Denver Digerati artwork for Friday Flash #10
Barry Whittaker is a multi-media artist, designer, musician, and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Toledo. He teaches graphic and interactive design, is a member of the Art in Public Places Committee of the Toledo Arts Commission, a University Advisory Committee member with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and is the Education Chair and a board member for the Toledo chapter of AIGA.
As an artist, Whittaker explores mythology, language, miscommunication, cultural hybridization, and play through a variety of technology and collaboration-based projects. In addition to museum and gallery exhibitions across the world, he has created numerous works for outdoor LED screens in Denver, Colorado, has curated a Great Lakes Region component of the 2019 Supernova festival for display on a large outdoor screen in Toledo, Ohio, and has organized an annual exhibition of his students’ artwork on digital billboards throughout Toledo since 2012. He often collaborates with other artists. Whittaker has ongoing collaborations with Sam Sheffield, full-time faculty of Game Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, creating interactive installations and games under the name SaBa, 2D images and installations with Michael Bernhardt, Associate Professor of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver, under the name Barchael, and performances and multi-media installations with independent artist Donald Fodness and Michael Bernhardt under the name The DMB Collective.