Shawn Brixey

Dean | School of the Arts| Virginia Commonwealth University | Richmond, VA

Professor Shawn Brixey, is Dean School of the Arts (VCUarts), Special Assistant to the Provost for the School of the Arts in Qatar and Affiliate Professor in the College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brixey is an artist, educator, researcher, writer, and inventor working primarily at the interface of art, science and technology. Preceding his appointment as Dean at VCU, Brixey was Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) at York University in Toronto, Canada. Brixey is the former Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Chair for Arts, as well as Co-Founder and former Director of the pioneering research center and doctoral program DXARTS (The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media) at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was also the founder of the Digital Media Program at the University of California Berkeley, and Director of their Center for Digital Art and New Media Research.

A graduate of MIT's, CAVS/Media Lab, Brixey has exhibited art and technology works internationally, including Documenta, the Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Karlsruhe, The Cranbrook Art Museum, The MIT Museum, The Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati, The Chicago Art Institute, The 1998 Winter Olympics, The first American Design and Architecture Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, AME at Arizona State University, The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, The Berkeley Art Museum and the European Union Capitol of Culture.

Brixey has received all levels of major grants and awards, to support his research including: Apple Computer, The Intel Corporation, The National Science Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Hughes Aircraft. In 2003 he was honored with a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for New Media