Digital Arts

Laurie (Ella) Gant, Professor of Art

B.S., University of Wisconsin; M.F.A., University of Texas at Austin
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Areas of expertise: video, performance, installation, photography, electronic media, and history and contemporary practices in each of those areas

Ella Gant entered the University of Texas at Austin as a traditional photographer and graduated with a specialization in the nontraditional area of performative installation work. Gant became the first student to receive a master's of fine arts from U.T. Austin under the mentorship of internationally respected film installation artist William Lundberg. She continues to explore intersections among established traditions and contemporary practices in the arts and education. Gant was a 2011 named Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artist Book Collection and Texas Folklife Resources.

Robert Knight, Assistant Professor of Art

B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art
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Areas of expertise: photography, history of photography, video capture and editing, Adobe premiere, and art foundations curriculum, 2D and 4D fundamentals

Robert Knight uses photography, audio, video and installation to explore his research on the relationship of contemporary culture to the domestic. His work has been exhibited in the Boston area at Gallery Kayafas, Alpha Gallery and The Danforth Museum of Art, and nationally at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and the Houston Center for Photography, among other places. He received an master's in fine arts in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Samuel Pellman, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Music

B.Mus., Miami University; A.M. and D.M.A., Cornell University
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Areas of expertise: theory and composition, digital music techniques

Many of Sam Pellman's works can be heard on recordings by the Musical Heritage Society, Move Records, innova recordings, and Ravello Records. Recently his music has been presented at festivals and conferences in Melbourne, Paris, Basel, Vienna, Montreal, New York City, Beijing, Capetown, Buenos Aires, Hsinchu, Perth, and Prague. He has been commissioned to compose music for traditional instruments and ensembles, music for electroacoustic media, and mixed media. Pellman is also the author of An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music, a highly-regarded textbook. Further information about his music can be found at: http://www.musicfromspace.com. He received his doctorate in musical composition from Cornell University.