Visual Artist, Filmmaker/Producer, Writer
Tewodross Melchishua(pronounced Tea-oh-droze Mell kay-shoo-ah) received a B.A. Degree in Art and Photographic Media from Morgan State University. He also completed his MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts, at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
He has years of experience as an animator, filmmaker, designer, visual artist, educator, curator and creative consultant in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore metropolitan areas. His animation, art and films have been shown to audiences nationally and internationally. He has also been a featured speaker and consultant on several workshops, panels and television programs discussing issues and topics such as digital art & multimedia, design, animation, filmmaking and the cultural and historical aesthetics of the moving image, technology and animation.
Some of these programs/venues included: Reality Check: A Conference Of The Design/The Organization Of Black Designers, In The Mix (PBS), On Time (WJZ-TV), And The Bottom Line With Kweisi Mfume (WBAL-TV), Right To Fight (Sarah Lawrence College), The Annual Black Engineer’s Conference & Black Families Technology Network (IBM Corporation). International Visitor Project: Film in the US – Women & Minorities in the Film Industry Panel, sponsored by The US Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, World Learning for International Development/Delphi Int’l.
In 1999, he received a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Fellowship. The seminar was titled, Faces of Islam in Africa, and allowed him to travel to Senegal and Morocco. It was from this experience that he was able to visit these two nations to research African and Islamic art, music and culture. He has also conducted workshops and participated in panels and lectures on animation and has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in video and animation such as The SONY Innovator’s Award in Animation; Sony Corporation, New York, NY, First Place for Animation from The Maafa Film & Video Festival, Brooklyn, NY., The Paul Robeson Award in Film and Video, Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ., The Annual Rosebud Independent Film & Video Competition, Washington, DC., The National Black Programming Consortium’s Prized Pieces, Columbus, OH.
Recently, he curated and was featured in the M3: MCs, Mics and Metaphors exhibition at the Gallery at Flashpoint (DC). The contemporary art exhibition focused on the power of lyricism and poetry in hip-hop music. He was also a video artist/vj for the hip-hop theatrical production, Paige In Full, that premiered in Washington, DC at The Meade Theatre Lab and part of the Hip Hop Theatre Festival 2010.
His video art has been screened at the International Flik Film Festival at the Art Whino gallery, The National Harbor (MD). He currently teaches animation, multimedia & design as an Associate Professor of Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Bowie State University. He is also the founder of Visual Jazz Media Group, an online media arts, animation/film studio and collective, where he serves as creative director/consultant and animaton.
He is also a member, of AIGA-DC, FOCUSONDESIGN, The National Association of Artists of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU), SIGGRAPH and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
He is the founder of Visual Jazz Media Group, and the SOULSUITE: an online media arts & studio collective, where he serves as Creative Director/Consultant and Producer. For more: www.soulsuite.com