Associate Professor, Digital Arts
Division Chair, Digital Arts
MFA, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Art and Technology, 1999
BFA, Syracuse University, Art Media Studies-Computer Graphics, 1995
Teaching Specialization: Video & Film, Installation Art
ARTC3440, ARTC4000, ARTC4090, ARTC4180, ARTC4230, ARTC4410, ARTC 4440, ARTC4700, (Video Art (all levels), Collaborative Multimedia, Senior Studio, Professional Practices, Digital Imaging)
Areas of Research/Artistic Focus
Heather Elliott-Famularo is committed to researching and exploring cultural issues in her work. Her current work includes Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors, a documentary film that captures the stories of the Holocaust survivors in Toledo, Ohio. This feature-length compilation of survivors’ stories includes the voices of the young Jewish youth of the local synagogues. In 2011, Elliott-Famularo was awarded a competitive fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society at BGSU to complete the film. The film had its broadcast premiere on PBS (WGTE Public Media) in July 2012. Her interest in the Holocaust began in 2005 when she began collaborating with composer, Burton Beerman, in his multimedia oratorio, TIKVAH, directing and producing the video for the piece. She also produced a virtual environment of Gwozdziec, a lost synagogue in Poland, through a collaboration with Handshouse, and has been exploring the Mikvah with her most recent art video, Her Immersion.
Social history and memory also play a role in a recent body of work created with collaborator, Murray McKay. At the Catwalk Residency in Catskill, NY, they conceived, researched, and shot site-specific performances for video. Using the Hudson River Valley as the backdrop and the Hudson River School Painters as inspiration, the works introduce apparitions of the future-present, coalescing transcendentalism, environmentalism, and re-industrialism. These pieces, still in post-production, will be realized as multi-channel video installations and large-scale projection pieces.
Although primarily focused on video and film production, Ms. Elliott-Famularo often combines digital arts, video, performance, photography, and installation art to create her artwork. Other research interests include: enhanced interactive installation art and performance that explore the interaction between the viewer and the works of art. Emphasis is placed on the merging of technology and art to create ubiquitous transformational environments. The focus is on the creation of interactive experiences rather than objects. These works challenge the traditional method of viewing art in a gallery setting, using technology to transform the space and therefore the individual viewer's experience.
As an artist, she creates video installations for galleries and alternative exhibition spaces. Exhibitions include installation works shown in the IDEAS10: Art and the Digital Narrative in Vancouver, Home Work/s and Social Seduction exhibitions at the Betty Rymer Gallery in Chicago, a video piece selected for the VideominutoPopTV festival at the Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy, digital prints selected for the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery in Los Angeles, and a video installation for the Proflux 05 Exhibition in Providence, RI and Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI where she was a visiting artist.
Ms. Elliott-Famularo was also the SIGGRAPH 2004 Emerging Technologies Chair, where she organized and designed an international exhibition of 30 ground-breaking interactive installations of both technology and fine art. She also served as the administrator for the SIGGRAPH98 Art Show: Touchware, a subcommittee member for the SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery: Intersections and 2001 Art Gallery: N-Space, and the assistant coordinator for the 1997 International Symposium on Electronic Art. She has also served on the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee focusing on curriculum development in the field of Computer Art and Science.
Faculty member at BGSU since 2000.