After the unique experience of serving as a US Army paratrooper, Sean Hovendick graduated from Eastern New Mexico University studying broadcast communication, art and computer animation. After ten years of industry experience in video post-production, motion graphics and interactive media, Sean went on to earn his MFA in computer art from the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University. In addition to operating his own design studio, Sean is an exhibiting media artist, Assistant Professor of visual arts and serves as Coordinator of the Graphic + Media Design program at Sage College of Albany in upstate New York.
Hovendick's interactive, procedural and time-based artworks explore the hidden forces of power, identity and social order within the mediated psyche. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, George Mason University, the Everson Museum of Art, FutureSonic: International Festival of Art, Music & Ideas in Manchester, England and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile. Most recently Sean's work has been included in exhibitions at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia SC, Rutgers University, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the Delhi International Arts Festival in New Delhi, India; the JavaMuseum in Cologne, Germany; the Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, in upstate NY; and the Festival Miden 2010 in Kalamata, Greece.
Sean also works in collaboration with John Wesley Mannion under the pseudonym AREA.