Professor of Art
Director, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
Associated Faculty, Architectural Studies
Joined Connecticut College: 1993
B.F.A., University of Michigan; M.F.A., Yale University
Visual communication in digital media
Site-specific installation works
Andrea Wollensak works with and redefines the technologies of location, exploring the convergence of place, identity and history through site-specific art works. Working from a background in Graphic Design and New Media, Wollensak finds enabling and artistically expressive possibilities just below the surface of Global Positioning System (GPS) and similar technologies. Incorporating community, memory and local historical narratives, her work has been exhibited in Argentina, Australia, England, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and many places within the United States.
Wollensak has created visual projects and authored writings for such journals and publications as Computers and Graphics, Zed, Visible Language, Artbyte, Parachute, Fuse, and Computer Enhanced Learning: Vignettes of Best Practices, and has presented papers and works at international conferences including CAA, Subtle Technologies, SIGGRAPH, SEAMUS, CAiiA, and ISEA. She was one of the featured presenters at the Brno Design Biennial in the Czech Republic.
Wollensak was awarded a 2010 Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CCT) Artist Fellowship Grant in New Media. Wollensak used the grant to fund "Networked Landscape," a series of installations using video, audio and mobile media that explore Iceland's geographically distinct locations and landscape through the narratives of the country's residents and highlights the significant shift in cultural meaning of landscape.
During Spring 2007, Wollensak was invited to Gothenburg, Sweden as a visiting artist through IASPIS (International Artist Studio Program in Sweden). During her residency, she completed two site projects incorporating digital image, GPS, video and sound. Listening Sites : Tracking Stories is a site-specific work based on experiencing and reflecting on the city and sounds of Gothenburg and is part of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. As part of this project, Wollensak will be working with the graduate students in the C:Art:Media program at the School of Fine Arts Valand, University of Gothenburg.
During the 2005-2006 year, Wollensak was a visiting artist at the Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut working on an audiovisual site project. Wollensak has also been an artist-in-residence at Saint-Lô, France (2003), Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy (2000), Lorient, France (2000), and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada (1996). Her work has been supported by grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Connecticut College, and SSHRC Canada, among others. In 1995, Wollensak participated in a Fulbright-Hays Study Grant (organized by Eva Eckert) in the Czech Republic. She has participated in collaborative funded projects through the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology including "Curricular Modules" funded by the National Science Foundation; and "Arts, Teachers and Technology Professional Development" funded by AT&T.
At Connecticut College, Andrea Wollensak teaches the design studies courses in the art department, an interdisciplinary course of study that introduces students to and prepares them for further study in visual problem solving in graphic design, information design, environmental design, product design, Web and interactive design. These courses are aimed to introduce students to historic and contemporary cultural issues of design and a range of media within an evolving digital framework.
Wollensak is the Co-Associate Director of Events at the Center for Arts and Technology and coordinates the colloquia lecture series and curates the technology exhibition for the biennial symposium. She also serves on the Architectural Studies Advisory Committee. She is a former board member and education chair of the Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) and former board member of the Graphic Design Education Association (GDEA), a national advocacy group on design education.
Visit the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology website, www.conncoll.edu/CAT/.