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Shannon Gilley

Senior Designer / Animator


With more than 22 years of experience in graphics creation and education, Shannon is an Emmy and Telly award-winning artist and an expert in crafting visual communications that inform and persuade target audiences.

Specializing in 3D animation, Shannon has designed and produced educational projects for high-profile clients including the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He combines his past experience as a Professor of Media Arts, expertise as Animation Director, and academic research in cognitive and instructional psychology to create powerfully informative graphics solutions.


  • MFA, Visual Studies, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • BS, Intercollege Program in Art/Computer Science/Film Study, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Articles & Presentations

  • Gilley, S. & Bielicki, J. (2013). Sci-Candy: Animation-Based Learning and the Next Wave of Science Education.
  • Gilley, S. & Bielicki, J. (2013). Geothermal Energy: Enhancing Our Future. EnergyPathways.org