Maria Palazzi

Position: Director of ACCAD, Professor of Design
Expertise: 3D computer-generated animation, computer graphics education
Phone: (614) 292.2406
Email: palazzi [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu
Office: 331E Sullivant

Maria Palazzi is the Director of the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) and Professor of Design at The Ohio State University. She is also the project leader and founder of ACCAD's annual summer program Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women which has received support from sponsors such as The Women’s Fund, Fifth/Third Bank, and Dreamworks Animation SKG. Her interest in mentoring women in technology grew out of her experiences in production and education in which women are under-represented as animators and students of animation. Palazzi received her Master’s Degree in Art Education, specializing in Computer Animation, and a BSID in Visual Communication Design from The Ohio State University. From 1983 to 1987 she was a senior animator and director for Cranston/Csuri Productions, a pioneer in commercial applications of computer animation. In 1991 Palazzi established the Computer Animation department at Ringling School of Art and Design leading the program for eight years as Department Chair and prior to joining Ohio State.

Palazzi's recent collaborative funded projects include a TSNRP funded project titled Strong Women Stay Safe with Dr. Vicki von Sadovszky (Nursing) and Dr. Rajiv Ramnath (CETI), IMLS funded Jane, Diary of a Dinosaur with the Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL and Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced with renown choreographer William Forsythe and Associate Professor Norah Zuniga Shaw (Dance). Palazzi's creative research work has been recognized with awards The Communicator Awards, Communication Arts, Design Review and screened at ACM SIGGRAPH and other international festivals.

MA, Art Education, The Ohio State University
BSID, Design, The Ohio State University