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Maya Erdelyi-Perez

Visiting Instructor


Maya Erdelyi is an award-winning animator and artist. She creates intricate hand-made animations and collages inspired by imaginary worlds, music, memories and the unconscious. Her animations explore a hybrid approach to cut-paper stop-motion, puppetry, hand-drawn, digital animation and installation. Her work has been shown in national and international film festivals, galleries, museums and DIY venues. She is a recipient of a 2020 City of Boston Artist Fellowship Award, a 2019 Yaddo Residency, a 2018 WGBH Launchpad Residency, a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship Award and the 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Film. Her most recent project was as curator of the group animation show “The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions” at the Mills Gallery in Boston. Maya is a 2012 MFA graduate in Experimental Animation from CalArts. Besides working as an independent animator, Maya is a Faculty member in Animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Pratt Institute & RISD.  She is currently finishing an experimental animated documentary about her refugee grandmother, and developing a large-scale animated installation project in the city of Boston slated to open in 2022. Maya is a native New Yorker currently based in Boston. She lives with her animator husband and their toddler Paloma.


M.F.A Experimental Animation, CalArts
Ed. M. Arts in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education