Jacek J. Kolasinski, PhD is a New-Media artist and an Associate Professor of Visual Arts in the Art and Art History Department, where he was Department Chair for six years and is the Founding Director of the Ratcliffe Art + Design Institute. He studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and holds a BA in International Relations, a BFA in Studio Art and an MFA in Visual Arts from FIU, and a PhD from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. Kolasinski’s work, focused on a search for identity in the vortex of cultural displacement, is rooted in an international dialogue between old and new worlds. His artwork includes video installations, single and multiple channel projections, and site-specific projects. The Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence Faculty Research Award supported Lapadarium, his solo exhibition at the Latvian Art Academy, Riga (2015). Kolasinski was awarded a Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship (2003) and the prestigious Kosciusko Foundation Fellowship (2000). His work has been presented in international venues including: Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico; 61 Festival de Cannes, France; Cinema Politic, Barcelona, Spain; and Digital Fringe, Melbourne, Australia.