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Eric Patrick
Associate Professor

Eric Patrick

With over twenty-five years of experience in the entertainment industry, Eric Patrick’s commercial animation and independent experimental works have received a Peabody Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, over 100 grants, fellowships, and awards at international film festivals, and several Emmy nominations. His additional work in information design has received grants from the National Institute of Health (Reproductive Health), and the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (Citizen Primer). He has screened extensively both domestically and internationally at festivals, museums and on television, including screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the South by Southwest Film Festival. He was an animator for the seminal Nickelodeon program “Blues Clues,” and has written several articles about independent animation. He is currently an associate professor at Northwestern University.


BUSStudio and Media Arts, University of New Mexico
MFAExperimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts

Recent Work

  • “Climber, Walker” (Animated video installation) March 2015
  • “The Citizen Primer Project” (Animated Infographics) June 2014
  • “The Progressive Tax Code”
  • “The Deficit”
  • “Securities Regulation”
  • “Social Security”
  • “Medicare”
  • “The Affordable Care Act”
  • “Retrocognition” (Animated short film) June 2012

Recent Awards and Honors

  • NIH Center for Reproductive Health After Disease grant for reproductive health educational animations (in progress), April 2013
  • Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, June 2013
  • Best Experimental Film, Tolfa Short Film Festival, Tolfa, Italy, June 2013
  • Best Animated Film, Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, Wilmington, NC, May 2013
  • Best Experimental Film, Humboldt Film Festival, Arcadia, CA, April 2013
  • Best Animated Film, Victoria Independent Film Festival, Victoria, Australia, March 2013
  • Golden Earwax Award, Cinesonika, Londonberry, North Ireland, February 2013
  • Director’s Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, NJ, January 2013
  • Best Short Film, Audience Choice Award, Flipside TV Festival, December 2012
  • Best Sound Design, Distinctive Achievement Award (Animation), Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, November 2012
  • MashPrime Award, MashRome, Rome, Italy, June 2012


RTVF 379
Stop Motion Animation
Conceptual Design
Activist Video for the Web
Animated Infographics
Children’s Media
DIY Filmmaking

RTVF 393
2D Animation

RTVF 394
Experimental Media

RTVF 397
Advanced Directing

MSC 533
Visual Communication