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Animation Faculty

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Anthony Scalmato

Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Animation/Interim Chair of Game Design
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7325

Courses  Advanced 3D Animation | BFA Research + Preparation | BFA Thesis + Exhibition | Concept Development I | Intro to 3D Animation: Character | Intro to Animation | Layout Rendering Techniques

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Anthony Scalmato is the Department Chair of Animation and the Interim Department Chair of Game Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has created more than a hundred published works which have been viewed on television, web and mobile devices. Before joining CIA, Scalmato worked as a Senior Creative Developer at American Greetings where he provided animations, illustrations and art direction for products that are viewed globally by millions of people every month. His clients include Applebee’s, Disney, Pixar, Sony, UPS, Taylor Swift, Wal-mart, M & M’s, Ferraro Chocolates and many other fortune 500 companies.

In 2011 Scalmato was awarded the American Greetings Chairman’s Award for Creativity and Innovation. He has also received over a dozen “Best Animation” awards from film festivals around the world. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a freelance artist for many clients and as a contractor for American Greetings.

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Lincoln Adams

Title Lecturer
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Concept Development I | Image, Narrative, and Sequence | Storyboarding + Sequential Art

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1998

Lincoln Adams is a Gund Award winner and alumnus of the Cleveland Institute of Art who has worked for 15 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects have included magazines, television shows, character design, book covers, and greeting cards. Lincoln was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles. Recently he finished work on the popular animated shows, Veggie Tales and Doc McStuffins. He is also currently working with Disney sculptor and CIA alumnus Zack Petroc on a sculpted novel, and has completed his fourth picture book. Additionally, he teaches at CIA as an Adjunct Professor in the Illustration and Animation departments and in the Continuing Education Department. Lincoln resides in Peninsula with his wife, two daughters, and son.

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Hal Lewis

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Advanced 3D Animation

Degree BFA, Long Island University

I Studied painting and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York and finished up my BFA in painting at Long Island University. Early in my career I designed imprinted graphics for children’s wear and men’s sportswear at a variety of clothing companies in New York.

I went on to work at a small computer software company developing and selling 2D and 3D design software for about seven years, before jumping to one of our customers –Dreamquest Images in California.

Dreamquest Images had recently been bought by the Walt Disney Company so, after working on several live action pictures there including George of the Jungle, Gone in Sixty Seconds and Mighty Joe Young, I moved over to Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, California.

At Disney Feature Animation, I worked on three animated feature films—Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons and Bolt ; creating the CG characters. During my stay there I also worked on two animated 3-D “ride films” for the Disney theme parks in Orlando and Tokyo- the Magic Lamp and Mickey’s Phiharmagic.

I worked at Sony Imageworks where I helped on the completion of the Animated Feature film Arthur Christmas.

I was then hired by Digital Domain and moved to Florida, to help build an animation studio there. Our first picture was scheduled to be The Legend of Tembo-- I was the character model lead on this film. To this date, the film has yet to be completed.

Recently I have been doing freelance work for the Disney Consumer Products division; helping to create new Marvel Comics based toys and action figures.

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Pete Maric

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  3D Texture, Mapping, Digital Lighting | Architecture and Communication Skills | INTA: Communication Skills 2 | Intro to 3D Animation: Character

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, 2000

Pete Maric started his career in Interior Architecture after graduating from CIA and became heavily interested in CGI in 2008. He has worked on projects with brands such as Adidas, Nintendo, and Everlast, among others. His work has been featured in the Adobe Illustrator WOW! books, Photoshop User Magazine, Architecture in Perspective, and House Trends. His 3D demo reel was included in Computer Arts Magazine in the ‘Showreels and Shorts’ section of the disc, which is a showcase of talent from artists/studios from around the world.

Today he splits his time between teaching and running the visualization and animation studio Triplet 3D.

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Kasumi

Title Professor
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7945

Courses  2D/3D Compositing for Animation | Creative Resistance: Media Art in the Social Sphere | Experimental Film + Video Art | Intro to Animation | Motion Graphics + Experimental Animation | Narrative Production I + II | Sound Design | Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar | Video/Digital Cinema II: Sculpting in Time

2011 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Kasumi is internationally celebrated as a leading innovator of a new art form synthesizing film, sound and video. She has won global acclaim for her experimental films, videoart and installations in venues worldwide: from Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic to collaborations with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Spooky. She performed and exhibited work at Württembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart and at the Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual in Guadalajara, Mexico, and her work, BREAKDOWN, the Vimeo Remix Award winner, premiered at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. She was awarded an EMPAC Dance Movies Commission 2009-2010 by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts and has created videoart for performance with The Cleveland Orchestra. She won a 2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship and was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People” of 2011. Kasumi executive-produced AARDVARK, a feature film awarded “Critic’s Pick” in the “L.A. Weekly”, and screened at Reykjavik IFF, Warsaw IFF, the Viennale, Goteborg IFF, Thessaloniki IFF, BAFICI, AFI Fest , Las Palmas, Krakow, Copenhagen, and many others. As a musician, she has twice been soloist at Carnegie Hall and has recorded four LP albums; in Japan, her soundtrack performance for OGINSAMA, starring Toshiro Mifune, was nominated for an Academy Award. She received the Adriano Asti Award for Best Experimental Film at Montecacini, Italy; Director's Citation at the Black Maria Film Festival; Seoul Film Festival's Special Jury Award; IFP Chicago and Sapporo International Film Festival Best Experimental Film, and others. Her film "The Free Speech Zone," cited in The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies, was featured at the Nemo Festival at the Forum des Images in Paris, the Milano Film Festival, Expresión en Corto, Mexico City, and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival where it won First Prize. Her work has been screened at festivals in Iran, the Slovak Republic, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Romania, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Holland, France, England, the US and Canada, and displayed at distinguished institutions including Muzeul Florean, Romania; Itau Cultural Center, Sao Paulo; The Butler Institute of American Art; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; San Diego Museum of Art; Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; Anthology Film Archives among others and has received the Adriano Asti Award for Best Experimental Film at Montecacini, Italy; Director's and Program Staff Citation at the Black Maria Film Festival; the Seoul Film Festival's Special Jury Award; IFP Chicago's Best Experimental Film award and many others.

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Benjamin Burch

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree B.A. Fort Lewis College

Introduction
Ben was born in Augsburg, Germany to a military family, and spent most of his younger
life moving throughout the world experiencing different cultures. He has memories of
drawing since the age of 4, and it was “The Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Show” that first
influenced Ben to pursue work in animation.


After getting his B.A. in drawing media at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, Ben
moved to New York to attend the animation program at Parson’s School of Design in
Manhattan. After completing program at Parson’s, he got a job working as a junior
animator at Nickelodeon on “Little Bill” and his career in animation had begun.


Career
After working at Nickelodeon, Ben began working as an assitant animator at
Augenblick Studios in Brooklyn, New York. He assisted with a traditional 2D short,
“Robot Song”, which landed an award at the San Fransisco International Film Festival and
garnered awards from many other independent film festivals. Augenblick Studios is
where Ben started to experiment with the use of Flash in animation, and it was during
this time that he started working as a layout designer.
Ben eventually made a move to Portland, Oregon, and continued working as an
assistant animator on commercials for Bent Image Lab and Will Vinton Studios
(Laika Studios). Based on his proficient drawing skills, he soon found himself having
increased responsibilities at Bent Image Lab, including storyboarding, character
design, art directing and project managing.
Ben then had the opportunity to work as a background and prop designer on “The Mr.
Men Show” when Renegade Studios in Glendale, California opened a satillite studio in
Portland. After his work on the “The Mr. Men Show” was finished, Ben worked in the
film development division as a character designer at Laika Studios.
Over the years, Ben has been able to use his work experiences to develop Burchworks
Studio. As the owner and director of Burchworks Studio, he has had clients including
Nike and American Greetings, and he has exhibited his art at various galleries
including Disneyland’s WonderGround Gallery in Anaheim, California and annual
exhibitions at Lunar Boy Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. Ben continues to collaborate on
projects with many fellow artists, of whom he has kept close ties with throughout his
career.


Conclusion
Ben’s love for working as an artist in the animation field extends from his love of being
a positive and creative member of a team working towards a common goal of bringing
artful ideas to life.

Jeff Harter

Jeff Harter

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Jeff Harter pursued his BFA in Illustration at the University at Buffalo, where he studied under distinguished visiting artist and professor Alan E. Cober. After initially working as a freelance conceptual and editorial Illustrator, Jeff attended California Institute of the Arts program in character animation. He joined the Walt Disney Animation Studio in Burbank, California as an assistant animator to contribute to the feature films Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan. He later became a supervising character artist for the Winnie the Pooh characters at Disney Consumer Products while earning his M.A. in illustration at Syracuse University.

Jeff is a senior illustrator for American Greetings' alternative humor department, where he was the 2012 Chairman's Award Grand Winner in the category of Creativity and Innovation. He teaches at Cleveland Institute of Art as an Adjunct Professor in the animation department. He is also the creator of the animated comedies “Packages from Planet X," currently on Disney XD, and "Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat, Mouse, Cheese," an animated TV show concept currently in development with Disney XD.

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Keith Corcoran

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Intro to Animation

Keith Corcoran is a U.S. Army veteran having trained and served as a Multimedia Illustrator for 6 of his 10 years on active duty. Since 2000 Keith has been heavily involved in the interactive space creating online experiences in the entertainment, finance, retail and social expressions sectors for companies such as Atlantic Records, Bank of America and HBO.

Currently, as a User Experience & Creative Director, Keith is involved in leading the design of stand-alone interactive vending and automated retail experiences on large format displays for global customers.

CIA's Animation and Game Design programs listed 5th best in the Midwest

CIA's Animation and Game Design programs listed 5th best in the Midwest

Animation Career Review names CIA's Animation and Game Design programs as fifth best in the Midwest, noting our vast classroom/studio space.

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