Kevin Murakami has been teaching at Champlain College since 2012, after earning his MFA in Emergent Media here. He had returned to graduate school with the goal of being able to teach at the college level. Fortunately, there was an immediate opening for an adjunct instructor in one of his creative strengths—motion graphics. He updated and re-designed the curriculum of the course, and has been teaching and tweaking it ever since.
In 2014, Murakami helped to create an advanced motion graphics class that has become as well attended as the original. Along with these two classes, he has worked on a stop-motion animation class and been a faculty advisor on a number of projects at the Emergent Media Center.
Creatively, Murakami has recently begun to experiment and play with MIDI devices driving generative art installations using TouchDesigner. Generative, interactive art is something that he experienced during his time in the MFA program, and remains an art form he'd like to explore more deeply.
When not teaching at Champlain College, Murakami teaches full time at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington. He and his wife have two sons—one is attending Springfield College, and their younger son attends South Burlington High School. During the winter, Murakami coaches the bowling team at SBHS—he is a USBC Bronze level bowling coach and has enjoyed bowling for nearly fifty years.
I really enjoy interacting with college-age students and getting to know them while also helping them build new skills. It's fulfilling.