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John Banks

Program Chair College of Business and Professional Studies
Innovation and Creative Technology

John S. Banks is the program chair for the Master of Arts in Innovation and Creative Technology at JFK University. He came to JFK from Champlain College where he was director of the MFA in Emergent Media. John was also at National University, where he served as Program Lead for Digital Entertainment, Chair of the Media School and Interim Dean of Media & Communications. John started his teaching career in 1996 at Columbia College in Chicago.

He has worked with digital tools since the early 80s when he co-founded the computer graphics firm Rising Star Graphics. Being a strong believer in maintaining professional practice, John has released four DVD and Blu-ray compilations of his work. Walt Disney distributed the most recent work, WOW World of Wonder. He has also worked on several large civic installations including the Crown Millennium Fountain in Chicago.

His interests and personal work revolve around relating the internal experience of being in nature, and the formative experiences of exploring as a youth. He is continually seeking new methods and tools of expression and is currently focused on very large digital images comprised of three dimensional mandelbulbs and panoramic textures.

John was a recipient of the Mellon Foundation Fellowship for his MFA in Art & Technology while at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He studied Non-Silver Photography and Printmaking with Todd Walker for his undergraduate BFA at the University of Arizona.

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College of Business and Professional Studies
(925) 969-3338