Tyler Brownlow-Calkin, MFA

Assistant Professor; Area Head of Digital Media
Tyler Brownlow-Calkin


Tyler Brownlow-Calkin is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. He received his MFA in art and integrated media from California Institute of the Arts and his work has been exhibited and performed in art and educational institutions around the world, including Cercle Blanc Gallery in Berlin, studio1.1 in London, Tsinghua University in Beijing, KUArt in Nepal, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, Harvestworks in New York City, Centre for the Living Arts in Mobile, AL, the University of Southern California and Machine Project in Los Angeles.

His multi-modal practice examines social constructions, habits and anxieties through play and improvisation. Drawing particularly from consumer products and evolving digital interfaces, he rearranges material culture into social catalysts.

As an educator, Brownlow-Calkin teaches courses in digital media, which emphasize critical discourse and experimental practices in video, virtual and augmented reality, immersive and interactive media, performance and game design. Before coming to the University of Nevada, Reno, Brownlow-Calkin taught in the Program in Art and Technology and The Center for Integrated Media at CalArts, where he developed an experimental VR lab.

Research Interests

  • Digital media (VR game design, performance, toy development)


  • MFA, Art and Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts, 2011
  • B.A., Art, Whitman College, 2009