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 in Chicago. Rising Star was a leading company in designing complex CG systems for creative clients as well as staying on the leading edge of the emerging digital creative field.

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.

John has focused on merging experiences with creating artwork, running a startup business and collaborating with students into an experiential set of processes for being creative and adapting to change. His own artwork focuses on a mix of nature and technology and is always seeking deeper and newer ways to express his interests in how we see the world.

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.


  • Innovation and Creative Technology


MA Innovation and Creative Technology: Emerging Media Seminar

Psychology and Neuroscience in Art and Media Seminar

Entrepreneurial Seminar

Digital Studio I

Collaborative Studio I and II

Current Topics

Selected Publications


Crown Millennium Fountain – Production Artist, Colorist and Technical Consultant

Ed Paschke Electronomicon – Illinois Art’s Council award recipient


Ritual Path DVD

Illuminated Manuscripts DVD

Nature’s Journey Blu-Ray

WOW World of Wonder (Disney) Blu-Ray

Visions (Disney) Blu-Ray

Selected Shows:

Sparks & Remnants 4k animation show 2015

SIGGRAPH Art Gallery and Animation Theater (11 times 1988-2002)

International Digital Media Artists show 2008 and 2010

Visual Music Marathon 2008 – Boston

Electronic Fields – Illinois State Gallery

Venice Bienalle

Leonardo Quarterly 1997 reproduction of SIGGRAPH artist’s speech

Credentials & Accolades

MFA Art & Technology School of the Art Institute of Technology

Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Art & Technology

BFA Nonsilver Photography University of Arizona