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

Her activities at the college include Faculty Advisor to a student club, New Media Group. New Media Group 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 has exhibited her works in the New York metropolitan area, Columbus, Ohio and in 2017 the Susquehanna Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania commissioned Krikun from her ongoing Data Visualization Series titled LOST and FOUND ITEMS ON THE MTA –  interactive animations displayed on a touch screen. A 3D digital artwork titled Lamentations help dedicate the 10th Anniversary of 9-11 at the Open Door Studios. Her interactive works titled “Headlights”  premiered at ArtsWestchester Gallery, New York. The STEAM exhibition explores the intersections of science, technology, engineering, math and creativity. Artists in the show use interdisciplinary concepts of STEM to explore how science, technology and art overlap, interact, and innovate.

Krikun holds a M.A. in Communications/Computer Graphics from the New York Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Arts Education from New York University. 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”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.

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 Editel.

While 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.

Since moving to New York, she has focused on learning, designing and creating integrative digital media and interactive animations. 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.

As an artist and educator at Center for the Digital Arts, she continues to develop her digital media skills in interactive design (UX/UI) for apps and game design, animation and new media. Krikun’s creative interactive works involve designing visuals that may recall sensory experiences that trigger cognitive and emotional stimuli. She is currently working on character designs for animation and designs new media apps for education and business. Krikun is immersed in the digital arts, learning and sharing her creative discoveries with students.

Prof. Deb Krikun can be reached at (914) 606-7359 and deborah.krikun@sunywcc.edu

Current Work

2017 – Data Visualization –
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, ArtsWestchester Spring 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″)
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To Contact Deborah Krikun –  deborah.krikun@sunywcc.edu


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