Adjunct Assistant Professor
New Technology Building 16 W 61st St.
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Resume: curriculum vitae
MFA Pratt Institute BFA Prodiseño Escuela de Comunicación Visual
Areas of Scholarly and Artistic Interest
Graphic / IxD / UX design
Body Sensing and Media Control
Sandra Villarreal is a Brooklyn based graphic designer, computer artist and educator. She was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Villarreal holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Prodiseño Escuela de Comunicación Visual in Caracas and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Beggining her career as a graphic designer in 1992, Villarreal worked extensively in print media for cultural institutions. In 1993 she opened her own studio in Caracas where she continued to design and produce print media for a wide variety of clients. In 1998 she got involved in web design, working on the design of an Intranet for Human Resources at a systems consulting company in Caracas. Her career as an educator started in 1997 as a Technical Drawing High School Teacher at Unidad Educativa Colegio Academia Merici (Caracas). Since then, her passion for teaching has only grown stronger.
In 2000 Villarreal moved to New York City to pursue her MFA. Her thesis research proposal was selected for presentation at the “Sketches and Applications” session “Defining Space” at the 2002 SIGGRAPH international conference in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 she attended the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU as a part-time student.
Since her graduation from Pratt Institute, Villarreal has been teaching computer graphics and graphic design courses. She taught in the Computer Graphics Department at Pratt Institute from 2004 to 2005. While teaching at Pratt, she co-developed, developed and taught several undergraduate and graduate courses. She was also appointed by The Pratt Academic Senate to participate in Faculty Focus groups designed to collect input from the faculty constituency on issues confronting the Institute, such as Pratt Institute’s 2005-2010 Strategic Plan and the re-structuring of the Institute’s website.
Villarreal has contributed her volunteer efforts to NYC ACM SIGGRAPH chapter. She served on its Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005. In this role, she organized events like “Special Night at the Hayden Planetarium” in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History . She also participated as a committee member for MetroCAF 2005, the Metropolitan Computer Animation Festival.
Villarreal’s research focuses on human computer interfaces, intelligent environments, installations and immersive displays. In addition to creating her work, she collaborates with artists and designers in the developing and production of interactive environments and art installations. Her interest as an educator is in the exploration of the role of hands-on learning in Computer Graphics.