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LENA NW
Graphic Artist & Game Developer

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EDUCATION
2017-Present
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Masters of Fine Arts in Desgin Media Arts

2011-2015
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media
Overall GPA: 3.96, Summa Cum Laude with Honors

PROJECTS

Outspoken: Fulbright x mtvU, interview series about women in Hip-hop in South Africa created for the Fulbright x mtvU Fellowship, 2016

Viral, browser game, created with Costcodreamgurl for the Rhizome.org Internet Art Microgrant, 2015

Fuck Everything, browser game, 2014

Maybe She Likes It, graphic novel, created for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award, 2013

PRESS

Kotaku
The Disturbing Reality of Sex On The Internet, As Told By A Video Game

Rhizome.org
Now you can finally experience what it's like to commodify yourself on the internet

Announcing the 5 Internet Art Microgrant Awardees

Rhizome Today

Dazed Digital
Viral: the sim sex game on the fight to be internet famous

Fuck Everything: the dating sim that tackles rape culture

The Huffington Post
Meet Lena NW, The Student Artist And Rapper With A Provocative Take On Rape Culture

TheNeedleDrop
IT CAME FROM BANDCAMP!

BBY Magazine
Fuck Everything: an Interview with Lena NW

Vox Feminae
Seks, Rap I Menstruacija - Upoznajte Lenu NW

Rock, Paper, Shotgun: PC Gaming since 1873
S.EXE: F**k Everything (RNSFW)

Buzzfeed
Graphic FSU Art Project Featuring Jameis Winston Elicits Mixed Response

Complex
This Anti-Fan Art Shows Jameis Winston Getting Violated by a Heisman Trophy Strap On

Deadspin
FSU Artist Behind Jameis Winston Painting Explains Inspiration

The Jay Thomas Show
Radio interview on Sirius Satellite Radio on May 21st, 2014

The Owl: The Florida State University Undergradate Research Jorunal, Volume 4
Maybe She Likes It: A Web Comic Exploring Internet Technology and Gender Equality

Kudzu Review for Undergraduate Work
"Slits" (title of published artwork)

Huesoloco: Journal of Arts and Literature
Excerpts from "Maybe She Likes It"

Art Scene Zine
A Gender-Neutral Bag of Dicks: The Art of Lena NW

GRANTS & AWARDS

Recipeint of the UCLA Design Media Arts Fellowship (2017-2019).

Recipeint of the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship (2016) to research women in Hip-hop, at Rhodes University in South Africa.

Recipeint of Rhizome.org Internet Art Microgrant 2014-2015 to create the digital web game Viral with artist Costcodreamgurl.

Recipient of the 2015 Mary Brown Ostlund Scholarship for significant acheivement in studio art.

Recipient of the 2015 Jim Boone Endowed Art Scholarship for work exemplifying exceptional achievement dealing with social justice issues.

Recipient of "Freshet Prose" award for my digital game Fuck Everything at the Hand Eye Society Wordplay 2014 Festival.

Recipient of the 2014 Andy McLaughlin Memorial Award for exceptional artistic achievement.

Recipient of the Spring 2013 Bess H. Ward award to create the digital web game Fuck Everything through the FSU Honors in The Major program.

Recipient of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award 2013 to create a web comic titled Maybe She Likes It.

EXHIBITIONS
2017

Beta Public: Hotbed Edition, Camden People's Theatre, London, UK

XXXHIBITION, BAR SK, Melbourne, AU

2016

Fighting Girls: Planned Parenthood Fundraiser, Babycastles Gallery, New York, New York

YO FIGHT MY MANS, Babycastles Gallery, New York, New York

2015

Theatre de la Autisme, Hood Gallery, New York, New York

Art Nunz "Art Opening", Aquarium Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Rape Culture, Working Method Comtemporary Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida

2014

Hand Eye Society Wordplay Festival, Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, Canada

2013

Art Nunz Exhibition, 621 Gallery, Tallahasee, Florida

No One Ever Cried at a Website, Facility for Arts Research, Tallahasee, Florida

2012

Wallflower, 621 Gallery, Tallahasee FL Omega Phi Beta's Womens Empowerment Art Exhibit, Oglesby Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida

20x20, 621 Gallery, Tallahasse, Florida

The Tits II Art Show, The Farside, Tallahassee, Florida


EXPERIENCE

2011-Present
Freelance, Digital Media Aritst, Designer & Front End Developer
Commissioned to design and develop websites, create comics and technical illustrations, as well as flyers, album covers, T-Shirt graphics and logos.
Produced, conceptualized, storyboarded, edited, animated and directed music videos.
Selected clients: Art Nunz Art Collective, Treehouse City, The Eggplant News, Monsta Beatz, Tangalang Gang, Babblon Entertainment, Paperwater, Muse, Josip On Deck, Absolute Zero, Gwanz Illa

2015-2016
Big Foote Music & Sound, NYC, Receptionist, Photographer
Managed appointments of clients, managed schedules of projects, prepared video and audio files for exporting & sharing, photographed the office space and inventory, created graphics for social media

2013
DragonCon 2013, Atlanta, GA, Artist Alley Assistant
Assisted artist Carrie Ann Baade with setting up/taking down artwork, and sales
Distributed print versions of my web comic Maybe She Likes It, to promote its debut.
SKILLS

Drawing/Illustration
Grant Writing
Animation
Concept to creation
Graphic art
Design
Front-end Development
Video editing
Time Management
Microsoft Office Suite
Adobe CC Creative Suite
Maya
HTML5
CSS
JavaScript
JQuery
Github