About

Jane Adams is a technological mischief-maker living in Burlington, VT. In her graduate thesis work at Champlain College, she is exploring using emergent media tools to build creative spaces. Ms. Adams works as a curatorial fellow at the Champlain College Art Gallery, and serves as an organizer for the Vermont chapter of Women in Machine Learning & Data Science (WiMLDS). In her spare time, Jane experiments with small-scale aquaponics, algorithmic chromo-synesthesia, and cultural cartography.

Reach jane@universalities.com

 


Resume

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Emergent Media  |  Expected Graduation 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)
N.K.A. Tufts University of Arts and Sciences, Boston MA

Career

Curatorial Fellow  |  September 2017 – Present
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.

Gallery Appearances

[UPCOMING]  Quality of Life  |  January 2018
Champlain College Art Gallery
Assisting Professor Erik Eskilsen in the production of interactive and printed maps for the fictional town of Ralston, Vermont. Acquiring artifacts to support historical transmedia narrative.

But What About…?  |  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  |  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  |  November 2016
Shelburne Museum, PechaKucha Night Burlington Vol. 22
Discussion of ongoing projects and creative approach to new technology.

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.