Andrea Polli

Andrea Polli is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico.  She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University's Center for Advanced Research Computing.

She served as the founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program and as Director of ARTS Lab at the University from 2009-2010. From 2005-2008 she served as the Director of the Integrated Media Arts Master of Fine Arts Program at Hunter College/CUNY. She co-authored CUNYcolab (The City University of New York’s Collaborative Media Communications Lab), a two-year grant-funded project of the Hunter College Integrated Media Arts MFA Program and the Performance and Interactive Media Arts MFA Program at Brooklyn College designed to bridge CUNY campuses and departments working in emerging media. CUNYcolab currently focuses on mobile media projects created by students and faculty. Polli received another grant to expand that work through a Hypermedia Cities project with a faculty colleague at Baruch/CUNY in conjunction with UCLA.

Polli's work with science, technology and media has been presented widely in over 100 presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally, and has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards, including a NYFA Artist's Fellowship, the Fulbright Specialist Award and the UNESCO Digital Arts Award. From 2006-2009 she was co-chair of the Leonardo Education Forum, an affiliate of the MIT Press and the College Art Association of America (CAA) that promotes the advancement of research and academic scholarship at the intersections of art, science, and technology and from 2004-2008 she was co-chair of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology, a multi-disciplinary group exploring the urban sound environment and a chapter of the American and World Forums for Acoustic Ecology, for which she now serves on the board as Southwest Society Representative. 

As an educator, Polli has developed new media programs at Robert Morris College and Columbia College in Chicago, where she was voted 2000/2001 Teacher of the Year in recognition of her work connecting students to the wider community through collaborative projects. These projects included working on performance and exhibition projects with the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and pause., a large-scale public art project connecting 5 neighborhood arts organizations with live web performances and presenting an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and six billboards throughout Chicago. Pause. was featured as the Millennium Community Artwork for Illinois and funded by The Mid Atlantic Arts Council and Ameritech.

She has served on review and curatorial boards for SIGGRAPH, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Electronic Music Foundation, the National Science Foundation and others and received a Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Computing, Communications and Electronics from the University of Plymouth, UK.