What I do

Artist and Professor of Emergent Digital Practices, and Director of the Clinic for Open Source Arts


Open Source Software, creative coding, Art and Technology

Professional Biography

Chris Coleman was born in West Virginia, USA and he received his MFA from SUNY Buffalo in New York. His work includes sculptures, videos, creative coding and interactive installations. Coleman has had his work in exhibitions and festivals in more than 20 countries including Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, Finland, the U.A.E., Italy, Germany, France, China, the UK, Latvia, and across North America. He is the Creator and Director of the Clinic for Open Source Arts.


  • MFA, Digital Arts, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003
  • BFA, Sculpture, West Virginia University, 2001

Professional Affiliations

  • New Media Caucus


My research looks at the intersection of technology and creativity via animation, VR, digital fabrication, creative coding, and electro-mechanics. I explore our collective future and how people relate to one another across borders and identities.

Areas of Research

Open Source Software
Creative Coding
Art and Technology
Digital Fabrication

Key Projects

  • The Clinic for Open-Source Arts
  • To support the artist communities making open source tools.
  • Clinic for Open-Source Arts


Mehran, L., & Coleman, C. D. (2014). W3FI: Taiwan . National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan.
Coleman, C. D. (2016). Interstitial Zones/Spectra. Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic CT USA.
Coleman, C. D. (2015). METRO: Re/De-construction. Denver Digerati, Gwangju Korea.
Mehran, L., & Coleman, C. D. (2015). Unclaimed / Biennial of the Americas. Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO, USA.
Coleman, C. D. (2015). Off The Air. Adult Swim.


Coleman, C. D. (2014). Becoming Tangible. Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Polytechnic University.
Coleman, C. D. (2015). Emerging Terrains. ACT Festival. Gwangju Korea.
Coleman, C. D. (2015). The Work of Chis Coleman. arte computacional. Sao Paulo Brazil: Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.
Coleman, C. D., & Mehran, L. (2014). Installation Arts - a Conversation. International Symposium of Electronic Arts. Dubai UAE: Zayed University.
Coleman, C. D., & Mehran, L. (2012). Artists of the 2012 404 Festival. 404 International Festival. Rosario Argentina: National University of Rosario.


  • Culture Lab / ISIS Arts Residency, Newcastle University, ISIS Arts Foundation
  • Visiting Scholar Residency, Art and Technology Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 2014 Top of the Town - Best Artist, 5280 Magazine
  • Appointed as Visiting Professor, Central China Normal University
  • Humanities Institute Endowment, Humanities Institute