College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of Jed Watson to the position of Digital Director in the School of Art.
Jed Watson is a new media, video art, and installation artist whose work focuses on environmental and social issues. Working in cinematic arts/media production and animation, both time-based digital media, he enjoys all the moving parts of a creative production and the collaborative aspects of these media.
Watson holds a BFA degree in Visual Art with a concentration in Cinematic Arts and Media Production from East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. While there he took first in category for animation in the 2014 student exhibition for his work Empyreal Trajectory and won a first-place award for Greenville Grey Gallery’s The Love Show in 2012 for his work Melancholy Melody. He has exhibited his work Intermittent Signal at the Greenville Museum of Art.
Watson holds a Master of Professional Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts ITP program in Interactive Design. His Times Square Electronic Garden was a midnight madness work in Times Square during New York Design Week in 2016. He has also recently completed an MFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Filmmaking with a concentration in Creative Producing, and he was a graduate teaching assistant for the immersive entertainment program while studying at UNCSA.
When discussing his work, he says: “In my view, the goal of art is to connect with others, whether it is provocative, experiential, participatory, or contemplative. I enjoy the thin line of the delicate and beautiful and the dark and terrible. In my work, I try to communicate with subtle, conceptual, and oftentimes experimental ideas. I am working to expand the participatory and contemplative aspects of my work in the field of new media, film and video specifically, to convey cinematic compositions that provoke both tenebrous and uplifting narratives.”