2018 Fulldome Jurors

 
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Diana Reichenbach is an award-winning multimedia artist specializing in immersive and architectural media. She creates immersive experiences inspired by personal, introspective moments that have challenged her perception. Her work has notably been exhibited at the Virgin Airways clubhouse at LAX, Light City Baltimore Festival of Lights, HUBweek: A Festival for the Future, the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles, Burning Man Festival, Bonnaroo: Pageant of the Cosmos presented by Adult Swim, RiverRun Film Festival, Punta Y Raya Festival, and Anima Mundi.

Diana earned her BA in Anthropology and BS in Telecommunications from the University of Florida and her MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from the University of Southern California. In addition to current independent and professional projects, she is a Professor of Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Sean Caruso works across the spectrum of digital arts including sound design, 3D motion graphics, lighting and video mapping.  Currently the video project manager at the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal and founder of NEST Immersion, his projects focus mainly on the principles of immersion through a combination of these mediums in either performance or installations and have been featured at established festivals such as Mutek, Mapping Festival, BAM Festival, SAT Fest, FDUK and Fulldome Jena.  

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Ben Gondrez is a creative technologist who is always looking for unique and innovative ways to utilize technology to enhance educational, artistic, and professional purposes. Ben is currently the Digital Dome Manager at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. At the museum he facilitates bi-monthly DomeLab meetings where local artists can learn fulldome production techniques and experiment in the dome, as well as a number of other unique programs to bring immersive art experiences to the public. He is also a board member for Create Places, a non-profit organization doing creative placemaking in Northern Colorado.

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Jim Greenhouse has been the Space Science Director at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science for over four years, and he brings over 35 years of planetarium experience to the position.  At 21, he became the director of the Science Place Planetarium in Dallas, TX. He moved to Macon, GA in 1992 to serve as the Planetarium Curator at the Museum of Arts & Sciences for 10 years. After spending three years running the planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, TN, he moved back to Macon and became MAS’s Public Relations Director. In 2012, Jim moved to the Settlemyre Planetarium in Rock Hill, SC for one year before finding his current job in New Mexico, where there’s enormous potential to interpret astronomical discoveries. Jim earned an associate’s degree in Mass Communications from Amarillo College and a BS in Radio and Television Production from UT Arlington.   

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Philip Groce is a planetarium design consultant who has participated as a member of the design, engineering and project management team of more than 50 new and renovated planetariums around the US. 2018 marks his 50th year associated with the planetarium profession, having served as director of three major US planetariums. He has written and produced over 100 planetarium shows that have played all over the US and in star theaters in Europe and Japan. 

For his many contributions to the planetarium profession he has been recognized as a Fellow of the International Planetarium Society (1988) and winner of the prestigious Paul Campbell Fellowship Award (2006) of the Southeastern Planetarium Association. Mr. Groce and his theaters have been featured in InPark Magazine, Sky & Telescope, The Planetarian, and Southern Skies and well as in dozens of newspapers across the US.

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Paul Fisher is Curator of Science at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia. His primary task is to interact with the public as a science educator. A significant portion of his job is directing the museum’s Mark Smith Planetarium. He also creates and maintains science exhibits throughout the museum. Prior to his current career, he worked in the aerospace industry designing rocket motors, and engineering launch and weapons systems in San Jose, California and Huntsville, Alabama. Mr. Fisher earned a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University.