Areas of Expertise
California Institute of the Arts, Experimental Animation - MFA, 1998
Rhode Island School of Design, Film/ Animation/ Video - BFA, 1995
Vanessa B. Cruz received the prestigious Fulbright Award twice: first as a Scholar Award in 2012 in Media Arts, where she lived in Dublin, Ireland working with the National College of Art and Design, and gathering research for her latest projects: RUIN and Pub Stories, and second as a Specialist Award in 2014, teaching MFA and BFA students at the Fachhochschule St. Pölten, in St. Pölten Austria. Ms. Cruz attended The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA, where she earned her MFA in Experimental Animation and holds a BFA in Film/ Video/ Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2005 she joined the University of North Florida faculty after working in the animation industry for over ten years. She has worked for such studios as 20th Century Fox Television Animation, Film Roman, as well as created her own independent films. Her films have been shown internationally and she’s won awards at the Ottawa International Film Festival and Oslo Animation Festival. Ms. Cruz was also curator for screenings at the REDCAT in Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum of Art, as well as the Japanese American National Museum. She has also received the 2008 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida, and in 2009 the UNF Summer Scholarship grant, which will help fund her two films, “Icarus” and ”Eve As a Young Child” which are in production. Ms. Cruz served as a panelist on the 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida for Media Arts, and has served as a member of the Jacksonville Film Festival Board of Directors.
Board of Directors –Jacksonville Film Events
Co-Chair of Viva Cinema- Jacksonville Latino Film Festival
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC)
The Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE, North Hollywood, CA
Grants and Contracts Awarded
2014 Fulbright Specialist Award- Media Arts
University of St. Polten of Applied Sciences, St Polten, Austria award- amount € 7,500
2012 Fulbright Scholar Award- Media Arts
National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland award amount- $25,000/ €17,775
2010 Creative Capital Advanced Workshop,
State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, award amount- $1500
2009 UNF Summer Scholarship Research Grant-
University of North Florida, award amount- $7500
Creative Capital Workshop,
State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs,
award amount- $1000
2008 Individual Artist Fellowship-
State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs-award amount- $5000
1998 Grants Edie Wasserman Grant
award amount- $2500
1995 Eastman Kodak Grant
award amount- $3000
RISD Alumni Scholarship
award amount- $3000
Publications & Presentations
2010 “Brave New World: Where does experimental animation belong?”, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Vol.4, No.2.
2009 “Designing a Course and Community for E-Learning Graphic Design/ Digital Media Students”, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol. 3.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
2013 “Grants, Tenure, and Fulbright…Oh My!!!” 2013 University & College Designers Association, Design Education Summit, 9th National Summit. Chattanooga, TN.
“Crossing Over: The Transition of Teaching Print to Motion.” 2013 Biennial Conference of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, postHaus, Savannah, GA.
2011 “Teaching Design Online: The System, the Style, and the Reason it is Important.” Paper published in proceedings of 2011 conference The Endless End, European Academy of Design, Porto, Portugal.
“Moving into a Brave New World: Introducing the 4th Dimension in a 2D World” 2011 University & College Designers Association, Design Education Summit, The State of Design Education. Jersey City, NJ.
Exploring a Brave New World: Introducing the 4th Dimension in a 2D World.
Session Chair for the 2011 SECAC conference, Text and Texture, Savannah, GA.
“Crossing Boundaries: The Move from Print to Motion”, 2011 SECAC conference, Text and Texture, Savannah, GA.
2010 “Brave New World: Where does experimental animation belong?”, The International Conference on Design Principles and Practices 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC Forum, Chicago, IL
2008 “Creating an E-Learning Community”, Social Studies-Educating Designers in a Connected World- AIGA, MICA, Baltimore, MD
“Designing a Course and Community for E-Learning Graphic Design/ Digital Media Students”, Third International Conference on The Arts in Society, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UK
2007 “Creating an E-learning Community for your Students”, International Conferences on Learning and Teaching with Technology in Art Design and Communication, London, England
“Placing your Traditional Multimedia and Fine Art Class Online”, BlackBoard World, Boston, MA
“Placing your Traditional Multimedia and Fine Art Class Online”, BlackBoard Southeast User’s Group, Jacksonville, FL