The art and expertise of Sean Hovendick is directly influenced by his many unique experiences in life. He was a paratrooper in the US Army, received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University with a concentration in broadcast communication, art, and computer animation, then later earned an MFA from the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University. Sean is an new media artist exhibiting both nationally and internationally, and an Associate Professor serving as director of the Graphic + Media Design program within the Department of Art + Design at The Sage Colleges in upstate New York.
Hovendick's interactive, photographic, and time-based artworks explore the hidden forces of power, identity, and social order within the mediated psyche. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at George Mason University, the Everson Museum of Art, Rutgers University, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, FACT: Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool, UK; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile. Most recently Sean's work has been included in exhibitions at the Albany International Airport; CCA Contemporary Art Center in Tbilisi, Georgia; 23rd dokumentART European Film Festival in Szczecin Poland; Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, MD; Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR; Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO; and FUSE Art Space in Bradford, UK.
Sean also works in collaboration with John Wesley Mannion under the pseudonym AREA.