Digital Media Arts - Faculty

Ben Dunkle, M.F.A

Associate Professor, Digital Media Arts
Program Director through summer '20

Ben Dunkle grew up in Freeport, Long Island, NY. He earned his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, with a focus on printmaking, at SUNY Buffalo. He remained in Buffalo, where he worked in the print industry as a pre-press technician, graphic designer and illustrator, and began to learn and practice everything he could in the exciting new field of web design. Soon, he was promoted to the direct one of the first web and interactive agencies in the WNY area.

Concurrently, he taught fine art, graphic design, and web design courses at various higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. Teaching became his passion, and in 2001, he began a full-time teaching career at Canisius. His areas of expertise include graphic design, web design, typography, and illustration.

Mr. Dunkle is an expert in designing and developing complex web-based tools and systems. He has overseen the development of numerous interactive projects, designed and coded a multitude of web-based applications, created custom fonts, icons, logos and graphical assets used on millions of websites, and built a vast educational curricula geared toward educating future web designers and developers.

Mr. Dunkle works on the WordPress open source project, designing icons for the administration environment. He is committed to empowering individuals who want to learn web design, and organizes bi-monthly meetup groups and conferences focused on WordPress and web design.

Jamie O’Neil, M.F.A

Associate Professor, Digital Media Arts

Specializing in video and audio production, as well as the study of digital culture, Professor O’Neil oversees the Digital Filmmaking Concentration in the DMA Program.

Through his focus on real-time hardware and software applications, O’Neil co-invented (with Bill Sack) Electroskip, a wearable device that allows dancers to generate music from movement (

O’Neil is an accomplished artist and filmmaker. He has presented his work at over 60 conferences, exhibitions, and film festivals internationally, and has been a featured speaker at TEDx Buffalo. From 2001-2010, he designed live visuals for choreographer Gerry Trentham. Their collaborative, contemporary dance-media projects were performed in Buffalo, Toronto, Montreal, New York and Chicago.

His films and performances have been screened in venues such as The Rooftop Film Festival (Brooklyn), Cine Lumiere, The Institut Francais (London), The Norway School of Management (Oslo), The McLuhan Center for Culture and Technology (Toronto) and locally at Hallwalls and The Burchfield Penney Art Centers as part of The Beyond/In Western NY Biennales.

Through his exploration of many critical issues in art and technology, Professor O’Neil teaches DMA215: Digital Culture in the DMA program, and HON325: Art, Advertising and Utopia in the All-College Honors Program. As a hands-on designer and editor, he offers the introductory course DMA201: Intro to Digital Media and DMA218: Motion Graphics. O’Neil also teaches three, upper level hands-on film production courses: DMA385: Digital Filmmaking, DMA387: Commercial Filmmaking and DMA399: Social Documentary. He is the Co-Director of The Video Institute and has served as the Executive Producer of numerous media projects that promote digital humanities and social justice.

O’Neil received his BFA in Theater Studies at Boston University, near his hometown; then worked at Weymouth Design Inc. beginning a successful decade-long career in video production in Boston and New York City. His experience in the advertising industry was deconstructed in graduate school, and influenced his tactical media “Kurt Weibers” projects during his MFA studies at SUNY Buffalo’s Emerging Practices program.

O’Neil was tenured in 2010, and directed The Digital Media Arts Program from 2010-2014. He has served as an elected member of The Faculty Senate, Governance Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee, and is a strong advocate for shared governance and academic excellence through Faculty-Administration-Student collaboration. O’Neil also loves to move his body! He leads camping trips at Keewaydin Dunmore Camp in Vermont in the summer, and he is a long-time, dedicated windsurfer, snowboarder and kiteboarder.