Ralph Hocking

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Ralph Hocking has spent his life making and teaching art. He began his teaching career at Binghamton University in 1968, and served as Professor of video and computer art and Chair of the Cinema Department at Binghamton University until his retirement in 1998. He has been a leader in the field of electronic media art since the 1960s, founding one of the first campus-based media access programs in the country at Binghamton University. In 1970 he established the independent nonprofit Experimental Television Center, with a residency and research program for artists, equipment access and training programs for the community, and regional and national exhibition programs. He has served as consultant, advisor and panelist with such organizations as the New York State Council on the Arts, the University Wide Arts Committee, the Society for Photographic Education, the Massachusetts Arts Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and many museums and galleries. His personal creative work has been exhibited widely throughout the country and in Europe and is distributed by Video Data Bank.  He has received support for his work from the NEA Visual Arts Fellowship Program and the New York State Council on the Arts. Through a Residency from the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, he created a compilation of his video, Work  1969-1986. He was creative director for the Experimental Television Center: 1969-2009 a 5 DVD set with 130 page catalog in distribution with Electronic Arts Intermix and Video Data Bank and The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued (Kathy High, Mona Jimenez, Sherry Miller Hocking (eds); Intellect Press, 2014) a two volume investigation of the development of creative video tools and systems designed and built by artists and technologists during the late 1960s and 70s.