Bio + CV

Biography

Joshua Albers uses information technology to investigate the nature of constructed realities and rendered environments. His recent work explores the poetic potential of re-purposed consumer hardware such as 3D sensors and GPS devices. Albers completed a BFA at Missouri State University in 2004 and an MFA in New Media Arts from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. In 2012, he participated in Google Summer of Code and the ACRE residency. He was also awarded 1st place in the 2013 UIC Image of Research competition. In addition to exhibiting across the midwestern US, Albers has previously taught animation, digital fabrication, and interdisciplinary media at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He currently teaches computer animation as Assistant Professor of Art at Missouri State University.

Exhibitions

  • 2020
    • PixelsFest 2020, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, Yekaterinaberg, Russia, March 7 – 15 (extended through end of 2020)
  • 2019
    • Unsettling Time, Space 204, Vanderbilt University, IRL November 4 – 20, 2019, online Nov 1, 2019 – Mar 1, 2020
  • 2018
    • Surface Archaic, Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, February 2 – February 22
  • 2017
    • Outside Jokes, DEMO Project Space, Springfield, Illinois, December 8 – 30
  • 2015
    • 45 North2, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, June 25 – September 8
  • 2014
    • Automatabahn, ACRE TV, Chicago, Illinois, November 1 – December 31
    • Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Allen Priebe Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, October 22 – November 12
  • 2013
    • PARALLELS: Part 2, THE MISSION, Chicago, Illinois, August 2 – August 24
    • Body Doubles, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, March 19 – March 23
  • 2012
    • DIORAMA-RAMA, Octagon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, September 7

Collaborative Works

  • 2020
    • L.A.W.N. (in collaboration with Renée DeVoe Mertz), Springfield, Missouri, May 1 – 31
  • 2014
    • The Future, Extramural, extra-mural.com, January 16
  • 2013
    • Swimming with a Kite (in collaboration with Silvia Malagrino and Jesus Duran), The Franklin, Chicago, Illinois, August 3

Professional Experience

  • 2017–Present
    • Assistant Professor, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri (ART 110 Introduction to New Media, ART 230 Computer Animation I, ART 399 Individual Instruction, ART 407 Art Internship, ART 430 Computer Animation IV, ART 431 Professional Practices in Computer Animation, ART 432 Computer Animation V, ART 497 Special Topics: Animation, ART 497 Special Topics: Digital Fabrication, ART 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts, ART 798 Graduate Studio Seminar, UHC 396 Honors Independent Study)
  • 2014–2017
    • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Art 112 2D Design & Color, Art 142 Introduction to Digital Arts, Art 305 Special Topics in 2D Studio, Art 306 Special Topics in 3D Studio: Digital Fabrication, Art 286 Responsive Images I, Art 386 Responsive Images II, Art 287 Responsive Objects, Art 443 Computer Animation I, Art 385 Animation II)
  • 2013–2014
    • Instructor, Missouri State University, (ART 210 Introduction to Digital Arts, ART 230 Computer Animation I, ART 330 Computer Animation II, ART 430 Computer Animation IV, ART 497 Special Topics: 3D Printing for Jewelry + Small Sculpture), Springfield, Missouri
  • 2013
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago (Summer College in the Arts, [co-taught] Summer 2013)
  • 2012–2013
    • Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago (Introduction to Responsive Arts [instructor of record], Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
    • Graduate Research Assistant, Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2012
    • Technical Reviewer, Rapid Android Development: Build Rich, Sensor-Based Applications with Processing by Daniel Sauter
  • 2005–11
    • Quality Assurance Test Analyst, Release Manager, Operations Analyst, Boeing, Seattle, Washington/Saint Louis, Missouri/New York, New York

Lectures, Presentations, Workshops

  • 2019
    • Workshop Leader, “Interactive Installations with Arduino”, Academy of Fine Arts (ASP), Kraków, Poland, February 19-21
  • 2015
    • Presenter, “Drone Fair”, Experimental Station Chicago, September 19
    • Workshop Leader, “3D Printing”, IDEA:TE 2015, June 23–36
  • 2014
    • Panelist, “Flexible Artworlds”, Springfield Art Museum, April 5th
  • 2013
    • Workshop Leader, “Teaching Programming: Workshops and Panel Discussion,” Processing Chicago, June 8
    • Guest Lecturer, “Intro to CSS,” AD 453: Informational Aesthetics II
    • Workshop Leader, “Drawdio Construction,” UIC Art MFA Graduate Workshop, July 19
  • 2012
    • Workshop Leader, “Drawdio Construction,” Processing Chicago, September 10
    • Guest Lecturer, “Intro to Processing,” AD 452: Informational Aesthetics I. August 30
    • Guest Lecturer, “Geographic Visualizations,” Processing Chicago, May 7
  • 2011
    • Workshop Leader, “Introduction to GiCentre Utils,” AD 452: Informational Aesthetics I, November 14

Education

  • 2013
    • MFA in New Media Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2004
    • BFA cum laude in Art with emphasis in Computer Animation, Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University), Springfield, Missouri
  • 2007
    • Certificate, 3D Art for Games, University of Washington Educational Outreach, Seattle Washington

Awards/Honors/Residencies

  • 2013
    • 1st place, Image of Research 2013, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2012
    • Resident, ACRE (Artists’ Residency Cooperative and Exhibitions), Steuben, Wisconsin
    • Participant, Google Summer of Code 2012, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2004
    • Cum Laude, Missouri State University
    • 1st place, 2004 SMSU Art Animation Manifesto, Springfield, Missouri
  • 1999-2003
    • Missouri State University Board of Governor’s Scholarship
    • Missouri State Higher Education Academic Scholarship

Volunteer Experience

  • 2013
    • Usher/Projectionist, College Art Association 101st Annual Conference, New York, New York
  • 2012
    • Audio/Video Assistant, Mobile Processing Conference, Chicago, Illinois
    • Student Volunteer, Eyeo Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2011
    • Audio/Video Assistant, Mobile Processing Conference, Chicago, Illinois