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Jared Bendis is an artist and teacher from Cleveland, Ohio who specializes in game design, virtual reality, photography, and interactive & new media. He received his MFA in Contemporary Dance at CWRU with a focus in Performance Media, his MA in Art Education from the CWRU and CIA joint program, and his BA from CWRU in Psychology with minors in Music and Art Studio.
At the Cleveland Institute of Art, Jared is Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Game Design and also serves as the Creative New Media Officer for Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library.
As the Creative New Media Officer, Jared weaves together cutting-edge technologies with proven, innovative pedagogical strategies to create rich media experiences. Jared serves as a senior expert for the campus, designing digital media strategies for content creation (and use) by researching and developing New Media applications for education and digital scholarship.
As Associate Professor and Chair of Game Design Jared teaches courses on Tabletop Game Design, Arcade Game Design, Serious Game Design, Virtual and Augmented Reality, with an emphasis on the design of experience.
Jared also holds adjunct appointments in the CWRU Cognitive Science where he teaches courses on virtual reality, game design, and New Media Literacy.
Jared is also an installation artist, photographer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker. As a visual artist Jared focuses on the way people see, augmenting their reality via technology and visual perception. As a photographer he prefers to view the world through a wide-angle lens and specializes in spherical panoramic and stereoscopic photography. On his first trip overseas, in March 2000, Jared visited the Chateau de Pierrefonds in France and became driven (if not obsessed) with capturing and sharing cultural and architectural experiences and has photographed over 500 architectural, archeological and cultural sites (primarily castles) in 14 countries. Jared’s art practice also includes creating immersive installations that provide interactive social and sensory experiences for viewers and of course game design.
Jared has extensive experience in the Museum world digitizing collection materials from: The Cleveland Museum of Art (where he served as their Virtual Reality Specialist), The Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Western Reserve Historical Society, The Cleveland Natural History Museum, The Cleveland Zoo, The Cleveland Police Museum, The musée des beaux-arts Dijon (in coordination with the French Regional American Museum Exchange), and the Isparta Museum in Turkey.
As a practicing commercial artist, Jared is lead developer, designer, and co-owner of Lemming Labs Limited that develops interactive media applications for iOS and Android platforms. He is also the owner of ATBOSH Media Ltd. a publishing company that specializes in traditional print media, game design, web design, and custom app development.