MFA / Filmmaking and Photography / Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Special Graduate Studies / MIT / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Studies / Math and Chemistry / University of Vienna

I grew up smack in the middle of Europe, in Vienna, Austria. As an undergrad I studied Math and Chemistry. Eventually my love for art got the upper hand and I got my MFA in photography and filmmaking, and where? - Smack in the middle of the USA, in Chicago, Illinois, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Then I added a semester as a special graduate student at MIT in Cambridge, MA.
During high school I tutored other students and discovered my love for teaching, which I still consider a privilege. Yet teaching is also collaboration and to this end I require and help my students to be accountable to reach their goal and potential.

Work and Consulting Experience: 

SRJC, Full-time Art Department Faculty since 1997
Santa Rosa Jr. College Art Department Chair, 2005 - 2008
SRJC Gallery Director, College Art Gallery, 1999-2003 and currently
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA (Sabbatical Replacement)
Columbia College, Chicago, IL (Lecturer)

Professional Areas of Interest: 

Installation Art
Sequence Photography and Filmmaking
Outsider and Visionary Art

Professional Involvement and Community Service: 

SSU, Rohnert Park, CA
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA
American Consulate, Amerika Haus, Vienna, Austria
Catskill Center For Photography, Woodstock, NY
Los Angeles Filmforum
San Francisco Cinemateque, San Francisco, CA
Millennium, New York, NY
Cultural Center, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL
Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WI
Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Berks Filmmakers, Albright College, Reading, PA
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Governors State University, Park Forest South, IL

Presentations and Publications: 

EXHIBITS, selected from a total of ca 95
(+++ one person show)
Benicia Arts Center, Benicia, California, 2013
Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria, 2012
time_travel, Sabbatical Show, Art Gallery, California, USA, 2011 +++
ZEITZONEN, FotoforumWest, Innsbruck, Austria, 2010 +++
PALINLALIE, Zellikofer Galerie, River Junction, VT, 2009 +++
Museum Moderner Kunst, Salzburg, Austria, 2009
Eye Object, SRJC Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, 2004
International Danube Conference on Art and Culture, Belgrade, Serbia, 2003
Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY, 1999
Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna, Austria, 1993, 1999 +++
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA, 1995
USA Within Limits, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1995
American Cultural Center, Austria, Vienna, 1994 +++
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, 1991
Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria, 1989
Fotogalerie Wien WUK, Vienna, Austria, 1987 +++
Galerie Faber, Vienna, Austria, 1986 +++
Neue Galerie Linz, Austria, 1986 +++
Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1985
Torino Fotografia, Turin, Italy, 1985
Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria, 1985 +++
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1984
Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WIS, 1984 +++
Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria, 1984 +++
PM-Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982 +++
Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, 1981
Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY, 1981
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 1980

and since 1983 yearly INSTALLATIONS, EXHIBITS or event-based ventures for DIA DE MUERTOS (+++) with a total of 32 events
2013 Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA for Aaron Swartz
2012 SRJC Museum for Mohamed Bouazizi and Malcolm Browne
2011 House Altar for Steve Jobs
2009 House Altar for Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch and Open House
2008 House Altar for Bruce Conner and Open House

Honors and Awards: 

Purchase Award, Ministry of Art, Republic of Austria
Purchase Award, Collection Rupertinum Salzburg, Austria
Purchase Award, City of Vienna
Purchase Award, Collection Rupertinum Salzburg, Austria
Purchase Award, Austrian Government
Osterreichische Filmfoerderungssubvention (Award)
Osterreichischer Foerderungspreis fur Photographie
Bundesministerium fur Unterricht und Kunst, (Award)
Artist-in-Residence for the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council
Neighborhood Artist Project, City of Chicago
Chairman's Grant, Illinois Arts Council
Artist-in-Residence Grant, Illinois Arts Council
Completion Grant, Illinois Arts Council

In 1839 French painter Hippolyte Delaroche remarked upon the invention of photography: "from this time on, painting is dead".
Interesting quote, what do you think?
Here are is a 21st Century quote from the article "The New Color: The Return of Black-and-White" by Charlotte Cotton.
"I am sure I__m not alone in beginning to think that the more complex, messy, unfashionable, and broad territory of black-and-white photography is where we are going to find some of the grist to the mill in photography__s substantive and longer-term positioning within art. Established, darkroom-trial-and-error-loving photographers are stockpiling their preferred papers and film, and younger practitioners are beginning the experimentation of finding digital alternatives, replete with all the inherent irony of converting chromatic digital to monochrome. In and of itself, this kind of contradictory momentum will create important discourse while also continuing to link the various value systems."