February 9, 2009

Jen Hall

Jen Hall is Professor and Coordinator of the Art, Education and New Media Program at the Massachusetts College of Art. She is also the founding Director of Do While Studio.

Jennifer Hall is an artist who has been working with interactive media for over twenty-five years. She is experienced in a variety of media related forms, and is currently engaged in the re-focusing of biological material as an art medium.

Ms. Hall received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1980, and her Masters of Science in Visual Studies (M.S.V.S.) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in 1985. Ms. Hall is the Founding Director of the Do While Studio, a Boston-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the fusion of art, technology, and culture. She has taught at the Visible Language Workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, the Institute de Arte de Frederico Brandt, Caracas, Venezuela, and is currently a Professor and Coordinator of the Masters of Science in Art, Education, and New Media at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston.

In 2000, Ms Hall received the first Rappaport Prize, the largest purse for an individual New England artist. In both 1984 and 1985, Ms. She received the IBM Home Computing Award administrated by the Media Lab at M.I.T. for developing gesture driven interfaces. In 1995 she received Woman of the Year from the Boston Chapter of the National Epilepsy Association for her work with Art and Epilepsy, and in 1998 was awarded the first Anne Jackson Award for Teaching from the Massachusetts College of Art. Ms. Hall has installed work at numerous international locations such as the Contemporary Museum of Sydney, Australia; the Museum de Belle Arts, Caracas, Venezuela; and St. Johns Island, Newfoundland.

Jennifer has co-written a chapter of Blaze with Ellen S. Ginsburg, PhD., medical anthropologist and Associate Professor of Anthropology/Sociology at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, MA. The title of their chapter is: “The Tipping Point Project: A Case Study in the Collaboration between Medical Anthropology and Art,� which is a case study evaluation of an interactive art installation they opened at the Boston Center for the Arts last year. The “Tipping Point Project� brings together the collaborative efforts of Professor Ginsburg and Professor Hall, Information Artist, to create a new paradigm that merges art practices with anthropological investigation.

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