We are finalizing our list of presenters for the 2015 Festival. A final list may be viewed here on February 15, 2015. In the meantime, take a look at last year’s presenters. This year should be equally fantastic!
2014 MAD Festival Motion Juror – Mike Gasaway – Award winning Director and computer animator – website
Mike Gasaway has animated virtual attractions at Disneyland, including the Hercules and Pirates of the Caribbean attractions.
He worked as an animator for the 2001 feature film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
In 2006, Gasaway returned to California to work for O Entertainment. Until 2009, he served as supervising director for Back at the Barnyard, a Nickelodeon computer-animated series. He directed 14 episodes and supervised 33.
In 2009, Back at the Barnyard earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program.
2014 MAD Festival Audio Juror – Hollis Greathouse – Grammy nominated producer, composer, and audio engineer – website
Hollis Greathouse is a composer/arranger, multi-instrumentalist, producer and Grammy nominated recording engineer. He has a career that includeds composing for television, radio, and the theater as well as working with some of the world’s finest musicians such as: Ne-Yo, Ryan Tedder (One Republic), Fred Wesley (James Brown), Ray Brown, Slide Hampton, Melba Moore, Etta James, John Michael Montgomery, Sean Jones, Kim Burrell, Blake Lewis, Twila Paris, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Carman, Wayne Watson, Phil Keaggy, Russ Taff, Crystal Lewis, Jamie Houston (High School Musical) and Jane Seymore.
Hollis has written and recorded music for Sound-Effects-Library.com (UK distributor of production music) and the David Mellor Production Music Library, UK, having his music distributed throughout Europe and Japan. Hollis has written jingles and music Beds for The UK Dating Channel, The Central Blood Bank, Cornerstone Television, Village Square Mall, Northway Mall, Vyn-All Windows, Washington & Jefferson College, and Arkansas Tech University. He has also worked with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Ballet.
Other Clients include: Disney, PNC Bank, Federated Investors, Bayer Corp., PPG, and Xerox.
2014 MAD Festival Design Juror – Zeb Love – Professional Illustrator – website
Zeb love is an illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer who is in demand as an illustrator for successful musicians such as the Avett Brothers, Fiona Apple, and Willie Nelson. His current medium is screen printing, and his meticulous limited editions are beautiful works of art.
2014 MAD Festival Presenter – Tom Estlack – Multimedia Artist – website
Tom Estlack currently lives and works in Pittsburgh. He studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenija. His work has been shown in the United States and Europe.
Tom’s artistic practice is centered on the use of visual/aural information and viewer/participant interaction in order to create art that arouses an awareness of social issues and evokes an appreciation for paradox. His studio work involves interactive/kinetic sculpture/installation, animation, digital/interactive multimedia, music and performance. Recent exhibitions include ‘Celebrate’ at Percolate Art space (Pittsburgh, PA) and ‘Shoebox’ at Todd Art Gallery (Murfreesboro, TN).
|2014 MAD Festival Presenter - NEUE – Design Entrepreneurs – website Matt Myles and Caleb Filburn are two West Liberty University graduates who have formed a design company and are making serious inroads into the regional design scene. They are also part of a renaissance of the art community in Wheeling, West Virginia.|
2014 MAD Festival Presenter - Victoria Lavorini – freelance artist – website
Victoria Lavorini is a 2012 graduate of West Liberty University who is gaining recognition for her unique painting style, laced with dark humor and interesting personalities. She is currently traveling the art festival circuit, displaying and selling her work. She has also had her illustration work featured in magazines and newspapers.
Victoria’s body of work is made up of thought-provoking imagery constructed with unique line work, subtle geometry, vivid colors, and a physical approach that gives each piece a refreshing look. The versatility of her style allows her to cover a wide array of subject matter, including nature, politicians, literary characters, musicians, artists, and editorial subjects. In January 2013 her portrait of Edgar Allan Poe appeared in the FOX television show, The Following, starring Kevin Bacon.
|West Liberty University Faculty – The following faculty members will be speaking and presenting sessions during the festival.
Sarah Davis – Art Faculty – website
Brian Fencl – Art Department Chair – website
Theresa Gretchen – Executive Producer and Executive Director of WLU-TV 14 - website
Moon Jung Kang – Art Faculty – website
James Haizlett – Art Faculty – website
Dr. Matthew Harder – Music Faculty – website
Lou Karas – Director of Center for Arts and Education – website
Meta Lasch – Theater Faculty – website
Christian Lee – Communications Faculty – website
Martyna Matusiak – Art Faculty – website
Jared Thompson – Video Production Specialist – website
Robert Villamagna – Art Faculty – website