CEWiT Faculty Member and Associate Professor at IU featured in New Media Arts Book

By Sophie Babcock

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

CEWiT Faculty Leadership Team member and Associate Professor of Fine Arts Margaret Dolinsky will be featured in an upcoming book from the University of Illinois Press, Women in New Media Arts: Perspectives on Innovative Collaboration. Edited by Donna Cox, Janine Fron and Ellen Sandor, the book examines the achievements of women in the field of media art and emerging technologies from the 1980’s onward.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Dolinsky. “The biggest thrill is going to be that all the women [featured in the book] are going to come together on the same stage to talk about it.” A one-day symposium in Chicago will take place on March 18 with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dolinsky not only works with virtual reality, but she also has a history of collaborations with others on campus. “I’ve done operas and musical performances and arts and sciences collaborations,” she said. “I have been known to use lots of different types of software and technologies that wouldn’t typically be used together.” In 2014, Dolinsky, along with Distinguished Professor of Biology Roger Hangarter and Jacobs School of Music Associate Professor John Gibson won the Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award, jointly offered by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. It recognizes collaborative faculty teams for their accomplishments in research, scholarship and creative activities.

“New media arts is a burgeoning field and women have played a pivotal role in its emergence,” said Dolinsky. “This book describes some of things that were happening as it was taking off and where the women are today. ” Women in New Media Arts: Perspectives on Innovative Collaboration aims to highlight those contributions.

Dolinsky says this book is a refreshing look at women’s lives, and an important tribute to Indiana University. “The campus itself has been so pioneering in technologies,” she said. “We have a very strong art program on campus and incredible technology. There’s a lot of benefits for students to see IU’s contribution to arts research recognized on a wider scale. I feel the book is an extension of the work of the campus and the university.”