Assistant Professor of Art and Design in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska Lincoln – Director of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery – Faculty Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities – Research Affiliate in the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools.
MFA 2007 School of Art University of Nebraska Lincoln
BFA 2000 Green Mountain College
Michael is a teacher, artist, and filmmaker. He works with a team of scholars, writers, and alumni called Animating History to produce award-winning animated films. Their work makes visible the stories of marginalized and enslaved families by telling their stories and connecting them to the larger historical narrative of American history via the medium of animation.
Michael has produced seven films developing a specialized technique and aesthetic that combines real actors in costume with 3D animated environments. He has won eight filmmaking awards nationally and screened films in nineteen peer-reviewed (juried) film festivals across the US including two Academy Award qualifiers. Additionally, Michael has exhibited artwork in major museums across the US including the Denver Art Museum, Vero Beach Museum of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum.
Michael teaches: Computer Basics, Visualization Studio, Color Studio, Advanced Design for Printed Textiles, and a new course – Digital Apparel Design. He is actively seeking Masters students with interest in Clo3D, motion capture, and/or 3D modeling to join his research team to create digital clothing and animated avatars.