career and honors
Deanna Morse has produced, directed and animated over 50 short award winning film poems about our connection to our environment. Her current work looks at nature through the lens of time. She has received numerous honors for her teaching and artistic work.
Recent Artist Residencies:
Maitland Arts Center, 2016. The Studios of Key West, 2015. 2013, Everglades National Park, 2012
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, April, 2009
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon, MI, June, 2008
Awarded an artist residency at Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain, January, 2008
Currently Vice President, and Director of New Projects, ASIFA International; also Elected as Vice-President of the international animation association, 2007-2010
Treasurer, ASIFA/Central, 1997-present (formerly President)
Filmmaker Advisory Boards: Ann Arbor Film Festival, Kalamazoo International Animation Festival
Selected honors:
Chosen as the Outstanding Woman in the Arts, YWCA Tribute! Award, 2005
Outstanding Alumni Award: Citation of Merit from CLAS, Iowa State University, 1996
Distinguished Contribution in a Discipline Award, Grand Valley State University, 1995
Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities, 1993
Career highlights:
- pioneer in using computer graphics for artistic pursuits
- began exhibiting video installations in 1989
- Sandpaintings was first film to use the VPL data glove for motion capture animation,
- Award-winning Move-Click-Move artist DVD, 2001
- recent one-person shows in Croatia, China, Greece,
Indonesia, Hungary, Ukraine, and the USA
- films exhibited internationally, permanent collection of Metroploitan Museum of Art, schools, aired on Sesame Street
- featured in: Animation: a World History, Ideas for the Animated Short, Experimental Animation and Women in Animation
Lost Ground in the 1998 SIGGRAPH poster Celebrating 25 Years of Discovery
Selected Recent Festival Screenings:
2014, 2013: Ann Arbor Film Festival. 2010: Big Muddy Film Festival, Amelia Island Film Festival, Detroit Independent Film Festival. 2009: Black Maria Film Festival, Anchorage International Film Festival, SODAK Animation Festival. 2008: Athens Film and Video Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, St. Johns International Womens Film Festival, Chicago International REEL Shorts