshops, instructional video for VFX artists

1999-02

Sony Pictures Imageworks, Culver City, CA | Trainer of trainers, coach VFX color and lighting artists

1994-95

El Colegio de La Frontera Sur, Chiapas, Mexico | Mentor (bilingual), UX, color grading, animation

1985

MIT Media Lab: Visible Language Workshop, Cambridge, MA | Adjunct Professor Multimedia: Words, Images, Graphics and Ideas (WIGS)

1980

University of Massachusetts, College of Fine Arts, Amherst, MA | Teaching Assistant, Computer Graphics Workshop: Prof. Robert Mallary

industry

2001-17

Founder, Artist | Studio Laura Scholl | Los Angeles, CA, Wichita, KS | Interactive installations

2013-15

Art Director, Co-Producer | Walrus & Carpenter Productions LLC Boulder, CO, Wichita, KS | Independent e-book publisher

2007-11

Senior Product Manager: Strategic Projects | Mental Images GmbH, (NVIDIA) | Berlin Germany, Los Angeles, CA

1996-06

Senior Technical Director/Artist, Look Development Lead | Walt Disney Studios • Sony Pictures Imageworks • Digital Domain • Rhythm & Hues | Burbank, Culver City, Venice, Los Angeles, CA

1995-96

Artist, Designer: Web, User Experience, Information Design | AT&T/Lucent Technologies Bell Labs | Holmdel, NJ

1994-95

Art Director, Producer: Interactive Multimedia | El Colegio de La Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) – Ecological research institute of the Mexican Federal Government’s National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt) | San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México

boards and professional societies

2016-17

Board of Directors, AIGA Wichita, KS

2014-17

Board of Directors, Wichita State University Art and Design Advocates, Wichita, KS

2015-17

Program Co-Director, Women Who Code, Wichita, KS Network

2016-17

Program Director Maker Academy, MakeICT – makerspace / DevICT–Level Up Mentor, Wichita, KS

2015-17

Member, Kansas Professional Communicators (WPC/ICT)