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Jared Bendis is an artist & teacher from Cleveland, Ohio who specializes in game design, virtual & augmented reality, photography, and interactive & new media. He received his MFA in Contemporary Dance with a focus in Performance Media from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), his MA in Art Education from the CWRU and Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) joint program, and his BA in Psychology with minors in Music and Art Studio from CWRU.
At CIA, Jared is Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Game Design where he teaches courses on Tabletop Game Design, Arcade Game Design, Serious Game Design, Virtual and Augmented Reality, with an emphasis on the design of experiences and one of the faculty champions on their Interactive Media Lab.
At CWRU, Jared is the Creative New Media Officer where he serves as the senior expert for the Kelvin Smith Library, designing digital media strategies for content digitization, creation, and use, by researching and developing New Media applications for education and digital scholarship simultaneously weaving together cutting-edge technologies with proven, innovative pedagogical strategies to create rich media experiences.
Jared also holds adjunct appointments at CWRU in Cognitive Science where he teaches courses on virtual reality, game design, and New Media Literacy and at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts & Sciences where he teaches on VR and Museums for their Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Graduate Program.
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 15 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.
Jared owns ATBOSH Media Limited, a publishing company that specializes in traditional print media, game design, web design.