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Born and raised in Beijing, China, Tao Chen received his Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication and his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University. Currently he is an Associate Professor of digital art & design in the Department of Art & Art History at Eastern Connecticut State University. He teaches a variety of design courses serving both the Digital Art & Design and New Media Studies programs at Eastern. Prior to joining the Art & Art History Department, he was an Assistant Professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Chen’s specialties are in digital art, graphic/web design and his artwork has been exhibited in many regional, national and international juried exhibitions. With many years of professional experience in digital media and visual communication design, he continues to work with various clients designing editorials, motion graphics, user interface and websites. Chen served as senior designer, art director for design, marketing and fashion companies in Miami, Florida and San Diego, California. His clients include Comcast, Oceania Cruises, Air China, and etc. In his art & design work, he always attempts to discover the relationships among things and represent his work in a simplified and unique art form. As he says "transforming the complexity into clarity through a unique way always stimulates me to dive into the sea of art and design."