Bruce Wands

Chair, MFA Computer Art
Director of Computer Education

To make an appointment with Bruce please call his assistant Hsiang at 212-592-2531

Bruce Wands has been working in digital media and music for more than thirty years as an artist, musician, writer, and curator. His book, Art of the Digital Age, was recently published by Thames & Hudson. He has lectured, performed, and exhibited his creative work internationally, including Europe, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Beijing, China. Recent lectures and exhibitions include Electronics Alive IV, CHArt 2006, SIGGRAPH 2006, BUDI 2005 in Pusan, Korea, the ACM Creativity & Cognition Conference and Exhibition, “Thoughts on Hesse, Digital Art and Visual Music” at SIGGRAPH 2004, the First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition, and the SIGGRAPH 2003 Art Gallery and Traveling Art Show. Time Out New York named Bruce as one of the “99 People to Watch in 1999”. His digital art, music, photography, and writing explore the relationship between visual art, mathematics and music and the invention of new forms of narrative. Bruce was the first musician to give a live performance over ISDN lines on the Internet in 1992, and performs regularly in the New York area. He is the Chair of the MFA Computer Art Department and the Director of Computer Education at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has taught digital art for over twenty years in the graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked his department 5th in the United States in Multimedia/Visual Communications. ImagineFX in the UK named SVA as “One of the Top Ten Digital Arts Schools in the World.” Graduates have won four Student Academy Awards, two in both 2004 and 2007. His department’s web site,, was named by Yahoo Internet Life as one of the "100 Best Sites of 2002" for Best Original Web Art. He is the Director of the New York Digital Salon, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2008 ( He is the author of Digital Creativity, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2002. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA UK). As an educational and corporate consultant, his clients have included the New York State Department of Education, Hong Kong Arts Centre, College for Creative Studies, University of the Arts, Long Island University and Nanyang Technological University. He served on the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Board of Directors for ten years. He has a BA with honors from Lafayette College and an MS from Syracuse University, where he studied computer art and mass communication.

Charley Lewis

Director of Operations


Charley Lewis is an artist and curator currently living and working in New York City, specializing in print-making, graphic design, and digital video. He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where he majored in German Studies with a concentration in Printmaking. After graduating he received the Baden-Württemberg Fellowship, allowing him to work and further his studies at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. In addition to his work at SVA, Charley is the Assistant Director of the New York Digital Salon and has worked as an independent curator, art director, set designer and graphic designer for Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and Spin magazines.

Hsiang Chin Moe

Assistant to the Chair


Hsiang is an artist and has exhibited her video, interactive performance and photography in Tokyo, New York and Philadelphia. In 2011, Hsiang's documentary participated in a video exhibition in Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated with an MFA in Computer Art from SVA in 2008 and was a scholarship student and lab assistant. She received her BA from Temple University in 2006 with a concentration in Video Editing, Multimedia and Photography, and won the Grand Prize and Best New Media Award in the Temple University BTTM Awards.

Diane Field

Project Coordinator


Diane is also an artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Professionally she has worked as a junior designer at developing online exhibitions for their Webby Award winning site. She has an active pro bono practice that has been used to develop online portfolios for artists and a flash art piece for LGBT artist journal LTTR Issue One. She received a MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Art in 2000 and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.

Raina Kapicic

Administrative Assistant


Raina is a fine art photographer with a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Art in Photography and the Digital Image from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was the Art Director's Assistant at Freshly Inked Magazine at Inked Magazine in New York. She has also worked as the Assistant to the Director of Generations Achievement Center, a learning center for children and a Product Photographer and Assistant at Photo Village. Her work has been published in Page Six Magazine, Musee Magazine, and Freshly Inked Magazine. She has exhibited her work at the Greenpoint Gallery, Salt Space Gallery, Lana Santorelli Gallery, and the Liberty Art Museum.

Jose Vargas

Senior Systems Administrator


José graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor's in Art History and a minor in Music Performance. Part photographer, engineer, historian, theoretical physicist, musician, political scientist, and general provocateur. He has been involved with secretive artist collectives in the conceptualization and execution of several political and social art projects. In 2002 he taught photography in Puerto Rico as part of a community outreach program. In 2003 he was a retoucher/QA/software tester for a startup in San Francisco. Since 2006 he has worked freelance as an IT consultant, photographer and retoucher for various companies in Puerto Rico, San Francisco and New York.

Jarryd Lowder

A/V Systems Administrator


Jarryd Lowder is an artist working with electronic audiovisual media (integrating forms such as video, sound and music) primarily for live performance. At the SVA MFA Computer Art department, he works as an Instructor of studio classes in Video and Sound and also as a Systems Administrator, for which he's responsible for the timely feeding & watering of the audiovisual workstations.