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Daniel J. O'Neill

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Daniel O’Neill grew up in Providence and after some years away, is happy to be back home teaching art and design at Community College of Rhode Island. His focus is helping students express themselves and tell stories using video, animation and illustration. Visual communication and digital literacy are invaluable skills in today’s fast-moving economy.

O’Neill’s courses include Video Art, Digital Art, Drawing, and Intro to Visual Art. He is Director of the Knight Campus Gallery and Chair of the Academic Computing Committee (Governance).

O’Neill’s artwork takes inspiration from the long history of images built into architecture for decoration and to project the power of the state and religious entities. He spent several years in Rome, Italy researching how artists have used mosaic, fresco and sculpture to create narrative and propaganda. This research led to video installations, murals and other public art projects, several of which are supported by The Avenue Concept, an organization which nurtures and supports public art ecosystems.

Before arriving at CCRI, O’Neill coordinated the Digital Fabrication program at Roger Williams University School of Architecture. He has served as Studio Director to artist Joseph Kosuth and studio assistant to artists including Howard Ben Tre, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Arturo Herrera. Previous experience also includes designing and fabricating exhibits at the Bronx Zoo.


MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania
BFA in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design