Robin Perlah
Affiliated with Division of Communication and Creative Media, Emergent Media Center, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, Interaction Design

Robin Perlah is the Program Director for the master's programs in Emergent Media and Assistant Professor in the Division of Communications & Creative Media at Champlain College. She teaches courses in emergent media theory and practice, as well as in photography, image-making and graphic design.

Perlah is a commercial and exhibiting artist; her digital and photographic work has been shown regionally in public exhibitions. Her other research and scholarship includes presentations on memory and digital interaction, interactive digital systems for museums and education, and a variety of topics around the intersection of technology and educational pedagogy. Prior to Champlain, Perlah was the co-chair of the Design & Creative Media program at the Center for Technology, Essex. She also ran community art programs to support young people through art-mentoring relationships and other activities. Additionally, she has a long career as a professional photographer and photo editor, specializing in commercial, portrait and event photography, and fine-art printing.

Perlah's current art practice is based in a persistent interest in video and photography as media transformed by digitality. Her work deals with the ambiguity of memory, the intersection between image capture and the methods of processing and presenting images, and how generative art and mutations of data can reveal layers of complexity. 

Perlah studied at New England School of Photography, received her BS in Art Education from University of Vermont, and her MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College.

Professional Activities and Leadership

Perlah is the co-director for the Technology & Design Institute at Governor's Institutes of Vermont, and is on the board of Rad Magpie, a non-profit studio supporting underrepresented creators though radical interactive media.

She also co-directs Champlain's pre-college Art & Design Portfolio Building Studio summer program. She recently completed her term as vice-chair of the board of trustees for the Vermont Arts Council.