Open Waters interactive book (2020)
Andrea Wollensak is an artist, designer and educator. Her work spans multi-media from traditional and digital fabrication, to generative-interactive systems and includes digital storytelling with community partner collaborations, programmers, and poets. Themes in her work explore design for social impact through place-based public narratives, mapping, and site-specific installation works for civic participation.
Specializations include social design and collaborative community ventures, mapping and visualizing data, digital poetics, locative media, interactive and site-specific installation works.
Wollensak has created projects and exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Göteborg International Biennial, Nova Scotia Art Gallery, Brno Design Biennial Moravian Gallery, Brown University’s Granoff Center Gallery, and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center in Buffalo.
Selected awarded grants and residencies include a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Estonia (2023), the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy, the International Artist Studio Program in Sweden, the National Science Foundation, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Mellon Foundation. She has presented her work at numerous conferences including ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Generative Art, CAiiA, and CAA, among others.
Wollensak is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Winterhouse Institute, a community of design educators committed to promoting excellence in design education for social impact. In Connecticut, she is on the Advisory Board for Digital Media Connecticut (DMCT), a regional collaborative of CT higher education institutions dedicated to supporting students in digital media.
At Connecticut College, she is on the faculty in the Studio Art Department, and an Associate Fellow at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology where she served as Director from 2014-2020.