Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Animation/Co-Chair of Game Design
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
Anthony Scalmato is the Department Chair of Animation and the Interim Department Chair of Game Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has created more than a hundred published works which have been viewed on television, web and mobile devices. Before joining CIA, Scalmato worked as a Senior Creative Developer at American Greetings where he provided animations, illustrations and art direction for products that are viewed globally by millions of people every month. His clients include Applebee’s, Disney, Pixar, Sony, UPS, Taylor Swift, Wal-mart, M & M’s, Ferraro Chocolates and many other fortune 500 companies.
In 2011 Scalmato was awarded the American Greetings Chairman’s Award for Creativity and Innovation. He has also received over a dozen “Best Animation” awards from film festivals around the world. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a freelance artist and contractor for studios.
Title Assistant Professor
Degree BFA, Long Island University
I Studied painting and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York and finished up my BFA in painting at Long Island University. Early in my career I designed imprinted graphics for children’s wear and men’s sportswear at a variety of clothing companies in New York.
I went on to work at a small computer software company developing and selling 2D and 3D design software for about seven years, before jumping to one of our customers –Dreamquest Images in California.
Dreamquest Images had recently been bought by the Walt Disney Company so, after working on several live action pictures there including George of the Jungle, Gone in Sixty Seconds and Mighty Joe Young, I moved over to Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, California.
At Disney Feature Animation, I worked on three animated feature films—Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons and Bolt; creating the CG characters. During my stay there I also worked on two animated 3-D “ride films” for the Disney theme parks in Orlando and Tokyo- the Magic Lamp and Mickey’s Phiharmagic.
I worked at Sony Imageworks where I helped on the completion of the Animated Feature film Arthur Christmas.
I was then hired by Digital Domain and moved to Florida, to help build an animation studio there. Our first picture was scheduled to be The Legend of Tembo-- I was the character model lead on this film. To this date, the film has yet to be completed.
Recently I have been doing freelance work for the Disney Consumer Products division; helping to create new Marvel Comics based toys and action figures.expand collapse
Title Adjunct Professor
Courses Intro to 3D Animation: Character
Degree BFA, Bowling Green State University
Jeff Simonetta began his path into animation by attending Bowling Green State University. While attending Jeff was active as the chair of the BGSU ACM SIGGRAPH Student chapter for 2 years and worked to restore the digital arts community at BGSU. In 2011 he received a BFA in Digital Arts specializing in Animation.
After graduation he completed animation workshops through ianimate.net, studying with some of the best animators in the industry to further refine his craft. From here was part form Photonic Studios, a CGI visualization firm in Cleveland.
Recently, Jeff is currently Creative Director of Halo Media Works, an Animation, Games, and Visualizaiton studio in Solon, OH.
Jeff continues to help build his community with teaching and collaboration. He loves animation of all sorts abd has become a master of his craft. He wishes to spread his passion to new generations of animators.expand collapse
Title Technical Specialist
Degree BFA, The Ohio State University 2010expand collapse
Title Adjunct Faculty
Courses Concept Development Iexpand collapse
Title Adjunct Faculty
Degree MFA from the University of Hartford
BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art
James Mravec has been illustrating and working on interactive media projects for over 30 years. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and started immediately freelancing concept development ideas for the toy industry. Over his career, he has completed illustrations for books, graphic novels, children's books, magazines, wall paper and paper products.
He has also worked in the Design and Interactive Media fields. Mravec created and maintained websites for large and small clients. In the Interactive field, he was involved in programming and the creation of kiosks for several museums, non-profit organizations and a higher-education institution. An advertising agency hired him for animation and online game development skills and he worked on many projects for national clients. He also was a consultant for the web presence of a large newspaper and media company.
In 2000, James Mravec was hired to teach illustration classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His digital knowledge allowed him to teach design and art software classes as well. Over the years, he has also taught design and illustration classes at Cuyahoga Community College, Middle Tennessee State University and Kent State University.
You can view his illustration portfolio online at www.jamesmravec.com.expand collapse
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