Jon Ippolito

Jon Ippolito is Professor of New Media and Director of the Digital Curation program at the University of Maine.


Jon teaches courses in digital art and design, the technology and ethics of generative artificial intelligence, learning to code, web design and development, mobile app development, and digital curation and preservation.


  • BA in Physics and Astrophysics, Harvard ’84
  • MFA in Painting and Printmaking, Yale ’91


Jon is a new media artist, writer, and curator whose work has been recognized with awards from the Thoma, Tiffany, Lannan, and American Foundations. At the Guggenheim Museum in New York, he curated the first art museum exhibition of virtual reality and the 2000 Nam June Paik retrospective with John G. Hanhardt. At the University of Maine, he has founded a peer-to-peer digital badges initiative and a graduate Digital Curation program. At the Still Water lab co-founded with Joline Blais, he helped build social software such as the Learning With AI toolkit, the Variable Media Questionnaire, The Pool, ThoughtMesh, and the Cross-Cultural Partnership. In over 200 presentations, Jon has spoken out on copyright maximalism, academic insularity, and technological obsolescence. He has published articles in periodicals ranging from the Art Journal to the Washington Post and chapters in over 20 books. Jon co-authored the book At the Edge of Art (Thames & Hudson 2006) with Blais and Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory (MIT 2014) with Richard Rinehart. You can learn more at his home page.