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Vin Grabill is a video artist, whose single-channel video and installation work utilizing video have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to individual projects, Grabill collaborates regularly with performing artists, choreographers, and poets in an attempt to find new solutions for the presentation of live arts utilizing live and recorded aspects of the video medium. Grabill won a Golden Eagle CINE Award in 1998 for "Poetry Moves" made in collaboration with Washington, D.C. performance artist Mary-Averett Seelye. In addition, his ongoing association with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. has resulted in several exhibitions of collaborative media projects in New York, NY; Paris, France; Karlsruhe, Germany; and Linz, Austria.
After teaching Video Art at the Massachusetts College of Art from 1984-1988, Grabill joined the faculty of the UMBC Department of Visual Arts. He has been Associate Chair of the department on two occasions, served as Interim Chair from 1998 – 2000, and the Imaging & Digital Art MFA Graduate Program Director from 2001 - 2007. Grabill served as Chair of the department from 2008-2015.
Grabill co-founded and served as president of the Association of Maryland Area Media Artists, Inc (AMAMA) and has also served on advisory panels with the Maryland State Arts Council and The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. In addition, Grabill coordinated the educational mission of Baltimore Youth Television (BYTV), a program administered by the Maryland Institute College of Art designed to introduce Baltimore City middle and high school children to video production.
Professor Grabill received an M.S. degree in visual studies from the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies and a degree in studio art from Oberlin College (B.A.).