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Jo Dery is an artist who experiments with storytelling. She makes short films, drawings, prints, and little books.
Her short films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. She has been awarded grants from the LEF Foundation, The Free History Project, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her drawings and prints have been exhibited in Providence, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Her little books can be found in independent stores like Ada Books (Providence) and Quimby’s (Chicago) or online from Little Otsu (Portland).
She earned a BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as participated in an animation workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. In 2011, she relocated from Providence, RI, to Chicago, IL, where she is an Assistant Professor of Animation in DePaul University’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media.
In the fall of 2012, she formed a collective animation studio with her DePaul students, Simple Machine Studio, through which she will continue to develop collaborative filmmaking projects with youth and adults.
More films/videos can be seen on Vimeo!
Sketchbook blog, 1996-present, can be seen on Tumblr!