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 taught animation, digital arts, and 3D printing at Missouri State University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Media Arts at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Exhibitions

  • 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, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, October 22 – November 12
  • 2013
    • PARALLELS: Part 2, THE MISSION, Chicago, Illinois, August 2 – August 24
    • Body Doubles, Gallery 400, Chicago Illinois, March 19 – March 23
  • 2012
    • DIORAMA-RAMA, Octagon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, September 7

Collaborative Works

  • 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

  • 2014-2015
    • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Introduction to Digital Arts, Special Topics in 2D Studio: Responsive Images, Fall 2014, Spring 2015), Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • 2013-2014
    • Instructor, Missouri State University, (Computer Animation I, Introduction to Digital Arts, Fall 2013, Computer Animation II, Computer Animation IV, Introduction to Digital Arts, 3D Printing for Jewelry + Small Sculpture, Spring-Summer 2014), 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, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2012
    • Technical Reviewer, Rapid Android Development: Build Rich, Sensor-Based Applications with Processing by Daniel Sauter
  • 2005-11
    • Information Technologist, Boeing, Seattle, Washington/Saint Louis, Missouri/New York, New York

Lectures, Presentations, Workshops

  • 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, Chicago, Illinois
  • 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