Faculty

Jeong-A Seong

Associate Professor, FT

“As an educator, the goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all students can learn collaboratively and be intrigued, and develop a sense of criticism. Students can freely express themselves through their works with openness, laughter, and support. I encourage students to think, feel, and act differently to challenge conventional ideas and boundaries.”Jeong-A Seong graduated with an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts. Before coming to the USA, she received an MFA and BFA in Visual Communication Design from Hong-Ik University in South Korea. She also studied in the Division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at The European Graduate School in Switzerland, where she had the opportunity to work closely with internationally renowned philosophers, filmmakers, artists, and media professionals.

 

Over the years, Seong has been working in the fields of time-based media and visual communication design. She started her career as a graphic designer working on corporate identity design, poster design, package design, illustrations, and advertising. While working as a graphic designer, she developed her interest and expertise in animation, live-action, and experimental filmmaking. She developed and managed the project from initial idea to finished product delivery. Seong’s work can be seen in TV commercials, music videos, title sequences, and documentaries.

 

Seong cherishes the academic environment and teaching. Before coming to Montserrat, She taught in the Department of Art and in the Sustainability Studies in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University from 2016 to 2021. During this time, she has developed 5 new academic courses that aim to promote environmental awareness and advocacy by utilizing the principles of visual communication. With an emphasis on strategic messages, students address environmental issues through graphic design, educational animations, and documentary films.

 

As an independent filmmaker and experimental animator, Seong’s work is deeply personal but not necessarily autobiographical. Her work explores the freedom of form, instability of identity, and metamorphosis from form to substance. Projecting visual metaphors into time and breaking common image sequences disrupts the commonality of experience. What is most usual itself becomes the most unusual. A singular perception is freed. She investigates secret dialogues that take place between beings and how the visual immediacy evokes the mood of wonder. She is interested in concepts of familiarity and unfamiliarity, uncanny, uncovering, and constant becoming.

 

Seong’s short films have been selected and screened at numerous film festivals around the world, including Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France), Women In The Director’s Chair (Chicago), Palm Springs International Festival Of Short Films (California), Animadrid (Spain), Anima Mundi(Brazil), Brisbane International Animation (Australia), Tricky Women’s Animated Film Festival (Austria), Taiwan International Animation Festival (Taiwan), International Panorama Of Independent Film Makers (Greece), The Sydney International Animation Festival (Australia), Animac (Spain), Foyle Film Festival (UK), Forum Des Images (France), Fike – Évora International Film Festival (Portugal), Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia), San Diego Asian Film Festival (California), Durango Film Festival (Colorado), and Anchorage Film Festival (Alaska).

 

Education:

ABD from PhD in Division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought, The Europe Graduate School, Switzerland; MFA from Experimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts; MFA from Visual Communication Design, Hong-Ik University, South Korea; BFA from Visual Communication Design, Hong-Ik University, South Korea

 

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