Born in Connecticut and raised in Alabama, Joe Ceponis received a B.S. in Music Industry Studies from Loyola University New Orleans before continuing into the professional market as an accredited free-lance engineer, producer and musician. He has engineered and produced music for artists ranging from Big Freedia to Deltaphonic at a variety of local recording studios, including The Parlor Studios and Bear America Records. His live sound and recording experience includes venues such as Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest and The Maple Leaf, and he has traveled everywhere from Sennheiser Headquarters in Germany to Sonora Studios in Los Angeles to ensure his work continues to develop and inspire its listeners.
Receiving her B.A. from Millsaps College and M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, Courtney Egan taught visual arts and video production in Jefferson and Orleans Parish schools, darkroom photography at Delgado Community College, and youth workshops at the New Orleans Video Access Center, before joining NOCCA in 2001. She has screened short films at the New Orleans Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Underground Film Festival, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm & VideoFest, and the Black Maria Film Festival, among others. She is the recipient of a Media Arts Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and a Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship. Ms. Egan’s projection-based artwork is represented by Arthur Roger Gallery.
A Grand Rapids, Michigan-born, New Orleans, Louisiana-based experimental media artist drawing from the tactile world, Kourtney Keller has exhibited her work in film, video, and installation in the United States and Europe. Ms. Keller holds a BFA in Media Arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and an MFA as a Fellow from the University of New Orleans, LA with a concentration in Digital Media. She has received Kodak’s Student Filmmaker Award, NextFrame Film Festival’s Editing Prize, and recognition for her recent project, The DRIVEINEVITABLE, in Art in America (January 2011), in conjunction with New Orleans’ Biennial P.1.5. Keller’s skills are consistently engaged in freelance projects involving video, animation, photography, motion graphic design, illustration, and post-production. Ms. Keller has enjoyed teaching at NOCCA since 2014.