about me

About Me

Jon Amakawa is a 3D artist who specializes in creating interactive museum exhibits and educational media. His work integrates sculpture, drawing, architecture and animation in a virtual environment. Jon’s clients have ranged from Disney Research to cultural institutions such as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Smithsonian affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Jon’s Matsumoto-jo: A Virtual 16th Century Japanese Castle was awarded the Finalist Prize, 2008 Asia Digital Art Award and exhibited as one of 30 New Tech Demos for SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles. He recently completed a virtual reality-based exhibit on the Underground Railroad for the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, a Smithsonian affiliate. The exhibit received support from the United States Department of Education. As an undergraduate, Jon studied history and fine arts at Vassar College. He later completed a graduate degree in interactive design at Carnegie Mellon University. Jon has a particular interest in exploring the artistic possibilities for video game media, especially in presenting historical subject matter. In addition to creating virtual reality art pieces, Jon is an Assistant Professor in Communications Media and the Game Design program at Fitchburg State University.