JoAnn Gillerman


integrating art, science, culture and technology

JoAnn (Jody) Gillerman


Professor Digital and Media Arts, California College of the Arts (CCA), Oakland, CA 1976- present
Founder/Director Viper Vertex – Interactive Multimedia Exhibits for Museums and Public Venues  1977-present


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL  M.F.A. Video, Painting 
Duke University, Durham, NC  B.AMedical Illustrating, Art, Liberal Arts
University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, NC Sculpture
Florence, Italy: (JR yr Abroad - Syracuse in Italy) Renaissance Art, Printmaking, Drawing
Washington University Art School, St; Louis, MO,  Printmaking, Drawing

* 1976-77 -  Built Sandin Image Processor/Video synthesizer (analogue) for live video image processing, effects, and mixing used in video production, installation, and performance.


LIAISON - Chimp Finder (©2005/2007) Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri - 2005 – 2009
An outdoors Interactive Multimedia Installation/Exhibit with live chimpanzees, Chimp Finder is a liaison between live Chimpanzees and the public. Chimps like people, live in groups and have complex social and political orders. These intelligent animals are in danger of extinction.  This outdoor exhibit, Chimp Finder, is designed to let visitors glimpse into the chimp world and connect with individual chimps through imagery and a sophisticated electronic observation scope, conceived and developed collaboratively by JoAnn Gillerman and Rob Terry.  Chimp Finder recognizes individual chimps in the field, and lets visitors interactively access information on particular chimps, and the politics and social order of the chimp group. “Chimp Finder” at the Saint Louis Zoo is the first of its kind and was designed to raise conservation awareness of the great apes.

Shadow Dance: Interactive Eclipse Exhibit  (©2001), Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, CA - 2001 - 2005 
Designed with custom software for multiple flat panel displays, floor sensors, computers, and video, “Shadow Dance: Eclipse Exhibit” is an interactive, multi-user, multi-channel, multi-lingual, floor-sensor driven environment encouraging the audience to create an eclipse by aligning the Sun, Moon and Earth on an arc of 12 high-resolution flat panel displays. By simply moving around the installation space stepping on floor pictures, the audience collaboratively and interactively creates an eclipse (lunar or solar), and subsequently explores visual/aural eclipse information: science, mythologies (visual and sound creation), art, history, and popular culture. Controlling layers of graphics, animations, video, imagery, environmental and multi-cultural sounds, and narration let the audience play the environment. (* In the Shadow ...

Innovation Forum (©1999/2000) Multimedia Exhibit, The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA - 1999 - 2010 
For multiple displays,computers, cameras, mic, and using custom software, this multimedia installation creates an interactive forum in which to provocatively dialogue about innovations and technology. Through soft whispering, it solicits visitor interaction, and includes real-time recording and playback of video/audio comments from its audience.  Through short interactively accessed video clips, a diverse, "virtual" panel of distinguished thinkers discuss a wide range of issues concerning innovation and technology, how they affect our lives, new explorations and ethical implications. Museum Visitors are encouraged to respond to these issues by recording their personal comments and listening to other visitors’ comments, all of which become part of the continually evolving Innovation Forum Exhibit. Discussion topics include cloning, patenting of life forms, genetic engineering, ethics, computer technologies, ubiquitous computers, global access to new technologies, forecasting, new explorations, cyberspace as community, and more.


Solo Exhibitions, Multimedia, Presentations and Performances


Fingado Gallery, El Cerrito, CA - Solo Exhibition Digital Prints, Collage and Video - Libyan Series
Piramid Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey - From Lava to Chimps: Integrating Art & Science
Turkish American University Association, Istanbul, Turkey - From Lava to Chimps: Integrating Art and Science


PARC Forum, Palo Alto, CA - From Lava to Chimps: Integrating Art and Science

Berkeley Art Center, CA - Video and Installation Works,International FIlm Festival


Columbia College, Chicago, IL - Multimedia Works, Video and Intereactives

Turkish American University Association, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey - Eclipses

St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, Missouri - Retrospective and Current Work,
Urban Eco-literacy Project on Environmental Racism/Environmental Justice (sponsored by Urban Habitat Program, Earth Island Institute
San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA - Hey, Listen Up!
      A community-based art project with multimedia component included on-site multimedia workshops with high-school youths in urban Los Angeles (Watts, Compton) resulting in localyl
     produced interactive CD-ROM created in part by the youths of the involved communities.  I was multimedia specialist for the project, Instructor of multimedia workshops, and
     director/producer for the CD-ROM and other media elements. Theproject was co-produced and resulted in a curriculum model based on Hey, Listen Up! Interactive CD-ROM. (© 1997-98)

Artswire Arts forum - JoAnn Gillerman: Artist on-line

United States Information Service, Calcutta, India - India Eclipse” media works

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA - AnArchy PartyCam Cyber Performance
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA - AnArchy PartyCam Cyber Performance, Art Teco

Volcano Art Center, Volcano, Hawaii - Lava Video and Performance

CADRE/NCGA, San Jose, CA - Kundalini and Baseball Interactive Performance

Siggraph Electronic Theater, Dallas Convention Center, TX - Orchid Live Performance: Computer/Video/Music Performance

4, Santa Clara, CA - Whispers in a Plane of Light - Live Computer/Video/Music Perfromance

DiIGICON ’83, Vancouver, B.C., Canada - Whispers in a Plane of Light - Live Performance for Video Image Processor, Music Synthesizer and Live Model, 
Video Free America, San Francisco, CA - JoAnn Gillerman Solo - Video, Installation and, Performance

Metro Television, Sydney, Australia - JoAnn GIllerman Live in Australia - Video Performance, Workshops, Video, Lectures, Presentations

Pacific Film Archive, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA - JoAnn Gillerman Video Works and in person

Group Exhibitions/Presentations

Izmir International Art Biennial Exhibition - Izmir, Turkey - "Egg. Birth. Flow." Video Installation

Gaskill Gallery, Emeryville, CA - Video Installation

AGU (American Geophysics Conference), San Francisco, CA; Presentation/Interactive Exhibits Work: “Presenting Science to Public through Multimedia”
Classic Cars West Gallery, Oakland, CA– Symbiosis

El Cerrito City Hall – Arts and Culture Commission – “Siberian Eclipse” Screening, Artist Q&A, CA
Bridge Art Space -“2000ºearth,fire,water,air” video -Outside Projection on building tower, Richmond, CA
PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), Menlo Park, CA - Digital prints, Collage
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA - Digital Print/Collage “Corinthian Eclipse Squared”

Equilibrium: Science Event/Cafes, San Francisco, CA - “Chimp Love/Chimp Portraits” Presents, Science/Art/Music Event,

Electric Works Gallery, San Francisco, CA- Genetics to Time Travel

Oliver Art Center, CCA Faculty Centennial Exhibition, CCA, Oakland, CA
RX Gallery – Time Travel and Genetics, San Francisco, C

RX Gallery – Artists using Science and Technology, San Francisco, CA (Curated)
NEXUS gallery – “Interactive Eclipses DVD  & Desert Eclipse video DVD”, Berkeley, CA

Oliver Art Center, CCA, Oakland, CA - New Works 2005

Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA - YLEM - Art Capturing Change

Burning Man Volcanic Eclipse Video, (Curated)
Exploratorium, Total Solar Eclipses Video, San Francisco, CA
ASTC, Eclipse Exhibit & Innovation Forum, Phoenix, Arizona

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA - High Touch / High Tech,
Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA - YLEM - Artists Using Science & Technology: "Hey, Listen Up! Project presentation

ASTC, Cleveland, Ohio  - Eclipse Installation, Innovation Forum Exhibit
Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA  - Flamingo Eclipse: Peninsula de Paraguana,
AAAS- American Association for Advancements in Science, San Francisco, CA - In the Shadow- Eclipse Installation/ Presentation

KCSM and KQED Broadcast: "Women of Vision" series - Volcanic Eclipse and interviewed by Jan Yanahiro (airtime through 1997-1998, KQED and KCSM)

La Cité des Arts et des Nouvelles Technologies de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada  - Cybermonde, The Sun Drops Its Torch Interactive Installation
Mill Valley Film/Video Festival, Mill Valley, CA - 20 year Tribute to Bay Area Video Artists

Festival International de Video y Arte Electronica, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Intijiwana Interactive CD-ROM

Mill Valley Film/Video Festival, Mill Valley, CA - Interactive Media & CD-ROM

Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA  - In (no sense) Defense - The Sun Drops its Torch Interactive Multimedia Installation and Video Rock Sculpture
ACM Multimedia ‘94, Embarcadero, S.F., CA - Ubiquitous Art Zone, Interactive Installation,
Exploratorium, S.F , CA - MultiMedia Interactive Installation/Exhibit: The Sun Drops its Torch
Taylor Art Gallery, CSU Chico, CA - Digital Artifacts, Kundalini & Baseball Interactive Installation
Oliver Art Center Gallery, CCAC, Oakland, CA   - Color in the Shadows: Bay Area Cyberart, AnArchy Partycam Interactive Performance, (picture/catalog)
Fashion Design Center, San Francisco, CA - BE-IN Digital Frontier: Eros INterACTive installation
Pier 32, San Francisco, CA  - AnArchy PartyCam Interactive Cyber Performance,

Seybold, Moscone Center, S.F., CA - A New Sensation Interactive Art - Eros INterACTive Installation
Siggraph ’93, Anaheim Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA  - Tomorrow’s Realities - Electro-Healing Interactive Installation
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX  - Film/Video Festival, Night Feeder Interactive (CD-ROM)
Siggraph ’93  Electronic Theater, Anaheim Convention Theater, Los Angeles, CA - 20 year Retrospective Film/Video: Whispers in a Plane of Light Video/Performance

Spectrum Gallery, San Francisco, CA - International Show "Visual Dialog": Digital Art installation, (Curated)

Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA  - Organia Slide Installation
Oakland Museum of Art
, Oakland, CA - Oakland Video Artists: 3 Video Taps/ Screenings

Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin - “Crash” Computer Art Exhibit: digital prints (traveling/ catalogue/book)

Winter Olympics Arts Festival, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - "Dance & Technology"

Siggraph Art Show, Los Angeles, CA - Orctavia Computer Graphics Slide Installation,

Siggraph Electronic Theater, Siggraph ’85, Minneapolis, Minnesota - Whispers in A Plane of Light - Video/Performance

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA  - Fiber Form video
Mill Valley Film and Video Festival, Mill Valley, CA  - Featured Video Artist - video works

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA  - “Whitney Music Videos” (traveling)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York - Music Videos: Clone Baby, Fiber Form, Punk Tape (and Traveled)


SELECTED BROADCASTS of VIDEO - national & international (1977-1997)

Video Broadcast Channels include:
and Internationally in: Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe

Video Works Broadcast and Cablecast include:
Volcanic Eclipse Excerpts (Video)
Fiber Form (Video)
Electric Dream (Music Video)
Clone Baby (Music Video)
Orchid (Computer Graphics/Video)
Whispers in a Plane of Light: a live performance (Perfromance/Vdeo)
Untitled (Computer Graphics)
Do you Mind this Time? (Live Performance)

Moire (Video)
The Punk Tape(Music Video)
Viper Video 30 minute Program(Music Videos)
Homage to the Exploration of Venus(Video)
You (Live Performance)
Pentagon (Computer Graphics)
Computer Graphics A - Martini (Computer Graphics)
Collection - Program 1(1 hr)
Collection - Program 2 (1 hr)
Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Occupation - Friends of the Sun - Documentation August 6, 1978



ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE Documentary video: "FOREVER ACTIVISTS" OPENING MONTAGE- Academy Awards, Los Angeles, CA (in distribution)
Roxy Theater, San Francisco, CA
United Artist Theater, Berkeley, CA
The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Kitchen, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Pacific Film Archive, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Chicago Museum of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
John Douglas Cline Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
International: India, Bolivia, Japan, Denmark, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Korea, Mexico,Poland, Taiwan, Turkey



2013 - Travel Grant, California College of the Arts, - Izmir International Biennial Exhibition
2010 - Travel Grant, California College of the Arts – Presentations in Istanbul, Turkey
2008 - Travel and Development Grant, California College of the Arts (Siberian Eclipse)
2006 - Faculty Development Grant, California College of the Arts (Presentation in Istanbul)
2005 - Commission LIAISON: Live Interactive Animal Identification System & Observation Network, St. Louis Zoo, MO
2004 – Faculty Development Grant, California College of the Arts
2001 - Commission, Interactive Eclipse Exhibit, Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, CA
2001 - Oakland Creative Artist Fellowship, Cultural Arts Dept. City of Oakland
1999 - Travel Grant and Faculty Development, California College of Arts & Crafts
1997 – Commission, Innovation Forum Exhibit, The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA
1994 - Travel Grant and Faculty Development, California College of Arts & Crafts 1993 - Travel Grant and Faculty Development, California College of Arts & Crafts
1992 - Travel Grant and Faculty Development, California College of Arts & Crafts 1985 - Rocky Mountain Regional Artist Fellowship
1985 - Best Experimental Video - Hollywood Erotic Film & Video Festival 
1984 - Best Experimental Video - Hollywood Erotic Film & Video Festival
1983 - Residency, Metro Television, Sydney, Australia
1981 - Multi-media Award.- 3rd Infinite Forum, Oakland, CA
1980 - National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship
1980 - Residency, Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, BC, Canada
1979 - Artist in Residence, Simon Fraser University/Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, BC, Canada



CLICK, Book, Rockport Publishers, North Light Books: (Distribution)
Digital Visions Computers and Art, Book, Author: Cynthia Goodman (Distribution)
Information Arts, Book, MIT Press  - Author: Stephen Wilson (Distribution)
San Francisco Focus: Featured Artist Profile & pictures (Aug issue - 1997)
Leonardo: Journal of Art, Science and Technology
Volume 29  Number 4 -MIT press - 1996

Selected Reviews:
Artweek (2001) 
San Jose Mercury News
Artswire on-line
(1994 ) 
Computer Graphics and Applications

Magazine and COVER
Sydney Morning Herald
(1983), Sydney, Australia



Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, MO
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA
Smithsonian Experimental Gallery, Washington DC
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
The Kitchen, New York, NY
Electronics Arts Intermix, New York, NY
Video Free America, CA
The Whitney Museum, Traveling Exhibitions, NY
Amayakan (laserdiscs) US/Japan
Joan Shapiro, Ouray, CO
Sherry and Bruce Rubin, Downington, PA
Interactiva, Germany
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Emily Carrr College of Art, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Metro Television, Sydney, Australia
The Exploratorium
, San Francisco, CA
Paramount Video
, Los Angeles, CA
Siggraph Video Reviews • CCAC/CCA


2005     KETC Channel 9, Broadcast - “Living St. Louis” Fragile Forest Exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo - inventing of “Chimp Finder" and interviews with Jody Gillerman and Rob Terry on site at St. Louis Zoo
2005     KSDK Broadcast Channel 5 “Show me St. Louis” – Curator of Primates describes “Chimp Finder”
2001     KNTV Broadcast "TECH TALK": Shadow Dance: Eclipse Exhibit and interview with JoAnn Gillerman, shot on location at Chabot Space & Science Center (July)
2001     KNTV Broadcast “Evening News Segment”, Interview with JoAnn Gillerman, Producer of Eclipse Exhibit at Chabot Space & Science Center (June)
1997-98 KCSM and KQED Broadcast "Women of Vision": Interviewed by Jan Yanahiro (Aired 1997-1998)



1976 - Present: Professor, California College of the Arts (CCA) - Oakland and San Francisco, CA (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts, CCAC)
Faculty - Computer Arts, Media Arts, Video, Digital Arts, Integrating Art and Science, Installation - Departments/Area Media Arts, Video/ Film, Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio, First Year Core, Center for Art and Public Life, EcoTap. Designs, Creates, Teaches many new studio courses exploring art, technology, interactive new media, interactive storytelling, installation, and upper division interdisciplinary courses that integrate art and science, Community Outreach, Ecology.

1997 -1998 Faculty Art department, Mills College: Video Installation and Production
1994 - 995 Faculty, Multimedia, Art Department. California State University, Hayward,
1995 Multimedia Faculty, Art Department California State University, Contra Costa,
1994 Visiting Artist in Residence, California State University Summer Arts, Humboldt, CA
1994 Visiting artist, University of California, Santa Cruz
1994 Faculty Symposium, California State University, Chico, CA
1993 Visiting Artist, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1993 Visiting Artist in Residence, California State University Summer Arts, Humboldt, CA
1992 Panelist/Presentation, "Art & Technology", 2nd International Visual Arts Conf., San Francisco, CA
1991 Visiting Artist, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1991 Visiting Artist in Residence, CSU Summer Arts, Humboldt, Arcada, CA
1990 Visiting Artist, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
1990 Visiting Artist, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1989 Visiting Artist in Residence, CSU Summer Arts, Humboldt, Arcada, CA
1988 Visiting Artist in Residence, CSU Summer Arts, Humboldt, Arcada, CA
1987 Presenter “Advanced Composite Imaging”, Biomedical Symposium, Tuskeegee University, AL
1987 Visiting Artist in Residence, CSU Summer Arts, Polytech, San Luis Obispo, CA
1983 Artist in Residence, Metro Television, Sydney, Australia -Installed NTSC Sandin Image Processor in Metro's PAL TV Studio ( Teaching, Production, Workshops, Performance, Video/Processing/Synthesis)
1980 Artist in Residence, Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, BC
1979 Artist in Residence, Simon Fraser University and Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, BC


2009-10 Deisgn, Production, Photography, Digital, Graphics of (48-page) Book & Website for Athena, Chicago, IL
2008      Designed/Produced10-page print-ready Brochure & Postcards for Putney, San Rafael, CA
2004-05 Designed/produced Art Websites: Richard/Tinna Savini ( & Siobhan Van Winkel (
1995      Producer Night Feeder Interactive Narrative CD-ROM, (© 1994-1995)
1994      Multimedia Producer/Director of "Guided Tours", Interactive Introductions for PC World New Media CD-ROM, IDG/PC (distributed)
1992      Design, Installation and Instruction for an Interactive Computer/Video/Music Lab to facilitate cross-disciplinary works, CSU Summer Arts, Humboldt U, Arcada, CA
1988      Video Post-Production: "Paquila - The First Step" Karl Stucki Production: a project designed to improve quality of life (basic nutrition, sanitation, medical care) in Paquila, Guatemala
1988-1990   Art Director, Editor, Associate Producer, Technical Director, Night Feeder,  90-min. feature video, Betacam (© 1989, in International Distribution ‘89-95) A Viper Optics & NF CO. Production



Multimedia specialist and on-site VIDEOgraphy, PhotograpHy, and Web for International Conferences for Pensions 2000  (2000 – 2001)

MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST, INSTRUCTOR, CD-ROM PRODUCER: Hey, Listen Up! – Urban Eco-literacy Project on Environmental Racism & Environmental Justice.
Project sponsored by the Urban Habitat Program of the Earth Island Institute, San Francisco., CA. (1997-1998)

PRODUCED, DIRECTED Electronic Multimedia Introduction “Guided tours” for PC World Interactive - New Media Interactive CD-ROM (1995 - national distribution)

VIDEO EDITING, PRODUCING, CONSULTING, Marketing - Softdesk ASG, Sausalito, CA (1993)

VIDEO EDITING, CAMERA, “Pleat, Repleat”, Hedstorm Productions, Santa Cruz, CA (1992-1993)

CONCEPT, DESIGN, CREATION, INSTALLATION,INSTRUCTOR - Interactive Computer/Video/Music Lab, CSU Summer Arts, Humboldt, CA (1992)

PRODUCER, OPENING MONTAGE for ACADEMY AWARD NOMINNATED Documentary film, Forever Activists: Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Producer:Judy Montell
(1991 -Current - In Distribution)

VIDEO EDITING, Paquila: The First Step, Karl Stucki Productions/Rotary International(1990) - Project to improve quality of life (basic nutrition, sanitation, medical care, etc) in Paquila, Guatemala

A/V MANAGER, Siggraph Art Show, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA  (1985)

A/V CREW, Siggraph Conferences, Video Resource Consultants ('83-87)
• Video, Slides, Sound Installations for Siggraph conference in Minneapolis, MN, Detroit, MI, Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX


Hooker’s Balls - Live video installation(1977 Civic Center and 1978 Cow Palace)
Exotic Erotic Ball - Live video installation
Women in Film and Video Academy Awards Night- Live Video Installation
Many Large Benefits, Private Disco Parties - Live Video Installation
College Art Association (CAA,
One Illinois Center in Chicago, IL- Live Video/Audio Installations, Performance, Workshops, Inflatabale Theater Instsallation
Bay Area Venues include: Cow Palace, Civic Center, Moscone Center, Galleria, Boarding House, Warfield Theater, Trocadero Transfer,WInterland, Glass House, others


Mabuhai Gardens, San Francisco, California
New College, San Francisco, California
Cats Paw Palace, Berkeley, California
Mills College, Oakland, California
Humboldt University, Arcada, California, USA
Metro Television, Sydney, Australia
Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Random and Many Alternative Galleries and Spaces, East Bay and San Francisco, CA