Sherry Miller Hocking

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Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller Hocking started working with the Experimental Television Center sin 1972.

Trained as a teacher, she has taught workshops regarding video as a creative medium and served as advisor to undergraduate and graduate students.

Since 1992 she has been an instructor at the Summer Institute at Visual Studies Workshop, teaching A Natural History of Video, and participates in seminars and online forums concerning media arts, most recently at Munson Williams Proctor, for NAMAC and for Eyebeam Atelier.

She has helped curate exhibitions and presentations for the Everson Museum of Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Kitchen and the New Jersey State College Gallery. She has served as a panelist for the Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts, Media Alliance, and is presently on the Electronic Media and Film Program advisory panel at the New York State Council on the Arts.

She is a past member of the Board of Directors of Media Alliance, and served on the Advisory Board of the Independent Media Arts Preservation Project. In 1989 she became Program Director of the Electronic Arts Grants Program which provided over $750,000 of support to New York's media artists and organizations.

Since 1993 she has been directing the Video History Project, a multi-faceted effort to reclaim the multiple histories of the independent media field.

She organized Video History: Making Connections conference at Syracuse University in 1998, with independent preservation consultant Mona Jimenez, and Looking Back/Looking Forward: A Symposium on Media Preservation in 2002.

The Video History Project on the Web is an interactive site constructed with 9 databases and over 2500 records relating to organizations and individuals, and containing a tutorial about video preservation, an extensive bibliography, biographies, and critical and analytical texts and essays. The site encourages visitors to make contributions to this ever-growing resource. The project was conceived by Hocking, with design assistance from Mona Jimenez and programming by David Jones.