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Vanessa Cruz, M.F.A. 

Associate Professor, Graphic Design + Digital Media  

Phone: (904) 620-3833 

Office: Building 45, Room 2509



Faculty Bio



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.