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Dickie Cox

Dickie C. Cox, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

Plangere Center 210
Office Hours
Mondays by appointment
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Dickie C. Cox, M.F.A.


M.F.A. in Design, Virginia Commonwealth University

BGS in Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Filmmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

visual communication, play, collaboration, gaming, animation, interactive design, immersive experience design, time-based media, physical computing, extended reality (XR), creative coding, open-source electronics, digital fabrication, and the built-environment


Popular Press Articles

Breanne McCarthy, “Visions of the Future,” Monmouth Magazine, West Long Branch, NJ, Summer 2019.

Anjali Bose, “Artsfest 2019: The Secret of the Singing Stones,” e-Scholium, Newtown Square, PA, February 2019.

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

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.

External Affiliations/Public Engagement

New Media Caucus

Southeastern College Art Conference


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.

Awards and Honors

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

Additional Information

Listen to Professor Cox’s episode of the Department of Communication’s Professor Profiles Podcast:


Frequently Taught Classes

  • Documentary Film and Video (CO 346)
  • Introduction to Digital Media (CO 221)
  • Introduction to Television Production (CO 145)
  • Message Construction: Audio, Video and Web (CO 561)
  • Responsive Media (AR 404, CO 404)
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