Fernando Orellana

Dying and birthing for generations upon generation, always arriving at a question, we hurtle through space and time, helplessly out of control. Approaching the future at an ever-increasing pace and plugged into one another ingenuously, we perpetually dismantle and assemble each other. Along the way encountering irregular moments of nirvana, keeping us interested and entertained.

Fernando Orellana

Video and interview on Orellana's Population (2011) series

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Currently an Associate Professor of Digital Art at Union College in Schenectady,NY, Fernando Orellana uses new and traditional media as a way of transmitting concepts that range from generative art to social-political commentary. He has exhibited in a variety of venues including ISEA2012 (New Mexico), LABoral (Spain), Cultural Center of Spain in El Salvador (San Salvador), Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (Spain), Carrie Haddad Gallery (New York), Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Argentina), Exit Art (New York), LABoral, (Spain), EMPAC (New York), The Tang Museum of Art (New York), Glass Curtain Gallery (Chicago), The Ark (Ireland) and The Biennial of Electronic Art (Australia).

Orellana has been reviewed in a variety of publications and catalogs including: An Introduction to Electronic Art Through the Teaching of Jacques Lacan: Strangest Thing, A Touch of Code, Hyperallergic, ARTnews, Digital by Design, EMERGENTES, Art in America, Art Review, Slashdot, We-Make Money-Not-Art, MAKE: Technology on your Time, Wired Online, and CNN. He is the recipient of the 2014 Vilcek Foundation dARTboard award and the 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts.

Fernando Orellana received a Master of Fine Art degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with honors at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was born in El Salvador, San Salvador.


Master of Fine Art - The Ohio State University, 2004

Bachelor of Fine Art with Honors - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1998


Associate Professor - Union College July 2005 – present

• Developed a cross-disciplinary Digital Arts program between the Visual Arts and Computer Science Dept.

• Created curriculum for various courses within the program covering 3D Computer Modeling, Digital Imaging, Time Art, Video Art, Web Design, Computational Art, and Physical Computing.

• Instructing courses within the program.

Project Assistant - Ann Hamilton Studio September 2004 - July 2005

• Project assistant, consultation, and fabrication on various aspects of design and production.

• Various computer related tasks including digital video editing, digital imaging, and computer network support.

Lecturer – The Ohio State University September 2004 – June 2005

• Beginning 3D modeling using Cinema 4D.

• Digital Imaging using Photoshop and Gimp.

• Directed students in the use of rapid prototype technologies including stereo lithography.

Graduate Teaching Assistant– The Ohio State University August 2002 – August 2004

• Instructor of record for beginning and advance 3D modeling and animation using Cinema 4D.

• Directed students in the use of rapid prototype technologies including stereo lithography.

• Assisted professor with interactive robotic sculpture courses.

• Consulted both Graduate and Undergraduate students with their interactive robotic projects including design, mechanics, manufacturing, electronics, and programming.

Fernando Orellana - Artist / Associate Professor of Electronic Art Union College

Creative / Technical Art Director – (art)n Laboratory January 1998 - March 2002

• Managed, designed, and executed production of stereoscopic hardcopy images and sculptures for a variety of museums and exhibitions including Siggraph, MCA Chicago, CERN, and JPL.

• Co-developed, directed, and fabricated a permanent Monument for the Battle of Midway, Midway Airport Chicago.

• 3D modeling, lighting, animation, etc. with SoftImage and MAYA.

• Co-created and designed 4000 sq. ft studio, “(art)n laboratory”.

• Directed modelers and animators for a variety of clients in several 3D applications.


• Vilcek Foundation dARTboard exhibition and award, NY, NY 2013

• Richmond Center for the Arts, “Division of Labor” (group show), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

• Van Every/Smith Galleries, “Parodic Machines” (group show), Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina

• Opalka Gallery, “An Armory Show”, (group show), Sage College, Albany, NY

• The Uncle Sam Project, (public art), Troy, NY

• The Arts Center of the Capital Region, “So to Speak” - (group show), Troy, NY 2012

• Everson Museum of Art, “The Other New York: 2012 - Biennale” (group show), Syracuse, NY

• ISEA 2012, “Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness”, (group show), Albuquerque, New Mexico

• Collar City, “Summer All Present”, (group show), Troy, NY

• OSU – Urban Arts Center, “Inoculation”, (group show), Columbus, Ohio

• Milavec Hakimi Gallery, “The Other Side”, (two person show), NY, NY

• Mandeville Gallery – “Union College Faculty Exhibition”, (group show), Schenectady, NY

• TNC Gallery – “Double Reverse”, (group show), NY, NY

• Albany Center Gallery, “Fountain Art Fair”, - (group show), NY, NY

Fernando Orellana - Artist / Associate Professor of Electronic Art Union College 2011

• Satellite66 Gallery –“Slideways”, (solo show), San Francisco, CA

• The Late Show – “Inner Tube”, (two person show), Kansas City, MO

• Milavec Hakimi Gallery – “Hello World”, (group show), New York, NY

• Salem Art Works, - “Artist of Upstate NY”, (group show), Salem, NY

• The Albany Center Gallery – “Enough Said”, (two person show), Albany, NY

• Carrie Haddad Gallery – “Serious Play”, (group show), Hudson, NY

• Pelham Art Center – “Curious Exploration”, (group show), Purchase, NY

• Texas A&M University - “At the Tone Please Leave a Message”, (solo show), Kingston, TX 2010

• Cultural Center of Spain - “Un Marco Modular”, (group show), San Salvador, El Salvador

• Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) - Sonar - SonarMatica, (Back to) The Robots, (group show), Barcelona, Spain

• The Luminary Center For The Arts, “Answer Factory”, (group show), St. Louis, Missouri

• Full Fellowship Award Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

• Vermont Studio Center, resident April 2010, Johnson, VT

• Takt Kunstprojektraum, resident February 2010, Berlin Germany

• The Ohio State University – Marion County, (group show) Marion County, Ohio

• Red Dot Art Fair - Carrie Haddad Gallery, New York, NY

• Market Street Gallery, (group show), Albany, NY

• Faculty Research Fund - Union College, Schenectady, NY 2009

• Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), “Slow Wave” (group show), Troy, NY

• Tweak - Interactive Art and Live Electronic Music Festival (group show), Limerick, Ireland

• 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow (NYFA)

Digital/Electronic Arts, New York, NY

• Carrie Haddad Gallery, “Frolic”, (group show), Hudson, NY

• Fundación Telefónica, “Emergentes” (group show), Santigo, Chile

• Shelnutt Gallery - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, “Intermission” (solo show), Troy, NY

• NEXUS/Foundation, “Unintended Uses” (group show), Philadelphia, PA

• Faculty Research Fund - Union College, Schenectady, NY

Fernando Orellana - Artist / Associate Professor of Electronic Art Union College 2008

• Fundación Telefónica, “Emergentes” (group show), Lima, Peru

• F. Collective, “Machine Drawings”, (solo show), Hudson, NY

• Espacio, “Emergentes” (group show), Buenos Aires, Argentina

• Pluggedin, (group show), Hudson, NY

• Exit Art, “BrainWaves: Common Senses”, (group show), New York, NY

• Mandeville Gallery, “Fernando Orellana: Recent Work”, (solo show), Schenectady, NY

• Faculty Research Fund - Union College, Schenectady, NY 2007

• New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend

• Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, “Habitual Ritual”, (group Show), Kalamazoo, MI

• LABoral - Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, “EMERGENTES”, (group show), Gijon, Spain

• Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, “Elevator’s Music”, (solo show), Saratoga Spring, NY

• The Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, “Art and Science XXIV: Artbots”, (group show), Philadelphia, PA

• St. Anthony’s Church, “Vistuary Operatics”, (group show), Albany, NY

• Faculty Research Fund - Union College, Schenectady, NY 2006

• Glass Curtain Gallery - Columbia College, “Inactive/Active”, (group show) Chicago, IL

• Vida 8.0 Art & Artificial Life International Competition, Finalist (honorary mention), Madrid, Spain

• Siggraph 2006 – “Conference and Exhibition”, (group show) Boston, MA

• Schenectady Museum, “High Voltage Fields”, (group show) Schenectady, NY

• Goggle Works, “Lost and Found”, (group show), Reading, PA

• Faculty Research Fund - Union College, Schenectady, NY 2005

• NOVA_Project Space, “Robot, Rabbits and Radios”, (solo show) , Chicago, IL

• The Ark: A Cultural Center for Kids, "Save the Robots", (group show), Dublin, Ireland

• Arte Nuevo Interactiva 2005, Online Participation, (group show), Yucatan, Mexico

Fernando Orellana - Artist / Associate Professor of Electronic Art Union College

• The Ohio Art League, "Babes in Toyland", (group show), Columbus, Ohio

• The Ohio State University – Marion County: "Babes in Toyland", (group show), Marion, Ohio

• Faculty Research Fund - Union College, Schenectady, NY 2004

• Vida 7.0 Art & Artificial Life International Competition, Finalist (honorary mention), Madrid, Spain

• The Columbus Museum of Art, “Observation”, (group show), Columbus, Ohio

• BLD, “Time Machine”, (group show), Columbus, Ohio

• BEAP, “Distributed Difference”, (group show), Biennial exhibition, Perth, Australia

• ROYGBIV Gallery, “Plinko Project”, (group show), Columbus, Ohio

• Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, “Unruled”, (group show), New York, NY

• The Ohio State University Union Exhibition, (group show), Columbus, Ohio

• ArtBoat 2004, (group show), Chicago, Illinois

• Mahan Gallery, “Transmissions from Space”, two person show), Columbus, OH

• Kline Works, “Tart”, (group show), Chicago, IL

• Edith Fergus Gilmore Scholarship Recipient, Columbus, Oh

• Hopkins Hall Gallery – The Ohio State University, “Edith Fergus

Gilmore Scholarship Exhibition” (group show), Columbus, Oh

• Hopkins Hall Gallery – The Ohio State University, “Graduate Show”, (group show), Columbus, Oh 2003

• Kline Works, “Reticent Robots”, (group show), Chicago, IL

• Eyebeam, “Robot / ArtBots Talent Show”, (group show), New York, NY

• COSI, “Algorithmic Mash | Machinations”, (group show), Columbus, OH

• Edith Fergus Gilmore Materials Grant Recipient

• Silver Image Gallery, “Machinic Phylum” - The Ohio State University, (group show), Columbus, OH

• Graduate Center Art Gallery, “Art and Science at CUNY”, (group show), Collaboration with (art)n laboratory, New York, NY

• Edith Fergus Gilmore Gallery, “Graduate Show”, (group show), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

• Larry’s, (group show), Columbus, OH

• The Late Show, “Valentines”, (two person show), Kansas City, MO

Fernando Orellana - Artist / Associate Professor of Electronic Art Union College 2002

• Kline Works, “Reticent Robots”, (group show), Chicago, IL

• 1/Quarterly Gallery, “Ambulation”, (two person show), Chicago, IL

• ArtsWatch, “Plug and Play”, (group show), Louisville, Kentucky

• Siggraph 2002, San Antonio-NSpace Gallery, (group show), San Antonio, TX

• Moberly Area Community College, (solo show), Moberly, MO

• The Late Show, “Joe Gregory and the Evil Elves”, (group show), Kansas City, MO

• The Late Show, “Present Tense”, (two person show), Kansas City, MO


• Siggraph 2001, Los Angeles, Collaboration with (art)n laboratory, Los Angeles, CA

• Sotheby's/Artlink International Young Art Exposition, (group show), New York, NY, London, England, and Tel Aviv, Isreal

• Freeark Gallery, “Ground Lines”, (two person show), Chicago, IL.

• The Battle of Midway Memorial, Collaboration with (art)n laboratory, Chicago, Illinois


• Siggraph 2000, New Orleans, Collaboration with (art)n laboratory, New Orleans, LO

• Finalist Art Link/Sotheby's International Young Art 2001

• Art Chicago 2000, Collaboration with Ed Paschke, Karl Wirsum and (art)n laboratory, Chicago, Il.

• Betty Rymer Gallery / The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “in::formation”, (group show), Chicago, Illinois


• Contemporary Art Workshop, “Excotcytosis”, (sine::apsis group show) Chicago, Illinois

• Two Artist Exhibition (2 artist show), Broward Community College, Florida

• Undergraduate Exhibition (group show), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinios

• Santa Barbara Museum of Art, “Out of Sight: Imaging/Imagining Science” (group show), Collaboration with (art)n laboratory, Santa Barbara, California


• ISEA Conference / The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Gallery 2, “Hybrid”, (group show), Chicago, Illinois

Fernando Orellana - Artist / Associate Professor of Electronic Art Union College


• Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, Horrt Exhibition (group show), Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


• BreakThru Radio – “Art Uncovered – Fernando Orellana” (interview), By: Thomas

• Hyperallergic - “Art for Ghosts” (interview), By: Sarah Walko


• BOMBBlog, “Fernando Orellana” (interview), By: Samuel Jablon

• New Art/Science Affinities, By: Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Thumb Projects, Publisher: Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University + CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry,

November 2011

• A Touch of Code, “Interactive Installations and Experiences”, By: R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, V. Hanschke, April 2011

• Wired UK (online), “Artist extrudes 430,000 Play-Doh Cars”, By Olivia Solon, Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag, March 2011


• El Diario de Hoy, “Un Marco Modular”, By: Diandra Mejia, November 2010


• ARTnews, “Brain Wave”, By: Ann Landi, June 2009

• Troika, “Digital by Design”, By: Conny Freyer, Sebastien Noel, Eva Rucki, Paola Antonelli, Publisher: Thames & Hudson, 2009


• FLYP, “Machine Dreams: Robotic Art”, By: Amy Van Vechten, July 25th 2008

• Art in America, "Mind Matter", By: Eleanor Heartney, April 2008

• Art Review, "Do the Robot", By: Regine Debatty, Issue 22, May 2008

• Metroland, “Best New Media Artist 2008”, July 2008

• Exhibition Catalog, “Fernando Orellana: Recent Work”,

“Imaginary War: The Paintings of Fernando Orellana" By: Chet Hardin, February 2008

• Exhibition Catalog, “Emergentes”, Various authors, May 2008

• Metroland, "Technology Meets Absurdity", By: Nadine Wasserman, May 2008

Fernando Orellana - Artist / Associate Professor of Electronic Art Union College

• We-Make-Make-Money-Not-Art, "Robot 'plays back' dreams", By: Regine Debatty, February 15, 2008

• We-Make-Make-Money-Not-Art, "BRAINWAVE: Common Senses", By: Regine Debatty, March 26, 2008

• We-Make-Make-Money-Not-Art, "Interview with Fernando Orellana", By: Regine Debatty, May 7, 2008

• Slashdot, “Robot Interprets, Plays Back Dreams”, By: ScuttleMonkey Feb 18, 2008

• Engadget, “Humanoid acts out your dreams, encourages insomnia”, By: Darren Murph, Feb 16th 2008


• Today’s Machining World, “The Intersection of Art and Machining”, - By: Robert Straussl, Vol.03, issue 8, August 2007

• MAKE: Technology on your Time, “Art Work – The Joy of YDKEWYGUYGI”, - By: Douglas Repetto , Vol.09, March 2007

• The Gazette - Schenectady, NY, “Robot Camp combines technology, art” – By: Mark Robarge, June 2007

• Capital News 9 - Albany, NY, “Students take part in Robot Camp” (video and article), By: Vince Gallagher, July 2007

• Times Union - Albany, NY, “Union College's robot camp sets sights on future” - By: David Reyes July 2007

• We-Make-Make-Money-Not-Art, "Emergentes - 10 projects by Latin American artists (part 1)", By: Regine Debatty, November 19, 2007


• ReDivider, IQ Questions, Spring 2005: Volume 2, No.2

• Technikart Futur, Collectors edition, Summer 2005

• Columbus Alive, Critical review "Babes in Toyland", June 8th, 2005

• The Columbus Dispatch, Critical review "Babes in Toyland", June 2005


• Wired (online), ”Robots Suffer for Art's Sake” - By: Daniel Terdiman, December 2004

• Realtime Australia, Critical review and interview of BEAP, Aug. 2004, edition 64

• ”Unruled Catalogue” New York, catalogue for group exhibition

• NPR (WBEZ - FM Radio), 15 min. review of “Tart” “EIGHT FORTYEIGHT” hosted by Steve Edwards, April 27, 2004

• NewCity Chicago - Critical review of “Tart”, group show 2003

• Wired (online), Critical review of “Robot / ArtBots Talent Show”, group show

Fernando Orellana - Artist / Associate Professor of Electronic Art Union College 2002

• NPR (WFPL - FM Radio), 7 min. preview segment on “Signal to Noise” produced by Kim Sorese, June 29, 2002 run date

2001 • The Pitch, “Present Tense”, two person painting show

• WMAQ NBC 5, B.O.M. dedication 6/4/01 4:35PM, (01:51)

• WBBM CBC 2, B.O.M. dedication 6/4/01 5:24PM, (01:06)

• WLS ABC 7, NEWS B.O.M dedication 6/4/01 6:11PM, (01:12)

• WBBM CBS 2, B.O.M dedication 6/4/01 10:16PM, (00:24)

• WTTW Chicago Tonight, B.O.M dedication 6/4/01 7:00pm


• Chicago Reader, “Technically Brilliant”, By: Fred Camper

• Leonardo, “The Aesthetic use of Mechinic Beings”, By: James Hugnin, Leonardo 33: 4 (fall 2000): 246 - 261


• 2013 - Qcon London 2013 Conference (lecture), London, England

• 2013 - The Western Michigan University (lecture), Kalamazoo, MI

• 2013 - Davidson College (lecture + robotics workshop), Davidson, NC

• 2012 - Northern Illinois University (lecture + robotics workshop), DeKalb, IL

• 2011 - Texas A&M University (web-design workshop), Kingsville, Texas

• 2010 - Limerick University (lecture + robotics workshop), Limerick, Ireland

• 2009 - The College of Saint Rose – NYFA sponsored (lecture) – Albany, NY

• 2009 - University of New Mexico (lecture) - Albuquerque, NM

• 2006 - Siggraph (lecture) - Boston, Massachusetts

• 2006, 2007, 2008 – Robot Camp: Union College - Schenectady, NY

• 2005 - College for Creative Studies (lecture) - Detroit, Michigan

• 2005 - Diseno Visual (lecture + robotics workshop) - Manizales, Columbia

• 2004 - TAFE University (robotics workshop) - Midland, Australia

• 2004 - The Wexner Center (robotics workshop) - Columbus, Ohio

• 2003 - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (lecture) - Chicago, Illinois

• 2002 - Moberly Community College (lecture) - Moberly, Missouri

• 2000 - The University of Illinois at Chicago (lecture) - Chicago, Illinois

• 2000 - Northwestern University (lecture) - Chicago, Illinois

• 1999 - University of Southern California (lecture) - Long Beach, California


• Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection, Chicago, IL

• The Ohio State University, Student Union Collection, Columbus, OH

• Various private collections


• Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY


• Review Panelist - New York Foundation for the Arts Artist

Fellowship, 2011

• Faculty Review Board, Union College, 2010 - 2011, - Chair: Gary Reich

- Subcommittee on Triennial Merit Form revisions - Chair: Donna Burton

- Subcommittee on Student Evaluations - Chair: Judy Lewin

• Wold Timeline Project Committee, Union College, 2010 - 2011

• Union College Time-Capsule Committee, Union College, 2009 - present

- Chair: Anastasia Pease

• Wold Symbolism Committee, Union College, 2010 - 2011

Chair: Cherrice Traver

• Committee on Academic Computing & Technology, Union College,

2009 -2011, - Chair: Mary Parlett-Sweeney

• Digital Art Committee, Union College, 2006 - presentMembers: David

Ogawa, Valerie Barr

• Film Studies Committee, Union College, 2008 - present

Chair: Andrew Feffer


• Salem Arts Work, “Plastic”, Salem, NY

• Visual Arts Atrium Gallery, “You – Recent work by Greg Eltringham”, Schenectady, NY

• Visual Arts Atrium Gallery, “Fluffurful – Recent work by Seamus Liam O’brien”, Schenectady, NY

• Visual Arts Atrium Gallery, “Recent work by Mark Porter