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ROBERT SPAHR
Parsons School of Design, M.F.A
Art Academy of Cincinnati, B.F.A

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I am a visual artist who produces code-based automated art, live art performance, drawing, painting and sculpture all of which explores the nature of the Internet, it's strengths and failures, producing what has been called a post-Internet art that reflects the networks effect on our society and culture. This work was supported by funding from the GNU / Free Software Foundation, William A. Minor Grant and The Unknown Territory Fellowship and presented in National and International venues.

Recent exhibits include: DRAWN, 7th Annual International Exhibit of Contemporary Drawing, at the Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2020; Generative Art FUTURING Past, an event organized by the Generative Design Lab, as a partner of @postasis Erasmus+ European Program, hosted by the Casa delle Letterature inside the Cultural Program Massenzio, in Rome, Italy, 2019.

Co-founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed theatre company, Expanded Arts, he produced and/or directed over 300 productions, including the "Free Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot" series and the "94 plays in 94 days summer festival" presented on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The successful off-broadway "Shakespeare's R&J" was first produced by Expanded Arts and was the longest running Romeo & Juliet in the history of Off-Broadway.

Past technical work includes over 10 years of web development, user interface design, and product management at New York City companies including About.com, Global Education Network, Beliefnet, and the branding firm of Siegel+Gale.

Currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media Arts with Tenure and the Acting Interim Chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media and the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Past teaching experience includes the University of the Arts; Hartford Art School; State University of New York, Purchase College; and Dowling College, and a visiting artist at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and Xavier University.

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