Illustrated profile of Chris Lanier

Chris Lanier

Teaching Professor


Chris Lanier is an artist with a background in both traditional and digital media, and a demonstrated interest in hybrid forms, having worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. His animation has screened at Sundance and won awards at several international festivals, including the Grand Prize for Internet Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He is also an essayist and critic whose art criticism has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including The Believer, HiLobrow, Furtherfield, Rhizome, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Comics Journal. A constant in his work has been a fascination with visual communication – the way visual information constitutes a language of its own, one that can both clarify and distort reality.

Professional Experience

  • Teaching Professor of Digital Art, 2021-current, University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe
    • Selected courses: Digital Darkroom, Visual Communication, Drone Workshop, Web Design, Video Practices, Entertainment Technology, 2DAnimation, Advanced Studio, Documentary, Comics and Storyboarding, Art and Critical Writing
  • Teaching Professor of Digital Art, 2007-2021, Sierra Nevada University
  • Associate Instructor, 2006, University of California, Davis


  • M.F.A., Studio Art, University of California, Davis, 2007
  • B.A., Art and Society, New College of California, San Francisco, 1994