DXARTS Director Shawn Brixey is Awarded UW's Prestigious Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Chair in the Arts

September 24 2008

"The Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Chair is the University of Washington's most prestigious appointment in the Arts. When Mr. Jones set up the Chair, he stipulated that it should rotate between all the Arts units. The first holder of the Jones Chair, Professor Thomas Lynch of the School of Drama, is an internationally famous stage designer whose work has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Seattle Opera, and other major theaters in America and abroad.

Succeeding Professor Lynch, the new holder of the Jones Chair is Professor Shawn Brixey, Director of our pathbreaking program in Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) and an internationally prominent visual artist whose exhibitions and commissions have appeared at Documenta, The Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Karlsruhe, The Cranbrook Art Museum, The MIT Museum, The Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati, The Chicago Art Institute, The 1998 Winter Olympics, The first American Design and Architecture Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, The Henry Art Gallery, and the Berkeley Art Museum. Shawn Brixey creates stunning experimental art environments and interactive electronic installations that are inspired and enabled by the extraordinary developments taking place on the frontiers of contemporary physics, materials science, and electrical engineering. As such, his work epitomizes all the reasons why the arts belong center stage at a top-flight research university such as the University of Washington. Like all great art, Shawn's work allows us to see worlds we have never seen before, and that would not exist without the artist's creative reshaping of the natural phenomena that surround us. In this respect, Professor Brixey's highly contemporary art participates in an artistic tradition that reaches back to the Italian Renaissance, by using technology to render visible the otherwise invisible beauty of the natural world."

Bob Stacey
Divisional Dean of Arts & Humanities
University of Washington