The School of Art gains two faculty members


Mr. Paul Harrill joins the faculty of the School of Art as Associate Professor of 4D and Transmedia Design. Mr. Harrill, a UT alumnus with a B.A. in College Scholars, received his M.F.A. in Film & Media Arts at Temple University prior to becoming a member of the faculty at Virginia Tech. Paul Harrill’s short films include Gina, An Actress, Age 29, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking, and Quick Feet, Soft Hands, a co-production with the Independent Television Service.

Called “one of America’s finest and most sensitive directors of actors” by film critic Ray Carney, Harrill’s films have screened around the world at festivals (Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Los Angeles, Sydney, Nashville), museums (the Museum of Modern Art, ICA London, Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art), and on television. His work has been supported by the Aperture Film Grant, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Harrill has also been named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine.

Professor Harrill is teaching ARTC 235 Introduction to Digital Media: 16mm as Art and ARTC 239/439 Narrative Filmmaking this fall.  These courses are also cross-listed in Cinema Studies.

For more about Professor Harrill, be sure to visit his website, Selfreliant Film at .



Mr. John Powers joins the faculty of the School of Art as Assistant Professor of 3D. Mr. Powers completed his B.A. in Art History at Vanderbilt University and his M.F.A. in Sculpture at the University of Georgia. In 2008 he joined the faculty in Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. John Powers is the recipient of a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, a Joan Mitchell Residency in New Orleans, as well as a Southeast College Art Conference Individual Artist Fellowship, and the 2001 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award.

In May 2013 he was awarded First Place in the annual Virginia Groot Foundation Grant Program, an award of $35,000 in support of his work.  John describes his work as an investigation of how things work that involves sound and movement and in the end reflects life processes with all their tensions and contradictions.

Professor Powers is teaching ARTB 241 Beginning Sculpture and the graduate courses in 3D this fall.

For more about Professor Powers, be sure to visit his website at .



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