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Dickie C. Cox, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Bachelor of General Studies (focus on Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Filmmaking), Virginia Commonwealth University

Plangere Center 224
Personal Site
Regularly Taught Courses
CO-145: Introduction to TV Production
CO-221: Introduction to Digital Media
CO-346: Documentary Film & Video
CO-404: Responsive Media
CO-561: Message Construction
CO-562: Interactive Digital Media Seminar
CO-563: Interactive Digital Media Studio
CO-564: Interactive Digital Media Praxis
CO-592: Interactive Storytelling with Data
CO-695: Interactive Digital Media Thesis

Dickie Cox is a transmedia artist, designer, and creative technologist. In his practice, he unites facets of design, interactivity, play, fabrication, creative coding, and animation. His installations incorporate human interactions, electronics, abstraction, and whimsical elements to evoke mischievous imagined worlds that invite audiences to play with one another. He seeks to augment the world by drawing out the sense of magic and wonder that hides within objects and people.

Cox holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Design with a focus in filmmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has presented his work at the New Media Caucus, Southeastern College Art Conference, Texas Woman’s University, Millsaps College, The College of New Jersey, Johnson State College, Grounds for Sculpture, the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anderson Gallery, the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase, Sprockets Music Video Festival, and the AUX Experimental Arts Festival. Currently, Cox serves as an Assistant Professor of Interactive Digital Media in the Department of Communication at Monmouth University.

Research Interests

Areas of interest include: creative coding, digital fabrication, open-source electronics, physical computing, play, gaming, extended reality, interactive design, immersive experience design, animation, time-based media, and collaboration

Popular Press

Anders Uhl, “Exploring the Creative Frontier with Dickie Cox,” NextFab Blog, Philadelphia, PA, July 26, 2017.

Chris Vitiello, “Dickie Cox and Mike Richison: Go Play,” Indy Week, Durham, NC, July 19, 2017.

Andrew Sacher, “Elf Power have a new video for “All Things Combined,” begin tour tonight,” Brooklyn Vegan music blog, Brooklyn, NY, July 14, 2017.

Hunter Mallette, “JSC Fellow Blends Art and Technology,” Basement Medicine, Johnson, VT, April 14, 2016.

Kimberly Ilkowski, “Faculty Exhibition Highlights Evolving Forms of Artwork,” The Signal, Ewing, NJ, September 9, 2015.

Gilbert Cruz, “New Media Center Aims to Unite Departments,” Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa, AL, March 8, 2004. A-10.


Dickie Cox, Cells, Layers, and Constellations, 2016. Mixed media installation with interactive animation using cardboard, Processing, Syphon, electronics, and human touch and proximity. 144 x 120 x 3” (projection surface), 144 x 72 x 48” (sensor array).

Dickie Cox, Light Paper Matrix 3, 2016. Mixed media installation with interactive animation using cold press paper, Processing, Syphon, electronics, and human proximity. 96 x 72 x 12” (projection surface), 60 x 48 x 6” (sensor array).

Dickie Cox, Contact, 2015. Mixed media installation with interactive animation using Processing, Syphon, electronics, and human touch. 72 x 48 x 12” (projection surface), 96 x 38 x 12” (sensor array).

Presentations/Invited Talks

2018 Southeastern College Art Conference. Birmingham, AL. Peer-reviewed Panel: “Artist-Run Spaces, Collectives, and Collaboration.” (Chairs: Jonathan Traviesa and Cristina Molina). Paper entitled: “Meow Wolf: How the Due Return Became an Eternal House in the Multiverse.”

2018 North Texas Digital Fabrication Symposium. Denton, TX. Peer-reviewed Panel: “Adaptation and Play” (Chairs: Julie Libersat and Colby Parsons). Paper: “The Controller: Encouraging Casual Social Play with Fabricated Interactive Environments.”

2018 NextFab, Philadelphia, PA. Invited Designer Talk: (Curators: Laate Olukotun and Anders Uhl). Titled: Art, Design, Technology, & Fearlessness.”

2017 Southeastern College Art Conference. Columbus, OH. Peer-reviewed Panel: “User-Centered Design.” (Chair: MiHyun Kim). Paper entitled: “Ambiguity, Uncertainty, and Fearlessness: Pedagogical Approaches to Design Thinking for Non- Designers.”

2017 New Media Caucus Conference. Manhattan, NY. Peer-reviewed Panel: “New Media Caucus Showcase 2017.” (Chairs: Scott Conard, Christina Freeman, and Hye Young Kim). Paper: “Play Interventions (2015 – present).”

2017 DesignPhiladelphia Festival. Philadelphia, PA. Invited Designer Panel: “NextFab & DesignPhiladelphia: Show and Tell” (Curators: Laate Olukotun and Anders Uhl). Paper entitled: “When I Grow Up I want to be a Wizard.”

2016 Southeastern College Art Conference. Roanoke, VA. Peer-reviewed Panel: “Object Lessons: The role of the Object in Socially Engaged Art.” (Chairs: Sheryl Oring and Dr. Edward Sterrett). Paper titled: Play Interventions: Engaging the Social to Encourage Criticality.

2014 Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design. Greensboro, NC. Invited Presentation: Collaboration & Fabrication

Professional Associations

New Media Caucus

Themed Entertainment Association

Southeastern College Art Conference

Broadcast Education Association



2019 Artist-in-Residence, Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA. December 2018 – May 2019. Served as facilitator and principal designer in the creation a maximal, immersive, and interactive art installation with two dozen high school students. The cornerstones for the project were storytelling, art & design, and technology and engaged students and faculty in the Departments of English, Art, and Engineering.

2018 Researcher-in-Residence, MEOW WOLF Creative Studios in Santa Fe, NM. June-July 2018. Examined the creative and collaborative structures with this B Corporation by interviewing team members for a documentary video project, shadowing teams in their day-to-day operations, and studying the company’s first permanent immersive and interactive exhibition as the one-time DIY art collective transitioned into a company of nearly 350 employees working on two new permanent exhibitions.

2016 Inaugural Fellow, Barbara E. Murphy Fellowship at Johnson State College. Focus on engaging with students on a public art installation and large-scale digital fabrication project.


Inaugural Fellow, Barbara E. Murphy Fellowship 2016 at Johnson State College engaging with students on a public art installation and large-scale digital fabrication project.

Best in Show Purchase Award, Double Exposure Photography Show 2006 – Juror: Birney Imes

Honorable Mention Award, 14th Annual Southeast Regional Fine Arts Exhibition 2006 – Juror: Cynthia Hollis