Adrianne Finelli

 

 

 

Adrianne Finelli

 

 

Media Artist, Educator, Curator

 

Adrianne Finelli is a media artist and curator who lives in western Pennsylvania and teaches 4D Design and Cinema at Edinboro University. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design in 2009 and her BA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University. While at Michigan, Finelli also pursed studies with the UM School of Social Work to incorporate intervention theories and methods into her documentary practice of working with stories of trauma and loss. Her work has been on view internationally and screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Burton Theater, Cinema & Contemporary Art 3: Paris, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Harvard University Medical Campus, and the Washington DC Independent Film Festival. She has presented at the Orphan Film Symposium, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the National Conference on Arts & Aging, and at various universities. Finelli has also worked as a curator and administrator on projects with the National Network of Depression Centers, Work•Detroit Gallery, and the Prison Creative Arts Project.

 

 

Résumé

 

EDUCATION

 

MFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Media Arts, School of Art & Design, 2009

           

Specialist in Aging Certificate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

School of Social Work, 2009

 

BA, magna cum laude, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Film and Media Arts, School of Communications and Theater, 2005

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Faculty, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro 2012-2013

Cinema Program, Art Department, ART103: Four Dimensional Design

Developed course to teach all freshman level art students basic time-based artworks; including sound art, video art, and performance art. Prepared course materials, delivered lectures and demonstrations, lead discussions and critiques, designed assignments for 120 students per term.

 

Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011

School of Art & Design, ARTDES 300: Visual Narratives

Advanced studio course designed to increase students skills at telling stories through visuals. Students were taught narrative structure and tools and methods to tell visual narratives through digital software (i.e. Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator). Prepared course materials and lectures, lead discussion and critiques, and evaluated 15 students.

 

Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010-2011

School of Art & Design, ARTDES 220: Time

Core studio course for all sophomores that focuses on the concepts and methods of time-based artworks. Designed assignments and prepared course materials with team of six faculty members, delivered lectures to 130 students, lead discussion and critiques, facilitated technical demos and evaluated the work of 20 students.

 

Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009

School of Art & Design, ARTDES 300: Home

Developed and designed this advanced studio seminar that explores broad concepts of home. Prepared all course materials and lectures, lead discussion and critiques, held weekly studio visits and evaluated 17 students.

 

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007-2008

Screen Arts and Cultures, SAC 236: The Art of Film, 3 terms

Writing intensive introductory course on Film Art for majors and non-majors. Prepared course materials and screenings for two sections, lead group discussion and evaluated 50 students per term.

 

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006-2007

School of Art & Design, ARTDES Art & Design Perspectives I: The Creators, 2 terms

Introductory art history core course for Art & Design freshmen. Prepared lesson plans, lead discussion section and evaluated 25 students per term.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Broadcast Producer, DA Media, Ann Arbor, MI 2010-2012

Associate producer on a series of nationally syndicated short documentary television programs. Co-wrote, lead research, assisted on production and preliminary editing for several episodes of Out of the Blue for the Big Ten Network.

 

Marketing Coordinator, Growing Hope, Ypsilanti, MI, 2009-2010

Expanded print and web content, created outreach and documentation using multimedia. Developed communications plan, restructured existing website and expanded use of social media outlets.

 

Curatorial Assistant, National Network of Depression Centers, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009

Provided support to head curator for planning, layout and execution of a national traveling exhibition. Assisted with research and writing for exhibition catalogues and promotional materials.

 

Associate Producer, PLAY Gallery, 2008-2009

Michigan Public Media and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Worked with a team of people to design and prepare media for online and local exhibitions. Managed the Animation Station project: a portable, stop-motion animation workstation.

 

Research Associate, Patrizi Associates, Philadelphia, PA, 2005-2006

Assisted in institutional research, program coordination, and evaluation. Developed and designed research reports for presentation and publication. Worked on a major report for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation End-of-Life project grants.

 

Assistant Archivist, Willet Stained Glass Studio, Philadelphia, PA, 2005

Managed the Studio Library’s project to document and preserve original studio artwork. Digitally restored cartoons, sketches and watercolors dating back to 1898. Photographed, digitized and cataloged the collection.

 

 

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Presenter, Orphans 8 Film Symposium, Museum of the Moving Image, NY, NY, 2012

Title: There Are Mean Things Happening in This Land: Men and Dust (Sheldon & Lee Dick, 1940)

 

Artist Panel, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, 2011

Lecture topic: Arts and Healings Panel

 

Artist Panel, Living Arts Program, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011

Lecture topic: Working in Film

 

Guest Lecturer, Washtenaw County Community College, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010

VID 270: Documentary Production, Instructor Donna Ryen

Lecture topic: Experimental documentary practices, Screening of Helga (2005) and too soon too late (2010)

 

Guest Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010

School of Social Work, SW 617: Death, Grief and Loss, Professor Kathy Wade

Lecture topic: Alternative therapies with suicide survivors, Screening of too soon too late (2009)

 

MFA Thesis Talk, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009

Family/Memory/Loss, a public defense of creative and scholarly work presented at The James and Anne Duderstadt Center. Presentation included an in-depth discussion of Everything Is Still (2009) and too soon too late (2009).

 

Guest Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2008

School of Social Work, SW 617: Death, Grief and Loss, Professor Kathy Wade

Lecture topic: Media interventions with organ transplant recipients, Screening of Indications for Meditation (2003)

 

 

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SELECTED SCREENINGS AND EXHIBITIONS

 

2012   When You Arrive, Southside Film Festival, Bethlehem, PA

            50 Screens Project, 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI

            Dance of My Grandmothers, Work Detroit, Detroit, MI

 

2011   Perspectives on Pain (Curator), Work Detroit, Detroit, MI

            too soon too late, CPW, Woodstock, NY

            too soon too late, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

            Performance Laboratory, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI

            too soon too late, Victory Fire House, Bethlehem, PA

            Everything Is Still, Columbia University, New York, NY

            Things That Move, Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

 

2010   Vital (A)(R)(T), University of Texas, Dallas, TX

            We Don’t Talk About It, Cinema & Contemporary Art 3, Paris, France

            too soon too late, Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, Detroit, MI

            Vital (A)(R)(T), ARTiculate Gallery, Washington DC

            too soon too late, Washington DC Independent Film Festival

            too soon too late, Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL

            too soon too late, Southside Film Festival, Bethlehem, PA

            Scrummage Art Collective: Moving Pictures, Burton Theatre, Detroit, MI

 

2009   Time Show, Work Detroit, Detroit, MI

            too soon too late, Penny Stamps Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI

            Vital (A)(R)(T), Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

            Vital (A)(R)(T), Harvard Medical Campus, Boston, MA

            terra incognita, Wildt Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

            Storm, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

 

2008   Elbow Grease: Making Work Visible (Curator), Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

            Isthunzi, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

            Some Days, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

            We Don’t Talk About It, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

            Indications for Meditations, The School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI

 

2007   Helga, Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa

            Do You Live Here?, ACT Station, Hikone, Japan

            Plugfinder: Zack Denfeld’s Walking Thesis Tour, Ann Arbor, MI

            Raising Voices, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

            Psychotrope, Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

            One, Warren Robbins Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

            Unspeakable, Tallarico’s, Bethlehem, PA

            Before I Go, The Globe, Bethlehem, PA

            Shut Up and Listen to Me, Southside Film Festival, Bethlehem, PA

            Helga, Southside Film Festival, Bethlehem, PA

            Helga, Diamond Screen Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA

 

2005   Waiting for Translation, Warren Robbins Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

 

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

2011   Professional Development Grant, University of Michigan

 

2010   Best Filmmaker in Ann Arbor, Current Magazine

            Honorable Mention, Big Muddy Film Festival

 

2009   Rackham Thesis Research Grant, University of Michigan

 

2007   International Research Grant, Hikone, Japan, University of Michigan

 

2006   Best Nonfiction Short, Southside Film Festival

 

2005   Best College Documentary, Bucks County Film Festival

 

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Program Selection Committee, 2010-2012

Part of a six-member professional committee to screen and select creative work for the 48th-50th festival.

 

National Academy of Television Art & Sciences, Michigan Emmy Awards

Arts Selection Jury, 2010-2011

Part of a five-person jury to qualify work for the 2010 Michigan Emmy Awards.

 

Prison Creative Arts Project, Selection Committee, 2009-2012

Part of a committee to visit prisons and select the artworks for the Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners.

 

Washtenaw Community College Digital Film Festival, Festival Awards Jury, 2009-2012

One of four judges to select the work for five annual festival awards.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

College Art Association

National Center for Creative Aging

University Film and Video Association

 

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