John Banks
John Banks
Associate Professor
Program Director, MFA
Division of Communication and Creative Media
Affiliated with Filmmaking, Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Media
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Biography

John Banks is Program Director of the MFA in Emergent Media, and Associate Professor in the Division of Communication & Creative Media. He came to Champlain College from National University, where he was a media faculty member and served as Interim Dean. John started his teaching career in 1996 at Columbia College in Chicago.

He has worked with digital tools since the early 80s when he co-founded the computer graphics firm Rising Star Graphics. Being a strong believer in maintaining professional practice, John has released four DVD and Blu-ray compilations of his work. Walt Disney distributed the most recent work, WOW World of Wonder. He has also worked on several large civic installations including the Crown Millennium Fountain in Chicago.

His interests and personal work revolve around relating the experience of being in nature, and the formative experiences of exploring as a youth. He has a great interest in travel and is influenced by fantasy writing and visionary music.

John was a recipient of the Mellon Foundation Fellowship while at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Education
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts
University of Arizona, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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