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...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 video artist, independent filmmaker, community organizer, curator and published media theorist. Over the past two...Read More
Cyan Meeks is a video artist, independent filmmaker, community organizer, curator and published media theorist. Over the past two decades, she has obtained international success in both the fine art world as well as within the film and television industries. This year her work was presented at the Sundance Film Festiva, and she led the development of an after-school video production program for inner-city high school students and published the book “Ambient Media.” She is co-founder of The Mercy Seat Gallery located in Kansas City’s Crossroads District where she has been curator for more than 30 exhibitions and was awarded a grant by the National Parks Service to create a permanent video installation for Key Biscayne National Park’s visitor center.
Meeks received her B.F.A. in photography and new media from the Kansas City Art Institute, and she studied for her M.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts in Live Action and completed her M.F.A. in media studies at the State University of New York. She has received first place awards from American Film Institute, Winslow International Film Festival and New York Independent Film Festival. Meeks is also a published art critic for Review Magazine.