IMRC / IMFA Director – Owen F. Smith
Dr. Owen F. Smith is the Director of the Intermedia MFA Program at the University of Maine. He is also the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll Chair in New Media in the Department of New Media and the Director of the IMRC Center. He received his BA in Art History and Russian Studies, his MA in Anthropology and his PhD in Art History from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a specialist in Modern and Contemporary art, particularly what he calls Alternative Art Forms. He has lectured widely in the US and Europe on art in the 20th Century. His seminal book on the history of fluxus, Fluxus: a History of an Attitude, was published by San Diego State University Press.
IMRC Fabrication Lab Supervisor – Gene A. Felice II
Assistant Professor of Intermedia & New Media
portfolio website: www.genefelice.com / lab website: www.coactionlab.org
Gene A. Felice II is a new faculty member within Intermedia & New Media at the University of Maine where he is also developing his Coaction Lab for interdisciplinary collaboration with an ecologically minded approach. He bridges his research and practice across: Art, Science, Design & Education, developing a network of creativity, living systems, and emerging technologies. He has a hybrid practice at the intersection of nature and technology, developing symbiotically creative systems as arts / science research.
IMRC AV Lab Supervisor – Nate Aldrich
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Intermedia
N.B.Aldrich is a new media artist and educator residing in Penobscot, Maine, USA, who creates installation, video, performance and acousmatic art. Prior to earning an MFA in Electronic Music composition, he spent ten years as a theatre director and artistic director. Working as a sound designer and composer for theatre and dance performances over the past twenty ﬁve years, he has challenged the traditional complementary role of audio as a design element by constructing large-scale works that operate as thematic partners with text and/or movement.
IMRC Fabrication Lab Manager – Sean Taylor
Sean Michael Taylor is a 2014 Master of Fine Arts graduate of the University of Maine’s Intermedia Department. His intermedial art work involves researching how, sociologically, people exist, affect each other, and function in the world in respect to one another. He is also the IMRC Center’s Project Manager and Fabrication Technician.
IMRC AV Lab Manager – Duane Shimmel
Duane Shimmel started working in the recording arts field in 1985. In addition to audio engineering, Duane is a producer, studio designer, talent manager, entrepreneur, inventor, composer, and professional trumpet player. His work in the IMFA program focuses exclusively on 5.1 surround sound audio production, composition, and delivery. Duane managed the A/V facilities here at IMRC.
IMRC Fab Lab Technician – Wade Warman
Wade Warman is a graduate student in the Intermedia MFA program at University of Maine. He has degrees in film/video production and electromechanical technology. Currently, he is focused on automata and semi-kinetic electro-mechanical sculpture. He also works as a lab technician at the IMRC.
IMRC Public Programming & Events / Visiting Artists Program coordinator – Eleanor Kipping
Eleanor’s work is in illustration, graphic design and video production. She received her BS at the New England School of Communications with a concentration in Video Production and Entertainment/Theatre Production. Eleanor beginnings are in video and photography. She has worked with Carnival Cruise Lines, Penobscot Theatre Company, Ocean Community Church, Big Brother’s Big Sisters of Eastern Maine, Families and Children Together, the UMaine School of Performing Arts, and more.
IMRC Library Media collection coordinator – Özgür Akgün
Özgür received his BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Istanbul University School of Communication. He received his MBA degree from the University of Texas Pan-American where he explored the aspects of media management and marketing. Prior to his academic career, he worked at different positions from production manager to assistant director, within the advertising industry. Özgür’s filmography – short films, documentaries and scholarly videos- was recognized nationally and internationally. He is a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia from The University of Maine in August 2015.
IMRC AV Lab Technician – Jim Winters
James (jim) Winters recently earned his University Studies degree with honors and is a regular part of the Bangor’s jazz community, contributing arrangements (Sibelius 7) and documentary photographs of musicians. Formerly with Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines, Ringling Bros., Jim played in Las Vegas, Key West, Aruba, Palm Springs, and Krakow. Jim is well traveled as a free-lance jazz trombonist. Jim worked with a tv show for years and so he has experienced diverse performance spaces with a sensitivity to lighting and acoustics. He wishes to explore abstract performance art as well as continuing further in documentary photography.
IMRC Fab Lab Technician – Meo Pourreyron
Meo is a undergraduate student in the New Media program and is minoring in Graphic Design. Her main focus is visual design, commercial and digital art. The work she likes to realize is contemporary and minimalistic. Her background in visual arts come from her love for traditional art that she discovered in middle school and high school, the mediums she prefers to work with are ink and charcoal. She spent her childhood in France and moved to Maine in 2008. After High School graduation from Morse in Bath, she studied New Media and Communications at Southern Maine Community College. Then transferred to the University of Maine in 2013 to take her education in New Media to the next level.
IMRC Web & Social Media Coordinator – Sierra Meservey
Sierra Meservey is excited about her first year at IMRC’s grad program and excited to be a part of the IMRC staff. She’ll be spreading the word about IMRC’s events via social media. Sierra grew up on a blueberry field in Hope, ME. She attended Camden Hills Regional High School, University College at Rockland and Majored in Art at the University of Maine at Augusta. At UMA, her artwork was published in the 2015 UMA Scholar, she was awarded the 2015 Senior Exhibition Provost Purchase Award and had an article written up about her in the PenBay Pilot about her journey through college and her Senior Exhibition.
IMRC Audio / Video Tech / AV Documentation Tech – Neil Shelley
Neil Shelley is a digital media artist and producer specializing in both digital photography and video. For the last decade Neil has worked at the higher education level primarily at the University of Maine, in Orono, in a variety of roles. Neil has managed the primary Apple computer lab on campus, which offers technical support to all students, faculty and staff. In addition to his own work, which includes documentary films,narrative films, commercials, action sports videos, music videos, 2D and 3D animation, digital marketing campaigns, and graphic design, Neil has taught graphic design, photography and digital filmmaking classes at high school, collegiate, and adult-workshop levels.