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St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439 

Division of Mass Communication
Assistant Professor


Edrex Fontanilla is a creative practitioner and professor in new media. 

His artistic practice fuses sculptural and computational methods to explore perception, materiality, and temporality. He investigates the material characteristics of hybrid media to expose the various ontological states in emerging communication forms and digital art. His most recent work employs virtual reality as an interventional tool to promote cognitive empathy in young people. Fontanilla has exhibited his creative work at both local and international venues such as the Queens Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, Boston CyberArts, SIGGRAPH, and India's TechFest. With an orientation towards socially responsible expression, Fontanilla is committed to a reflective teaching practice that enables young minds to develop their own voice.

 He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Mass Communication at St. John's University. He earned his M.F.A. in Digital Language Arts at Brown University, focusing on emergent forms in aesthetic computation, animation, and inscription. He also holds a Masters in Computer Music and Multimedia Composition from Brown, with an emphasis in sound art. Edrex Fontanilla previously served as Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where he established an Innovation Lab and taught courses in integrated digital media.