Wednesday, October 26th 2011


AMC South Barrington
175 South Studio Dr.
South Barrington, IL 60010

Past Artimations

  • ARTimation 11
  • ARTimation 10
  • ARTimation 9
  • ARTimation 8
  • ARTimation 7
  • ARTimation 6
  • ARTimation 5
  • ARTimation 4
  • ARTimation 3
  • ARTimation 2
  • ARTimation 1



Based at the Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg in Schaumburg, Illinois, ARTimation 12 is a digital arts festival event presenting work involved in 3D, 2D, Video, Web, Game, and Motion.


Submissions Closed for 2011


Chad Ashley

Chad Ashley
Creative Director, Digital Kitchen

Chad Ashley is a Creative Director and Head of 3D at Digital Kitchen, an award winning digital agency located in Chicago.  Chad is also an award winning artist with over 12 years of experience in the CG field.  Recently, Digital Kitchen won a Grand Prix award at Canne for its work with The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

Glenn Campbell

Glenn Campbell
Visual Effects Supervisor, AREA 51

Glenn started his effects career by nearly blowing his face off with home made fire works at age 15, and has never looked back. Much of his misspent youth was dedicated to building models and blowing them up in front of a super 8 camera

In 1978 he managed to somehow enter the Cameraman Training Program, Effects Branch, which placed him as a trainee on such productions as The Wiz, Superman, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, Close encounters- The Special Edition, and Star Trek - the motionless picture. After graduating, he continued on the Star Trek feature and subsequently fell in with a bad crowd, working on films of ill repute like Blade Runner, Tron, Buckaroo Banzai, Gremlins, Deal of the Century, Spaceballs, Lifeforce, Bill & Ted go to Hell, City Slickers, Flight of the Navigator, Mom and Dad Save The World, Johhny Mnemonic, and Dick Tracy.

His television credits include Buck Rogers, Galactica, Viper, Wizards and Warriors, several Bud Lite, Duracell , Magnavox TV, and Dodge Commercials

In 1995 he joined AREA 51 as visual effects supervisor and earned 4 EMMY nominations for Visual Effects. He's also Lead Compositor, Lead Square dance caller, and Lead wine taster. He is currently killing Nazis for WWII film "The Glass House" and zapping teenagers from outer space for "Johnny X", but his other credits include: X-Files, Millennium, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dark Skies, Space: Above & Beyond, Eragon, D.O.A., and DUNE the mini-series, which surprised EVERYBODY by receiving the visual effects EMMY. The sequel, Children of Dune also won the EMMY for best visual effects as well. EMMY winner he may be, but he's still an old duffer who should probably step aside to make room for all the young talented whippersnappers clawing their way into the industry these days.

Chris Conway

Chris Conway
Co-Founder and Animation/VFX Supervisor, Killer Minnow

Chris is an accomplished, award-winning video digital animation and visual effects expert with more than 12 years industry experience. Killer Minnow has worked with such clients as Hasbro, LEGO, Uconn, WNBA CTSun, Wood n Tap, Reebok, Mass Hysteria, Food Network, Goodnight Films, Tuneables, IBM, Pitney Bowes, National Grid and many more.

Prior to Killer Minnow, Chris worked at Sonalysts Studios where he provided invaluable contributions to high-profile projects for ESPN, Wal-Mart TV, Electronic Arts, Sony, Aerosmith, Microsoft, Comcast, TLC and the US Navy, among others clients. Prior to joining Sonalysts, Chris founded the digital design firm, Illusions Inc. Chris is a graduate of Full Sail University in Orlando, FL, with a dedicated concentration in animation.

Ryan Drag

Ryan Drag
Art Director, Backflip Studios

Ryan graduated from The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts and Animation. After graduation he started his career in the game industry at Midway Games - Chicago. His interest in casual gaming led him through several jobs and eventually to Boulder, Colorado where he was soon picked up by Backflip Studios in early 2009.

As Backflip’s Art Director Ryan has created/directed several hit games and has grown Backflip’s art department from the ground up. Since Ryan started Backflip has seen over 100 million downloads and several #1 App Store hits like: “Paper Toss”, “Ragdoll Blaster 2”, “Ninjump”, “Army of Darkness Defense”, “Strike Knight”, and more.

Conrad Montgomery

Conrad Montgomery
Manager, Comedy Animation, Cartoon Network

Conrad Montgomery is a current series executive for Cartoon Network, working on animated comedies such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, Mad and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome while developing new projects for the studio.

A Los Angeles native with a degree in Cinema and Television Arts and dreams of working in the entertainment industry, Conrad began his career freelancing as an Associate Segment Producer for Good Morning America through 2000. Pursuing a passion for feature films, he became a Creative Executive at Lions Gate Entertainment and oversaw several studio projects in addition to contributing to such films as Monster’s Ball, Rules of Attraction, Confidence, Shattered Glass and Wonderland.

Looking for further challenges and opportunities, Conrad decided to try a hand in animation at the Walt Disney Company and fell in love in 2004. As a development/current executive for Disney Television Animation and Disney XD, he worked on projects such as Phineas and Ferb, Fish Hooks, Kick Buttowkski, Tron and Motor City before departing for Cartoon Network in 2010.

Mig Reyes

Mig Reyes
Interactive Designer, Threadless

Mig graduated from The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. He is currently working as designer creating for the web within the confines of t-shirt awesome best known as Threadless. Aside from designing the internets and modeling tshirts, Mig also runs an inspiration resource called Humble Pied where he interviews some of the brightest minds in the creative industry to share a piece of advice. In addition to all of that, Mig serves as the Social Media Liaison for AIGA and teaches at The Chicago Portfolio School.

Mig’s work has been recognized with the likes of HOW, CMYK, Print, Rockport Publishers, UnderConsideration and blogs including Grain Edit, Smashing Magazine and Swiss Miss. You can find him speaking about design and general awesomeness around the country at schools, companies and conferences, most recently including The School of Visual Arts, Zappos and The HOW Conference.

You should follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/migreyes or check out his work at: http://migreyes.com.

Mig Reyes

Tim Sepulveda
Design Director, Leviathan

Tim graduated from The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts & Animation and since then he has worked all across the country. He started out at Radar Studios in Chicago, from there he went on to freelance at Daily Planet, Foundation, Optimus, Eatdrink.

In late August of 2009 Tim was recruited to NYC to become an Associate Creative Director at Charlex where he was on staff for a little over a year. Tim also worked at the Mill and numerous other shops, before moving back to Chicago to come on board at Leviathan as a Design Director. Tim is now concentrating mostly on new ways to approach common design concepts. Leviathan likes to run on creativity, so this company was a perfect fit for him.

Speakers - Coming Soon


Tickets to the show are free.


Wednesday, October 26th
AMC Barrington Showtimes:

  • 5:00 pm
  • 6:00 pm
  • 7:00 pm
  • 8:00 pm

Game & Web entries are available for viewing throughout the evening.

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