Bruce Wands


Bruce Wands is an artist, writer and musician. He has lectured, performed, and exhibited his creative work internationally, including Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and Beijing, China. Time Out New York named Bruce as one of the “99 People to Watch in 1999”. His book, Digital Creativity, was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2001 and he is currently writing a book on digital art for Thames & Hudson UK, which will be published in 2004. He is the Chair of the MFA Computer Art Department and the Director of Computer Education at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has taught for eighteen years in the graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs in Computer Art. His department's site, was named by Yahoo Internet Life as one of the "100 Best Sites of 2002" for Best Original Web Art. His digital art, photography, music and writing explore the invention of new forms of narrative and the relationship between visual art and music. He will be exhibiting an interactive music installation and digital print in the SIGGRAPH 2003 Art Gallery. Bruce was the first musician to perform live over ISDN lines on the Internet in 1992. He is the Director of the New York Digital Salon, an international digital art exhibition celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2003 ( He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA UK). Bruce is also an independent producer and composer with his own company, Wands Studio, which has created award winning design, video, animation and music for AT&T, General Motors, United Technologies, Colgate Palmolive and others. As an educational and corporate consultant, his clients have included the New York State Department of Education, the Center for Creative Studies, and Buffalo State College. He served on the NYC ACM/SIGGRAPH Board of Directors for ten years. He has a BA with honors from Lafayette College and an MS from Syracuse University, where he studied computer art and mass communication. (source:

2003 National Endowment for the Arts grant, NY Digital Salon
2002 Rockefeller Foundation grant, NY Digital Salon Digital Art and Culture Symposium
2001 - 2002 New York State Council on the Arts grants, New York Digital Salon
1998 Chair, MFA Computer Art Department, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1994 - 2002 Honorable External Advisor, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China
1994 - 1998 Chair, Computer Art Department, School of Visual Arts, New York / Accomplishments included founding the BFA Computer Art program, increasing full-time student enrollment from 80-240 students in three years, with a 400% revenue increase. BFA student thesis work appeared in the SIGGRAPH Art Show and Electronic Theater. Assisted with achieving Disney Partner in Education status (only 15 schools world-wide). BFA graduate placement record of 100%, with employment at, the Associated Press, Time Magazine, Disney Online, Simon & Schuster, Nickelodeon and others.
1993 Director, The New York Digital Salon, New York, NY
1992 Director of Computer Education, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1990 - 2000 NY SIGGRAPH Board of Directors
1989 - 1992 Graduate Faculty Advisor, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1984 Computer Art Faculty, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1980 Producer/Director, Wands Studio, Verona, NJ / Overseeing the production of videotapes, films, digital media, 2D and 3D computer animation and print from concept to finished product. Producing and directing live action/animation for AOPA Air Safety Foundation and Quotron Foreign Exchange. Other clients include General Motors, United Technologies, Colgate Palmolive, Gillette, US Government, Hazeltine Corporation, Reeves Communications, Bray Studios and the Oxford University Press.
1978 - 1980 Film Studio Art Director, Bray Studios, New York, NY / Responsible for the creation and production of technical animation for educational and industrial films, videotapes and multimedia programs. Daily management of a four-person art department. Design and production of titles, mattes and optical printing special effects for films and commercials. A comprehensive knowledge of film production, operation of typesetting equipment and the Oxberry animation camera. Clients included General Motors, Chase Manhattan Bank, US Navy, Chevrolet, Red Cross, CARE, Marriott Hotels.
1976 - 1978 Computer Animator/Cameraman, Spectacolor, New York, NY / Created and produced computer animation for billboard display in Times Square, NY, and the computer animated opening for NBC Saturday Night Live. Responsible for all in-house still and motion picture photography. Produced and directed commercials for KERN, WBTV, and the WNET Auction. Supervised computer operation and scheduling. Trained staff.
1976 Syracuse University, M.S. in Television/Radio / Newhouse School of Public Communication, Graduate program in film, video production, computer graphics, animation and sound recording. Dean's List, academic scholarship.
1971 - 1972 State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, School of Medicine / Completed two years of medical school with coursework in the basic medial sciences, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, preventive medicine, and histology.
1971 Lafayette College, B.A. in Biology
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