MASTER OF ARTS
Rhode Island School of Design 2013
Teaching and Learning Through Art and Design; Community Development Track
SUMMER INTENSIVE STUDIES
SALT Institute of Documentary Studies 2014
Continuing Education Series: Documentary Film Intensive
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2007
Electronics Media Arts and Communications with a Minor in Management
Always Learning Always Evolving
PROGRAMS / EQUIPMENT
Alias Maya and Mel Scripting
Black Magic Camera
Ability to prep content for Television on-air viewing following broadcast (FCC) regulations
Apple Platforms and Microsoft Platforms
Facilitation of groups, classrooms and meetings
Ability to manage, delegate and multi-task
Performance in high-stress/hard deadline environments
Integrate and engage with Remote Presentation - online via Zoom or Google Meet
Teamwork and Discussion based
Willing to Learn
Able to take feedback constructively
AWARDS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
CAPITAL DISTRICT CREATIVES UNDER 40
WMHT documentary videographer and animator Nicole van Slyke has produced films telling the stories of Capital Region institutions and icons such as the New York State Writers Institute and author William Kennedy. Her multimedia video series “The Dragon Lives Here,” followed the heroin epidemic in the Capital Region and she is focused pursuing more similar projects that can educate the community about issues close to home. Van Slyke also visits local schools like University at Albany, as well as volunteering her time at high school journalism program at the Carey Institute for Global Good, where she speaks to students about ethics in film and media
HART CLUETT MUSEUM TRUSTEE - VICE PRESIDENT OF BOARD
Board Member at Hart Cluett Museum; Historic Rensselaer County. Participated as co-head of Gala committee in 2020 organizing the organization's first ever online Gala. Voted VP of the board in 2020 and continuing to serve and contribute in constructive activity including hiring a new Executive Director.
‘BEST DIRECTOR’ BY THE ALT 2017 READERS POLL
Voted by community in the local entertainment magaine after producing The Dragon Lives Here; Heroine in the Capital District, Behind the Lights and Kennedy of Albany
ALBANY ALL STARS ROLLER DERBY MEMBER
Learned to Roller skate for the (new to me) sport of Roller Derby and the inclusive community that comes with the environment. Participated on committees of the Derby league to help run the non-profit organization creating Posters and Marketing Content of the team for two years.
VOLUNTEER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB TEACHING AFTER SCHOOL ANIMATION CLASSES
Using minimal resources taught youth the power and excitement of stop motion animation at the local Boys and Girls Club
LEND A HAND FARM VOLUNTEER; HORSE THERAPY INSTRUCTOR
While in Americorps I was working and living in mostly Urban settings and needed an outlet to touch base with animals and nature. I volunteered at Lend A Hand because I really wanted to be near the animals and ended up falling in love with the world of Animal Therapy and stayed on to help kids with disabilities enjoy the ride and learn how to take care of the horses.
RISD GRADUATE STUDENT (GS) GRANT
Following my thesis presentation I was awarded the GS Grant to keep exploring my thesis;
Graduate Studies | Grants (GS | Grants) is an initiative of the Division of Graduate Studies at RISD. Open to all current graduate students in good academic standing, GS | Grants is a streamlined proposal process for students to seek support for new or developing work. Unlike “awards” for completed work, GS | Grants rewards individual exploration and facilitates emerging and prospective work. Replacing the Awards of Excellence, GS | Grants introduces a challenging, proactive way to provide financial resources for outstanding graduate students.
PRODUCER/ DIRECTOR/ EDITOR WMHT-PBS
Troy, NY June 2015 - Present
Create high-quality video content for on air, client work and digital series. Required to write, produce, direct and edit both long term and short term projects. Independently produced several Documentaries including: LENA, a life in folk ; Kennedy of Albany ; Inside The Writers Institute; Breathing Lights; Cinema Culture: WFF as well as Digital Series including Field Trip ; The Dragon Lives Here: Heroin in the Capital District ; Headline and more…
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR / LECTURER
2015 - Present
Sage College 2018 - 2019
Taught classes in Digital Media Art Aesthetics and Graphics. The classes covered basic storytelling, use of Adobe programs, and editing concepts. Included with lab and lecture environments.
Skidmore College 2020 - 2021
Taught classes on Documentary Editing remotely. Pivoted curriculum to be used over Zoom due to COVID and still allowing space for interactivity and personal interaction.
SUNY Albany 2020
Taught and created curriculum for Foundations of Documentary Storytelling and the History of Documentary
Union College 2018 - 2019
Taught Time Art, and Digital Art Theory focusing on using Digital Art as a Medium for voice and storytelling.
FREELANCE VIDEOGRAPHER AND EDITOR
June 2015 - Present
Create high quality video content for clients including weddings, marketing content, music videos and videos and graphics for meetings and presentations.
DIGITAL ARTS TEACHER & CURRICULUM DESIGNER CHESHIRE ACADEMY
Cheshire, CT August 2013-2015
Taught and designed curriculum for high school Animation, Digital Imaging, and Photography courses. Wrote and managed budget for classes and purchased all equipment needed for the class room; including cameras, lights, computers etc… Also Participated in working with students as a Dorm Parent and JV Girls Volleyball and Basketball Coach.
MULTI MEDIA PROGRAM MANAGER PROVIDENCE AFTER SCHOOL ALLIANCE
Providence, RI 2011
Supervised 10 youth staff from the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) high school initiative in the creation of documentary shorts about opportunities for teens in the Providence area directed towards city officials.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR & DIGITAL TEAM ASSOCIATE AMERICORPS WITH ASHOKA’S YOUTH VENTURE
(Concord, NH) New England Team 2009-2011
Youth Venture is a non-profit organization that empowers young people ages 12-20 by providing them with the tools necessary to create civic-minded organizations, clubs or businesses. Responsibilities included identifying interested young people; media opportunities; technical allies; and offered up to $1,000 in seed capital needed to launch community-serving clubs or organizations. Traveled New England and put on workshops in Middle and High Schools in regions across New England.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANT - ANIMATOR NANOTOON ENTERTAINMENT
Troy, NY: 2008-2009
‘Molecules to the Max’ 3D IMAX Animated Movie Assisted in animating a 45 minute CG IMAX movie. Responsibility included character and environment modeling, character animation, dynamics, reading out scene layers, rendering with mental ray, play blasting and compositing.
STUDIO ASSISTANT JENNY HOLZER
Hoosick Falls, NY 2007
Worked in studio on current and past projects of Jenny Holzer’s. Helped organize, catalog and distribute documentation of her work.