Paul Catanese (b. 1975) is a hybrid media artist, Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Art & Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago, Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Program, and President Emeritus of the New Media Caucus, a College Art Association Affiliate Society. He earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2000 in Art and Technology Studies. Prior to his faculty appointment at Columbia College Chicago, Catanese was an Assistant Professor of New Media at San Francisco State University (SFSU) from 2003-2008; he has also taught at SAIC, Harold Washington College and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Paul is the author of Director’s Third Dimension, a book on three-dimensional programming for interactive multimedia; and the co-author (with Dr. Angela Geary) of Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional, and Hybrid Techniques. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, notably at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA Artist's Gallery, the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, La Villette, Stuttgart Filmwinter, FILE, ANIMAC, and the New Forms Festival. His work has been reviewed in Neural.it and Artweek. He has spoken about his work at festivals and conferences and has been a visiting artist to programs of art around the country including at the University of Kentucky, Washington State University and Bradley University. As a 2003/04 recipient of a Kala Art Institute artist-in-residence Fellowship award, he was able to explore various printmaking and bookmaking techniques and created a series of digital Cornell boxes for Gameboy Advance. Paul is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including commissions for the creation of new artwork from Turbulence.org as well as Rhizome.org.