Welcome!

Jane Adams is the Data Visualization Artist in Residence at the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center, where she collaborates with fellow researchers to make the complex comprehensible through engaging visualizations. In her personal time, she builds art robots and creates data paintings inspired by the world around her. She is an organizer for Vermont Women in Machine Learning & Data Science, and looks forward to hearing from and collaborating with you!

Reach jane@universalities.com or @artistjaneadams


Upcoming Appearances

 

“Visualizing Complexity”  |  The Emergent Landscape Speaker Series
Champlain College Gallery Lounge, Burlington, VT
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 from 5:45-6:45pm

How do we make sense of data sets that are so large they don’t fit on a single computer? At the interdisciplinary Complex Systems Center within the University of Vermont, data scientists use a supercomputer to process massive amounts of information. Data visualization artist Jane Adams works at the intersection of art and science: She pairs with researchers to build interactive, exploratory graphics to better understand localized phenomena and macro trends in complex systems, ranging from financial markets and healthcare communities, to ecosystems and social networks. A Champlain College alumna, Jane shares her story, from a BFA in Graphic Design & Digital Media to an MFA in Emergent Media, and some working strategies she employs in her curious quest to visualize complex systems.

“Visual Storytelling” Gund Institute Tea  |  Featured Speaker
Johnson House, University of Vermont, Burlington VT
Friday, November 30th, 2018
Exploring a complex network across macro and micro scales means qualifying systemic trends with unique anecdotes. Data visualization can help us reduce dimensionality in large data sets to better understand groupings and movements, but also affords us the opportunity to support quantitative values with humanistic, qualitative communication.


Curriculum Vitae

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Emergent Media  |  May 2018
Champlain College, Burlington VT

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design & Digital Media  |  December 2015
Champlain College, Burlington VT

Graphic Design Certificate  |  August 2012
School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) (now of Tufts University)
Boston MA

Past Appearances

“Complexity, Mutualism, and Ecopolitics” Panel Disucssion  |   Feverish World Symposium
Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington VT
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
Joined artist Jonathan Harris and environmental scientist Laura May-Collado for a panel discussion at the intersection of the humanities and sciences.

Emerging Tech Showcase  Vermont Tech Jam
Champlain Valley Exposition Center, Essex Junction VT
Friday, October 19th, 2018

Lightning Talk: Burlington Arts Alliance  Code for BTV Sector Mash
Generator Maker Space, Burlington VT
Monday, October 15th, 2018

TEDx Springfield   |   Featured Speaker
MassMutual, Springfield MA
Friday, October 12th, 2018
Jane shares her excitement for a “data art” complement to the field of “data science”, drawing on this year’s theme of ‘The Connected World’ for inspiration.

The Illuminated Forest @ Champlain Maker Faire   |   Co-Artist
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Projection mapping, motorized light installations, and participatory immersive art bring enchantment to a wooded trail for makers and dreamers.

2018 GeoDataSci Conference  Featured Speaker  |  June 2018
Generator Maker Space, 40 Sears Lane, Burlington VT
“But What About…?”: Answering questions with better questions
A reflection on her experience in 2017 facilitating student exploration into geospatial data related to livability: Ms. Adams’ team was interested in quantifying what makes a location a desirable destination for young people. In this presentation, Jane described how technical challenges and missing data gave rise to artistic solutions, and how their exploration culminated in an installation at Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center that curated itself through discussion and participation.

Universalities of Inquiry   Exhibiting Artist  |  February – March 2018
Champlain College Art Gallery
(Part of Champlain College MFA in Emergent Media Thesis candidates’ show Expedition): Presented work in music visualization and mnemonics; prototyping aquaponic ecosystems; and experiments in minimally-structured public participatory artwork, backgrounded by theoretical research on the nature of truth-seeking processes.

Quality of Life   Guest Curator  |  February – March 2018
Champlain College Art Gallery
Acted as guest curator, assisting Professor Erik Esckilsen in the production of interactive maps, artifacts, and printed materials for an installation of a historical museum for the fictional transmedia narrative of the town of Ralston, Vermont. “Champlain Creative Team Brings Fictional Vermont City to Life.” February 23, 2018

But What About…?   Project Lead  |  July – August 2017
Champlain College Emergent Media Center, Lakeside Campus
Participatory art installation featuring team-created data visualizations from US Census Bureau and American Community Survey data, with discussion workshops celebrating curiosity.

Interactive Terrarium   Exhibiting Artist  |  December 2016
Champlain College Art Gallery
Arduino Uno, upcycled CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor shell, bleached bird bones, LEDs, photoresistor, potentiometer, LCD display, assorted vegetation.

The Emergent Mindset  Featured Speaker |  November 2016
Shelburne Museum, PechaKucha Night Burlington Vol. 22
Discussion of ongoing projects and creative approach to new technology.

In the Press

“TEDxSpringfield: Rainbows of Joy”. 12 October 2018. “Adams’ work can be explanatory — using art to help communicate ideas worth sharing — or exploratory. Exploratory data art helps find the hidden meaning and connections within data sets. She dreams of doing it in three dimensions so a traditional spider web-type graphic of ideas linked by lines has more punch. ‘It would be like visiting the planetarium,’ she said. ‘I’m really exited about data art as a complement to data science.'”

Burlington Group Designated as U.S. Arts and Culture Outpost“. 12 September 2018. “We’re seeing a tremendous outpouring of excitement and also concern for this city in terms of the way in which we promote our arts and culture,” Adams commented. “I think that us organizing in this way will really help demonstrate to city governance the importance of including voices from all art forms, all artists, all neighborhoods and all different groups.”

Work Experience

Data Visualization Artist in Residence  |  March 2018 – Present
The University of Vermont Complex Systems Center, Burlington VT
Participate in research activities in support of the Complex Systems Center faculty, staff, and students. Coordinate and implement advanced research, technical, and complex data analysis to produce powerful, beautiful, data-rich interactive online visualizations in support of Complex Systems research.

Curatorial Fellow  |  September 2017 – March 2018
Champlain College Art Gallery, Burlington VT
Working as part of a diverse team, sharing skills as well as interests. Building network connections across a wide range of disciplines (technologists, writers, artists, educators). Cultivating creativity by building spaces and community around art. Remaining calm in challenging situations, creating a supportive environment for visiting artists. Learning professional curatorial technology, including projectors, A/V, lighting, and hardware.

Project Fellow  |  January – August 2017
Champlain College Emergent Media Center Communications Team, Burlington VT
Supervised a team of undergraduate designers, programmers, and marketers in production of promotional materials for Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center. Coordinated event management and creation of print and digital assets for the Emergent Media Center’s Tenth Anniversary celebration. Oversaw development of projection mapping exhibition on campus. Strategized use of project management software. Coordinated team schedules, meetings, and division of labor. Contributed to best practices for Emergent Media Center fellows’ onboarding and documentation.

Teaching Assistant  |  July – August 2016, January – May 2017
Champlain College, Burlington VT
Provided feedback on student work. Facilitated learning within and outside the classroom, including supervision of weekly studio time. Assisted students in troubleshooting software and hardware challenges in interaction design projects using Processing and Arduino. Leveraged experience in gallery curation to aid students in exhibition of interactive work. Curated new media art as inspiration for classroom discussion. Taught classes independently when instructors were unable to attend a class period.

Front End Development Intern  |  August 2016 – January 2017
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
Prepared and transferred all membership and contact data (over 10,000 entries) from local FileMaker Pro database to cloud-based Wild Apricot membership management software. Set up automated member status emails and renewal notices, as well as event invitation management and newsletters. Performed front-end development for Local First Vermont’s new iPhone and Android apps in conjunction via Slack with the back-end development team at DaftLabs.

Media Design Intern  |  January – July 2016
Dealer.com, Burlington VT
Performed quality assurance testing on HTML5 iFrame display ad deliverables before and after publication using Adobe Edge Animate and raw HTML/CSS/JavaScript find + replace methodologies. Referenced old display ad files created in Flash to perform QA testing on new iFrame display ads. Utilized knowledge of front end languages and tools to troubleshoot errors. Became familiar with the company’s RTB (Real-Time Bidding) advertising systems and the Google AdWords Display Network. Performed regular organization and archiving for a database of display ads for over 17,000 clients. Maintained and updated a client-facing creative preview website. Developed a framework and API for a new preview site using Angular and Bootstrap. Used Git for version control. Worked as part of a team to address global issues, build new creative assets, and remain up-to-date on design trends and International Advertising Bureau best practices.

Graphic Designer  |  May 2014 – June 2015
Brandthropology Inc., Burlington VT
Created print and digital media for a wide range of clients. Created website graphics and visual elements for social media. Performed content and style edits to company and client websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Built Google display ads using Adobe Edge Animate and Flash Professional. Developed and maintained WordPress websites. Gained familiarity with Google AdWords and Analytics. Participated in team brainstorms for new marketing strategies and successfully pitched a visual concept for a television ad to a major account. Assisted in print production pricing, proofs, and distribution including book binding, screen printing t-shirts, and other marketing collateral.

Graphic Designer  |  September 2012 – June 2015
Oleet & Co. Investment Bank, Burlington VT
Developed a brand identity and applied it across print and digital materials. Built a responsive website and maintained it using Amazon S3. Created infographics related to potential investment opportunities, beginning with research and advancing to visual representations. Performed customer service and attended conference calls with investors. Created graphic elements for affiliate companies, including logos and sell sheets.

Visual Production Assistant  |  September – December 2011
Talbots Inc. Corporate Headquarters, Hingham MA
Built planogram graphics for in-store use. Edited and color corrected merchandise photography. Performed data entry. Attended creative division weekly meetings. Assisted team members in product management on an as-needed basis.

Also…

Project Lead  |  January – May 2017
Stride: The Wright Foundation for Female Athletes
Supervised a team of graduate students in the rebrand and development of identity assets for a non-profit dedicated to helping girls become leaders through sports.

Freelance
Built websites in WordPress CMS to allow easy access for clients. Coordinated creative development remotely using Google Drive. Worked with clients to clarify company values and develop brand identity. Built 3D illustrated diagrams published in a science handbook for a local non-profit. Designed, edited, and produced various student zines. Facilitated creative development for human rights and activism projects. Consulted clients on information architecture, social media, and user interface strategies. Silkscreened t-shirts, painted murals, built sets, sewed costumes and patched clothes, peddled organic vegetables, hand-lettered store signage, illustrated a coloring book, taught students, learned.