Jon A. Radermacher, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Media Arts (Arts & Humanities)
Vice Provost, Academic Administration (Academic Affairs)
412-397-4088 phone (M)
412-397-6468 fax
Patrick Henry 212

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Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design, Kansas State University, 1998
  • Master of Fine Arts, Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design, Indiana University - Bloomington, 2001

Professional Background

  • Jon Radermacher began teaching in higher education at Indiana University Bloomington in 1999 and has been on the RMU faculty since 2005. Since his arrival at RMU, he has been teaching 2D design, 3D design, web design, product design, 3D computer modeling and digital imaging courses. From 2009 to 2014, Radermacher was department head of Media Arts, where he led its faculty and managed its operations, including curriculum, outcomes assessments, budget, facilities and technology. In 2014, Radermacher became an associate dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems. In this role, he furthers the dean's agenda of outreach, interdisciplinary efforts, and forming relationships with international partners. He also manages SCIS facilities and supervises the Academic Media Center. In 2011, Radermacher co-developed and executed a design project between his 3D design students and Prof. Ferdinand Chrenka's product design students from the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. This project, facilitated by Dr. Vladimir Burcik, created an intercultural exchange of ideas, design, and communication - all through teleconferencing. The success of the project was recognized at the 2011 European Academy of Digital Media's conference in Graz, Austria where Radermacher and Burcik presented the success and challenges of executing such a project. This was later turned into a formal paper that will soon be published as a chapter in the book series "Smart Media and Applications Research," edited by Dr. Peter A. Bruck.

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Radermacher specializes in three-dimensional problem solving, construction techniques with multiple materials, and fabrication by hand. His creative activity primarily focuses on the themes of technology, consumerism and personal identity. He creates objects and sculptures that question product marketing, consumer attitudes and social formations. He has exhibited his work at scores of American invitational and juried exhibitions, including the Sculpture, Object and Functional Art (SOFA) exhibitions in New York and Chicago. Radermacher's formal teaching background is in fine arts foundations, specifically 2D and 3D design courses. Through his creative activity over the last 20 years, he has become an advanced user and teacher of Rhinoceros 3D modeling software, and Adobe's Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Radermacher's skill in web design came out of coding web pages before there were WYSIWYG editors in the 1990's. Since then, he has become an advanced coder in HTML and CSS and he uses PHP to create heightened interactivity for users through the use of database information.


  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2010, Rome Art Coterie – Rome Area Council for the Arts Gallery – Rome, Georgia
  • Internationally juried exhibition: 2009, Paper or Plastic? – Luke and Eloy Gallery – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2008, VAST 40th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition – Center for the Visual Arts – Denton, Texas
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2008, 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition – Douglasville Cultural Arts Center – Douglasville, Georgia
  • Internationally juried exhibition: 2008, 24th Tallahassee International – Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts – Tallahassee, Florida
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2007, Curator's Choice Award Juried Exhibition – Dangenart Gallery – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2007, Magnitude Seven – Manifest Gallery – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2006, Fine Contemporary Crafts – Artspace Gallery – Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2006, A Sense of Place – Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art – Augusta, Georgia
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2006, American Landscapes – Washington Gallery of Photography – Bethesda, Maryland
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2005 Crafts National 39 – Zoller Gallery – State College, Pennsylvania
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2005, Art Tech: Man & Machine – Washington Gallery of Photography – Bethesda, Maryland
  • Nationally juried exhibition: 2005, Materials: Hard & Soft – Greater Denton Arts Council Center for the Arts – Denton, TX


  • 2011 - Co-author of "Transatlantic Design Project Using Teleconferencing," European Academy of Digital Media conference, November 2011, Graz, Austria
  • 2007 - Co-author of "Development and Implementation of a Junior Year Design Course in a Multidisciplinary Environment Along with Media Art and Marketing," American Society of Engineering Education conference, June 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2005 - "Graduate Teaching Assistant Boot Camp: More than Just Survival," Panel discussion at the Foundations in Art: Theory and Education conference, March 2005, Columbus, Ohio