JD Pirtle is an artist, educator, and technologist living in Chicago. He is currently the director of innovation at Catherine Cook School, where he founded and directs the IDEA Program and adjacent laboratory. Before joining the administration at Catherine Cook, he was an associate researcher focused on virtual reality, spatialized audio, and HCI at the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a BFA from the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington and an MFA from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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