About DK

Deborah Krikun
Associate Professor, Digital Arts at SUNY Westchester Community College, Center for the Digital Arts in Peekskill, New York. Krikun teaches digital media such as 2D/3D animation, digital design, new media and video. Visit her official artist website at deborahkrikun.com

Krikun holds a M.A. in Communications in Computer Graphics from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and a B.S. in Arts Education from New York University (NYU).  She is a recipient of SUNY’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Special Projects in Education, recognizing her dedication and innovation as a new media educator.

Her activities at the college include founder and Faculty Advisor to a student club, New Media Group. New Media Group students produces a DIG.IT.ALL
New Media Festival at local area venues such as the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill. She also serves as Co-Chair for Senate Committee, Electronic Educational Resources and is Co-Chair for WCC’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative Committee. Krikun was a guest speaker at SUNY’s Annual Conference on Instructional Technology hosted at Cornell University 2014, presented “GAME ON: New Media Tools for the Interactive Classroom”.

Krikun has exhibited her works in the New York metropolitan area along with Columbus, OH. In 2017 the Susquehanna Museum in Harrisburg, PA commissioned Krikun’s to exhibit a Data Visualization Series LOST and FOUND ITEMS ON THE MTA –  an interactive animation displayed on a touch screen. Her 3D digital artwork titled Lamentations dedicated the 10th Anniversary of 9-11 was exhibited at the Open Door Studios. Her interactive works titled “Headlights” premiered at the ArtsWestchester Gallery, in Westchester, NY. at a  STEAM exhibition which explores the intersections of the sciences (STEM) and the arts – where science, technology and art collaborate, interact, and innovate.

Since moving back to New York, she focuses on teaching animation, digital media and design thinking. Her creative works are data visualization systems that utilizes interactive animations. She is most interested in interactive systems UX/UI that support the end users/viewer to engage, explore and influence through web base pages, apps or game designs. Krikun’s creative interactive works involve designing visuals that may recall sensory experiences that trigger cognitive and emotional stimuli.

She is currently working on an animated satire for a new media series where the plot and characters struggle to survive chronic apprehension due to the co-existence of old systems that desolate societies and where others secretly pursue innovative technologies to simply survive historic climate changes and the decline of global socialization.

Prof. Deb Krikun can be reached at  deborah.krikun@sunywcc.edu

Past Work

In Los Angeles, Krikun was a Technical Director for 3D animation and special effects for award-winning Los Angeles studios, which include Robert Abel and AssociatesDigital Productions, and Post-production studio Editel.

As a resident in Los Angeles, she was also awarded a grant to develop and direct “Tales on Trial”, an educational outreach project to better inform East Los Angeles youths about the judicial system after the Rodney King riots of Los Angeles. The grant was sponsored by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Superior Court.

She has also served as Juror participant in animation festivals such as New York Siggraph Chapter, METRO CAF or achievement award events such as the Advertising Club of Westchester County. In local communities she volunteers her design and new media skills to various organizations such as the performing arts center, Riverspace Arts in Nyack, along with Arts Angels and Nyack High School Drama Works, where she produced a documentary, HEADS UP to help fundraise support for the dramatic arts at Nyack High School. She often collaborates with creative individuals to help brand an identity and develop a new media presence for business and artists.

Current Work

2017 – Data Visualization – (screen shot)
LOST AND FOUND ITEMS ON THE MTA – An interactive animation displayed on a touch screen that reflects how data inspires creative works commissioned by the THE SUSQUEHANNA MUSEUM, Harrisburg, PA outreach program titled VANGO. On display in lobby on weekends and will travel for a year throughout Pennsylvania school districts. (Screen Shot)


STEAM, ArtsWestchesterSpring 2014 – Exhibition
“Headlights” – Interactive Animation


“Headlights” – 
Digital Print from Keyframe, Afternoon  1/100
Center for the Digital Arts, Tuesday Dec. 2nd Exhibition – Fall 2014


Selfie, 2014 – Animated Gif – from a 4 minute Video Loop



Photo Booth Portraits

Andy and Debbie 1975

Photo Booth Series

Mixed Media (digital, encaustic and oils)

Fall 2012

This is my first success to merge digital tools with traditional media. The black and white drawings were made on an iPad using the Adonit Jot pen. I printed the drawings onto Japanese hand-made paper then fused the paper onto a hardboard using encaustic (beeswax). I did under-painting with encaustic pigments and oil paints to bring out the color of the portraits. When the under-painting was dry I then placed the drawings again on top of the painting and fused them together.

In the last few years I have been relearning how to draw on the computer. I find that drawing on the iPad is much more responsive than a stylus and tablet on a computer. I found greater spontaneity using the iPad to draw. I can erase as much as I want and keep the marks that are most expressive.

deb_ak_1portraitThese portraits are my first encaustic works of art. I look forward to continuing to integrate digital tools with traditional media.

Please note, encaustic is highly toxic and very malleable when under the optimum heating conditions. So one must be very careful in its usage. The most difficult media I have ever used. Historically, encaustic is an ancient old painting method first discovered in Egypt around 100-300 AD. In the 20th-century some artists such as Jasper Johns used encaustic painting. Today it is widely used by many artists.

CGI – Computer Generated Imagery – 3D Environments

Lamentations inspired by Giotto and 911
3D Still – Digital Media – 5’x3′ monitor
Click image to view larger view.

Lamentations, 911

In the aftermath, of 9/11/01 Giotto’s Lamentations quickly flashed before me when interviewing an art historian.

Interactive Animations

Night Shift
Digital Media – (36″x 96″)
Click image to view large size.


To Contact Deborah Krikun –  deborah.krikun@sunywcc.edu


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