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Curriculum Vitae

Mark Franz www.markfranz.org

317-363-5008

franzm@ohio.edu

Short Bio
Mark Franz is a designer, artist, and educator whose exhibitions and primary research projects involve the creation of interactive installations that reflect on issues of violence, dislocation, and other social constructions important in contemporary cultures. This work has been exhibited at venues including the PhxArtcade in conjunction with The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art of Video Games presented by the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, AZ and at the Blank Arcade: Games out of Joint at the Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures, Luneburg, Germany. Franz’s secondary research involves creating custom hardware and software for audiovisual performance and installation, and references the art historical current of visual music commonly discussed as part of animation history. This work has been exhibited at Pixelerations at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University in Providence, RI, the Sydney Non-Objective Sound Program at the SNO gallery in Sydney, Australia, and the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. As an Assistant Professor, in the School of Art + Design, Franz teaches courses in Graphic Design, New Media, Visual Systems, and Interaction Design.
Current Position
2014 – Present

 

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Chair of Graphic Design

School of Art + Design

Education
2007 – 2009

 

Master of Fine Arts

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Art and Technology Studies

2005 – 2007

 

Master of Arts

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Electronic Art and Animation

2001 – 2005

 

Bachelor of Arts

Taylor University, Upland, IN

Major: Literature, Minor: Studio Art

Solo and Small Group Exhibitions
2015 Sydney Non-Objective Sound Program

SNO gallery, Sydney, Australia

with Rolande Souliere and Grant Petrey

2015 Cut Ups

Drake University, Des Moines Iowa

Solo Performance

2014 Arts and Algorithms 2

Hardware Gallery, Titusville, FL

with Nathan Selikoff and David Montgomery

2014 Synecdoche: Parts for the Whole

Media Archeology Lab, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Solo Performance

2013 Arts and Algorithms

Hardware Gallery, Titusville, FL

with Nathan Selikoff and David Montgomery

2013 PhxArtcade

In conjunction with The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art of Video Games, Steele Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

with Theresa Devine and collaborator Shane Mecklenburger.

2013 Magic Mansion Offline

Tritriangle, Chicago, IL

with collaborator Shane Mecklenburger

2012 SLSA 2012

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, Milwaukee, WI

Collaborative Performance

with collaborators Amy Letter and Bradley Lewter

2011 Slippage

Gallery 1111, Dallas, TX

with Alfredo Salazar – Caro, and collaborator Shane Mecklenburger

2011 Subtitles

Threewalls Gallery, Chicago,IL

with James Payne and VIDEONERO

2009 Live at Transistor Studios, Transistor Studios, Chicago, IL

with Kiwon Choi, Mirror Phases, and collaborator Max Alexander

Juried National / International Exhibitions
2017 Somerville International Film Festival

Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA

2017 California Underground Film Festival

Al Mulino, Westlake Village, CA

2017 Palermo International Short Film Festival

City of Palermo, Sicily, Italy

2017 Experimental Film and Music Video Festival

Carlton Cinemas, Toronto, Canada

2017 Sydney World Film Festival

Sydney, Australia

2017 Martinique Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film, Private Screening
2017 Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival

Private / Small Group Screening

2016 Experimental Forum

Los Angeles, CA

2016 Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival

Factory Luxe Transmedia Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016 Montreal International Animation Festival

Montreal, Canada

2016 It Figures: The Body in Art

ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 What Happens When…

Powrplnt Digital Arts Collaboratory, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Echofluxx 16 International Film Festival

Paralelni Polis, Prague, Czech Republic

2016 Filmideo 2016

Index Art Center and Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey.

2016 12th Annual Athens Digital Arts Festival

Official Animation Selection, Athens, Greece

2016 Dada Lives!

University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2016 Los Angeles Cinefest

Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Delete TV International Video Art Screening

Melbourne, Australia

2016 43rd Athens International Film and Video Festival

Athena Cinema, Athens, OH

2016 CologneOFF 2016: Video Art in a Global Context

4th Annual Art and Animation Festival, Shillong, India

2015 Chrysalis Lens: A Brief Survey of Contemporary Video Art

Klaus Center for the Arts, Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

2015 Tech + Art Exhibit

117 Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2015 Incubarte Festival Internacional de Arte 7

La Llotgeta- Aula de cultura, Valencia, Spain

2015 Currents 2015: International New Media Festival

El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, NM

2015 Blank Arcade: Games out of Joint

Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures, Luneburg, Germany

2015 Visual Alchemy

Fountain Street Art Gallery, Framingham, MA

2014 Incite Insight

The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

2014 IDEAS_14

International Digital Media & Arts Association Exhibition, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT

2014 Game Show: An Immersive Art Experience

The Projects gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2010 Border Art Biennial

El Paso Art Museum, El Paso, TX

2010 Pixelerations

Firehouse 13 Gallery, In Cooperation With Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Providence, RI

2010 Shortsnonstop

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Internet Distribution

2010

 

Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts Festival

Makati City, Philippines

2009 Defective: Debugging Media Myths

Nightingale Theater, Chicago, IL

2009 King Ludd’s Midway Arcade

Version Fest 09

Experimental Station, Chicago, IL

2008 Looptopia

Depaul University, Chicago, IL

2008 HollyShorts Film Festival

Hollywood, CA

2008 International 18! Video Festival,

Bochum, Germany

Invitational National / International Exhibitions
2014 Musicians’ Forum: AIGA Centennial Celebration of Music and Design

in conjunction with the New World Symphony

New World Center, Miami, FL

2012 Digital Graffiti Festival

Alys Beach, FL

2012 Mischief Night

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2011 Interfaces

Jennifer Norback Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 Two Can Play At That Game: A Festival of Duos

Fishbowl Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 Around The Coyote Emerging Arts Festival

Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 (Re)load

Antenna art gallery, Chicago, IL

2008 Link City Chicago

Collaboration with Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky)

Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007 Subliminal Strings: Link City

Collaboration with Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky)

The Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL

2007 David Letterman Communication and Media Building Opening Ceremony

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

2007 Private Reception For Ball State University Administration

Mitchell Place Studios, Muncie, IN

2006 Fairmount Indiana And The Life Of James Byron Dean

Fairmount Historical Museum, Fairmount, IN

Regional Group Exhibitions
2014 New Faculty Exhibition

Trisolini Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH

2013 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2011 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

Ritter Art Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2010 10 X 10

Lake Worth Storage, Lake Worth, FL

2009 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

Ritter Art Gallery. Boca Raton, FL

2009 Screaming and Listening

Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL

2006 Master of Arts Exhibition

Ball State University Atrium Gallery, Muncie, IN

2006 Institute for Digital Intermedia Art and Animation Exhibition

Mitchell Place Studios, Muncie, IN

2006 Digital Exchange Showcase, presented by The Center For Media Design, Ball State University
2006 Ball State University 71st Annual Student Art Exhibition

First Place Electronic Art

David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie IN

2006 Frog Baby Film Festival

Best Experimental

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

2006 Minnetrista Cultural Center Exhibition

Muncie, IN

2005 Kitsch

Awarded Superior

Taylor University, Upland, IN

2005 Mitchell Art Exhibition

Two Zondervan Library Purchase Awards

Taylor University, Upland, IN

Artist in Residence
2015 Media Archaeology Lab

University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO

2014 Media Archaeology Lab

University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Publications and Media
2016 Artilucation Art Review

10th Edition, Zelda Deforested featured

2016 MetaDada: The International Journal of Dada Mining

1st Edition, “The Pig” Audio Excerpt

2016 Art2Code: (Tangible) Manifestations of Code

College of Art Association publication

2016 Athens Digital Arts Festival Catalog
2015 Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund provides $56,218 for student projects, Ohio University News
2015 CREATE_space receives 1804 Fund grant money for upgrade

Ohio University Compass

2015 Blank Arcade: Games Out of Joint Exhibition Catalog 2015
2015 Currents 2015: International New Media Festival Catalog
2014 Synecdoche: Parts for the Whole, Media Archaeology Lab Article www.mediaarchaeologylab.com
2014 Musicians’ Forum: AIGA Centennial Celebration of Music and Design Florida Atlantic University News
2014 Strangest Thing: An Introduction to Electronic Art Through the Teaching of Jacques Lacan, by David Bard-Schwarz. London: Routledge. Friendly Fire featured.
2013 Digital Art Festival in Full Swing in Titusville. Space Coast Daily. October 10th
2011 LiveBox Making Mischief this October in Chicago and Toronto! LiveBox News.
2010 Art Games Studies Resource. Jon Cates. Friendly Fire
Presentations
2015 Arduino Expo

Ohio University, Athens, OH

2015 Myron “Mike” Martin Lecturer in the Arts and Humanities

Drake University, Des Moines, IA

2013 Symposium Participant

Moderated by Ben Noel, University of Central Florida

Art and Algorithms, Titusville, FL

2013 Motion and Interaction Design: History and Techniques

Art and Algorithms, Titusville, FL

2011 Understanding Visual Music 2011

Paper Title: “Composition and Improvisation in Time-Based Visual Performance.” Concordia University, Montreal, QC Canada

2010 Parallel with Abstraction: Developmental Sound and Animation

Colloquium, Fall 2010

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2006 Guest Artist Presentation

David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie IN

2006 Guest Artist Presentation

Taylor University, Upland, IN

Grants and Awards
2016 Webflow Education Grant: Funded Web Design Software for the instruction of Graphic Design at Ohio University.
2015 Arts for Ohio Grant, “Stefan Sagmeister lecture and exhibition “Now is Better.” Received award in the amount of $6,000. Co – Investigator.
2015 1804 Fund Award: CREATE space: Furthering Graduate & Undergraduate Pedagogies in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math (STEAM) Related Fields. Received award in the amount of $34,759.00, as part of the Undergraduate Learning Pool of the 1804 Endowment at Ohio University. Co – Investigator.
2015 Ohio University College of Fine Arts Summer Innovation Award: Laser Cutter Research to Benefit the Curriculum. Received award in the amount of $5,000. Co – Principal Investigator.
2015 Ohio University College of Fine Arts Faculty Creative Activity Award: Historic Technology, Art Games, and User Experience Design. Received award in the amount of $3,327.
2015 Maxon Education Grant. Received award of design and animation, Cinema 4D, for the instruction of ART 3550 Animation at Ohio University.
2014 Bailyn Award for Faculty Research, Florida Atlantic University: Synedoches: Parts for the Whole. Received award in the amount of $500.
2012 – 2013 Graduate Recruitment Grant. Florida Atlantic University Graduate School. Applied and received additional funding for the recruitment of graduate students for the Master of Fine Arts program in Media, Technology, and Entertainment. Received award in the amount of $1000.
2012 – 2013 Provost Fellowship. Applied and received funding for increased graduate stipends in the Master of Fine Arts program in Media, Technology, and Entertainment.
Collections
2006 Ball State University Department of Art Collection
2005 Taylor University Department of Art Collection
2004 Zondervan Library Collection, Taylor University
Teaching Experience
Ohio University, Athens, OH

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, School of Art + Design, 2014 – Present

ART 1210 Function
ART 2510 Graphic Design Principles
ART 3540 Media
ART 3550 Animation
ART 4900 Narrative Structures in Animation and New Media
ART 4954 Graphic Design Practicum
ART 4956 Graphic Design BFA Exhibit
ART 5501 Graphic Design 1 (Graduate)
ART 5540 Typography and Image (Graduate)
ART 6500 Graphic Design Seminar (Graduate)
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Assistant Professor, Film, Video, and New Media, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, 2009 – 2014

MMC 6931 Advanced Interactive Design (Graduate)
MMC 6931 Programming for Interactivity (Graduate)
DIG 4394C Advanced Digital Compositing for Animation
DIG 3306 Advanced 3D Computer Animation
DIG 3305 Fundamentals of 3D Computer Animation
COM 4930 Programming for Interactivity
COM 4930 Game Design and Development
DIG 2302 3D Computer Modeling for Animation
DIG 4026 History and Theory of Computer Arts and Animation
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Art and Technology Studies, 2007 – 2008

ATS 2101 Fundamentals of Art and Technology
ATS 3137 Experimental Programming in Flash
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Institute for Digital Intermedia Art and Animation, 2006 – 2007

ART 321 Video and Intermedia Art 1
ART 322 Video and Intermedia Art 2
Other Professional Experience
2014 Web Designer

St. Mark’s Community Health Project, Miami, FL; St. Mark Parish, Grenada.

2013 – 2014

 

Assistant Coordinator

Master of Fine Arts program in Media, Technology, and Entertainment, FAU, Boca Raton, FL

2012 – 2013

 

Coordinator

Master of Fine Arts program in Media, Technology, and Entertainment, FAU, Boca Raton, FL

2012 eLearning Designer/Facilitator Certification Course

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2012 Web Designer

Advanced Creation, Miami, FL

2008 – 2009

 

Motion Designer

CME Group and Make Corporation, Chicago, IL

2008 Design and Animation Internship

Eatdrink, Chicago, IL

2007 – 2008

 

Lead Animator

DJ Spooky’s Video Essay Link City Chicago, Chicago, IL

2007 Producer and Director

Ki Theory’s Music Video Holiday Heart for Redlight Management, Nashville, TN

2006 – 2007

 

Institute for Digital Intermedia and Animation Immersive Seminar in Intermedia Art

Competitive admission based on instructor recommendation and portfolio review, projects funded by the Lilly Foundation, Ball State University

2006 Exhibition Assistant

Engaging Technology: A History And Future Of Intermedia (Prepared and Installed Work by Nam June Paik, Jenny Holzer, Adam Brown, Richard Bloes, Hans Breder, Dick Higgins, Golan Levin, And Alan Rath, worked closely with many of the artists on complex installations), Ball State University

2006 Instructor

Shake 4.0 Compositing Workshop, Ball State University

2006 Animator and Designer

Center for Media Design, Ball State University

2005 – 2006

 

Video Lab Technician

Ball State University Department of Art

 

Community Engagement
2015 – 2016 Athens Photographic Project

Athens, OH

Public Installation Design and Curation

2014 – 2016

 

Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery

Athens, OH

Branding and Identity

2014 Honey for the Heart

Athens, OH

Branding and Identity

2014 Community Health, Service, and Research Projects, community based health NGO, Miami, FL

Branding and Identity

2012 Boynton Public Library

Boynton Beach, FL

Workshop

2012 Broward Community College

Davie, FL

Workshop