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Faculty, Visiting Artists, and Administrators

The Creative Media Institute is a program dedicated to the inspection, deconstruction, and celebration of moving image, still, and aural media (and all that exists in between). The CMI is deeply inspired by a summer institute that took place on the Hampshire College campus during the 1970s, a summer institute that brought together a different, eclectic cast of filmmakers and photographers each summer.

Program Director

Andrew Hart is the program director of the Creative Media Institute at Hampshire College. Hart has spent the last ten years working in film and video education and production. He studied filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts and holds a B.A. in communications from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Andrew coordinated video production and live video playback at the Berklee College of Music before coming to Hampshire College, where he previously managed campus-wide media services in the Harold F. Johnson Library. Andrew continues to work as a freelance video editor and cameraperson for projects across New England, including the Provincetown International Film Festival.

CMI Hampshire College Faculty Advisor

Jacqueline Hayden, professor of film and photography, has been a professional artist since 1979 when she received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. Ms. Hayden has been a professor of film and photography at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts since 1991. She has received numerous awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for her photographs of nude older figure models titled Figure Model Series 1991-96.

Figure Model Series and Ancient Statuary Series 1996-2000 have been shown in numerous museum exhibitions including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Alternative Museum in N.Y.C., Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut, National Museum of Bellas Artes and National Museum of Decorative Arts in Havana, Cuba. Professor Hayden is a founding faculty member of Hampshire College’s study abroad program in Havana, Cuba. In January 2002 and 2003, she and her students completed the first digital photographic archive of the old city of Havana, Cuba. 

CMI Visiting Artists // Photography

Keliy Anderson-Staley is a photographer known for her work in portraiture and wet-plate collodion. She is an assistant professor of photography at the University of Houston. Her work has been shown at a number of institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian and is held by a number of collections, including the Library of Congress, Sir Elton John Photography Collection, and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. She has a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. from Hunter College in New York,  A book of her tintype portraits, On a Wet Bough, was published in 2013 by Waltz Books. 

Mikael Kennedy is a New York City-based commercial and fine art photographer. Kennedy’s decade long Polaroid project “Passport to Trespass” and subsequent series of 9 artist books are a study on visual memory and the accidental documentation of a life captured in the border of the white Polaroid frame. Coverage of his blend of art and fashion photography has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Time, WWD, GQ, and Esquire Magazine. His Polaroid work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX as well as in private collections worldwide.  

Tanya Hollander is a multi-media artist who works with photography, video, story-telling, and social media. In her current project, “Are you really my friend," she is photographing all of her Facebook friends all over the world in analog film, and will debut in its entirety at MASS MoCA in 2017. It has been exhibited in parts at the Portland Museum of Art, and Carl-Schurz-Haus /Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Freiburg, Germany.  

Elaine Mayes' photographic work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Art Boston, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a number of other art institutions across the United States. Her astute cultural observer photographic and film works have spanned decades. She photographed San Francisco‘s Haight-Ashbury hippie residents in 1967-8, iconic rock and roll performers in the late 1960s, and the New York downtown rock scene of the 1980’s. Mayes’ subject matter has also included landscapes and conceptual projects. Her latest book, Elaine Mayes: Recently, was published by Daylight Books in 2013. Mayes, professor emerita at Hampshire College and New York University, will be an artist in residence editing a video about her friend, photographer/filmmaker Helen Levitt. She and Helen Levitt taught in the 1970s summer institute at Hampshire. 

Jeff Sharlet is the nationally bestselling author of The Family (2008), described by Barbara Ehrenreich as “one of the most compelling and brilliantly researched exposes you’ll ever read.” His most recent book is Sweet Heaven When I Die (2011). His greatest distinction remains Ann Coulter’s designation of him as one of the stupidest journalists in America. Sharlet is associate professor of English at Dartmouth and a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He began writing in 1990 at Hampshire College as a student of Michael Lesy, author of Wisconsin Death Trip. He has also written for GQ, Mother Jones, New York, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Salon, Daily Beast, Advocate, and many others. Sharlet has recently begun posting essays on Instagram.

Xaviera Simmons is an American contemporary artist. Her body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture, and installation. Her studio practice is rooted in an ongoing investigation of sensory experience, memory, and abstraction within present and future histories--specifically shifting notions surrounding landscape--as cyclical versus linear. Simmons is committed to the examination of different artistic modes and processes; she may dedicate part of a year to photography, another part to performance, and other parts to installation, video, and sound work.

Michael Lesy is a professor of literary journalism at Hampshire College. He has published 13 books of history, biography, and narrative nonfiction. Professor Lesy’s most recent book, Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910 (2013), written in collaboration with his wife, Lisa Stoffer, was inspired by the New York Public Library’s Buttolph Menu Collection. Many of his books have been based on historic photographs, gathered in archives; several have been based on oral histories, gathered during fieldwork. Professor Lesy’s first book, Wisconsin Death Trip, has remained in print since 1973. Professor Lesy’s book, Murder City (2007), grew out of a Hampshire College tutorial. In 2007, the United States Artists Foundation named Professor Lesy its first Simon Fellow. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

CMI Visiting Artists // Video and Film

Ken Burns has been making films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. The Civil War, Baseball, Unforgivable Blackness, The Dust Bowl, Prohibition, The National Parks, The Central Park Five, and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History are just a few of the films he directed or produced. Ken is a Hampshire College alum.

Matt Wolf is a filmmaker in New York. His new film It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise premiered at Sundance and is airing on HBO. His most recent film TEENAGE is about the birth of youth culture, and is based on a book by the punk author Jon Savage. Previously, Matt made Wold Combination, about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell, and I Remember, about the artist and poet Joe Brainard. Matt recently completed a 15 part documentary series for the Whitney Museum of American Art and a forthcoming short for Time magazine about a controversial 1992 Benetton advertisement. He is a Guggenheim Fellow.

Will Reiser is a screenwriter and producer. He is best known for writing the 2011 film 50/50, which was based on his own experience with cancer. 50/50 won an Independent Spirit award and National Board of Review award after it was released. Will got his start working as a producer and writer for Da Ali G Show and is currently work on TV projects and a film based on the acclaimed documentary, Brooklyn Castle, for Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin. Will is a Hampshire College alum.

Additional video and film artists will be added soon.

2014 CMI Visiting Artists

Filmmakers Robert Greene, Laura Poitras, Ken Burns, Margaret Brown, Meghan O’Hara, Ivy Meeropol, Penny Lane, Brett Morgan, Jason Tippet, Bill and Turner Ross, David Hoffman, Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden, Fredrick Wiseman, Ross Kauffman, Heather Courtney, Luke Meyers, Beau Willimon, Rob Epstein, Rachel Boynton, AJ Schnack, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, producers Erica Huggins and Julie Goldman, composer Will Bangs, editors Toby Shimin and Maya Mumma, and writer Eric Hynes.

Hampshire Alumni Advisors to the CMI

Michael Peyser 71F Roger Sherman 73S
Jason Cilo 88F Meghan O'Hara 97F
Will Reiser 99S Brendan Toller 04F
Sascha Rice 91F Connie White 76F
Alex Rivera 91F David Wilson 92F
Jeffrey Tuchman 73F Lawrence Blume 81F
Gina Angelone 81F Emily Hubley 76F
Rose Vincelli Gustine 98F  



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