College

Arts and Sciences

Department

Art and Design

Rank

Associate Professor

Biographical Statement

Sheila Goloborotko engages in a restless, relentless material practice that allows singular ideas to emerge in the guise of numerous artistic actions like characters that reappear in novellas over time, or seeds that are blown ashore and thrive in diverse climates. This multidisciplinary artist and master printmaker has exhibited installations, works on paper, sculpture, videos, and interactive projects in more than 150 exhibitions in museums and galleries on four continents, and yet has remained firmly committed to community. Her printshops in Jacksonville, Florida and in rural Pennsylvania are sites of print and poetic activism, empowering first-time printmakers with hands-on workshops and developing the visions of mid-career artists with portfolio production and instruction.

An experienced academic who thinks outside the box, Goloborotko is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at University of North Florida. She is also the founder and director of Goloborotko’s Studio’s since 1989, a center for production and diffusion of printmaking whose principal goal is to encourage the voice and vision of individual artists in a nurturing environment that supports the creation of works that push the boundaries of printmaking.

Goloborotko’s efforts serve as a bridge between individual mastery and community activism, exploring the shifting boundaries of the information age as it relates to multiples and collective Consciousness.

Vanessa B. Cruz received the prestigious Fulbright Award twice: first as a Scholar Award in 2012 in Media Arts, where she lived in Dublin, Ireland working with the National College of Art and Design, and gathering research for her projects, and second as a Specialist Award in 2014, teaching MFA and BFA students at the Fachhochschule St. Pölten, in St. Pölten Austria. Ms. Cruz completed a collaborated video projection project for the Jacksonville Symphony and the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Jacksonville. She attended The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA, where she earned her MFA and holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2005, she joined the University of North Florida faculty after working in the animation industry for over ten years. She has worked for such studios as 20th Century Fox Television Animation, Film Roman, as well as created her own independent films. Her films have been shown internationally and she’s won awards at the Ottawa International Film Festival and Oslo Animation Festival. Ms. Cruz was also curator for screenings at the REDCAT in Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum of Art, as well as the Japanese American National Museum. She has also received the 2008 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida, and in 2009 the UNF Summer Scholarship grant, which helped fund two films: “Icarus” and “Eve As a Young Child”. Ms. Cruz served as a panelist on the 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the State of Florida for Media Arts, and in 2016 received the UNF COAS Dean Leadership Council Faculty Fellowship. She has served as a member of the Jacksonville Film Festival Board of Directors, as well as served as a Peer Reviewer for Fulbright Scholar Awards.

Title of Work

Golden Door

Type of Work

Media - Audio, Video, Computer Code

Publication Information

• Director/Artist(s):

Vanessa B. Cruz and Sheila Goloborotko

• The name of film:

Golden Door

• Description:

Based on the Walt Whitman poem O Captain! My Captain!, this animation portrays the contemporaneous state of America. The title, Golden Door, is inspired by the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

• Techniques and materials used:

Drawings, silkscreen, mixed media

• Others involved: (music, voice over, camera, etc)

Poem by Walt Whitman

Original Score-Kim Panagsagan

• Film length:

3:45

Description of Work

Golden Door, video animation created by Sheila Goloborotko e Vanessa B. Cruz in celebration of the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman. Based on the poem O Captain! My Captain!, this animation portrays the contemporaneous state of America. The title, Golden Door, is inspired by the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

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Golden Door

Golden Door, video animation created by Sheila Goloborotko e Vanessa B. Cruz in celebration of the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman. Based on the poem O Captain! My Captain!, this animation portrays the contemporaneous state of America. The title, Golden Door, is inspired by the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty.