Brian Knep is a media artist whose works range from large-scale interactive installations to microscopic sculptures for nematodes. He was the first artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School, working side-by-side with scientists, using their tools and techniques to explore alternative meanings and ways of connecting to the world. Knep’s Deep Wounds, commissioned by the Office for the Arts at Harvard University, has won awards from Ars Electronica, the International Association of Art Critics, and Americans for the Arts, who selected it as one of the best public-art projects of 2007. His work has also been shown at the Cleveland Art Museum, Denver Art Museum,  Milwaukee Art Museum,  RISD Museum,  Aldrich Center for Contemporary Art, and others; and he has grants and awards from Creative Capital, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the LEF Foundation, among others.

Knep holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Computer Science, both from Brown University. He also studied ceramics at the Radcliffe Ceramics Studio and glass blowing at Avon and Diablo Glass. Early in his career he worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Industrial Light & Magic, working on films such as Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek: Generations. While there, he developed tools including two for which he and three others were awarded technical Academy Awards. Knep also helped found Nearlife, a high-end design and technology company, creating interactive experiences for science and children’s museums. His publications have appeared in computer graphics and computer-human interaction journals.

Knep lives and works in Boston and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY, NY.

Select Press/essays

Julia Buntaine, Straight Talk with Brian Knep, SciArt in America, Oct 2013

Richard Klein, Exhibition Catalog, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Jul 2012

Bill Van Siclen, Humor at the RISD Museum, Providence Journal, Feb 10, 2011

Joe Ketner, Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature, Exhibition Essay, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, 2009

Linda Luise Brown, Microcosms jiggle and make us giggle, Charlotte Observer, Feb 1, 2009

Cate McQuaid, An unfinished look at the cycle of life, Boston Globe, Apr 26, 2007

Maírtín Ó Muilleoir, And you thought we were slow at making peace with the past, Andersonstown News, Mar 12, 2007

Shawn Hill, Brian Knep's Deep Wounds, Art New England, Aug 2006

Geoff Edgars, Is there an artist in the house?, Boston Globe, Apr 7, 2006

Matthew Nash, Seven Questions with Brian Knep, Big Red & Shiny, Dec 15, 2004