NY, USA, 2007
MA Fine Art
Kent Institute of Art and Design,
BA Fine Art
San Diego State University,
CA, USA, 1995
James P. Werner is Associate Professor of Media Arts and Chair of the Department of Art & Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to becoming Chair, he held a dual placement in the Art & Design Department, and in the Science, Technology and Society program (STS) supporting the Media Arts, Society and Technology (MAST) minor.
His research is at intersection of media participation and art. He works in interdisciplinary collaboration with science and technology, specifically in virtual reality and immersive experiences in education. His research has been funded by many organizations including the National Science Foundation, The Public Interest Technology University Network, Cal Poly’s Center for Expressive Technologies, Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts research grants, the Spencer Foundation for Research, and the Research Development Initiative in the UK. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on media and art theory and is co-editor and co-author of Art as Adventure: Going Beyond (2018), Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Werner's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His series Water Links is a collaboration capturing unique narratives about water and climate change from diverse and rural communities around the globe. Recent exhibitions of this series were held at CreateX in Brisbane Australia 2016; a collaboration between Aotearoa, New Zealand and California participants of SCANZ in March 2017; at the Flow exhibition held at Fort Knox in Prospect, Maine, June 2017; Parihaka Pa, New Zealand, February 2018; and the Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY, March 2019.
Phelan S, Peruvemba S, Levinson D, Stulberg N, Lacy A, Legato M, Werner JP. Feasibility of a virtual reality-based approach to improve behavioral weight management outcomes. Pilot Feasibility Study. 2021 Jun 22;7(1):129. doi: 10.1186/s40814-021-00865-5. PMID: 34158129; PMCID: PMC8218475.
Werner, J. (ed), O’Neil, R. (ed), (2018). Book - Art as Adventure: Going Beyond. Cambridge Scholars Publishers, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Werner, J., (2017) Uncovering Authentic Community Narratives through Participatory Art, as chapter in Going Beyond: Art as Adventure. Cambridge Scholars Publishers, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Werner, J. (2014). Post Media Awareness and the Art Museum's Evolution.
Acoustic Space journal #12 - TECHNO-ECOLOGIES II. Paradigm shift in media arts. 12th edition. RIXC, LiepU MPLab.
Werner, J. (2013). Review of Arts Way Out. [Review of the book Arts Way Out: Exit Pedagogy and the Cultural Condition, by J. Baldacchino]. Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art. Vol1, Issue 3. Intellect Publishing. Kirkland, WA.
Werner, J., Barham, W., Preston, J., Feng, Y., and Atkins, N. (2013). Students' Perceptions of the Effectiveness of the use of Virtual Strength of Materials Laboratory. Proceedings at 2013 Polytechnic Summit, Boston, MA.
Werner, J., Barham, W. and Preston, J. (2012). Using a Virtual Gaming Environment in Strength of Materials Engineering Education.
ASCE International Workshop for Engineering, published proceedings.
Clearwater Beach, FL.
Werner, J., Preston, J., and Barham, W. (2012). Using a Virtual Gaming Environment in Strength of Materials Laboratory, poster presentation at the 119th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, NSF Grantees Poster Session, Boston, MA.
Barham, W., Preston, J., and Werner, J. (2012). Web-Based Virtual Strength of Materials Laboratory, Proceedings of the 2012 Polytech Summit, Marietta, GA
Preston, J., Werner, J., and Barham, W. (2012). Using Digital Games to improve access and learning.
Published Proceedings for Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Virginia Tech, VA.
Preston, J., Werner, J., and Barham, W. (2011). Using a Virtual Gaming Environment in Strength of Materials: Increasing Access and Improving Learning Effectiveness, poster presentation at the NSF Engineering Awardee Conference, Reston, VA.
Werner, J., (2010). The Virtual Nature of Environmental Art. Interactive Online Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Vol. 3, Univ. of London.
Werner, J. (2007). Immersive Installation Art: Digital Technology, its Philosophies, and the Rise of a New Genre in Fine Art – Doctorate Dissertation. Columbia University. New York, NY.
Werner, J. and Stylianou. E. (2007). The Re-Emergence of Beauty in Contemporary Technology, On natural beauty in technology. Analecta Husserliana. Springer Book Series, Netherlands.
Werner, J. (2007). Making Space: An investigation into installation art practices today. [DVD]. Graduate Research in Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.
Werner, J. (2006). Logos, Rationale and Desire In Convergent Art Practices. Analecta Husserliana. Springer Book Series, Netherlands.
Werner, J. (2005). Post Digital Awareness. Analecta Husserliana. Springer Book Series, Netherlands.
Coming Home - Water Links: New York
Macy Gallery, Columbia University, Teachers College. March 2019 (Juried).
Faculty Triennial, Cal Poly University Gallery.
Water Links demo, video and mixed media. Fall 2018.
Flow Fort Knox.
Fort Knox, Prospect, Maine. June 2017 (Juried).
Oceans and Energy Telematic Waters.
Aotearoa, New Zealand and San Luis Obispo, California. March 2017 (Juried).
Installation using VR headset and 360 video linking participants in the two locations to the installation - Cal Poly University, CA and WITT campus, New Plymouth, NZ.
Brisbane Reflections, a Water Links Project.
Queensland Univ. of Technology, (Juried by committee).
Interactive Video Installation. August, 2016.
Faculty Triennial, Cal Poly University Gallery.
New Histories II, mixed media. Fall 2015.
Island Reflections: A Water Links Project.
Chuuk Island, Federated States of Micronesia.
Interactive Video Installation. August, 2015.
Water Links: Active Reflections, SCANZ2015, New Zealand. 2015 (Juried).
Interactive Video Capture.
Art in Revision, Southern Polytechnic State University. GA, 2013.
Curator of the media arts installation show, Atrium building.
Innovatrium Project, High Without Walls and GPS projects.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA, November 2012.
Installation allowing for patron artwork contributions and concept sharing in the gallery, as well as proof of concept installation for patron curating in the museum. Supporting undergraduate student research experiences.
Portman Foyer, Southern Poly Technic State University, GA, 2009 – 2013
Curator of student exhibitions: digital installations, drawing, painting and sculpture for
the New Media Arts program.
Macy 55, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, NY, 2006 (Juried)
New Media Installation/Sculpture.
5 x 8 x 1000, Pearl Street Gallery, New York, NY, 2005 (Juried)
International Art Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA, 2005 (Juried)
Studio, Macy Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, 2004
(ex) - position, Gray’s School of Art, RGU University, Aberdeen, UK, 2004
Overhaul, The Metropole Galleries, Folkestone, UK, 2003
Installation (Masters Thesis Show).
Five Dots, The Chromos Gallery, Canterbury, England, 2002 (Juried)
Digital media print and painting.
Meet the Artist: Water Links Installation Series.
Panel session at CreateX. Queensland Institute of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. 2016
Revealing Alternative Narratives Through Participatory Art Experiences.
Panel session Title: Going Beyond: Art as Adventure. College Art Association. Washington DC, MD. 2016.
Discussion of Water Links: active reflections.
SCANZ2015 artist presentation, Western Institute of Technology, New Plymouth, New Zealand. 2015.
Post Media Awareness and the Art Museum's Evolution.
Media Art Histories Conference: RENEW, Latvia, October 2013.
Engaging Legal Studies Through The Use of Serious Games.
University System of Georgia Teaching and Learning Conference – Best Practices for promoting engaged student Learning. University of Georgia, Athens, GA. April 2013.
Art’s Autonomy in New Media Collaborations.
Virtual Extents Symposium: practices of research and teaching in contemporary creative arts. University College Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK. May 2012.
Virtual Games Laboratory Workshop.
American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference, San Antonio, TX. June 2012.
Students' Perceptions of the Effectiveness of the use of Virtual Strength of Materials Laboratory. Werner, J., Barham, W., Preston, J., Feng, Y., and Atkins, N. Polytechnic Summit, Boston, GA. 2013.
A Game-Based Virtual Engineering Laboratory for Online Teaching.
Barham, W., Preston, J., Werner, J. Sloan Consortium and MERLOT’s Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, Las Vegas, 2013.
Ongoing Research Projects - Virtual Strength of Materials.
Barham, W., Preston, J., and Werner, J., ASME District Leadership Seminar, September 22, 2012.
Using a Virtual Gaming Environment in Strength of Materials Laboratory.
Barham, W., Preston, J., and Werner, J. Proceedings of the 2012 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Clearwater, FL, June 2012.
Using Digital Games to Improving Access and Learning.
Preston, J., Barham, W., Werner, J., Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA, February 2012.
Virtual Games Laboratory.
American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference, San Antonio, TX. Poster Session. June 2012.
Aesthetics and Virtual Simulation in Education.
Polytechnic Summit Conference, Southern Polytechnic State University, GA. May 2012.
Virtual Gaming Environments in Education.
National Science Foundation Awardees Conference, Arlington VA.
Poster Session. March, 2011.
What is Art? Contemporary art and philosophies of making.
Lecture and roundtable discussion. DK gallery, Marietta GA. April 2010.
The Virtual Nature of Environmental Art.
University of London, London UK.
Presented at the Virtual Reality: Frameworks and Mis-Conceptions, conference. July 2009.
The Virtual Experience in Contemporary Installation and New Media.
Southern Polytechnic State University. Spring Colloquia Lecture Series.
Making Space: An investigation into installation art practices today.
Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY.
Presented at ‘Graduate Research in Art Education’ conference. May 2007.
Collaborative Restraint in the Studio Practice.
College Art Association (CAA) national conference, Boston, Massachusetts. Poster presentation and discussion. Feb. 2006.
The Re-Emergence of Beauty in Contemporary Technology: On natural beauty in technology,
Harvard University, Cambridge MA. Presented at the Tenth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Phenomenology, Aesthetics, and Fine Arts. May 2006.
Logos, Rationale and Desire In Convergent Art Practices,
Oxford University, Wadham College, England. Presented at the World Congress of Phenomenology, August 2004.
Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge MA. Presented at the Phenomenology, Fine Arts & Aesthetics Conference. June 2004.