Media Arts Faculty
Associate professor Miriam Langer graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and fine arts. She received an M.F.A. from New York University Tisch School of the Arts from the Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she focused on interaction design and physical computing. She worked as a web developer in New York City and Santa Fe, where she was involved in creating the first websites for museums and cultural institutions such as The Santa Fe Opera, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, The Heard Museum of the American Indian, The Dallas Foundation, among others. She has been at Highlands University since 2001. She spent her 2009 sabbatical as a guest lecturer at the Italian University of Switzerland in Lugano, and at the University of Siena (Italy) program in interaction design. Miriam presents annually at the international Museums and the Web conference, serves on the planning board for the Museum Computer Network, and is a juror for the American Association of Museums MUSE awards.
Associate professor Megan Jacobs earned a master of fine arts degree in photography from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor of art degree from Smith College.
Her photographic work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions and lectures include the Society for Photographic Education Women’s Caucus Exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, The Saatchi 10:The Second Coming, at Museum of New Art in Detroit, and Myth and Memory at the University of North Dakota as well as the lecture Distillation of Memory and Body at Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Department chair and associate professor Kerry Loewen earned a B.A. at The Evergreen State College and a M.F.A. at San Francisco State University. He has worked in the film industry as a producer, assistant director, casting director, and location manager. He has taught filmmaking and photography at Eastern Oregon University, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, Foothill College and Diablo Valley College. His work is in the permanent collections of The Evergreen State College, the di Rosa Preserve (Napa, California), and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. His current research involves live-action stereoscopic 3D filmmaking.
Associate professor Andrew Wollner earned his B.A. from Kenyon College, his M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. He has more than 10 years of experience teaching in the field of art and design, having taught at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New Art Center, Newton, Mass, and MIT’s LIST Visual Art Center, Cambridge, Mass. His experience is rooted in fine arts, having his paintings collected on the East Coast and represented for six years by Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, DC.
Andy was awarded a full Chinese government fellowship at the China Academy of Art. He has also won a Silver Medal CASE Award and a Drench Award for his design and was recently selected into the juried show for the 2010 AIGA New Mexico Showdown Competition in Santa Fe, NM.
Now serving on the AIGA, New Mexico board as the communications director, Andy continues to run his own independent design studio and has designed for clients such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern Bioinformatics Center, Suffolk University, Kenyon College, and Tacoma Contemporary. Andy is dedicated to the art of bringing information to life through effective, compelling design, both in print and on the web.
Lauren Addario has a B.F.A. in painting and a master’s degree in media arts and computer science from New Mexico Highlands University. Lauren coordinates the media arts internship and AmeriCorps Cultural Technology programs at Highlands, working with museums and cultural institutions to place students in internships throughout the state. In addition to coordinating the day-to-day activities of the AmeriCorps and internship programs, Lauren has collaborated on several interactive multimedia projects and teaches in New Mexico Highlands University’s Media Arts Department.
Assistant professor Justin Plakas earned his B.A. from The University of Maryland Baltimore County with a specialization in film/video and his M.F.A. in Photography from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia. He was member of the 2012 class of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Summer Residency Program and will be an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary art in Omaha, Neb. for the summer of 2014.
Commercially, he has worked as an audio engineer, digital specialist and video producer and motion designer.
His work has been screened in festivals and exhibited in galleries across the United States and internationally.