MICHAEL KOZIEN, a Chicago-based transdisciplinary artist, merges animation, video, sound, photography, sculpture and installation to create his works. He exhibits his work internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Governors State University, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, New York University, Transient Gallery, Des Moines, IA, Korpufsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland, Chicago Cultural Center, Art in General, NYC, Harvestworks, NYC, Le Musee di-visioniste, Cologne, Germany, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL, and the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA. Projects and screenings include: a video performance at FUN, NYC and at the Sacramento Festival of Cinema 2002. Michael has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME (2013), Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany (2011), The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists Residency (SÍM), Reykjavík, Iceland (2010-11) and La Macina di San Cresci Artist Residency, Greve, Italy (2009). His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The San Diego Union-Tribune. He earned a MFA in digital media from Stony Brook University and a BFA in painting from Southern Illinois University. Michael is the founder and director of Operation France, a creative collective of international artists based in Chicago, USA. Currently, he is a Associate Professor in the Digital Media + Design Department at the College of Lake County, Illinois where he teaches courses in design, animation, video, sound and digital media culture and theory.
Michael is a tenured Associate Professor and Co-Chairperson of the Digital Media + Design Department (DMD) at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, USA teaching courses in design, animation, audio, video and digital media culture and theory. In addtion to the DMD Department, he has taught courses in the Art Department and the Computer Information Technology Department.
Michael was instrumental in developing and launching the DMD program in the fall of 2007. He assisted in authoring 14 courses, created the curriculum for the graphic design, animation and audio and video production programs and helped establish and coordinate the DMD Guest Lecture Series.
He has taught numerous courses including:
DMD 111: Introduction to Digital Media
DMD 113: History of Graphic Design
DMD 115: Internet Fundamentals
DMD 157: Introduction to Animation
DMD 173: Introduction to Digital Sound
DMD 233: Digital Video Editing
DMD 251: Advanced 3D Modeling
DMD 253: Advanced 3D Animation
DMD 259: 3D Special Effects
DMD 256: Dynamic Web Design and Development
DMD 257: Interactive Animation
DMD 273: Advanced Electronic Graphic Publishing
DMD 299: Selected Topics in Digital Media
ART 122: Two Dimensional Design
ART 264: Introduction to 3D Animation
CIT 292: Desktop Publishing