BYRON CAPLAN | BRIEF BIO | RESUME

Originally from Frederick, Md., Caplan received his Bachelor’s degree (BFA) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his Master’s degree (MFA) from Yale University, School of Art, in the late 1970s.  After graduating from Yale, Caplan moved to Philadelphia, PA where he had his first one man show at the Race Gallery, then at Lehigh University in 1982.  It was around that time that Caplan began working in television news (KYW-TV) in Philadelphia, and concentrated his energies on learning broadcast news and video production. 

 

For the next 30 odd years, focused on television/video production and teaching digital cinema at the college level.  During this time, Caplan pursued his art only sporadically, having lost the muse… however; his ideas were never far from his consciousness as they percolated, distilled and aged like a fine wine.    

 

Caplan now lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Forces have combined to lure HIM back to his original passion and he returned to his artwork fulltime, bringing a renewed sense of vigor, dedication and maturity to his art.  It is interesting to note that the ideas that propel his art today are a continuation of the same ideas he first formulated while in graduate school (see artist statement).  It has been a long strange journey with many detours and a few dead ends, but as Caplan enters this new stage of his life, he is dedicated, energized and eager to develop a unique style of art that is sure to make one think and smile.

SKILLS

  • Artist

  • Educator

  • Videographer

  • Editor

  • Producer

  • Director

  • Storyteller

  • Problem Solver

EDUCATION

BFA    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago   1977

MFA   Yale University, School of Art                 1979 

PROFESSIONAL

Videographer/editor/producer         bc Productions  

Jacksonville, FL    2016-19

 

News Videographer/”preditor”        WGNO-TV     

New Orleans, LA       2014

 

Producer/Videographer                 Southeastern Channel  

Hammond, LA       2012-13

   

Associate Director                         WTAE-TV4                 

Pittsburgh, PA        2010-11

News Videographer/editor             KYW-TV     

Philadelphia, PA    1980-92

TEACHING

      Florida State College at Jacksonville

2014-2016      Professor of Digital  Media 

 

                                                Southeastern Louisiana University

2012 – 2013                                    Instructor 

 

                                              Robert Morris University

 2005 – 2007 | 2009 - 2011    Asst. Professor

Duquesne University

 2008                                      Asst. Professor

Ithaca College

 1997-2005                             Asst. Professor

MEDIA HONORS & AWARDS

  • Telly Award. 2013 Northshore Gems  2013 ​

  • "Three Small Town American Celebrations" 2001

    • 1st place: BEA (Broadcast Education Association). Documentary category.

    • Communicator Award, “Award of Distinction.”

    • American Film Institute DVCAM Festival, finalist

    • “Telly” Bronze award

    • Videographer Award, “Award of Distinction.”

    • Silver Regional “CINDY” award.

    • Broadcast on Nickelodeon & PBS.

  • Black Maria Film Festival, Honorable Mention  "Sketch #3"   2002

 

  • (Boston/New England) Emmy Award:  producer for best educational program, "Quest"  1996

 

  • (Boston/New England) Emmy nomination: Producer for best documentary, "Quest" 1996

 

  • (Boston/New England) Emmy nomination:  producer for best documentary, "Quest" 1995

 

  • (Boston/New England) Emmy nomination: producer for best educational program, "Quest" 1995

 

  • Videographer for Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominated spot news story, “Mt. Airy Fire,”  1991  

  • Videographer for Mid-Atlantic Emmy winning Medical series, “Prescription for Pregnancy,”   1986  

  • Videographer for Mid-Atlantic Emmy winning news feature series, “Little Heroes,”    1984

ART EXHIBITIONS

 

 

  • “Obscure Objects”- Race Gallery, Philadelphia, PA  1981

 

  • “Chaos for Anarchists at Home and Abroad”- Lehigh University  1982

 

  • “The Unbridled Joy of Frolicking Fish,” permanent installation at Jacksonville Transit Authority HQ  2020

 

  • “4 Icons” Jacksonville International Airport, Oct-Dec 2020

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"There is no such thing as chance.  A door may happen to fall shut, but this is not by chance.  It is a conscious experience of the door, the door, the door."         Kurt Schwitters