Intense, meaningful, passionate journeys that bolster creativity best define James Barany’s approach to teaching within the studio. With unbound enthusiasm, James challenges students’ ability to take risks, navigate their own ideation, deepen their overall awareness and constantly build connections toward their professional endeavors.
James, a MIAD alum (Drawing, 1992), earned his MFA in Drawing/Painting with an additional focus in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1997. He has been a full-time member of MIAD’s Foundations department since 2000. He also performs Comprimario roles and sings as a Bass Chorister with the Grammy winning Florentine Opera Company. These unique and separate creative fields often fuse in his award-winning experimental animations.
James is a recipient of the Mary Nohl Fellowship for Emerging Artists in Time-Based Media. Since 2005, his experimental animations have been screened at numerous venues and festivals including Black Maria International, Athens International, Transom Media, Humboldt International, ATHICA, Charles Allis Art Museum, Guenzel Gallery and the Wisconsin Film Festival. Largely based in empathy and memory, Barany’s visceral TBM work continues to examine and challenge theories of pedagogy and metacognition through direct personal experience.
James is an active member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), Foundations Art Theory and Education (FATE) and the College Art Association (CAA). Barany has served as Chair of First-Year Experience and MIAD’s Fine Arts and 2D/4D Design departments.
For more samples of his work, visit jamesbarany.com.