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.
Douglas Hudson is an independent animation director and...Read More
Douglas Hudson is an independent animation director and educator with more than 15 years experience designing and leading highly effective undergraduate curriculum. In addition to teaching, Hudson has produced non-‐commercial animated shorts, ranging from stream of consciousness abstractions to wry observational narratives, for the last 20 years.
Hudson founded the animation department for KCAI in 2005, authoring, implementing and teaching the original NASAD-accredited curriculum as well as serving as program head from 2005-‐2009 and department chair from 2009-‐2013. Presently, the department is the second largest major on campus with a total enrollment of more than 100 students.
In addition to many departmental honors and distinctions over the years, three of his students were awarded a Student Academy Award for their senior film, "Dried Up," in 2010. Additionally, a high percentage of his graduates consistently transition directly into the animation industry and/or establish alternative creative careers.
Hudson has designed and taught all levels of undergraduate and high school animation curriculum in addition to providing solid administrative leadership and oversight. His areas of focus are curricular design and development, animation history, principals of animation and the mentoring of students through the professional‐practice/production process.
At Warner Brothers in Glendale, Calif., Hudson animated for the online cartoon series Gotham Girls and Lobo and was also a member of the first team of animators to produce original Looney Tunes shorts for the Web. Additionally, he designed and taught original coursework for the University of California-Los Angeles Extension, American Intercontinental University and College of the Canyons, all in Southern California.
Hudson earned a B.F.A. degree in animation in 1997 from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an M.F.A. degree in experimental animation in 2000 from the California Institute of the Arts, under the mentorship of Jules Engel.
John Baker, special instructor 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.
Christoph Steger is an animation director whose films explore the grey areas between traditional animation and observational...Read More
Christoph Steger is an animation director whose films explore the grey areas between traditional animation and observational documentary. His animated films are subtle studies of characters, places and events.
Steger believes that animation can access aspects of reality that lie beneath the surface of what is visible. By using animation, he highlights the subjective nature of all kinds of documentary work.
His work has been screened on television in the United Kingdom and Europe and was shown at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and numerous other international film festivals.
In 2007, the Arts Council England and Channel Four funded scheme Animate! commissioned his film "Jeffery and the Dinosaurs," a mixed media documentary that explores the work and struggles of outsider science fiction artist Jeffery Marzi.
As part of the London animation community, Christoph has worked on a wide range of commercial and cultural projects for BBC, Channel Four, Amnesty International and other British and European clients.
Christoph holds a B.A. degree in visual communication from the Hochschule RheinMain in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2004, he received a scholarship for postgraduate studies in art and design from the German Academic Exchange Service and went on to earn an M.A. degree in animation from the Royal College of Art in London.
Melinda Robino began her career as graphic designer and typesetter. In 1987, she was selected to beta-test a little-known computer...Read More
Melinda Robino began her career as graphic designer and typesetter. In 1987, she was selected to beta-test a little-known computer called Apple (at the DuPont Company). From there Robino moved on to establish one of the first desktop publishing companies in the state of Delaware.
Since then Robino has taught high school and college level multimedia programs in Maryland and 3D animation at Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas. During her 8 years of teaching, Robino continued her own training and has become certified in multiple software programs while nurturing her love of the fine art. From 3D training at Stanford University to pouring bronze at SCAD in Atlanta, along with many freelance projects in between, Robino has honed her teaching skills to include a blend of art history, drawing, storytelling and animation.
Robino has a B.S. degree in Human Resource Management from Wilmington College in Ohio, an M.S. degree in Curriculum Development and Instruction from Emporia University in Kansas and graphic design certification from the University of Delaware in Newark.
Evan Tedlock is an animation artist and educator. His forte lies in experimental animation where his art strives to delve deeply...Read More
Evan Tedlock is an animation artist and educator. His forte lies in experimental animation where his art strives to delve deeply into the human condition and expose truth through the expression of time and beauty. The medium with which he creates often changes from project to project, and thus he continually is sharpening his skills in a large lateral area of the animation world. His work has been exhibited as near as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and as far as the Winter International Festival of Arts in Sochi, Russia. Animating projections for the performance group Quixotic, developing graphics and marketing media for Grocery IQ and participating in the Linoleum Film Fest competition are just a few of the notable projects that Tedlock has been involved with. Though the art of movement is his first love, a close second is education. For three years Evan has been teaching all age groups through KCAI's Continuing and Professional Studies program. From digital illustration to traditional animation and from comics to claymation, he has designed more than 10 courses that are currently on cycle in the CPS program. Evan earned his B.F.A. degree in animation from the Kansas City Art Institute.