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Douglas Easterly

Chairperson of Digital Arts and Animation


Douglas Easterly is an award-winning artist that has been featured in books published by Phaidon, Gestalten and MIT Press, and exhibited widely across Asia, Europe, and the Americas, with venues including FILE, ArtScience Museum Singapore, and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. His work resides in three permanent collections, including a piece in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most of these achievements are the result of his collaboration with the art group SWAMP, which he co-founded in the late ‘90s. Today, Easterly’s research interests span sonic arts, visual effects, and experimental storytelling through virtual production.

In addition to his contributions to the art world, Easterly has made significant impacts in higher education, particularly by introducing innovative subjects to the tertiary sector. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of New Zealand’s first courses in game design and the first degree program in computer graphics. Easterly has supervised numerous PhD students and research teams, covering a diverse range of topics such as games for health, AI in games, computer programming literacy, procedural design, VFX and animation, mathematics and art, and human-robotic interaction.


B.A. Art, University of Dallas; M.F.A. Fine Art, University of Texas at Austin.