Heather Elliott-Famularo

Heather-Elliott-Famularo

Professor, Digital Arts
Division Chair, Digital Arts (ON LEAVE - 2016-2017 Academic Year)

MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art and Technology, 1999
BFA, Syracuse University, Art Media Studies-Computer Graphics, 1995

Teaching Specialization: Video Art & Film, Installation Art

Courses Taught 
ART 6050 Graduate Studio Critique
ARTC 3440 Digital Video Art
ARTC 4440 Advanced Digital Video Art
ARTC 4000 Contemporary Practices in Digital Arts II
           Recent topics include:
                      Video Installation Art
                      Projection Mapping
                      Media Synthesis: Time, Space, Image
ARTC 4090 Professional Practices and Presentation in Digital Arts
ARTC 4180 Senior Studio in Digital Arts
ARTC 4410 Collaborative Multimedia Development
ARTC 4700 Independent Study in Digital Arts
Graduate level video art and installation art courses

See some recent video artworks on vimeo.

Research/Artistic Focus 
Heather Elliott-Famularo is an award winning filmmaker and digital artist who is committed to researching and exploring important cultural issues in through her artwork. Although primarily focused on video and film production, Ms. Elliott-Famularo also creates artworks that use performance, photography, and digital mediums. The focus is on the creation of interactive experiences rather than objects. These works often challenge the traditional method of viewing art in a gallery setting, using technology to transform the space and, therefore, the individual viewer's experience.

Her most recent, ongoing research includes Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors, a documentary film that shares the testimonies of six Holocaust survivors of Toledo, Ohio. This feature-length compilation of survivors’ stories includes the Jewish youth of the local synagogues. In May 2013, Indie film critic, Larry Richman, put the film on his list of top 11 documentaries of 2013, and stated in his film review: “There are essentially two kinds of documentaries. The first turns you on to a story you knew nothing about. The second documents an incident you've heard of -- maybe even have read about or studied -- but uncovers facts that are not only new to you but also put a completely different perspective on what you thought really happened. Call it a revelatory experience. This unforgettable film from director/producer/editor Heather Elliott-Famularo is a triumphant example of the latter.” The film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy award by the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences - Lower Great Lakes chapter. In fall 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.

In 2013, Elliott-Famularo expanded the documentary into a collaborative, interdisciplinary project with curriculum design specialist, Dr. Tim Murnen. Together they co-wrote and co-led two successful grant proposals, a 2014 Fulbright-Hays research trip ($70,000), Walking Witness: Civic Responsibility in the Shadow of the Holocaust, (a 28-day exploration of Poland, Hungary, and Greece for eleven educators) and an Ohio Humanities Council Educator Enrichment grant ($15,000) The project expanded even further when they brought collaborative opportunities to BGSU students to develop 21st-century digital curricular materials in spring 2015.

Her interest in the Holocaust began in 2005 when she began collaborating with composer, Burton Beerman, in his multimedia oratorio, TIKVAH, directing and producing video segments for the piece. She also produced a virtual environment of Gwoździec, a lost synagogue in Poland, through a collaboration with Handshouse Studio in 2006, and has been exploring the Mikvah with a recent art video, “Her Immersion.

Social activism and history also play a role in a recent body of work created with collaborator, Murray McKay. At the Catwalk Artist 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, these multi-channel video installations and large-scale projection works addressed contemporary environmental concerns of the region.

Other Recent Accomplishments 
As an artist, she creates video installations for galleries and alternative exhibition spaces. Exhibitions include: IDEAS10: Art and the Digital Narrative in Vancouver, Hin-Shiu Hung Gallery in Toronto, Home Work/s and Social Seduction exhibitions at the Betty Rymer Gallery in Chicago, the VideominutoPopTV festival at the Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy, the SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery in Los Angeles, Proflux 05 Exhibition in Providence, RI and Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI where she was a visiting artist.

Ms. Elliott-Famularo was Chair of SIGGRAPH 2004 Emerging Technologies, 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 SIGGRAPH’98 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.

In addition to teaching digital art and video courses, she has also produced several promotional films for non-profits and organizations both independently and through the ARTC 4410 Collaborative Multimedia course. Clients include: G.A.S. (Glass Art Society), SIGGRAPH, SACI (Studio Art Centers International), Ohio High School Athletic Association, and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.

Faculty member at BGSU since 2000.