Profile: Edin Velez

Department of Arts, Culture and Media

Edin Velez is Professor and Coordinator of the Video Production Program at Rutgers University-Newark, where he teaches introductory and advanced video production courses. A pioneer in the field of experimental video art, Velez has been producing documentaries, art videos, installations, and digital photography since the 1970's.

His most recent feature length video premiered in the Summer of 2007 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, NY. The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing , China exhibited his experimental documentary Meta Mayan II during the 2008 Olympics.

Velez lived in Tokyo, Japan for one year as a US/ Japan Commission Fellow (1984-85) and was selected a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 1985. The American Film Institute awarded him their Maya Deren Award for outstanding achievement in Video Art in 1991. In 1998 he was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.

His work has been exhibited at Documenta 8, Germany; Stedelijk Museum, Holland (permanent collection); Museum of Modern Art, New York (permanent collection); Whitney Museum Biennial; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; La Sept (French Television); NHK TV, Japan. His experimental documentaries and dramatic videos have also been nationally broadcast on PBS in the USA.