Profile Type: Artist
Brian Knep

Brian Knep is a media artist whose works range from large-scale interactive installations to microscopic sculptures for nematodes. He was the first artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School, working side-by-side with scientists, co-opting their tools and techniques to explore alternative meanings and ways of connecting to the world. Knep’s Deep Wounds, commissioned bythe Office for the Arts at Harvard University, has won awards from Ars Electronica, the International Association of Art Critics, and Americans for the Arts, who selected it as one of the best public-art projects of 2007. His work has also been shown at the Denver Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the RISD Museum, the Aldrich Center for Contemporary Art, and others; and he has grants and awards from Creative Capital, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the LEF Foundation, among others.

Knep holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Computer Science, both from Brown University. He also studied ceramics at the Radcliffe Ceramics Studio and glass blowing at Avon and Diablo Glass. Early in his career he worked as aSenior Software Engineer at Industrial Light & Magic, working on films such as Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek: Generations. While there, he developed tools including two for which he and three others were awarded technical Academy Awards. Knep also helped found Nearlife, a high-end design and technology company, creating interactive experiences for science and children’s museums. His publications have appeared in computer graphics and computer-human interaction journals.

Knep lives and works in Boston and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY, NY.

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Mailing Address: 
731 Harrison Ave
Ste 15
Boston, MA 02118
Physical Address: 
731 Harrison Ave Ste 15
Boston, MA 02118
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Media - Cyberart
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Light Art
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Design Services
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Brown University, Sc.M., Computer Science, full scholarship
Brown University, Sc.B., Mathematics/Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, 2010
New England Art Award, Critics Award for New Media, 2010
Brother Thomas Fellowship, 2009
AICA/New England Award, 2008
LEF Foundation, Contemporary Work Fund Grant, 2007
Americans for the Arts, Year in Review Selected Artist for Best Public Artwork
Prix Ars Electronica, Honorable Mention for Interactive Art, 2007
IBM Boston Cyberarts Innovation Award, 2007
AICA/New England Award, 2007
Creative Capital Foundation Grant, 2006
LEF Foundation, Contemporary Work Fund Grant, 2006
Vida 7.0: Art & Artificial Life Competition, Honorable Mention, 2004
Academy Awards, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1997

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age