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Neal McDonald
Assistant Professor
Animation & Interactive Media

410-455-2581 FA 338
mcdo@umbc.edu

Neal McDonald is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts. He teaches game development and computer animation. He earned an M.F.A. as well as an M.S. in Computer and Information Science from Ohio State University. He is from West Texas, which is, of course, the northern part.

He began his career making computer animations; he has shown in SIGGRAPH '95, the Wexner Center, the Corcoran Gallery, and in venues in Europe, Japan, and Australia. Using the same skills to make prints, he has won regional and national awards.

Professor McDonald has also been active in game development, both digital and otherwise. He led a multimillion-dollar project that licensed the game Half-Life and converted it to a virtual mall, and he has since developed multiple products for several different platforms, including 8 apps on the Apple App store.

Professor McDonald considers his work equal parts high art, entrepreneurship, and social commentary, exploring the ways that art exists (and is forced to exist) in America. He speaks in local and international venues about games, technology and culture.