New Media Art faculty are active artists, activists, and scholars whose works are displayed in international venues such as the TATE Modern in England, MoMA and PS1 art centers in New York, the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea, and the Reykjavik Museum of Fine Art in Iceland.
Works by New Media faculty are also featured regularly at different electronics art festivals such as the Transmediale in Germany, the Electronic Language International Festival, CURRENTS New Media, and the Transitio Festival in Mexico.
Liss LaFleur is a performance artist and media maker currently based in Texas. Incorporating feminism, body art, and archives, she produces objects as extensions of her own body to queer inherited roles tied to female ideologies. Working with a range of materials including digitally fabricated acrylic nails and teeth, traditional neon, embroidery, and video, she challenges a sense of self which is transformative, fluid, and often self-deprecating of her southern roots.
Named one of "10 to Watch" in 2014 by Independent Magazine, LaFleur’s work has been featured internationally in solo and juried exhibitions, film festivals, and on the web, including: the TATE Modern; Cannes Court Métrage; online with PBS and POV Digital; the Boston LGBT Film Festival; the Reykjavik Art Museum, and has beenwritten about worldwide including in HYPERALLERGIC, Media N, and by CICA Gallery in South Korea. A new series of work is also featured in the upcoming 2016/17 Queer Biennial.
LaFleur is currently the Program Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the University of North Texas. She is also the Faculty Representative for GLAD: UNT's Queer Student Alliance. She teaches courses in: Intro to New Media, Advanced New Media, Graduate New Media Studio, and New Media Topics. www.LissLaFleur.com
Martin Back is an artist working in video art, electronic music/sound art, object making and performance. He is interested in ritual, recursion, ontology, language and mysticism. His work has been exhibited, performed and auditioned in festivals, galleries, traditional and non-traditional performance spaces and on radio internationally. Some of these venues include the Antimatter Film Festival in Victoria, Canada, the annual Noisefloor music festival in Staffordshire, U.K., Oil and Cotton in Dallas, TX, the Dallas Museum of Art, Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, Living Arts, Tulsa, OK and Sound Lounge at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, Australia. He has been composer in residence at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM, USA, and artist in residence at Signal Culture in Owego, NY, USA. He is currently Senior Lecturer of New Media Art at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas where he lives and works.
Julie McKendrick is an artist and educator residing in Denton, Texas. She received her MFA in New Media Art from the University of North Texas and BFA in Sculpture from Texas Woman's University. Employing sound, performance, moving images and installation art, Julie’s work is realized through experimental processes and challenges viewers to recontextualize identity and gender within social constructs. Julie's work has received critical acclaim internationally for her collaboration with award winning music group, Vulgar Fashion. In 2013 she was invited to and participated in the Díónýsía Residency located in Iceland. Julie currently teaches digital media at Richland College in Dallas and the University of North Texas in Denton. Additionally, she cohosts Fake Parts, a local experimental radio show, and serves as a member of the board for KUZU 92.9FM, an LPFM radio station that focuses on Denton’s current events, arts, and culture.
Sean Miller is an artist working with video, sculpture, installation, live media, performance, and sound art. His work is the result of a synthesis of media, which focuses on themes of embodiment, synesthetic relationships, and living geology. Sean Miller and Lily Taylor are the joint Creative Directors of Midway Gallery; a Dallas-based new media exhibition space. The duo also comprises the live video/drone performance group Locations. Miller also collaborates with Taylor by providing live visual accompaniment to her solo musical performances.
Sean received his BA in Intermedia Art from the College of Santa Fe in 2004. He is currently teaching at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas where he received his Masters of Fine Arts in the spring of 2014.
Michael teaches at several institutions throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and curates programs around the region regularly, including the Dallas Medianale and is cofounder/programmer for Spectacle Society, a microcinema collaboration with the Dallas Contemporary. He is also a regular visualist at Dallas Ambient Music Nights, a monthly showcase of experimental music in the D/FW area.