Brandon Bird

Professional Experience

Artist-in-Residence, Risley College for the Creative and Performing Arts, Cornell University, 2004 - 2006. Organized art-themed programming for the student community, such as figure drawing sessions and group art shows. Acted as mentor and peer advisor on both a formal and informal basis.

Illustrator, continuing. Clients include McSweeney's The Believer magazine, Las Vegas Weekly, The Stranger, Nitro Records, RVCA Clothing, The Aquabats Music Inc.

Artist, Haptek Inc. October 2000 - April 2003. Created 3-D models and 2-D texture maps, designed layout and graphics on, authored interactive script-based tutorials and demonstrations for simulated artificial intelligence products.

Art Instructor, October 2000 - February 2001. Organized and presented weekly art lessons to 2nd grade class at Starlight Elementary in Watsonville, CA, through University's ArtsBridge Scholars program.

Intern for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program, June - September 1999, June - September 2000. Filed artist slides and applications, organized catalog materials, contacted artists, assisted at artist selection panels.

Exhibit History

Crazy 4 Cult Invitation Group Show. Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. July 14 - August 5, 2007.

The Indie Invitation Group Show. Gallery 1988 SF, San Francisco, CA. April 2007.

I Am 8-Bit Invitation Group Show. Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. April 16 - May 20, 2007.

I Am 8-Bit Invitation Group Show. Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. April, 2006.

We (Heart) Chickens. Invitation Group Show. Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. August 2 - August 27, 2005.

Regulators. Four-person show. Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. June 28 - July 29, 2005.

Days of Boom and Bust: New Art from the Gold Rush. Curator and participant. Tjaden Experimental Gallery, New York. February 28 - March 4, 2005.

Now We Are Six Invitation group show. Roq la Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA. May 7 - June 5, 2004.

RVCA Artist Network Gallery Innagural Exhibit. Invitation group show. January 2004.

Law & Order: Artistic Intent. Curator and Participant. 931 Pacific Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA. May 24 - 30, 2003.

Irwin 2002. Invitation group show. Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, UCSC. May 22 - June 9, 2002.

The Norton Anthology: Artwork Inspired by Edward Norton. Curator and participant. J.B. Hall Gallery, Porter College, UCSC. March 29 - April 11, 2002.

Faith of the Heart. Solo show. Baskin Arts senior gallery, UCSC. November 14 - November 20, 2001.

Print, Radio and Television

Lowdown Magazine. Feature interview. August 2007.

Geek Monthly Magazine. Feature interview. February 2007.

The Sound of Young America, NPR/syndicated. Radio interview. January 2007.

The Wave Magazine. September 2006.

NY Arts Magazine. May 2005.

New York Post. News item. January 2, 2005.

Vue Weekly. Feature article. Alberta. September 19, 2004.

Capital Magazine. Feature Profile. Toronto. Issue 5, Summer, 2004.

The Sound of Young America, KZSC/syndicated. Radio interview. July 15, 2004.

The Face Magazine. "The Norton Anthology." News item. United Kingdom, March 2004.

Texas Lawyer. "Crayons and Crime" by Anne K. McMillan. Feature Article. March 2004.

The Face Magazine. "Law & Order: An Adventure to Colour." News item. United Kingdom, February 2004.

Best Week Ever, VH1. Week of February 1, 2004.

Las Vegas Weekly. News item. January 29, 2004.

Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NBC. January 20, 2004.

The Stranger. News item. Seattle, September 3, 2003.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "The Art of ‘Law'" by Elaine Rewolinski. News item. September 8, 2003.

The Wave Magazine. "Brandon Bird's Flights of Fancy" by Emily Landes. Feature article. San Francisco, July 31 - August 13, 2003.

Metro Santa Cruz. "Unnatural 'Law'" by Christina Waters. Feature Article. May 21 - 28, 2003.


Guest Speaker, University of Alabama, Mallet Honors Assembly. September 27, 2007.

Guest Artist, NYU. Worked with students to create installation on the theme, "Philip Seymour Hoffman: His Exquisite Corpse." December 2, 2005.

Judge, Fourteenth Congressional District Art Contest. Selected art to hang in U. S. House of Representatives for one year. May 18, 2004.

Guest Speaker, subject of new uses for traditional media. Ex’pression Center for New Media, Emeryville, CA. June 23, 2003.


International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences People's Voice Webby Award, in category of "Weird" for, 2005.

William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship, 2002. Grant awarded by art department faculty as "acknowledgement of successful resolutions evident in work and personal effort."

Regents Scholarship, 1998 - 2002. Represents top percentile of UCSC applicants; full tuition all four years.


University of California, Santa Cruz. Graduated June 2002 with B.A. in Visual Art.

Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, CA. Graduated June 1998.