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Undergraduate Certificate in
Digital Arts


M.F.A., Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design
B.A., Media Culture Studies and Media Arts, Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)

k. funmilayo aileru — pronouns: xi, xem, xyr(z) — is a Black Native artist, educator, and organizer who works in the realms of AfroIndigenous futurism(s). xi employs a variety of mediums including digital media, sculpture, and installation to engage concepts and themes such as [ancestral] memory, trauma, and Otherness within celestial time and space. Much of xyr work explores historical, present, and future relationships between technology and Black and Indigenous experiences and embodiment in the West. aileru experiments with reconstructing these paradigms through collective imagination and dreaming.

k. funmilayo aileru was born and is based on the South Side of Providence, RI. xi is an enrolled member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island and a co-founding member of blackearth collective and lab. Currently, xi is a Mellon Visiting Practitioner Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University (Providence, RI). xi is also an inaugural ‘Parkist-in Residence’ for the City of Providence, Artist-Facilitator for the Black Lives Matter Mural Project.

M.F.A., Mount Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art
B.F.A., Painting, Pratt Institute

Benjamin Andrew is an assistant teaching professor at Penn State, specializing in online education and interdisciplinary design. He has worked as a graphic and web designer for clients ranging from political campaigns to research teams at NASA. His fine art practice explores the frontiers of storytelling by leveraging participatory art and digital media to imagine strange new futures. He previously taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University; though he misses Baltimore, he enjoys his new home on the internet.

M.F.A., New Media, Penn State
B.A., Studio Arts, University of Pittsburgh

Ian Brill is an instructor of digital art for Penn State World Campus. His work focuses on the accumulation of form through process. Through the design of interactive, performative, and multisensorial environments, he considers boundaries of becoming (versus being) and our immersive relationship with technology. His installations, performances, and writing have been presented internationally at conferences, festivals, and galleries.

B.A., Studio Arts, Art History, University of Pittsburgh
M.F.A., Printmaking, Penn State

Anna Divinsky is an assistant teaching professor of art at the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Office of Digital Learning. She is also the digital arts certificate and digital multimedia design program coordinator. Her passion and research focus on exploring best teaching and learning practices in online art education.

As a recent Innovator in Residence grant recipient from the Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design, Divinsky continues to share best practices in online teaching, assessment, and engagement through the College of Arts and Architecture Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching, fostering a place for growth and community for graduate students within the college. Being an artist inspires and informs Divinsky’s approach to pedagogy, integrating studio techniques, appreciation of detail, love for design, and hands-on art-making.

Ph.D., University of California
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
B.F.A., Otis College of Art and Design

Dr. Eduardo Navas teaches on the principles of cultural analytics and digital humanities in the School of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Architecture, at Penn State, researching the creative and political role of recyclability and remix in art, media, and culture. He has lectured internationally, and he produces art and publishes on remix studies.

M.F.A., Ceramics, Marywood University
B.A., Studio Art, Shippensburg University

Courtney Redding is an adjunct lecturer with the School of Visual Arts and teaches courses in the digital multimedia design program and the digital arts certificate program. Her work encompasses the art and design world, with a focus on multiple media forms of expression. Redding's influences are from a diverse array of disciplines. From science and history to the natural world and technological field, her imagery integrates these backgrounds into a philosophy of symbols and a personal typographic and textural array.

M.F.A., Print and Media Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art
B.F.A., Studio Art, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Leanna Rosas’ teaching and new media studio work is concerned with issues of identity, inequality, irony and manipulation, and the various relationships within visual culture. Her recent work is in music composition, collaborating with the visual work of partner Carlos Rosas, Penn State School of Visual Art, and the audio remixing of Robert Dansby, California Institute of the Arts. Much of the work resulting from their collaborations seeks to explore the means in which one identifies with the continually evolving conditions within a technology-driven culture.

M.F.A., Photography, University of Delaware
B.S., Visual Communications, Towson University

Christine J. Shanks teaches and creates work in both traditional studio and digital media. She applies her design background to her multifaceted work in academia by utilizing user-experience principles, creativity, and design thinking in her curriculum and pedagogy. As an educator, her primary goal is to establish a supportive classroom that emboldens students to explore and refine their process, motivations, and skills. She feels her work in academia and design are intertwined; new projects and pursuits in one field develop from ideas and exploration in the other.

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