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Anthony Scalmato

Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Animation/Interim Chair of Game Design
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7325

Courses  Advanced 3D Animation | BFA Research + Preparation | BFA Thesis + Exhibition | Concept Development I | Intro to 3D Animation: Character | Intro to Animation | Layout Rendering Techniques

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 for many clients and as a contractor for American Greetings.

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Jared Bendis

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Game Media Production I | Intro Game Design | Intro to Media Production and Integration

Degree M.A. Case Western Reserve University

Jared received his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Psychology with minors in Music and Art Studio and his M.A. in Art Education from the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Art joint program and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Case Western Reserve University in Modern Dance with a focus on Performance Media.

Jared Bendis is a specialist in photography, game design, virtual reality, interactive and new media and serves as the Creative New Media Officer for Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library. As the Creative New Media Officer, Jared weaves together cutting-edge technologies with proven, innovative pedagogical strategies to create rich media experiences. Jared serves as a senior expert for the campus, designing digital media strategies for content creation (and use) by researching and developing New Media applications for education and digital scholarship. Jared also holds adjunct appointments in the CWRU Art Studio, Music, and SAGES departments where he teaches courses on multimedia, instructional technology, and New Media Literacy. He is also adjunct faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he teaches in the Game Design program.

Jared is also an installation artist, photographer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker. As a visual artist Jared focuses on the way people see, augmenting their reality via technology and visual perception. As a photographer he prefers to view the world though a wide-angle lens and specializes in spherical panoramic and stereoscopic photography. On his first trip overseas, in March 2000, Jared visited the Chateau de Pierrefonds in France and became driven (if not obsessed) with capturing and sharing cultural and architectural experiences and has photographed over 500 architectural, archeological and cultural sites (primarily castles) in 14 countries. Jared’s art practice also includes creating immersive installations that provide interactive social and sensory experiences for viewers.

Jared has extensive experience in the Museum world digitizing collection materials from: The Cleveland Museum of Art (where he served as their Virtual Reality Specialist), The Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Western Reserve Historical Society, The Cleveland Natural History Museum, The Cleveland Zoo, The musée des beaux-arts Dijon (in coordination with the French Regional American Museum Exchange), and the Isparta Museum in Turkey.

As a practicing commercial artist, Jared is lead developer, designer, and co-owner of Lemming Labs Limited that develops interactive media applications for the iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms. His mobile applications include: “Mandalas,” “EasyDraw,” “HoopDreams,” “Carve-It,” “Egg Draw,” “Hex Doodle,” and “Mow-It” to name but a few… He is also the owner of ATBOSH Media ltd. a co-publishing firm that specializes in traditional print media, web design, and custom app and game development.

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Keith Corcoran

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Intro to Animation

Keith Corcoran is a U.S. Army veteran having trained and served as a Multimedia Illustrator for 6 of his 10 years on active duty. Since 2000 Keith has been heavily involved in the interactive space creating online experiences in the entertainment, finance, retail and social expressions sectors for companies such as Atlantic Records, Bank of America and HBO.

Currently, as a User Experience & Creative Director, Keith is involved in leading the design of stand-alone interactive vending and automated retail experiences on large format displays for global customers.

Michael Geig

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Game Media Production IV | Game Testing + Level Design | Introduction to Game Development

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James Mravec

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Concept Development I | Intro to Animation

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.

Harrison Walsh

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  3D Texture, Mapping, Digital Lighting | Game Media Production I | Game Media Production III | Game Testing + Level Design

Degree B.F.A, Cleveland Institute of Art

Harrison Walsh has been an adjunct faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Art's Game Design Department since 2013. He graduated from C.I.A. with a B.F.A. in T.I.M.E. Digital-Arts in 2009, and began instructing students in game design and digital arts in 2010. Outside of CIA Harrison also does freelance 3D modeling, game design, graphic design, and film work. Most recently working on the motion picture "Draft Day".

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Michael Wu

Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Game Media Production III

Michael is currently working as an indie game developer with well over a decade of prior experience in AAA games, where he's filled the role of artist, designer, lead and development director. He's shipped multiple titles and DLC with some of the most significant companies in the industry including LucasArts, Microsoft, Bungie, and Electronic Arts. His contributions, which include projects in the Star Wars, Halo, and DeadSpace universes, have led to total lifetime unit sales in the tens of millions and revenues in the billions of dollars.

His personal blog covering career development in the games industry can be found here: http://koikodo.blogspot.com/.

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