Reid Winfrey, Associate Professor, is the Director of Digital Art and Animation at Cogswell. A graduate of the University of California at Davis and San Jose State University, he holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking and Pictoral Arts. He has presented at conferences and museums on topics ranging from printmaking and curating fine art to creativity and the digital revolution in art. His work as a painter is in hundreds of private collections and has been exhibited throughout the United States and in England and Japan. He is represented in public and corporate collections including Kodak, Union Bank of California, The San Jose Symphony, Dupont, and Southern Illinois University. He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, has been the subject of numerous art reviews.
Professor Winfrey was the Producer of 10,000 Kites, a short, animated film written by Iain McCaig and created at Cogswell for use as a fundraising tool for a joint Israeli/Palestinian art project. He is also a Line Producer for The Offering, an animated film created at Cogswell that will premier in Beijing in 2009.
What classes do you currently teach? Do you have a favorite class to teach?
I’m currently teaching Figure Drawing I and Concept Design. I have taught Figure here for many years and it is a favorite of mine; I have written a textbook for the class that is nearly done and usable in its current form. One more chapter and I’ll be shopping it for publication, and meanwhile all of my drawing students have copies that are making the class more understandable to them, I hope. I also enjoy Concept Design, mostly because the level of the students is higher and I can enjoy working with them more as opposed to trying to teach core principles.
Have you worked for non-academic companies in the past? Which ones? How did that experience make you a better teacher?