R Y A N     M A C D O N A L D



R Y A N   M A C D O N A L D

www.ryanamacdonald.com



Education:

2012                MFA in English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2011                MFA in Studio Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2008                BFA in Painting and Creative Writing at the Kansas City Art Institute


Academic Experience:

2017                Lecturer: Advanced Design: Media, Theater and Dance, Bowdoin College

2016                Instructor in Computer Animation and Digital Foundations, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

2012-16           Lecturer: Junior Composition Writing, Computing in Fine Arts (Adobe CC), Animation Fundamentals, Media Motion Graphics (After Effects), Maya: Intro to Computer Animation, Maya: Advanced Computer Animation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2013-16           Summer Instructor: Computer Animation, Digital Media, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2012                Summer Instructor: Film Studies, Academic Study Associates, Amherst, MA

2011-12           Teaching Associate: Computing in Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2011                Summer Instructor: Design 101, Academic Study Associates, Amherst, MA

2009-11           Teaching Associate: Foundations 3D design, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2008-11           Fiction Instructor, Creative Writing, PCAL, the Kansas City Art Institute


Professional Experience:

2018-19           Audio Engineer, MJ Today Media.

2017                Digital Sceneographer, Sound Designer: Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, Bowdoin College

2016                Studio Assistant: Tom Friedman, Easthampton, MA

2015-16           Information & Technology Minor Academic Advisor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2015                Visiting Writer, Kansas City Art Institute, MO

2015                Visiting Writer, University of San Francisco, CA

2015                Visiting Writer, Western New England University, Springfield, MA

2011                Studio Assistant: Caitlin Maisley, New York, NY

2008                Reader, Editor, Designer Intern: Bookmark Press/New Letters, University of Missouri Kansas City

2006-08           Gallery Preparator: Dodge Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2007                Studio Assistant: Warren Rosser, Chair of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute

2005                Production Assistant: Ping Pong Diplomacy, Phoebe Washburn, Stephen Hendee, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2006                Production Assistant: AP Design/Warner Brothers, New York, NY

2003                Audio/Visual Technician: El Puente Drama Department, New York, NY

2002                Assistant Editor: Eyepop Productions, New York, NY

2000                Assistant Editor: Gabriel Films, New York, NY audio


Selected Exhibitions/Performances:

2020                (forthcoming) Sound design for Sara Juli’s Burnt Out Wife, Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH.

2019                (forthcoming) Sound, Animation and Dramaturgy in collaboration with Aretha Aoki, Wind in the Pines, Visiting Artists, Kansas City Art Institute.

2019                (forthcoming) Sound design for Sara Juli’s Burnt Out Wife, Space Gallery, Portland ME

2019                 Wind in the Pines Sound, Animation, Video, Set Desgin, Direction, in collaboration with choreographer, Aretha Aoki, Bowdoin College.

2019                The End of Men, Again Sound and text for choreographer Vanessa Anspaugh, Colby College, Waterville ME

2017                The End of Men, Again, Sound and text for choreographer Vanessa Anspaugh, Northampton, MA, Movement Research, Judson Church, NY, NY

2016                The End of Men, Sound and text for choreographer Vanessa Anspaugh, APAP at DANY Studios (Jan 16-17) Abrons Art Center, New York, NY (June 2016)

2016                New Sound, Animation, Video, Set Desgin, Direction, in collaboration with choreographer, Aretha Aoki. Vermont Performance Lab, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont

2015                Blow the Man Down Featured front-page video at TheWrong.org New Digital Art Biennale both onsite at the Student Union Gallery, Amherst, MA. And online at thewrong.org

2015                Song 1142 Featured front-page video at TheWrong.org New Digital Art Biennale both onsite at the Student Union Gallery, Amherst, MA and online at thewrong.org

2015                A.P.E. Gallery, shared show collaboration with choreographers Aretha Aoki, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman and Paul Matteson, Northampton, MA

2014                Sound/Dance Performance, with Aretha Aoki, Vanessa Anspaugh and devynn Emory, Forte Green, NY

2014                Issue Project Room, This Room This Braid, sound for choreographer devynn Emory, New York, NY

2014                A.P.E. Gallery, sound collaboration with choreographer Aretha Aoki, The Multiple, Northampton, MA

2014                Danspace Project, Draftworks, sound collaboration with Aretha Aoki, New York, NY

2014                Hastings Art Gallery, Fiction, video exhibition, Hastings, NB

2013                The Academy of Music, Live Art Magazine, Las Gravitas, shared evening in collaboration with Aretha Aoki, Northampton, MA

2013                Powell St. Festival, Las Gravitas, shared evening in collaboration with Aretha Aoki, Vancouver, Canada

2013                Danspace Project, Las Gravitas shared evening in collaboration with Aretha Aoki, New York, NY

2012                New York Live Arts, Armed Guard Garden, sound for choreographer Vanessa Anspaugh, New York, NY

2012                Center for Performance Research, Delta sound and text for Aretha Aoki, New York, NY

2012                 Judson Church, Movement Research Festival, sound for choreographer devynn emory and Aretha Aoki, New York, NY

2012                New York Live Arts, Work in Progress Showing, in collaboration with Aretha Aoki, New York, NY

2012                The Chocolate Factory, Catch 50, in collaboration with Aretha Aoki, New York, NY

2012                Hub-Bub, Hub-Bub Group Show, digital video loop, Spartanburg, SC

2011                New York Live Arts, Fresh Tracks Residency, sound collaboration with Aretha Aoki, New York, NY

2011                Fountain Studios, Ryan Feeney, Ryan MacDonald, sculpture and video exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

2011                Soft Spot, Dirty Hands, video for online gallery

2011                Herter Gallery, Pale in Comparison, Thesis Exhibition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2011                Herter Gallery, Homegrown, sculpture and video, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2011                Center for Performance Research, Burn and Dodge, video and sound collaboration with Aretha Aoki and Melanie Kuxdorf, Brooklyn, NY

2010                Fountain Studios, The Real, video group show, Brooklyn, NY

2009                RISD, RISD UMASS Exchange, sculpture and video for group show, Providence, Rhode Island

2008                11:11 Gallery, Portraits of Nature, digital print, Amherst, MA

2008                Herter Gallery, Radius, video loop, group show, Amherst, MA

2008                H&R Art Space, BFA Exhibition, sculpture, Kansas City, MO

2008                Dodge Gallery, Index of Recurring Events, 4-month solo installation, Kansas City, MO

2007                Dodge Gallery, Self Portraiture, sculpture, Kansas City, MO

2007                Kansas City Art Institute, Head Hole, 4-month solo installation, Kansas City, MO

2006                Dodge Gallery, Light and Space, group show, sculpture, Kansas City, MO

2006                The Crossroads Gallery, “PHYBER?” group show, sculpture, Kansas City, MO

2005                Dodge Gallery, Miniatures, group show, sculpture, Kansas City, MO



Video Screenings:

2015                FC2 Flash Reading (screening), Instinct Art Gallery, AWP offsite Minneapolis

2015                Queen Mob’s Tea House, Song 1142, Collaborative Poem Animation, with Jordan Stempleman

2014                HTMLGiant Poem a day series, animation for Jordan Stempleman’s Song 14

2012                Stories on Stage, selected story, The Storm, performed by actors, Denver, Colorado

2011                Route 9 Literary Journal, two videos

2011                I Am a Natural Wonder Literary Journal, one video

2011                Softspot Online Gallery, video for (un)seen and (un)heard

2010                Flying Object, three video loops

2009                Notnostrums, two videos

2009                The Continental Review, two videos

2008                Hinterland Film Festival, My Friend’s Father, digital video, 5 min

2009                The Continental Review, four videos

2008                Lee Gallery, In the Studio, looped digital video, 5 min


Commissions:

2016                Video/Animation for artist Tom Friedman. 05/2016 Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomenon of Wonder at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA 

2015                Commissioned video animation for Mel Bosworth and Ryan Ridge’s book Camouflage Country, Queen’s Ferry Press

2014                Common Threads, Commissioned video for National Poetry Month

2014                The Volta, Commissioned video for Jordan Stempleman’s Log poem

2012                Flying Object, Commissioned video for Chris Martin’s Chat Series

2012                Juniper Festival, commissioned video for Amy Hempel’s In a Tub

2011                Noö Journal, commissioned video for Rad Poetry Series


Publications:

2015                HOBART Literary Journal, 2 images

2015                TNBBC, audio reading of Brass Tacks

2014                Short story collection: The Observable Characteristics of Organisms, FC2

2014                Fiction Advocate, I Am a Natural Wonder

2014                Route 9 Literary Journal, two stories

2013                American Short Fiction, one story

2012                Sprung Formal Literary Journal #07, two stories

2011                Sprung Formal Literary Journal #06, two stories

2011                Route 9 Literary Journal, two stories

2009                Fast Forward Literary Journal, two stories

2009                Notnostrums, one story, two videos

2008                Sprung Formal Literary Journal #04, one poem


Readings:

2015                FC2 Panel, AWP Conference, Minneapolis, MN

2015                FC2 Flash Reading (screening), Instinct Art Gallery, AWP offsite Minneapolis

2015                Annual Visiting Writer, Kansas City Art Institute, MO

2015                Visiting Writer, University of San Francisco, CA

2015                Amherst Books, with Jordan Stempleman, Stella Corso, Christy Crutchfield and Seth Landman, Northampton, MA

2015                Simone Kearney Reading Series, Baltimore, MD

2015                Barrelhouse Books Presents, Washington DC

2015                Savich Plum Reading Series, Philadelphia, PA

2015                Mellow Pages Library, New York, NY

2015                Visiting writer, Western New England University, Springfield, MA

2014                Flying Object, Hadley, MA

2014                Norumbega Collective Reading Series, Frankfort, ME

2014                TireFire Reading Series, with Diane Cook, Carmen Machado and Juliet Escoria, Philadelphia, PA

2014                FC2 40th Anniversary reading, with Noy Holland, Lance Olsen and Susan Steinberg, The High Horse, Amherst, MA

2013                50th Anniversary Poets and Writers Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, with James Tate, Rachel B Glaser, Seth Landman, Corwin Ericson, Wendy Xu, Robin Mclean, Anne Holmes, Mira Bartok, and Brian Dulac, Amherst, MA

2009                Shoen Books Series, Northampton, MA

2008                Compendium Reading, Kansas City Art Institute, MO

2007                Epperson Auditorium Visiting Writer Series, Kansas City, MO


Press:

2016                NY Times Review of The End of Men, Again

2016                Culture bot Review of The End of Men,

2016                Kenyon Review, review of The Observable Characteristics of  Organisms

2015                Philadelphia Stories, review of The Observable Characteristics of Organisms

2015                Into the Woods selected by Roxane Gay for Wigleaf’s Top 50 Longlist

2015                Barrelhouse Presents: interviewed by Dan Brady

2015                TNBBC, review of The Observable Characteristics of Organisms

2015                Small Press Book Review, review of The Observable Characteristics of Organisms

2015                Small Press Book Review, interviewed by author Mel Bosworth

2014                Route 9 Literary Journal, interviewed by author Jenn Mar

2013                American Short Fiction, interviewed by author Adeena Reitberger


Residencies:

2019                Sound, Animation and Dramaturgy in collaboration with Aretha Aoki, Wind in the Pines, Wish Theater, Bowdoin College.

2018                Sound and text for Vanessa Anspaugh’s forthcoming dance/theater piece tentatively titled, The Storm.

2018                05/16-20. Studio 303 Residency. Montreal, CA. Sound, Animation, Video, Set Desgin, Direction, in collaboration with Aretha Aoki.

2016                03/14-18 Marlboro College Residency. Vermont Performance Lab. Marlboro, Vermont. Sound, Animation, Video, Set Design, Direction, in collaboration with Aretha Aoki.

2015                Bard College Creative Residency, sound and text collaboration for dance

2015                University of San Francisco, Fiction Contest Judge

2014                A.P.E. Gallery Creative Residency, sound and text collaboration for dance

2012                Ephemeral Evidence at Exit Art Residency, sound and text collaboration for dance, New York, NY

2011-12           Fresh Tracks Residency, sound and text collaboration for dance, New York, NY

2011                Amherst College Creative Residency, sound and text collaboration for dance

2010                Newsteps Residency at the Chen Dance Center, sound and text collaboration for dance, New York, NY


Awards and Honors:

2017                Nominated for a Bessie Award in Outstanding Composition and Sound Design for Choreographer Vanessa Anspaugh's, The End of Men, Again

2012                Winner of the American Short(er) Fiction Award

2008/09           University Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2008                Work selected for Master Writing Workshop with author, Paul Collins

2006                Work selected for Master Writing Workshop with author Ben Lerner