Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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Alison Cornyn, Creative Director

Alison Cornyn is an interdisciplinary artist at the convergence of technology and traditional medias with extensive experience in exhibition, interactive and web design as well as in building online communities and fostering civic dialogue. She is founding partner and Creative Director of Picture Projects, a Brooklyn-based studio that produces in-depth new media projects about some of the most pressing social issues of our day with a focus on investigating complex stories from multiple perspectives. Often merging art, photography, media, technology, and journalism, the studio creates engaging environments, both online and as physical installations. In 2011 she co-founded the Prison Public Memory Project.

Picture Projects’ most well-known work, – Perspectives on the U.S. Criminal Justice System and received numerous awards including a Peabody Award, the Online News Association’s award for Best Use of Multimedia, the National Press Club Award, the Batten Award for Innovation, as well as a Webby Award. The studio has designed and produced exhibitions, interactive installations and virtual museums for cultural institutions such as the Women’s Museum in Dallas, Texas, The Brooklyn Historical Society, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Tenement Museum in New York City

Cornyn has received grants and fellowships from Creative Capital, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council and her projects have been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Council on the Humanities, The Open Society Institute, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, NPR, and The New York State Council for the Arts, among others.

Alison has taught in the art department at City College and at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), conducted workshops on multimedia storytelling and guest lectured at the Sundance Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival, IDFA in Amsterdam. She has a B.A. from Connecticut College, a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, an M.F.A. from Hunter College and was an artist in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Alison lives with her husband, Gilles Peress and their two daughters in Brooklyn, NY.

Creative: Picture Projects & Tronvig Group