Heejoo Kim


Assistant Professor, Digital Arts



MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago in New Media Arts

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, Video, New Media and Animation

BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies

BFA, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea in Painting and Drawing


Personal site: www.heejoogwenkim.org


Teaching Specialization: Animation and New Media Arts


Courses Taught

3D Animation
Preproduction/Production/Post Production in Animation
Experimental Animation

Virtual Reality

New media art theory/technology

Time based compositing

Graduate studies


Areas of Research/Artistic Focus

Heejoo Kim works as an animated filmmaker and new media arts, currently creating projects focusing on social issues, such as microaggressions, elder abuse, and human trafficking in experimental narrative film structures.

Her films and installations have been internationally presented at the festivals and galleries in Germany, the UK, Lebanon, Mexico, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Philippines, India, Latvia, Canada, Korea, Italy, Ecuador, and the United States. Her films have received awards such as, “Best Animation,” “Best Experimental Films,” and “Best of Show” at several international film festivals. She has been a director, curator, and adjudicator for International Animation + New Media Art Festivals, conferences, and shows.


Recent Accomplishments

Her recent work, Unwearable Funcitonal Garments II: akinetic mutism, has been widely exhibited, including screenings at the International Digital Media Art Association Conference, SEAMUS (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music US) Conference, CSUS Festival of New American Music conference, and Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary Study, Visual Presentation. This film won the “Best of Show” award at the International Digital Media Art Exhibition: idea in Johnson City, Tennessee, USA.

Her most recent work investigates the potential of gestures in creating animation in immersive virtual reality and experimental narrative form.


Faculty member at BGSU since 2015