About

Jane Adams is a 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


Upcoming Appearances

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.

TEDx Springfield   |   Featured Speaker
Friday, October 12th, 2018
MassMutual, Springfield MA

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.

 


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

Appearances

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
Exploration into data visualization considerations and process, particularly in mapping criteria to make cities livable for young people.

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.

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.