Michael Lasater, Ph.D.

Michael Lasater, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Professor of Mass Communications

Michael Lasater holds degrees in music from the Oberlin Conservatory (B. Mus. 1969) and the Juilliard School (M.M. 1975), and spent more than a decade working as a professional musician with ensembles including the Metropolitan Opera, the New Jersey Symphony, and festival orchestras at Aspen, Tanglewood, and Spoleto, Italy. His training and degrees in video and media are from Syracuse University (M.S. 1981; Ph.D. 1992).

He is the creator and producer of a number of nationally distributed documentaries on subjects in music and literature, with film and video awards from the American Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the International Film and Television Festival of New York, the National Monitor Awards of New York, and others.

His gallery and installation work in video, animation, and sound has been exhibited in solo and juried group venues including the Hun Gallery New York, Kansas City Artists Coalition, California Museum of Photography, Indianapolis Art Center, Target Gallery, Art in General, Painted Bride Art Center, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, South Shore Art Center/Boston Cyberarts Festival, Theaterverein Meyerhold/Weinviertelfestival-Austria, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Gallery 101 Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania School of Art and Design. His many awards include the 2007 Hun Gallery (NY) Art Foundation Award as well as juror’s and purchase awards from Union Street Gallery, Swope Art Museum, and others. In 2007, Michael Lasater became the first faculty member of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts to win the Indiana University South Bend Distinguished Research Award.

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