Vanessa Cruz, M.F.A.
Associate Professor, Graphic Design + Digital Media
M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts
Hired Date: 2005
Professor Graphic Design and Digital Media
California Institute of the Arts, magna cum laude, major: Experimental
Rhode Island School of Design, magna cum laude, major: Film/ Video/ Animation emphasis:
B. Cruz received her second Fulbright (Specialist Award in Media Arts) in 2014
in which she worked with the Fachhochschule St. Pölten, Austria (St. Pölten
University of Applied Sciences, Media Arts Dept). Her focus was to bring
expertise to help train junior faculty in mixed media animations techniques as
well as to assist in developing curriculum for the “European Project Semester”.
Previously she received the Fulbright Scholar Core 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.
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 (now Starz Studio), 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” Ms. Cruz served as a panelist on
the 2010, 2012, 2014,General Program Support/Specific Cultural Project and the
2010 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida for Media
· Served on Fulbright Media Arts Peer Review Committee. Over 24
· Served on UNF Fulbright Committee.
· Served on project reviewer for FH St Pölten student semester project
· Was interviewed for FH
St. St Pölten Artist Spotlight segment for C-TV, local channel, as well as
a feature article in UAS FH St Pölten Magazine.
· Participated in Limited
Access review in Fall/Spring and Portfolio Review in the Fall/Spring. Met with
various graduating students for project development for portfolio.
· Served on Media Arts
Panel for State of Florida Cultural Affairs Department
· Student project for non-profit organizations.
Art with a Heart
Big Cat Rescue
Dare to Rescue
Wounded Warrior Project
St. John’s Riverkeeper
1 Lunch Many Meals
American Lung Association
Surfers for Autism
Grind for Life
Big Cat Habitat