Title Adjunct Faculty
James Mravec is an award winning illustrator who has worked locally for American Greetings doing greeting card illustrations and animations. He has also created editorial art for the Plain Dealer. Nationally, he worked with Creative Expressions producing artwork for the paper decor industry as well as Imperial Wallcoverings creating best selling images for wall paper borders. He has also written and digitally illustrated a series of how to draw books for Publications International, LLC.
During his art career, James has also worked on developing interactive media for clients. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has several kiosks that were art directed by him. The visual design of these kiosks and the programming were all integral parts of the projects. He has also developed animations and interactive sites for Toyota, Weyerhauser and other national clients.
He has been teaching illustration, animation and design courses for fourteen years at several Universities including CIA, Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University.
You can view his illustration portfolio online at www.mravec.com.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.
Recently, Jeff and a team of three others founded Photonic Studio after recognizing the lack of quality 3D services in Cleveland. Photonic Studio is a 3D visualization and animation studio with clients in the architecture, product, and advertising industries.
Today, Jeff continues to help build his community with teaching and collaboration. He loves animation of all sorts and wishes to spread his passion to new generations of animators.
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