Tom DeBiaso
Professor and Director of MFA Program
MA, St. Cloud State University

Tom DeBiaso is an educator, filmmaker, and photographer. He established the media arts department and the master of fine arts degree program at MCAD and has served as dean of studio programs.

After graduate school, DeBiaso founded the regional education and media access center Film in the Cities and has had a lifelong commitment to teaching and the advancement of art and design education. Currently he is an advisory board member of IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts and board member of the Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and he is active as an academic program evaluator for National Association of Colleges of Art and Design and the Higher Learning Commission. He has served on the Minnesota Governor’s Commission on the Arts, the Minneapolis City Arts Commission, and as a panelist with the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program.

DeBiaso's creative work has involved over fifty solo and group exhibitions as well as visiting artist's presentations in a variety of venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Artists Space, Harvard University, Pasadena Film Forum, University of Southern California, SIGGRAPH, the Walker Art Center, La Celeste Art Center in Beijing China, Larissa Goldstone, and the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany. Working with cultural and community groups his documentary video clients include Job Corps, the Guthrie Theater Lab, Community of Peace Academy, LISC, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In 2012 he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from IFP Minnesota for his work as an educator and his advocacy for the visual arts and filmmaking.