Domenic J. Licata is an Instructional Support Technician and Instructor with the Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo. His primary areas of focus are Graphic Design and Emerging Practices. He holds an Ed.M. in Education and Technology. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Digital Media at Canisius College, and is the owner of Licata Design, offering photography, graphic design, and consultation services.
Domenic’s personal art practice has it’s roots in traditional photography, inspired by Edward Weston and Walker Evans, among many others. For him, photography is a meditative process of mindful observation and contemplation of natural and man-made environments, often using metaphor and ironic comparisons as a means to encourage the mindfulness of others.
As an educator and researcher, Domenic is interested in finding meaning at the intersection of visual rhetoric and semiotics in the age of postmodern mashups. He searches for ways in which contemporary cultural meshes with teaching and learning theories of social constructivism. Domenic is currently exploring how the creation and consumption of digital media effects cognitive development, and how the design student can be guided to become a creative and critical thinker.
At UB, Domenic maintains technologies which foster art- and design-making collaboration and constructive learning experiences. He teaches several courses which he has developed, including Introduction to Digital Practices, Design for New Media, Web Design, and 2D Animation.
Domenic Licata is currently teaching the following photography classes and workshops at CEPA.