Jim Jeffers is an intermedia artist and designer working with computer mediation, web-art, performance, photography and video in conjunction with conventional media. Exploring cultural material and material culture—generatively oscillating at the nexus of fantasy and biography (Fantabiography)—Jim finds the meta-spiritual and psychoactive critically important as incredibly elusive in art and design. Jeffers is interested in most things, particularly, superheroes, airplanes, Volkswagens, Swiss Army knives, rabbits, television and global fairness.
He attended the University of California-Santa Cruz, where he received his BA in Art (printmaking, drawing and painting). Subsequently, he studied at NYU, where he received a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art (sculpture and printmaking). In 2000 he earned his MFA in Visual Art (performance, video, installation, computer art & design) at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts; where he taught Introduction to Computer Animation, Introduction to Computer Art, Art Making-Performance and Graphic Design II.
As a working artist, Jim exhibits and performs his work regularly both in the United States and internationally. Having six recent one-person exhibitions, two in 2005, one in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012: Sol Omnibus Lucet (the sun shines upon us all) at The Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA (2005); Short Trips at The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ (2005); Metus Nihil (fear nothing) at Jean B. King Gallery, Herrett Center for Arts and Science , College of Southern Idaho (2007); Genii Loci (Ghosts of Protection) at University Gallery, UMass Lowell, Lowell MA (2009); Jim Jeffers' Fortress of Multitude: project 52 for 2010—and other Fantabiographies at MEME Gallery, Cambridge, MA (2011); and—after winning the Juried Member's Exhibition--Video Lux, Ego Sum Lux Video! (I see light, I am the light I see!) at 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA (2012). Jeffers' performance work has been in public for over a decade, with his Superhero Actions (and other performance iterations), as well as, performing in numerous pieces by other artists. Since the early 21st century, Jim has maintained a presence in cyberspace with Fantabiography.com: a shifting blend of digital / computer art, artist portfolio, and truthful lies. From 2007-2010 Jeffers was a Co-Principal Investigator on a $421,000 National Science Foundation grant entitled, Performamatics: Connecting Computer Science to the Performing, Fine, and Design Arts, to find new ways of engaging Computer Science students through the Arts.
Jim was a founding member of Printer on Prescott Arts Research Collaborative & Artist Studios in the historic center of downtown Lowell, MA. He has been a member of SIGGRAPH of the Association for Computing Machinery, and currently a member of: Rhizome.org; AIGA, the professional association for design; and the College Art Association. As a founding member of the New Media Caucus of the College Art Association, Jim is currently Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, as Education Chair, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA—the area's only non-profit gallery dedicated to new media, contemporary art, new music, and performance. He has taught at: The School of Education, New York University; The College of Liberal Arts, Drew University; The Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Rutgers-Newark, and The Visual Arts Department, The College of the Holy Cross, among others. Jim was Assistant Professor of Art & Design, Head of the Web Art & Design area, and Senior Studio Coordinator (2007-09 & '11) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as well as teaching Directed Studies in printmaking, performance, video, graphic design and semiotics (2005-2012). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Digital Media at Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, Florida. Jim works in Port St. Lucie, Florida where he lives with his amazing wife and son.