lena merhej
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Experience


February 2003-present. Lecturer
Lebanese American University. Beirut, Lebanon.
Teaching Animation Concepts, Advanced Computer Graphics and Illustration to Graphic Design Students.

October 2003- June 2006. Lecturer
American University Of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon.
Teaching motion graphics to junior graphic design students.
Teaching Web Design in the Architecture and Design Department.

November 2002- January 2003. Intern
Curious Pictures, New York, NY.
The studio allowed me to do thorough research on the process of animation series, working on "Codename: Kids Next Door" for the Cartoon Network.

February 2001- May 2001. Animator and Coordinator
Performance and Motion Capture, New York, NY.
A collaborative team's project for the Parsons School of Design, where I worked and coordinated with the creative team, on a motion capture and 2d combined animation piece.

June 1999 - June 2002. Art Director
Cleartag, Beirut, Lebanon.
A web based company, where I worked on major projects pursued by the company such as beirutdelivery.com, and lebanonforkids.com.

September 1999 - July 2000. Art Instructor and Program Coordinator
Fista. First Step Together Association, Beirut, Lebanon.
I Taught craft, visual and physical expression, and worked on the art curricula for the learning disabled.

June 1998- August 1998. Intern
Future TV. Animation Department, Lebanon.
I worked on two awareness campaigns on bus services


Education

2000.2002
parsons school of design. new york, new York
masters of fine arts in design and technology

1995.1999.
american university of beirut. Beirut, lebanon.
bachelor of graphic design


Workshops Participated in:
2006. SCBWI. Illustration with Eva Montanari, LAU, Lebanon.
2004. Unesco. Illustration with Ihab Chaker, Beirut, Lebanon.
2003. LIBBY. Illustration with Tord Nygren, Beirut, Lebanon.
2003. BIBIANA. Illustration. Albin Brunovsky, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2003. Scriptwriting. A Step Away. Beirut, Lebanon.

Instructed:
Fall 2004. Making Comics, Safadi Foundation, Tripoli, Lebanon.
October 2004. Collaborative Animation. ACBF, Beirut, Lebanon.
May 2003. Animating Responses, LAU, Beirut, Lebanon.
June2001. Understanding Interactivity, LAU, Beirut, Lebanon.
Published Illustration Published Illustration
2006. “AL Saiid Matha Akol?”, Dar El Ilim Lil malayin
2006. (expected) Elementary academic books for Librarie Antoine
2005. “madinat el farah”, Dar El Ilim Lil malayin
2005. “Ayna Assbi’I?” , Dar Onboz
2003. “Transit Beirut” Dar AL Saki
2003. “Ana El Chams”, Dar El Ilim Lil malayin
2003. “Jammoul” , Dar El Ilim Lil malayin
2003. “The bird and the Child”, Dar El Ilim Lil malayin

Ezines: (self published)
2000. When I went to china
2002. When I went to New York
2004. When I Came Back to Beirut
Animation and Film "Allez Hop", (2006) Samir Editeur, sports for elementary kids
“Vanilia” (2005) Independent work.
“Bribes de Vie” (2005) .I ndependent work.
“attention landmines” (2004), Awareness film.
International Beirut Marathon (2004) ad spot freelance.
Youth Marathon (2004) PSA freelance.
Women participation in the Election (2004) PSA freelance.
Women contributing to the Political System (2004) PSA freelance.
Water Preservation (2004) PSA freelance.
Women and Violence (2003) PSA freelance.
Women and Economy (2003) PSA freelance.
Literacy for Women (2003) PSA freelances.
Drawing the War (2002). Independent work.
Exhibitions
and Online Projects

2006. Art Louge, Beirut, Lebanon.
2005. Ne a Beyrouth, Beirut.
2005. Haven Gallery, New York, NY.
2005. Xanadu*, New York, NY.
2004. XXIVth Salon D’automne, Musee Nicolas Sursock, Beirut, Lebanon.
2003. Animac. Ileida, Spain.
2003. Prime Shorts Best of 2003, USA.
2003. Chams Festival, Beirut, Lebanon.
2003. Modern Art Museum, Media Lounge, Melbourne, Australia.
2003. SXSW Festival, Austin, TX.
2003. X/fest, Remote Lounge, New York, NY.
2003. Women in the Director's Chair Festival, Chicago.
2002. 36th New York Exposition Festival, New York, NY.
2002. MadCat Women's International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA.
2002. Rockefeller Center, New York, NY.
2002. Search, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York, NY.
2001. The Great Hall, Cooper Union, New York, NY.


Awards

December 2002.
36th New York Exposition Festival
Drawing the War, animation.

Jury Award

2000.2002.

Parsons School of Design
Academic Achievement Award.

fall 2001
acadia inforum competition
project submitted: cybridity. interactive forum.
semi- finalist.

winter 2001

international browser day, new york, new york.
project submitted: comicowser. browser for comics.
finalist.


Professional Activities SCBWI, Beirut, Lebanon.
April 2006- present. Active Member
Society for children books writers and illustrators.

A Step Away
. Beirut, Lebanon.
November 2003-present. Board Member
A Step Away is an art association that focuses on the promotion of culture and the production of contemporary art.
_major projects include:

* 2005- Animation Competition for the UNDP, promoting awareness.

* 2005.The Other. Project Coordinator
An animation workshop for the promotion of tolerance among the Lebanese youth. funded by The European Cultural Mission.

* 2004-2005. Haretnah. Collaborative workshops with Safadi Foundation, empowering young volunteers for artistic creativity.

* 2004. The Animation and Comic Book Forum. Project Coordinator
This Forum aims at bringing together artists, professionals and students in animation and comic books to create an active environment of learning and exchange.

Al Jisser .New York, NY.
May 2002- Present. Founding Member and Media Designer.
The mission of Al Jisser is to bring Arab artists to international attention.
_major projects include:
* 2004. Made in Palestine
* 2003. Palestine: Art of Resistance
* 2002. Williamsburg Bridges Palestine

Festival International de La Bande Dessinée
, Beirut, Lebanon.
May 2003- Volunteer.. I collaborated to the festival by organizing and compiling animation in Lebanon, and/or done by Lebanese animators.
Languages strong command of english, french, and arabic.

Computer Skills

Illustrator, PhotoShop, Flash animation and Actionscript, Director animation and some Lingo, HTML, DreamWeaver, ImageReady, AfterEffects, Tic-tac-toons, Infini-D, SoundEdit, ProTools, and Final Cut Pro.


Print Skills etching, silk screen, and mixed media.

Interests comic books, children illustration and animation cartoons.

 
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