Maureen Selwood is a visual artist who works with hand-drawn animation for film, installation and performance. Recent examples of her work include digital animated projections for her collaboration with the composer, David Rosenboom, a film for performance for How Much Better if Plymouth Rock Had Landed on the Pilgrims, (Section VII, Impression), to be screened at the Whitney Museum in May 2015. This film was first presented at the Indonesian Arts Festival, Jakarta (2009); Werther, with Wendall Harrington for the Metropolitan Opera (2015), Mistaken Identity with Anna Oxygen, Track 16 Gallery (2015), Sardono Dance Theater and Jennifer Tipton: Rain Coloring Forest (REDCAT, 2010), As You Desire Me, a multi-media installation, was presented at Barnsdall, Los Angeles, (2009). Her work has been widely shown and exhibited around the world, including Sharjah Biennial (2013), with retrospectives at Se-Ma-For International Film Festival (2014), National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India (2013), REDCAT, The Imaginary Voyages of Maureen Selwood (2012) and ANIMAC International Animation Festival, Spain (2003). Installations include Tevereterno (Rome, 2006), River to Festival (New York, 2008), Frac Picardie, (France, 2008), American Academy in Rome (2003), MAK Center for Art and Architecture, (Los Angeles, 2001) and many other places.
Her films have been screened at Annecy Animation FF, Venice Biennale, New York FF, Hong Kong FF, Le Centre Pompidou, Ann Arbor FF, MOMA, Carpenter Center (Harvard), SXSW, Ottawa FF, Cardiff FF, Cork FF, ANIMAC, Dallas FF, Atlanta FF Chicago FF, and many others.
Selwood has been a recipient of grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation (Los Angeles), C.O.L.A Individual Artists Fellowship (LA), the John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, The American Film Institute and a visiting artist residency at the MacDowell Colony and ARTELUKU (Spain). She was the first animation artist to be awarded the Rome Prize in Visual Arts from the American Academy in Rome.
Selwood has participated in international workshops working with artists and students and curating films, CHITRAKAHTA 13 – NID, Ahmedabad, India (2103), Se-Ma-For FF, Lodz, Poland (2012); PACT, Essen, Germany; ANIMAC, Spain (2003); Mexico University FF, Mexico City (2001); Korean National University of Arts, Korea (2006); Jakarta Institute for the Arts, Indonesia (2009); Matita Animation Festival, Italy (2001) and others. She makes her home in Los Angeles and is a member of faculty at the School of Film/Video at CalArts.