Brenda L Burmeister

Artist, teacher, curator. Above all, I consider myself a metaphor maker- drawing parallels between personal insights and universal experience, between a simple action and a complicated truth, and between you and me.

I consider myself a reluctant conceptual artist. I traffic in stories, mostly my own, but I have been known to studiously collect heartbreaking narratives from strangers via post. Or even steal my voyeuristic images from campsites and the internet. There was also that time I swore off stories altogether for an alienating digital excavation of my ancestor’s obsession with labeling the natural world. Yup, there is a flatworm  (not to mention beetles, frog, bird, and porpoise) named Burmeisteri.

I hold an MFA in Experimental Documentary Arts a Certificate of Information Science and Information Studies from Duke University and a BFA in Film, Video, and New Media from School of the Art Institute Chicago. Currently, I teach technology at a public magnet school. My film work has shown at international film festivals including Revelations, Atlanta FF, Indie Grits, Chicago Filmmakers, Athens FF, Experiments in Cinema, EFF-Portland (Director’s pick), and in Lost Passenger Show in Shanghai, China. My writing has appeared in Chronicles of Higher Education, and in Poems for Patients, Ireland. My installations have premiered at Ann Arbor Film Festival and Spectre Arts in North Carolina.

I am also a 5th generation Texan and a single mother to three peculiar, brilliant children.

I hold an MFA in Experimental Documentary Arts and certificates of Information Science and Information Studies and College Teaching from Duke University. I also have a BFA  in Film, Video, and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I am also a 5th generation Texan and a single mother to three peculiar, brilliant children.

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