Stashu Kybartas

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Stashu Kybartas

Lecturer IV

Office Location(s): 6417 North Quad
Office Hours: On Leave Academic Year 2013-2014
Phone: 734.615.4207
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Global and Intercultural Studies
    • Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Documentary production, theory, and history
    • Interactive documentary theory and production
    • Lesbian and gay representation
    • Avant-garde film and video history and theory
    • Experimental film and video theory and production
    • British and Irish documentary film
  • About

    Stashu Kybartas’ interests in film and video range from making documentary and experimental films to researching and teaching documentary and avant-garde film studies. He began his career at the University of Michigan in 1999, after teaching at Hampshire College at Amherst, Massachusetts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  His study and work focus on issues affecting the working class and gays and lesbians and their representation. Among the concerns that can be found in his work are the ways in which media and formal historical accounts distort or eliminate entirely the stories of oppressed and marginal groups.  

    These concerns led him to combine his traditional fine arts training in painting and sculpture with storytelling using the popular mass media forms of photography, film, and video. Recently, he has been exploring the possibility of using digital media and, specifically, the html capabilities of the World Wide Web for producing online interactive documentaries.

    Kybartas has had residencies and taught abroad numerous times and is an advocate for international education. He is committed to the idea that a good liberal arts education is essential to the undergraduate student studying Screen Arts and Cultures.

  • Education
    • M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1988
    • B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University, 1978
  • Awards
    • Detroit Filmmakers Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival (2006)
    • Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award (1992 – 1993)
    • Festival Award, Atlanta Arts Festival (1990)
    • First Prize, Documentary, RioFest Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1988)
  • Grants
    • CRLT Lecturer Grant - Banff Residency, Banff, Alberta, Canada (2001, 2002, 2013)
    • Eastern European ArtsLink Grant (1995)
    • National Endowment for the Arts Inter-Arts Grant (1991)
    • National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship (1990, 1989, 1988, 1986)
  • Residencies and Visiting Artist Invitations
    • Banff Center for the Arts, Leighton Studios Residency, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (2013, 2002, 2001)
    • Wake Forrest University, residency in conjunction with the installation and exhibition of King Anthracite (1997)
    • See CV for full list.
  • Exhibitions/Screenings
    • "Soho in Ottakring,” Vienna, Austria (2010)
    • “Art & Social Life: The Case of Video Art,” curated by Martha Rossler at The New Museum, NY, NY, (2008)
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI (2006)
    • See CV for full list.
  • Selected Publications:
  • Creative Works