Esmay, Rodayne
Professor, Digital Media
CS 526
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A Short Introduction   

Prior to coming to UVU for the 2003-2004 academic year, I taught at SLCC, and was an Artist and Art Director for Allen Communication, an Interactive Multimedia Developer in Salt Lake City. While at Allen, I had the opportunity to produce interactive design, and 3D modeling for a host of companies and organizations including Toyota Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Prudential Securities, Dean Witter, The Los Angeles Times, Hughes Medical Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad, Thames Television, and the United States Air Force. 

One of the most challenging projects completed at Allen was a series of simulations for the the Air Force, which comprised the majority of their fleet. These simulations were more complex than anything that had been attempted before and were credited, as instructional tools, for saving the military millions of dollars. 

At Allen we began producing 3D models and simple animations in the early 1990s, a few years before Pixar produced Toy Story, an event which greatly increased the interest in this medium. We also began producing digital video before any editor existed. It's easy to edit video digitally when it's produced on a digital camera, imported into a software package with numerous bells and whistles to adjust light, color, and frame rate, and that allows one to cut, fade, add effects and sound. Every single frame can be tweaked in an editor. Now try to imagine doing some of those things without software, where every technical and creative decision is accomplished through scripting. I got to learn how to author (a term no longer used, which means to assemble compositing software - the tool we used was called Quest, which used a scripting language - a derivative of C). I also learned MS Dos commands (yes, now defunct and useless). But, this was an exciting time in industry, with new things emerging continually.

I attended the universities listed below, receiving my M.F.A. from Syracuse University in upstate New York. As a graduate student at Syracuse University I had an opportunity to complete academic terms at extensions (remote campus locations) in New York City, and in London. 

Syracuse University

Brigham Young University

The University of Northern Colorado


A Brief CV Follows

• Current Assignment: Associate Professor, Department of Digital Media, Utah Valley University, Orem UT. 2003 to Present

• Department Chair, Department of Digital Media, UVU, August 2005 through July 2009.

• Assistant Professor, Visual Art & Design, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT, 1996 to 2003.

 Industry Experience

• Artist and Art Director, Allen Communication, Salt Lake City, UT 1991 – 1999.  Responsibilities included digital design, authoring and 3D work for interactive titles. A partial client list includes:

Toyota Inc., Ford Motor Co., Dean Witter Financial Services, Prudential Securities, Union Pacific Railroad, Winnebago Inc., The United States Air Force, Thames Television, Florida State University, Times Mirror Inc., The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, Xerox Inc., Alyeska Pipeline, The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank

 • Grahic Artist, Media Production, Phillips Electronics, 1980 – 1988.  Responsibilities included graphic design, video production, editing, and animation for corporate training, and internal public relations.


• Visiting Professor, The Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia, Summer Term, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

• Visiting Professor, The Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou, China, Summer Term 2013, and 2014.

• Fluent in three languages.

• Served as Chair for the International Digital Media Arts Association (IDMAA) Annual Conference, held at Utah Valley University, November 2014.

Exhibition Record

As an exhibitor or curator of work, created both traditional and digitally, I have had my work exhibited in various museums and galleries across the country. This exhibition list begins when I was awrded an M.F.A. in 1990.

Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna CA, 10 • 2013; Miami Dade College, Miami FL, 10 • 2012; Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah GA, 10 • 2011; Emily Carr University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 11 • 2010; Ball State University, Muncie, IN 11 • 2009; Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah GA, 11 • 2008; Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT, 4 • 2003; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 10 • 2001; Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, St John’s, Newfoundland 2 • 1999; Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, OH, 9 • 1998; Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI 11 • 1996; Society of Illustrators, NY, NY, 7 • 1996; Marshall University, Huntington, WV, 5 • 1996; Auburn University, AL, 4 • 1996; Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA, 6 • 1995; Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 4 • 1995; Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA, 1 • 1995; Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 11 • 1994; Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, 9 • 1994; International Museum of Cartoon Art, Boca Raton, FL, 4 • 1994; Laramie Community College, Cheyenne, WY, 1 • 1994; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, 4 • 1993; National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, 5 • 1992; Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1 • 1992; Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT, 3 • 1991